HDLink Pro 3D DisplayPort

MSRP: $495.00


HDLink Manual

Product Highlights

  • Supports Full 3D Stereoscopic & HDMI 1.4
  • 4:4:4, 4:2:2, & 2K SDI Video
  • HDTV-Resolution Monitoring Conversion
  • Use with DVI & HDMI Monitors
  • 3D Lookup Tables via USB
  • Analog Audio Output
  • Compatible with LCD Displays


OverviewSpecificationsKey Features
Now supporting full 3D stereoscopic and HDMI 1.4, the HDLink Pro 3D DisplayPort from Blackmagic is the world’s first SDI monitoring solution for deep bit-depth DisplayPort monitors. Providing the highest image quality in both 4:2:2 and 4:4:4, HDLink Pro is perfect for SD, HD and feature film 2K monitoring. It supports 1.62 and 2.7 Gb/s DisplayPort monitors with 1, 2 and 4 lanes, as well as DVI and HDMI monitors with an adapter (not included).
Inputs/Outputs SDI Video Input:
1 x BNC input switches between SD-SDI, HD-SDI 4:2:2, HD-SDI 4:4:4 and 2K via SDI or use 2 x BNC inputs for dual-link HD-SDI 4:4:4
SDI Video Output:
1 x BNC active loop through output switches between SD, HD 4:2:2, HD 4:4:4 and 2K
Multi Rate SDI Support:
270 Mbs standard definition, 1.5Gbs high definition 4:2:2
3Gbs 4:4:4 high definition and 2K film
Analog Audio Output:
6 x unbalanced 24 bit analog outputs on RCA connectors -10db, de-embedded from SDI input
DVI-D Video Output:
Supports SD, HD and 2K using Dual Link DVI-D displays up to 30 inches 2560 x 1600 in size when used with a DisplayPort to dual link DVI adapter (not included)
DisplayPort Video Output:
Supports SD, HD and 2K using DisplayPort monitors up to 30 inches 2560 x 1600 in size.
HDMI Video Output:
DisplayPort to HDMI adapter (not included). Supports HDMI displays, such as a TV or video projectors up to 1920 x 1080 resolution
HDMI Audio Output:
DisplayPort to HDMI adapter (not included)
Updates and Configuration:
USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbs) interface
Standards 2K Format Support via DVI-D, DisplayPort: 2048 x 1556p23.98, 2048 x 1556p24 and 2048 x 1556p25
HD Format Support via DVI-D, HDMI & DisplayPort:
720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
SD Format Support via DVI-D, HDMI & DisplayPort:
625/25 PAL and 525/29.97 NTSC
SDI Compliance:
SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 425M-B, ITU-R BT.656, ITU-R BT.601 and SMPTE 297M for Optical Fiber SDI
SDI Video Sampling:
4:2:2 and 4:4:4.
SDI Color Precision:
4:2:2 10 bit and 4:4:4 10 bit
SDI Color Space:
4:2:2 YUV, 4:4:4 YUV and 4:4:4 RGB
SDI Audio Sampling:
Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit
3D Muxing Modes:
Side by Side, Line by Line, Top and Bottom. Horizontal and/or vertical image flip can be applied to either the left or right eye input.
DVI-D, DisplayPort Configuration:
Automatic adjustment using VESA E-EDID1.3
DVI-D, DisplayPort Resolution:
Pixel-for-pixel display on LCD displays
HDMI Configuration:
HDMI automatically configures to connected display
HDMI Resolution:
Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device.
System Requirements Interface:
DisplayPort connection to LCD computer monitor or use an adapter to connect to a DVI-D or HDMI display
Resolution via DVI-D, DisplayPort:
1920 x 1200 required for HD1080 video SDI formats
1280 x 800 recommended for HD720 video SDI formats
2560 x 1600 required for 2K feature film formats
(DVI-D displays generally do not support 720p50 or 1080p50 but most recent HDMI displays do.)
Resolution via HDMI:
The HDMI input of a display must accept either:
1920 x 1080 for HD1080 video SDI formats
1280 x 720 for HD720 video SDI formats
Refresh Frame Rate for DVI:
Nominal 60Hz (48-72Hz recommended)
Power 12 VDC universal power supply (IEC power cable required)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 9.25 x 5.5 x 1.5″ (23.5 x 14.0 x 3.8 cm)
Weight 1.3 lb (0.6 kg)
Eliminate the high cost of HDTV monitoring with HDLink – the world’s most advanced full resolution 2D/3D HDTV and 2K monitoring for DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI monitors. Includes the quality of 4:4:4 SDI video, lookup tables via USB and analog audio outputs. HDLink will solve all your monitoring needs from only $495.
Full Resolution HD Monitoring

HDLink connects SDI video directly to any supported DVI-D and DisplayPort based LCD computer monitor for incredible true HDTV resolution video monitoring. HDLink includes 3 Gb/s SDI for high resolution 2K film monitoring when connected to a large 30 inch DVI or DisplayPort display. With every individual pixel in the HD or 2K SDI connection digitally mapped directly to the pixels of the LCD display, you get a perfect digital-to-screen pixel for pixel HDTV or 2K display. Connect any HDMI television or video projector to HDLink for cinema style monitoring! Even large 23 inch CRT based monitors can’t display the full resolution of the HD-SDI signal, but with HDLink you see every pixel in the HD signal, so you’ll always see a perfect image. You’ll be amazed at the quality of High Definition or 2K video when you monitor via HDLink for the first time. There’s simply no higher resolution HDTV monitoring possible!

Supports both DVI and HDMI

HDLink supports all DVI-D and DisplayPort based digital computer displays and also includes HDMI video support. HDMI supports video at 1080i/50, 1080i/59.94 and 720p/59.94 on any HDMI device. DVI-D and DisplayPort supports displays at 1920 x 1200 (16:10) resolution for all 1080 HDTV formats. When working in 720 HDTV formats you can even use lower cost 1280 x 800 resolution display for pixel for pixel 720p viewing. When working in NTSC or PAL, HDLink can scale to fill the screen making viewing easier. Because most computer displays are limited to approximately a 60 Hz refresh rate, HDLink will automatically apply pull-down to allow video frame rates to be displayed. HDLink includes a built-in Power PC processor allowing automatic adjustment of native display resolutions using VESA E-EDID1.3.

World’s Highest Quality 3 Gb/s SDI in 4:4:4

HDLink introduced the world’s first full HDTV resolution 4:4:4 monitoring solution that supports both standard definition SDI, HD-SDI and HD-SDI 4:4:4 for full resolution color monitoring. HD-SDI 4:4:4 features twice the color resolution. Conventional SD and HD video is 4:2:2 based, which limits color detail while 4:4:4 HD video preserves the full color detail which is important for critical keying and feature film work.

HDLink Pro is the first solution for the new high speed 3 Gb/s SDI standard for 4:4:4 RGB and 2K film monitoring. 3 Gb/s SDI runs twice the data rate of normal HD-SDI video, allowing 4:4:4 RGB video to be connected using a single SDI connection. 3 Gb/s SDI also allows full resolution 2K feature film quality 2048 x 1556 video to be connected via SDI.

Affordable 3D SDI Monitoring

Now HDLink Pro supports 3D monitoring for the latest 3D production workflows! HDLink Pro 3D lets you display both dual stream as well as interleaved 3D inputs and then display them on any compatible 3D DVI display or HDMI television. When used with a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, HDLink Pro 3D DisplayPort also supports HDMI 1.4 for compatibility with the latest full resolution 3D televisions!

Built in Optical Fiber

The HDLink Optical Fiber model is the world’s first broadcast monitoring solution with built in optical fiber SDI connections. Optical fiber easily handles long distances, is low cost, and optical fiber cables last virtually forever because you can keep plugging them into faster equipment in the future, and the same cables will go much faster. Optical fiber cables can be installed by your local electrician, and the cables can be purchased from your local electrical wholesaler. That’s because optical fiber is used all the time in computer networking, so it’s low cost and commonly available! Now you can build a native optical fiber facility!

Standard Definition, HDTV or 2K

HDLink supports all SDI based formats from standard definition NTSC/PAL to HD-SDI 1080 and 720 and even 2K film resolution when used with DVI displays. HDLink features 3 Gb/s SDI, so also works with real time 2K monitoring as used on Blackmagic Design’s Multibridge Eclipse, Multibridge Pro and DeckLink HD Extreme. With HDLink you’ll get the best image quality possible with format compatibility guaranteed years into the future. HDLink’s SDI video input automatically switches between SD, HD and 2K. Unlike CRT based monitors, HDLink also supports all HDTV frame rates and formats including progressive HD formats.

SMPTE 352M video payload identification ancillary data is used for automatic input format recognition and RGB/YUV color space detection. Color precision is at an incredible 10 bit in both SD and HD formats. Video data is automatically rounded down to the bit depth of the connected LCD display for superior viewing quality.

Color Management via 3D Lookup Tables

For matching LCD display colorimetry and simulating various types of film stocks, HDLink Pro model features more advanced 3D lookup tables. Advanced 3D lookup tables increase color control because a blend of red, green and blue video can be output to each primary color on the connected display. Only advanced 3D lookup tables can give full color control for accurate simulation of almost any feature film stock. Lookup tables are fully adjustable via a high speed USB 2.0 host computer connection using the included HDLink Utility software for Windows and Mac OS X. Custom lookup tables also allow film industry log video to be converted to linear for monitoring when used for feature film work. Preset gamma tables for Panasonic and Grass Valley Thomson Viper cine-gamma are included.

Supports LCD Displays

HDLink supports DVI-D and DisplayPort based digital computer displays. For 1080 and 720 HDTV formats, a 1920 x 1200 (16:10) resolution display is recommended. However, if you’re working in 720 HDTV formats only, then a lower cost 1280 x 800 resolution display is recommended. When working in NTSC or PAL, HDLink can scale up the displayed image to fill the display making viewing easier. Because most computer displays are limited to approximately a 60 Hz refresh rate, HDLink will automatically apply pull-down to allow video frame rates to be displayed. HDLink includes a built-in Power PC processor allowing automatic adjustment of native display resolutions using VESA E-EDID1.3.

Analog Audio Monitoring Output

Audio outputs are de embedded from the SDI input and then converted to analog at an incredible 24 bit. HDLink supports 6 channels out allowing easy monitoring of 5.1 surround sound audio. Audio is output on RCA connectors so you can easily connect to standard HiFi systems. If the connected display requires pull-down processing then HDLink will apply a variable audio delay ensuring perfect audio to video sync. To protect speakers and eliminate loud pops and other audio glitches, HDLink gently mutes the audio if video formats change or when SDI signals are connected and disconnected.

Three Fantastic Models

HDLink is available in three models to match your workflow needs. If you need Dual Link 4:4:4 monitoring then HDLink Pro DVI or HDLink Pro 3D DisplayPort models are ideal at only $495. If you don’t need Dual Link 4:4:4, as you’re running a 3 Gb/s SDI facility, and you need optical fiber SDI built in, then HDLink Optical Fiber is perfect at only $795.

Mac OS X and Windows Support

Connect to HDLink via USB for all settings, lookup table downloads, and for software updates on Mac OS X or Windows computers.

Perfect with a 24″ Display

Connect HDLink to any 24″ DVI or DisplayPort displayt as an ideal monitoring solution for your edit suite. In combination with uncompressed broadcast capture cards such as DeckLink, uncompressed HD images have never looked so good.

Configure and Update via USB

Included free, HDLink Utility lets you configure advanced features such as 2D/3D lookup tables, color settings and blue only mode. Control software is available for both Mac OS X and Windows with USB 2.0 connectivity allowing firmware upgrades via internet downloadable updates.

Digital to Screen

HDLink connects SDI video direct to your display using DVI-D, DisplayPort or HDMI, so you get a fully digital connection to the screen. This totally eliminates noise and other analog limitations to your monitoring.

Use any Display

Although most LCD computer displays support the EDID display status from the monitor, some monitors and projectors may not. In that rare case HDLink Utility lets you manually override settings so you can find a custom rate that allows your monitor to display.

Ideal Monitoring

DeckLink is the industry leading uncompressed broadcast video card and when combined with HDLink, you have an unbeatable combination. DeckLink has helped thousands of creative people edit uncompressed – now HDLink is doing the same for HD and even 3D monitoring.

HD Monitoring for Everyone

Blackmagic Design’s Studio Videohub is the ideal electronic patch panel allowing all users in a workgroup to connect to each other. Because Videohub features independent monitoring outputs, combined with HDLink allows full HD resolution monitoring for everyone.

No Switches

Unlike any other converter, HDLink is incredibly easy to setup. Using HDLink Utility connected via USB you can change lift, gain and gamma settings for each color channel as well as upload gamma tables. Settings are saved between power cycles, until changed.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 9.25 x 5.5 x 1.5 in


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