I have a LCD studio monitor with a unusable (to me) SDI input with no DVI or HDMI inputs (only component, S video & composite). Forget the ones in the $1k and up range. Is there anything under $300? No audio needed, one way only (not bi-directional).
My guess would be because of it's almost exclusive pro usage. The theater I work in has both single mode and multi mode fiber, sdi, and component at all our patch panels, and it rarely gets used. When we do boxing or MMA, the trucks string their own cable of choice and don't even use our system. In fact, the two Lightning 40sx house projectors are fed by Magenta cat5 baluns.
Sony 60a3000, Denon 3802, Oppo 83, Toshiba HD-XA2, Tannoy Saturn 8's, Tannoy PS-350 sub, and some legacy stuff. Samsung PN51D530 Plasma & PS3 in the other room.
I guess it's the law of supply and demand. SDI/HD-SDI chipsets are a relatively niche product (I remember evaluating first generation SDI chipsets in a former life!), so probably significantly more expensive to purchase, in small-ish volumes, than other drivers. (HD-SDI / SDI is pretty sophisticated tech as well - as it is sending high bit rate uncompressed video down much longer single feed coax cable runs than the cheaper HDMI stuff that uses multiple feeds?)
Add into that the volume sales of actual HDMI to HD-SDI/SDI converters - plus the HDCP issues (and possible requirement for scan conversion in the case of SDI) and you aren't going to find dirt-cheap solutions.
For what is a pro requirement (SDI/HD-SDI are pro connection systems) - the sub $500 price range is not unexpected.
We have a number of HDMI to HD-SDI interfaces at work - which do a straight 1080i or 720p pass-through of a non-HDCP source - but they are boards you buy to fit into a standard rack mounting enclosure (and share the PSU and control etc.) Work well for connecting PCs into broadcast infrastructure though.
I've used my Macbook connected to one via a Displayport to HDMI adaptor to play-out off-air HD recordings made in Windows Media Center to allow them to be used for editing and broadcast - under UK 'Fair Dealing - Criticism and Review' rights law. Worked very well. Much easier than trying to import a .wtv file into an Avid or FCP, and hugely higher quality than YouTube...
No, the problem is the HDCP on HDMI signal. Technically you could have HDMI with no HDCP and it would work in your scenario.
Yep - such signals aren't actually that rare - it's why HDMI->HD-SDI converters, as well as standalone recorders like the Nanoflash often have both HDMI and HD-SDI inputs.
Lower end camcorders often have HDMI rather than HD-SDI outputs, but their HDMI output doesn't contain HDCP protection, so conversion to HD-SDI is not a problem. I've also used HDMI to HD-SDI converters to record the output of PCs in the past - again with no HDCP present.
Sure, Blu-ray players and many HD set top boxes (cable, satellite etc.) have HDCP protection on their HDMI outputs, but other sources like camcorders, PCs etc. don't have to.
They aren't rare in a broadcast or production studio. http://www.panasonic.com/business/pr...BT-LH1710.asp#
Their current model is over $1k more that includes a DVI input so I think $300 is a better solution. Not to get too far OT, What/where controls the 'passage' of the video (and audio) signals the sender or receiver? IOW's which end blocks the so called 'protected' video?
AIUI an HDCP source, like a Blu-ray player or set-top box won't send video until it has negotiated with the display.
If all you want to do is watch OTA TV and Play DVDs - then wouldn't a SFF PC with a VGA output and a VGA to RGB+Syncs cable do the trick?
You may need a 'smart cable' that converts the separate H and V syncs usually used in VGA to a composite H+V sync signal (though some GPUs can output composite Syncs as an option - my old Radeon used to which I used for an SD RGB+Syncs VGA to SCART converter in the UK)
VGA is much more useful in 60Hz land than it is to us in 50Hz land for TV use (50Hz VGA is pretty rare...)
Or if you have an older video card with YPrPb HD Component output that might work?
Suspect you're out of luck for HDCP encoded signals unless you buy some grey market devices.
There are Blu-ray players and DVB OTA/Satellite STBs on the market with mods to give them HD-SDI outputs - and in use by most broadcasters in the UK for this very reason... Probably breaking lots of laws - but many broadcasters are using them to off-air HD material...
The cheapest HD-SDI to HDMI conversion devices I've seen in the UK are the Blackmagic boxes (GBP£190ish) - but they are only for non-HDCP HDMI content (such as camcorder or PC outputs in some situations)
If you have a Nanoflash recorder knocking around (They were very common in the UK to off-board record Sony EX1/3 at 50Mbs and thus shoot in a UK-HD broadcaster compliant format, though the XF305 has kind of replaced the EX3+Nano combo for self-shooting HD here) the that will convert both ways in E-to-E mode (again non-HDCP only)
Screw HDCP... get a DC-DA1 if they still make them? Been using mine for years to watch 1080i and line doubled DVDs and stuff on my 65" HDTV which has only DVI and VGA input and no HDCP. New costs around $350. Used on Ebay alot less. When I bought mine it cost alot less... nice to buy electronics which actually appreciate in value.