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Blackmagic Design Teranex Express

Blackmagic Design Teranex Express

Introducing The Teranex Express, the ultimate SD, HD and Ultra HD standards converter with a massive 1089 conversions. You get up, down, cross and standards conversions between virtually all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats and frame rates, including 3:2 cadence removal and insertion. Featuring advanced patented algorithms, Teranex Express gives you visually transparent, high quality conversions that are mandated by major broadcasters and studios worldwide. You get incredible conversions in full 10-bit quality, complete with audio, closed captions, timecode and more.
  • Real-Time Up/Down Broadcast Converter
  • 12G-SDI and Dual Link 6G-SDI In/Out
  • SD/HD/3G-SDI Compatible
  • SD, HD, and Ultra HD (3840x2160) Support
  • Adjustable Scaling
  • Aspect Ratio Conversion
  • Timecode and Subtitle Support
  • Genlock Reference Input
  • Optional Optical Fiber Output Module
  • Built-In, International Power Supply
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1089 Conversions

Teranex Express can perform 1089 different conversions between SD, HD, and Ultra HD in real time with visually transparent results that are so good you wont be able to see a difference from the original. The incredible power of Teranex processing includes up and down conversions, cross conversions and standards conversions with cadence detection, removal and insertion, optical quality scaling, and more. Conversions retain timecode, ancillary data including closed captioning, 16 channels of audio with support for remapping and up to 1 second delay, and perfect frame synchronization so your video is immediately ready for editing or broadcast. All conversions include timecode and closed caption data and Teranex conversions maintain perfect audio sync.

Amazing detail, sharpness and clarity

Teranex Express features the advanced algorithms, developed and patented by Teranex, that allow for the processing of millions of pixels simultaneously in X/Y positions and between video frames, so you get true super computer imaging power. You get full 10 bit processing, extremely high quality de-interlace and optical quality scaling algorithms that interpolate images in real time with amazing detail, sharpness and clarity. Thats why Teranex conversions are often indistinguishable from the original source video.

Optical Scaling and Sub-Pixel Processing

Teranex Express can perform up and down conversions between NTSC or PAL SD, 720 or 1080 HD and Ultra HD. It features high quality de-interlacing, a wide range of aspect ratio options and all new real time, optical quality scaling algorithms that simulate an optical zoom. Sub-pixel processing and multi-directional diagonal filters are also used to eliminate jaggies. That means you get the cleanest looking conversions and images retain as much detail and clarity as possible.

Patented PixelMotion technology and multi direction filtering

Teranexs proprietary and patented PixelMotion deinterlacing algorithms create perfect progressive frames for conversion by adjusting the aperture on a pixel by pixel basis. That means you get improved image quality because the vertical resolution is maintained. PixelMotion deinterlacing preserves source detail and, when combined with multi direction diagonal filters, eliminates jaggies on conversions so you get well defined edges and the sharpest images possible.

Cadence detection and removal

In the US and Japan the broadcast video frame rate is 29.97 fps, while the feature film rate is 24 fps. This means when film is converted to video a process called 3:2 pulldown is used to duplicate film frames across video fields. This causes problems when preparing film originated video content for online distribution where the streaming files are encoded at 24 fps. The residual 3:2 pulldown from the video causes quality problems and Teranex Express can detect the pulldown and remove it. This cadence detection and removal process produces much cleaner film looking results and can remove the pulldown even when the video has been edited and the cadence is broken.

Advanced Teranex control panel

Featuring the familiar Teranex 2D and 3D control panel, Teranex Express has all of the controls you need at your fingertips. The built in LCD monitor lets you easily navigate menus and see source format and frame rate with live video, so you dont have to use an external monitor. With an elegant machined metal front panel, its compact 1RU size and built in international power supply, Teranex Express not only looks great in your studio, but is also perfect for portable racks and outside broadcast vehicles.

High speed multi-rate 12G-SDI for SD, HD and Ultra HD

Teranex Express is the worlds first broadcast converter to include multi-rate 12G-SDI connections. That means it can switch between 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI making it compatibile with all of your existing SD, HD, and Ultra HD equipment. These connections can transfer data at an amazing 12 gigabits per second, making them fast enough to support progressive Ultra HD video at up to 60fps. That means Teranex Express will be able to support emerging formats when they become available, making it the most expandable and future proof solution you can buy.

Broadcast quality connections for 24/7 reliability

Teranex Express features the most advanced broadcast connections, including the world's first 12G-SDI that is compatible with all of your existing SDI equipment. The genlock input lets you synchronize signals between equipment and for larger studios, you can install an optional fiber optic module that lets you run video from up to 28 miles away.

Adjust color, aspect ratio and more

Now you can quickly and easily find the tools you need to correct color, convert formats or change aspect ratio. Teranex Express features a logically designed front panel and soft menus so you can adjust luminance, saturation, hue, black level, R-Y/B-Y color difference, sharpness, and more with the built in proc amp controls. Teranex Express features an integrated LCD screen on the front panel so you can make adjustments with confidence during live broadcasts.

Multi channel audio, timecode and subtitles

Video includes a lot more than images, and Teranex supports conversion of up to 16 audio channels plus timecode and closed caption VANC data. Teranex Express is also compatible with Dolby encoded audio, so it never has to be decoded or re-encoded during up and down conversions. With Teranex Express your subtitles are always retained and both audio and timecode always stay in perfect sync with your video.

Control your Teranex remotely

Teranex Setup software gives you remote control of your source and output selection, proc amp, color correction, aspect ratio, audio mapping and more from your Mac or PC computer. The software is elegantly designed, intuitive to use and makes it easy to share a Teranex when different people need to use it. Teranex Setup allows large broadcasters to manage multiple Teranex converters on their network all from a central location.

Convert 12G-SDI Ultra HD to four HD-SDI video feeds

Quad SDI lets you output Ultra HD over four SDI connections. That means you can use 12G-SDI or 6G-SDI, up to 2160p60 Ultra HD frame rate sources on a wider range of monitors and projectors that only support quad link SDI 1080 HD inputs. Use the Ultra HD to quad 1080 HD conversion to connect to four separate HD displays for amazing video walls, or stack large LED screens for massive outdoor Ultra HD screens that will amaze the crowd at live events.

Teranex is asked for by name worldwide

Teranex processing is so well known for quality that it has been mandated globally by many countrys broadcasters for converting video. Because of its patented 10-bit processing algorithms and high quality deinterlacing, Teranex conversions look perfect, making distribution simple and problem free.

Create new digital masters from old tapes

You can use Teranex Express to rescue old broadcast masters from tape to create new digital copies. As your master tapes get older they become fragile, plus its getting harder to find machines that still work and can play them back. With 1089 standards conversions, Teranex Express can convert the incoming video to any SD, HD or Ultra HD format. It can also remove 3:2 cadence that was added when films were transferred to video, even if the cadence has errors or is inconsistent because of editing or other problems. The built in proc amp controls also let you adjust color so you get the best possible looking transfer.

Deinterlacing: Patented PixelMotion algorithms

Teranex quality starts with one of the worlds highest quality and most precise de-interlacers. Teranex features proprietary and patented PixelMotion de-interlacing algorithms so you get improved image quality by maintaining vertical resolution.

Image Scaling: All new optical quality resizing

Teranex is known for legendary image quality and Teranex Express takes it even further. With all new real time, optical quality scaling algorithms that simulate an optical zoom, you get images with amazing detail and clarity that look better than ever before possible. When converting between SD, HD and Ultra HD, Teranex features sub-pixel processing and multi-directional diagonal filters so jaggies are eliminated and you get clean looking video.

Noise Reduction

Remove unwanted noise from transmission links, videotape, or even camera sources. Teranex includes award winning temporal recursive noise reduction. Reducing noise allows more efficient video compression when authoring content.

3:2 Pulldown Cadence

Cross convert between progressive and interlaced formatsAll films are shot at 24 progressive frames per second. In order to air them on television in the US and Japan, broadcasters had to create 29.97 fps interlaced masters. To do that, a 3:2 pulldown was introduced so that 24 progressive frames could fit into 29.97 interlaced frames. Broadcasters with large libraries of interlaced master tapes can use Teranex Express to convert them back to progressive HD and Ultra HD formats. Teranex Express can detect pulldown and remove the cadence, even if its broken due to video editing and then create clean 24 fps masters. Teranex Express makes moving between the video and film worlds easy.

Real time image correction

Teranex Express includes a complete set of Proc Amp controls that let you adjust luminance gain, black level, chroma saturation, chroma hue, R-Y/B-Y color difference values, and sharpness. That means you can adjust source feeds and make corrections in real time during conversions.

Intelligent 4:3 to 16:9 conversions

Teranex Express also supports a wide range of aspect ratios, including variable and fixed aspect ratios as well as active fill. You also get Teranexs proprietary Smart Aspect technology to seamlessly warp images from 4:3 to 16:9 without any visible stretching or image distortion that normally occurs.

Embedded Audio: Multiple channels in perfect sync

All Teranex Express conversions maintain and support up to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio that can be duplicated and routed while maintaining perfect sync. Levels can be adjusted during conversion and out of sync audio signals can be corrected with a delay of up to 1 second. Teranex Express also supports the pass through of Dolby audio during conversion so it never has to be decoded or re-encoded, and always remains in sync with your converted video.

Retain close captioned data

Many countries mandate that broadcasters are now required to include closed captioning for the hearing impaired with all programming. Industry standard 608 and 708 closed caption data is preserved, passed through, and converted as needed for all SD, HD, and Ultra HD conversions.

Preserve or generate new timecode

Just like closed caption data, ATC/VITC timecode is also passed through and retained during the conversion process so source timecode is always preserved. You also have the option to jam sync or generate new timecode for sources that have inconsistent or unusable embedded timecode.

Test patterns: The ultimate test signal generator

When you need to calibrate traditional monitors, massive LED displays, or align digital projectors, the internal test pattern generator can display back burst and test patterns, including SMPTE color bars, grids, and resolution charts. Its the ultimate test pattern generator for any SD, HD, and Ultra HD video format.

In the box

Teranex Express

Software CD



SDI Video Input

1x (IN A) – 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD levels A and B, 6G and 12G UHD switchable.
1x (IN B) – 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD and 6G UHD switchable. Usable as dual link input for 4:2:2 3G or 6G UHD

SDI Video Loop

1x (IN A Loop) – Reclocked, 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD, 6G and 12G UHD switchable
1x (IN B Loop) – Reclocked, 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD,
6G UHD switchable.

SDI Video Output

1x (OUT A) – 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD levels A and B, 6G and 12G UHD switchable.
1x (OUT B) – 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD levels A and B and 6G UHD switchable. Usable as dual link output for 4:2:2 3G or 6G UHD.

Optical Fiber Video Input (optional)

1x 10­bit SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K,
6G and 12G UHD switchable

Optical Fiber Video Output (optional)

1x 10­bit SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K,
6G and 12G UHD switchable. Not available while operating in Dual Link or Quad Link output modes.

SDI Audio Input

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD,
2K and UHD.

SDI Audio Output

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD,
2K and UHD.

Optical Fiber Audio Input (optional)

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD,
2K and UHD.

Optical Fiber Audio Output (optional)

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD,
2K and UHD.

Dolby Support Built-In

Dolby AC-3 pass through in all conversions. Dolby E pass through except during video frame rate conversions.

Multi Rate Support

SDI connections are switchable between standard definition, high definition and UltraHD. SDI switches between 270 M standard definition SDI, 1.5G HD-SDI and 2K SDI, 3G HD, 6G and 12G UltraHD

Sync Input

Blackburst in SD or TriSync HD

Computer Interface

USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and Ethernet RJ45 for configuration.

Processor Interface

Illuminated pushbuttons, status LEDs and LCD with easy to use onscreen menus.


SD Format Support

625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC

1.5 HD Gb/s Format Support

720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94 and 1080i60.

3 Gb/s HD Format Support

1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60 levels A and B

2K Format Support

1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24.

Ultra HD Format Support

2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60.

SDI Compliance


SDI Metadata Support

VITC/ATC support, SMPTE 12M. Video indexing support including WSS, RP186 and AFD, SMPTE 2016. Closed captioning support for conversions to and from 608 and 708, SMPTE 334M.

Audio Sampling

Television standard sample rate of 48kHz and 24-bit HD, 20-bit SD.

Video Sampling


Color Precision


Color Space

REC 601, REC 709

SDI Format Support

525 NTSC, 625 PAL, 720HD, 1080HD, 2K 2048 x 1080 and Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 switchable.



Aspect Ratio Conversion

Real time variable and fixed aspect ratio conversions.

Real Time Video Processing

Includes noise reduction, cadence detection with insertion/removal, scene cut detection, color correction and proc amp control

Format Conversion

Real time up conversion, down conversion, cross conversion and SD/HD/UHD standards conversion.

Colorspace Conversion

Hardware based real time


Software Control

Teranex Setup software control utility application included free of charge for changing settings via Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X

Internal Software Upgrade

Via USB 2.0 using the included Teranex Setup application

Operating Systems

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,
Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later.

Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. 


Power Requirements

Power Supply

1 x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet. IEC power cable required. 100-240V, 50-60Hz

Environmental Specifications

Operating Temperature

5° to 50° C (41° to 122° F)

Storage Temperature

-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)

Relative Humidity

0% to 90% non-condensing

What's Included

Teranex Express

Software CD


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