Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) is shipping the Compact Videohub, which it says is the world’s smallest 40 x 40 SDI router that fits into two rack units of space.
It features three Gb/s SDI, ASI, auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI formats, full SDI re-clocking, USB, redundant power inputs, ethernet and serial router control for US$4,995.
Compact Videohub is less than an inch deep. It includes more control interfaces such as USB, as well as direct ethernet and RS-422 serial interfaces.
Direct ethernet router control allows direct connection to a computer network for control. Ethernet control is fully compatible with Blackmagic Design‘s range of software control panels, the Videohub Smart Control hardware control panel and the new Videohub Control for iPad.
Compact Videohub, like all Blackmagic Design Videohub routers, allows for a range of flexible control options. These include the free Videohub software control panels for icon-based push button control from any computer. Software control is designed for video editors and designers who are already working on computers and prefer control from their desktop.
Videohub routers also support the new Videohub Smart Control hardware control panels, for routing with a push of a button. Videohub Smart Control can be installed under each monitor or deck.
Compact Videohub also includes a standard serial router control port, that lets system integrators interface to computers for automated routing control systems and integration into broadcast play out servers. The serial router control port uses industry standard protocols. Developers can use Blackmagic Design’s Videohub software development kit for Mac and Windows for full control of router crosspoint switching via the USB and ethernet interfaces.