Teranex Mini Optical to Audio 12G Converter

MSRP: $895.00


Product Highlights

  • Advanced High-Data Rate De-Embedder
  • De-Embed from up to 4K Fiber/SDI Signals
  • 12G Optical Fiber Input; 12G-SDI Input
  • Supports up to 4K DCI 4096x2160p Input
  • Output via XLR, AES/EBU, RCA, or S/PDIF
  • XLR Connections Switchable to AES/EBU
  • Ethernet Port for Remote Control or PoE
  • Supports Optional LCD Smart Front Panel
  • Intelligent Thermal Heat Dissipation
  • 3 Units 1U Rack-Mountable in 19″ Rack


OverviewSpecificationsKey Features

Supporting up to 12G data rates with intelligent heat dissipation, and offering features such as XLR connections and an Ethernet control and PoE port, the Teranex Mini Optical to Audio 12G Converter, from Blackmagic Design, is a highly improved converter solution for rack-mount as well as cable duct and desktop installations. This model is an optical fiber version of the Teranex Mini SDI to Audio model, featuring an 12G optical fiber input in addition to the 12G-SDI input to give you a choice of both. Connect any SDI or fiber signal in up to Full 4K DCI 4096x2160p resolution and de-embed audio from the signal and output it via a diverse set of audio connections. Output two channels of analog audio or up to four channels of AES/EBU digital audio via full-size, professional balanced XLR ports, two channels of unbalanced analog line-level audio via RCA connectors, or optical S/PDIF audio via a TOSLINK output. Connect the audio signal to a wide range of audio equipment, such as mixers, decks, and audio monitors. There’s also a 12G optical fiber loopout for routing the original signal.

The compact size of the Teranex Mini makes it very useful for portable racks at live events or in broadcast trucks. Up to three units can easily be installed in an optional 1U 19″ rack tray, and they can just as easily be removed, and all this with the advantage of 12G-SDI capability. The Ethernet port on the rear will allow you to manage the Teranex Mini remotely or can alternatively be used for power over Ethernet. If you don’t want to use power over Ethernet, you won’t have to deal with cumbersome power supplies, as the Teranex Mini features a built-in 90-240V power supply, and all you’ll need is a standard IEC power cable, sold separately.

A major benefit of the Teranex Mini is that the standard front panel can be replaced with an optional Smart Panel that features a spin knob, color LCD, and six control buttons, including a menu button. The substantially large LCD will show you the video conversion in progress and will also let you monitor audio levels as well as verify timecode and the video standard being converted. The standard front panel simply comes off and the Smart Panel easily attaches in its place. When you’re using the standard front panel, you’ll have access to an array of mini switches that will let you change settings instantly in correspondence with a diagram printed on the converter. If you swap in the optional Smart Panel, you’ll instead be able to use simple on-screen menus as well as see exactly what you’re converting. If you’re in a larger facility using numerous converters, you can manage all of them over Ethernet from a Mac or Windows computer using the included Converter Utility software.

What enables the Teranex Mini to dissipate heat so effectively and prevent overheating is a smart thermal design with crossflow cooling that achieves the optimal heat dissipation even when you have units rack-mounted side-by-side one another. An intelligent thermal subsystem and internal heat pipe assist with cooling and keep the air flowing at all times while minimizing noise. Moreover, if the Teranex Mini gets too hot, you’ll instantly receive a notification through the remote control Ethernet utility and on the front panel. When multiple units are rack-mounted side by side, each Teranex Mini works together to pull air through the rack, keeping all units cool and providing redundancy for each one.

The Teranex Mini Optical to Audio 12G Converter is built using high-quality Teranex video processing technology and is ideal for all broadcast, post production, and other professional video applications.

Optical Fiber Video Input

1x 12G SD/HD/2K/4K auto switching

SDI Video Input

1x 12G-SDI SD/HD/2K/4K auto switching

Optical Fiber Video Output

1x 12G loopout

Optical Fiber Type

LC connector, 1310 nanometer wavelength, single mode

Analog Audio Output

2 channels professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors
2 channel unbalanced analog line level via RCA connectors
Right XLR can be configured for timecode output

AES/EBU Audio Output

4 channels professional 110 ohm balanced digital audio via XLR connectors
Right XLR can be configured for timecode output

Optical Audio Output

S/PDIF signal with TOSLINK connector

Multi Rate Support

Automatic switching between SD/HD/2K and 4K

Updates and Configuration

USB or Ethernet



SD Format Support

525/29.97 NTSC, 525/23.98 NTSC, 625/25 PAL

HD Format Support

1280 x 720p50, 1280 x 720p59.94, 1280 x 720p60, 1920 x 1080i50, 1920 x 1080i59.94, 1920 x 1080i60, 1920 x 1080PsF23.98, 1920 x 1080PsF24, 1920 x 1080p23.98, 1920 x 1080p24, 1920 x 1080p25, 1920 x 1080p29.97, 1920 x 1080p30, 1920 x 1080p50, 1920 x 1080p59.94, 1920 x 1080p60

2K Format Support

2048 x 1080p23.98, 2048 x 1080p24, 2048 x 1080p25, 2048 x 1080PsF23.98, 2048 x 1080PsF24, 2048 x 1080PsF25

4K Format Support

3840 x 2160p23.98, 3840 x 2160p24, 3840 x 2160p25, 3840 x 2160p29.97, 3840 x 2160p30, 3840 x 2160p50, 3840 x 2160p59.94, 3840 x 2160p60, 4096 x 2160p23.98, 4096 x 2160p24, 4096 x 2160p25, 4096 x 2160p29.97, 4096 x 2160p30, 4096 x 2160p50, 4096 x 2160p59.94, 4096 x 2160p60

SDI Compliance

SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M, SMPTE 424M-B, SMPTE 425M, SMPTE 297M for Optical Fiber SDI

SDI Video Rates

SDI video connections are auto switching between SD-SDI, HD-SDI, high definition level B 3G-SDI, 6G-SDI, and 12G-SDI

SDI Video Sampling

4:2:2 and 4:4:4

SDI Audio Sampling

Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit

SDI Color Precision

YUV 4:2:2 and RGB 4:4:4 in HD, 2K, and 4K

SDI Color Space

REC 601, REC 709

Software Control

Mac OS X and Windows software upgrade via USB and Ethernet

Internal Software Upgrade

Via included updater application

Basic Settings Control

Mini Switches, USB, and Ethernet via free software utility

Power Supply

1x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet
IEC power cable required (not included)
90 – 240 VAC input

Power Over Ethernet

Can be powered via 48 VDC using PoE (Power-over-Ethernet)

Power Consumption

15 W

Operational Voltage Range

90 – 240 VAC

Operating Temperature

32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)

Storage Temperature

-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)

Relative Humidity

0 to 90% non-condensing


W x H x D: 5.5 x 1.8 x 6.7″ (14 x 4.6 x 17 cm) (with SDI port included)


1.3 lb (0.6 kg)

Key Features

  • De-embed audio from any 12G-SDI or 12G optical fiber signal
  • Supports input resolutions up to 4K DCI 4096x2160p
  • Route the audio via XLR, AES/EBU, RCA, or S/PDIF TOSLINK outputs
  • Full-size XLR connections switchable between balanced analog and AES/EBU audio
  • Ethernet remote control and PoE port
  • Intelligent thermal design heat dissipation effectively prevents overheating
  • Three units are rack-mountable in a 1U 19″ rack using an optional rack tray
  • Can be used desktop mounted or installed concealed in cable ducts
  • Built-in 90-240V power supply requiring only a standard IEC power cable, sold separately
  • An array of mini switches allow instant settings changes
  • Front panel is replaceable with an optional Smart Panel featuring controls and an LCD
  • Manage numerous units simultaneously using the included Converter Utility software
  • Full SDI re-clocking and low jitter

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 7 x 6 x 2 in