IBC 2017: New Atomos CONNECT Converters – Connect, Convert, Scale, Sync, and Split Just About Everything

Atomos opened their IBC 2017 presence with their new Atomos Sumo19M HDR Production monitor, which we posted about here, and now they also announced the new lineup of Atomos Connect Converter devices aimed not just at broadcasters, but also live events such as concerts. The new Atomos Connect Convert line comes colour coded and forms a comprehensive and versatile lineup of 15 different conversion, signal processing and system integration boxes that connect, convert, scale, sync, split and repeat your video signals. The new lineup of Connect converters is not to be confused with the already existing Connect H2S HDMI to SDI and visa versa.

The new lineup of Connect Convert devices feature a robust construction with locking DC and HDMI connectors, USB power and detachable mounting ears. Status is clearly displayed on bright LEDs and they can be quickly and easily configured using the free ConnectOS software. According to Atomos those are rock solid in terms of build quality and reliability, which combined with easy integration were key criteria when designing the range.

Atomos Connect Converters

“We know the way to gain the trust of integrators and broadcasters is to back our products with a three year warranty. With this bold statement, there’s no question that the Connect range will become the de facto converters for the industry,” says Atomos CEO Jeromy Young. “These converters are designed to be extremely durable and reliable yet cost-effective – making them immediately stand out from existing converters,”

“We have a Connect unit for practically everything and I’m certain they will quickly find homes in productions big and small.”

The Connect Convert TC and Connect Convert 4K models also have a standout feature that adds scope and audio overlay to any connected display. Timecode, waveform and audio VU meters can be overlaid on the video signal with the toggle of a dip switch.

Each converter is colour-coded according to use, making life easier for broadcast and AV system integrators: blue for connect, red for convert, yellow for scale, green for sync, black for split and white for repeat. Bright LEDs clearly display the status of each unit at a glance. Finding the right box and confirming its status has never been easier.

The new range come in slim line metal housings with removable mounting ears, allowing for flexible mounting options for Broadcast and ProAV applications. Power is via the locking DC power connectors for the included AC adapters, or via USB, providing the ability to run for hours from simple cell phone power banks, or from the USB sockets of many modern monitors or TV sets. HDMI connections also have an included locking mechanism that screws into the unit and allows different sized connectors to be secured with a cable tie. This increases the reliability when using the consumer cables. Setup is straightforward with physical dip switches that allow rapid access to main settings.

Atomos will also provide ConnectOS software free of charge that allows full control of scaling and converting parameters from a PC via USB. The Connect Convert TC and Connect Convert 4K models also have a standout feature that adds scope and audio overlay to any connected display. Timecode, waveform and audio VU meters can be overlaid on the video signal with the toggle of a dip switch.

Atomos Connect Converters

Check out some of the key features and applications for the new Atomos Connect Convert lineup below:

  • Integrate

HDMI devices into a SDI world If you need to simply convert the HDMI output from your mirrorless camera to SDI to go into a wireless transmitter or switcher, then the Connect Convert HDMI to SDI will do the task for you. If you want to integrate HDMI devices into a more professional broadcast system, then use the HDMI to SDI Convert unit with a built-in synchronizer. It is signal-referenced to provide a proper input to Switchers or Vision Mixers and provides an extremely cost-effective solution for systems integrators.

  • Extend your SDI over great distances

Long SDI cable runs are catered for with the Connect SDI repeater, which can be used on its own or combined with the Connect SDI Splitter for a one-to-many signal distribution using standard coax cable. Want to run a SDI cable longer than 400m from your camera channel to your OB truck? We have you covered with the Connect Convert Fiber SDI-to-Fiber and Fiber-to-SDI boxes. These stand-alone or integrated solutions will save a lot of money and time – a must in every Video Engineer’s tool kit.

  • Connect your Front of house computers

For Live Event and Pro AV users you can use Connect converters to get signal sources from the front of house to your video village. Your presentation PC or MAC can be easily output to a Vision Mixer.

  • Integrate legacy HD kit

Legacy HD products, such as tape decks and older cameras can be easily integrated into modern systems with the Connect Analogue to HDMI/SDI converters. Couple these with an Atomos recorder and you can easily archive content to ProRes or Avid DNxHD.

The Connect Convertor HD converter line-up is estimated to start shipping in October, with the 4K models to ship by the end of 2017. Pricing starts at $99, going up to $595 USD for the 4K Line of Connect Converters.

For more information and full specs head over to Atomos.

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