I wanted to share with the group that I am sending HDMI video signals from my WO Servers as SDI signals to a switcher or router as on onsite operator. I know many of you may have done this already and I'm hoping you will share what kind of issues you've run into or maybe better ways to accomplish this, but it's been such a game changer for me I felt like it was worth sharing and discussing.
I'm now converting the HDMI video signals from the WO server to SDI and sending the SDI signal to the switcher or router. I have been using BMD micro HDMI to SDI converters (www.blackmagicdesign.com) and sending one side of the SDI to the switcher and the other side to a Decimator Multi-viewer, DMON-16SL (www.decimator.com). I'm in Amsterdam now running 8 channels (see diagram and photos below) of video, 4 main and 4 backup using only one monitor for viewing the signals. I also have a Program and OpMon feed on the The key for me is using AMD W7100 or higher video cards.
I have been testing this scenario over the last 3 months with very great success.
Here are the benefits as I see it.
- Shorter set up time.
- No EDID issues when using the W7100 video card
- Fewer monitors (I'm to one monitor in Amsterdam)
- Fewer cables
- Fewer power strips
- BMD micro converters use USB power, so only one or two multi USB chargers take the place of multiple wall wart. (see photo below)
- I bring my own well maintained cables for my system.
- Can easily put most setups in my suitcase (minus servers) for travel.
- Relying more on equipment I bring and maintain.
- Most equipment (multi-viewer, cables and converters) are inexpensive, so it is now part of my onsite kit and not rented.
- Fewer connections means less issues and less time troubleshooting.
I know this doesn't fit every scenario and I will continue testing and learning, but I believe that this is how I will setup in the future, because it's a game changer for on onsite corporate work and lets me concentrate on content not technical challenges. Please share your experiences or comments.