Blackmagic Design Teranex Express

Blackmagic Design Teranex Express


Blackmagic Design Teranex Express Overview

The Teranex Express from Blackmagic Design is a real-time SD, HD, and Ultra HD broadcast up/down converter. This lets you convert your SD and HD footage to Ultra HD 4K (3840 x 2160) for presentations on large high-resolution displays, or convert your Ultra HD footage for displaying on HD monitors.

With advanced processing technology developed and patented by Teranex, you get full 10-bit processing with high-quality de-interlace and Ultra HD scaling algorithms. You can also use the Teranex Express to synchronize non genlock external feeds or cameras into switchers for live production. Conversions retain timecode, include closed caption data, and maintain audio sync so your video is ready for real-time editing or broadcast.

The Teranex Express features two SDI input connectors -- one 12G and one 6G -- and matching output connectors, which support 12G-SDI and a Dual Link 6G-SDI signals. The in/out connections also support SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI signals, for compatibility with your existing SDI equipment. Loop outputs for each input and a genlock input are provided, as well as an industry standard socket so you can install an optional optical fiber module to run video up to 28 miles over fiber optic cable.

Using the same familiar control panel as the Teranex 2D and 3D, the Teranex Express puts all the controls you need at your fingertips. The built-in LCD monitor lets you navigate menus and see source format and frame rate with live video, so you don't need an external monitor for operation. The Teranex Express also features a machined metal front panel, compact 1RU size, and a built-in international power supply.

12G-SDI and Dual-Link 6G

12G-SDI provides 12 Gb/s of throughout, which is about 8 times faster than HD-SDI. The increased bandwidth lets you output Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) over a single cable and support Ultra HD 60p as well as other new formats as they become available. The 12G-SDI input/output connectors, along with the 6G-SDI input/output connectors (used for Dual Link signals), are also compatible with SD, HD, and 3G-SDI signals.

10-Bit Image Processing

With high-precision 10-bit image processing, you get four times the amount of colors than 8-bit, yielding smoother gradations and reducing color banding or other unwanted artifacts.

Control Panel with On Screen Menus

The Teranex Express features a logically designed front panel with back-illuminated buttons and an integrated LCD screen. You can use the soft buttons alongside the LCD screen and the control knob to fine tune settings and make precise adjustments with confidence during live broadcasts.


Using proprietary and patented PixelMotion deinterlacing algorithms, the Teranex Express creates progressive frames for conversion by adjusting the aperture on a pixel by pixel basis. This 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, helps eliminate jagged edges on conversion, yielding well-defined edges and sharp images.

Image Scaling

With all new real-time optical quality scaling algorithms that simulate an optical zoom, you get images with high detail and clarity. When converting between SD, HD, and Ultra HD resolution, sub-pixel processing and multi-directional diagonal filters to produce clean looking images.

Proc Amp Controls

A complete set of Pro Amp controls let you adjust luminace gain, black level, chroma saturation, chroma hue, R-Y/B-Y color difference values, and sharpness of source feeds and make correction in real time during conveersions.

Audio, Timecode and Subtitles

Video includes a lot more than images, and Teranex also supports conversion of up to 16 audio channels plus timecode and closed caption VANC data. This means timecode matches during conversion to the 0 frames, and subtitles are retained. The Teranex Express is also compatible with Dolby encoded audio, letting it be passed to the output without having to decode or re-encoded during up an down conversions.

Optional Optical Fiber Module

the Teranex Express can carry video signals up to 28 miles over fiber optic cables using the optional Optical Fiber Module.


Active Format Distribution (AFD) and Widescreen Signaling (WSS) are a standard set of codes that carry information about a video signal's aspect ratio and active picture characteristics. Ternanew Express preserves AFD and WSS information during the conversion process, so that means your screen will automatically select the correct aspect ratio for video playback.

Apects Ratio Conversions

The Teranex Express supports a wide range of fixed aspect ratios as well as color fill, letting you conver between 4:3, 16:9, and more.

Closed Caption

Now mandatory in many countries for broadcast distribution, captions are usually stored as ancillary data embedded into an SDI stream. The Teranex Express understands the different types of Closed Caption data found in SD and HD video streams, and will preserve and convert it into the proper CEA-608 or CEA-708 format for your output video.


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

Test Pattern Generator

For color calibrating monitors or aligning digital projectors, the internal test pattern generator can display black burst and test patterns, including SMPTE color bars, grids, and resolution charts.


A built-in 110/240V international power supply with a standard IEC connection lets you use the Teranex Express anywhere in the world, when used with the appropriate power cord.

Blackmagic Design Teranex Express Specs

  • SDI Video

    1 x 12G-SDI, 10-bit (SD, HD, 3G, 6G, and 12G switchable)

    1 x 6G-SDI, 10-bit (SD, HD, 3G, and 6G switchable); usable as dual link

    input for 4:2:2 3G or 6G

  • SDI Video Loop

    1 x 12G-SDI, 10-bit, reclocked (SD, HD, 3G, 6G, and 12G switchable)

    1 x 6G-SDI, 10-bit, reclocked (SD, HD, 3G, and 6G switchable)

  • SDI Video Output

    1 x 12G-SDI, 10-bit (SD, HD, 3G, 6G, and 12G switchable)

    1 x 6G-SDI, 10-bit (SD, HD, 3G, and 6G switchable); usable as dual link

    input for 4:2:2 3G or 6G

  • SDI Audio

    16 channels of embedded SDI audio

  • SDI Audio Output

    16 channels of embedded SDI audio

  • Dolby Support

    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 SD, HD/2K, and Ultra HD

    SDI switches between 270 Mb/s SD-SDI, 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI, 3 Gb/s HD,

    and 6 Gb/s or 12 Gb/s Ultra HD

  • Sync

    Blackburst in SD or TriSync HD

  • Interface

    Illuminated pushbuttons, status LEDs, and LCD with onscreen menus

  • Computer Interface

    USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration

  • SDI Resolution

    525 NTSC, 625 PAL, 720HD, 1080HD, 2K (2048x1080) and Ultra HD 4K

    (3840x2160) switchable

  • Format Support


    525/29.97 NTSC

    625/25 PAL


    720p 50/59.94

    1080i 50/59.94

    1080PsF 23.98/24/25/29.97

    1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94


    2048x1080PsF 23.98/24/25/29.97

    2048x1080p 23.94/24/25/29.97

    UHD 4K

    3840x2160p 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94

  • SDI Compliance

    SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M, and

    SMPTE 425M

  • 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

    24-bit, 48 kHz

  • Video Sampling


  • Color Precision


  • Color Space

    Rec 601, Rec 709

  • Aspect Ratio Conversion

    Real time fixed aspect ratio conversions

  • Real Time Video Processing

    Includes color correction and proc amp control

  • Format Conversion

    Real time up conversion, down conversion, cross conversion

  • Colorspace Conversion

    Hardware based real time

  • Software Control

    Software control utility (included) for changing settings via Windows 7

    and Mac OS X

  • Internal Software Upgrade

    Automatic upgrades when connected via USB 2.0

  • Supported Operating Systems

    Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later

    Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later

    Windows 7

    Windows 8

  • Power Supply

    1 x Built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet

    100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz

  • Operating Temperature

    41 to 122° F (5 to 50° C)

  • Storage Temperature

    -4 to 113° F (-20 to 45° C)

  • Relative Humidity

    0 to 90%, non-condensing

  • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    19.0 x 1.75 x 4.6" (48.3 x 4.5 x 11.7 cm)

  • Weight

    3.20 lb (1.45 kg)

  • Packaging Info


  • Package Weight

    3.765 lb

  • Box Dimensions (LxWxH)

    19.45 x 8.45 x 3.05"

  • Blackmagic Design Teranex Express
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty


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