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The worlds first 12G-SDI real-time SD, HD and Ultra HD up and down converter with embedded audio, closed captions, timecode and more!
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Introducing Teranex Express, the worlds first real-time SD, HD and Ultra HD broadcast up and down converter! Featuring advanced patented algorithms, Teranex Express gives you visually transparent quality conversions and are mandated by major broadcasters and studios worldwide! You get an incredible 178 SD, HD and Ultra HD conversions in full 10-bit quality complete with audio, closed captions, timecode and more!

Use Anywhere Perfect for live events, post and broadcast
Imagine converting your SD to HD all the way up to Ultra HD in real-time for presentation on massive outdoor LED displays, digital signs and live concerts or sporting events! Teranex Express is perfect as a dedicated up and down converter between broadcast equipment in television studios, and for remastering older SD and HD tapes into Ultra HD. You can even use Teranex Express in outside broadcast vehicles to up or down convert and synchronize video feeds instantly for live broadcast!

Familiar Design Advanced Teranex control panel

FamiliarFeaturing the familiar Teranex 2D and 3D control panel, Teranex Express has all of the controls you need at your fingertips. The built in LCD monitor lets you easily navigate menus and see source format and frame rate with live video, so you dont have to use an external monitor. With an elegant machined metal front panel, its compact 1RU size and built in international power supply, Teranex Express not only looks great in your studio, but is also perfect for portable racks and outside broadcast vehicles.

Transparent conversions between SD, HD and Ultra HD
Teranex Express can perform an incredible 178 up/down conversions between SD, HD, and Ultra HD in real-time. You can use Teranex Express for video conversions or to synchronize non genlocked, external feeds, or cameras into switchers for live production. Conversions retain timecode, include closed caption data, and always maintain perfect audio sync so your video is immediately ready for editing or broadcast.

Advanced Connections. Broadcast quality connections for 24/7 reliability
Teranex Express features the most advanced broadcast connections, including the world's first 12G-SDI that is compatible with all of your existing SDI equipment. The genlock input lets you synchronize signals between equipment and for larger studios, you can install an optional fiber optic module that lets you run video from up to 28 miles away.

12G-SDI High speed multi-rate SDI for SD, HD and Ultra HD
Teranex Express is the worlds first broadcast converter to include multi-rate 12G-SDI connections. That means it can switch between 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI making it compatibile with all of your existing SD, HD, and Ultra HD equipment! These connections can transfer data at an amazing 12 gigabits per second, making them fast enough to support progressive Ultra HD video at up to 60fps. That means Teranex Express will be able to support emerging formats when they become available, making it the most expandable and future proof solution you can buy!

Amazing detail, sharpness and clarity
Teranex Express features the advanced processing technology developed and patented by Teranex, which allows instant calculations on thousands of pixels simultaneously! You get full 10 bit processing, extremely high quality de-interlace and new optical quality Ultra HD scaling algorithms that interpolate images in real-time with amazing detail, sharpness and clarity without artifacts. Thats why Teranex conversions are indistinguishable from the original source video!

Patented PixelMotion technology and multi direction filtering
Teranexs proprietary and patented PixelMotion deinterlacing algorithms create perfect progressive frames for conversion by adjusting the aperture on a pixel by pixel basis. That 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, eliminates jaggies on conversions so you get well defined edges and the sharpest images possible!

Video Control. Adjust color, aspect ratio and more!
Now you can quickly and easily find the tools you need to correct color, convert formats or change aspect ratio! Teranex Express features a logically designed front panel and soft menus so you can adjust luminance, saturation, hue, black level, R-Y/B-Y color difference, sharpness, and more with the built in proc amp controls. Teranex Express features an integrated LCD screen on the front panel so you can make adjustments with confidence during live broadcasts.

Multi channel audio, timecode and subtitles
Video includes a lot more than images, and Teranex supports conversion of up to 16 audio channels plus timecode and closed caption VANC data. Teranex Express is also compatible with Dolby encoded audio, so it never has to be decoded or re-encoded during up and down conversions. With Teranex Express your subtitles are always retained and both audio and timecode always stay in perfect sync with your video!

Teranex is asked for by name worldwide!
Teranex processing is so well known for quality that it has been mandated globally by many countrys broadcasters for converting video. Because of its patented 10-bit processing algorithms and high quality deinterlacing, Teranex conversions look perfect, making distribution simple and problem free.

Up convert video for playback on 4K screens
Teranex Express features all new optical quality resizing algorithms. That means you get beautiful up conversions for displaying video on massive 4K screens. You can shoot audience reactions with HD cameras at your event and then use Teranex Express to up convert in real-time! Teranex Express is ideal for live events, such as concerts, conferences and worship services, where you need to convert different sources for output to projectors and HD displays!

Remaster SD and HD content to Ultra HD!
You never know what clients will walk through the door with, so need to be ready for anything. With support for 178 different real-time up and down conversions, Teranex Express lets you convert between SD, HD, and Ultra HD for your clients without waiting! Patented PixelMotion technology and multi-direction filtering means you get clean, sharp conversions that are visually indistinguishable from the source. Teranex Express is the fastest and highest quality way to convert between SD, HD and Ultra HD formats!

Master in Ultra HD and broadcast in HD
Broadcasters can use Teranex Express to handle all of their SD and HD conversions now and in the future its ready for Ultra HD! This means you can migrate from HD to Ultra HD as you integrate more equipment into your studio. And because Ultra HD and HD are the same aspect ratio, you dont need to worry about reframing. Teranex conversions are renowned for preserving image quality and detail. That means you can up or down convert in real-time and get the highest quality broadcast video!

Familiar Teranex controls
Teranex Express features an easy to use front panel which has been precisely designed to put all of the conversion options you need at your fingertips. The panel includes an integrated LCD screen for previewing video, and control buttons that light up to indicate the status of each conversion. And because Teranex Express shares the same front panel design as Teranex 2D and 3D, youll be able to start using it immediately!

Find settings and make live adjustments with confidence
Use the built in LCD screen to quickly find the conversion settings youre looking for with its logically laid out, easy to use menus. You can use the soft buttons alongside the LCD screen and the control knob to fine tune settings and make precise adjustments with confidence, even during live events or broadcast.

Reliable industry standard connections
Teranex Express includes SDI connections that are dual link so you can convert between single link 12G-SDI and dual link 6G-SDI. The built in SDI connections are also multi rate so they can switch between SD, HD, and Ultra HD television standards. The built in reference input gives you the option to synchronize incoming video signals from cameras or other sources. Theres also an industry standard socket so you can install an optional optical fiber module which allows you to run video up to 28 miles using low-cost fiber optic cable.

Integrated universal power supply
Teranex Express includes a built in 110/240V international power supply with a standard IEC connection so you can use it anywhere in the world. The international power supply is perfect for when broadcast trucks and mini racks used in different countries because all you need to do is source a local power cord and Teranex Express will switch voltage automatically.

178 Conversions

Incredible 178 up and down conversions

Conversions table - 178 conversions with Blackmagic Design Teranex Express

Teranex Express

Technical Specifications


Teranex Express is the worlds first real time SD, HD and Ultra HD broadcast standards converter! Featuring advanced patented algorithms, Teranex Express gives you the visually transparent, high-quality conversions that are mandated by major broadcasters and studios worldwide! You get an incredible 1089 SD, HD and Ultra HD up, down and standards conversions in full 10-bit quality! You also get amazing processing with high quality de-interlacing, noise reduction, automatic cadence detection, removal and correction even with edited content, adjustable scaling and aspect ratio conversion, all with full timecode and multi-channel audio conversion.

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SDI Video Inputs

1x BNC (IN A) 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD levels A and B, 6G and 12G Ultra HD auto switching.

1x BNC (IN B) 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD and 6G Ultra HD auto switching. Usable as dual link input for 4:2:2 3G or 6G UHD.

SDI Video Input Loops

1x BNC (IN A Loop) Reclocked, 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD, 6G and 12G Ultra HD auto switching.

1x BNC (IN B Loop) Reclocked, 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3 Gb/s HD, 6G Ultra HD auto switching.

SDI Video Outputs

1x BNC (OUT A) 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD levels A and B, 6G and 12G Ultra HD auto switching.

1x BNC (OUT B) 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD levels A and B and 6G Ultra HD auto switching. Usable as dual link output for 4:2:2 3G or 6G Ultra HD.

Quad SDI Video Outputs

SMPTE 435-1 - Quad HD Split (square division method) only. Utilizes SDI Out A for quadrant A, SDI Out B for quadrant B; reconfigures SDI In A Loop for quadrant C, SDI In B Loop for quadrant D.

Optical Fiber Video Inputs

1x 10bit SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K, Ultra HD auto switching.

Optical Fiber Video Outputs

1x 10bit SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K, Ultra HD auto switching. Not available while operating in Dual Link or Quad Link output modes.

SDI Audio Inputs

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K and Ultra HD.

SDI Audio Outputs

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K and Ultra HD.

Optical Fiber Connection (optional)

1x SMPTE optical fiber SFP socket.

Optical Fiber Audio Inputs

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K and Ultra HD.

Optical Fiber Audio Outputs

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K and Ultra HD.

Dolby Support Built In

Dolby AC-3 pass through in all conversions. Dolby E pass through except during video frame rate conversions.

Timecode Inputs

Support for VITC/ATC. No support for LTC.

Timecode Outputs

Support for VITC/ATC. No support for LTC.

Multi Rate Support

SDI connections are switchable between standard definition, high definition and UltraHD. SDI switches between 270 Mb/s standard definition SDI, 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI and 2K SDI, 3G HD, 6G and 12G Ultra HD.

Reference Input

1x BNC - Black Burst or Tri-level sync.

Computer Interface

1x USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates.
1x RJ45 10/100 Ethernet for remote control and configuration.

Processor Interface

Illuminated pushbuttons, status LEDs and LCD with easy to use onscreen menus.


SD Video Standards

525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL

1.5G-SDI HD Video Standards

720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30,
1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60

3G-SDI HD Video Standards

1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60 levels A and B

2K Video Standards

2K DCI 23.98p, 2K DCI 24p

2K DCI 23.98PsF, 2K DCI 24PsF

Ultra HD Video Standards

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

SDI Compliance


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

Television standard sample rate of 48kHz and 24-bit

Video Sampling

4:2:2 SDI

Color Precision


Color Space

REC 601, REC 709

SDI Video Standards

525 NTSC, 625 PAL, 720HD, 1080HD, 2K 2048 x 1080 and Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 auto switching.



Aspect Ratio Conversion

Real time variable and fixed aspect ratio conversions.

Real Time Video Processing

Includes noise reduction, cadence detection with insertion/removal, scene cut detection, color correction and proc amp control

Format Conversion

Real time up conversion, down conversion , cross conversion and SD/HD/UHD standards conversion.

Colorspace Conversion

Hardware based real time

Test Patterns

SMPTE 75% Bars; full field color bars 75%; convergence grid; multiburst ; black.


Software Control

Teranex Setup software control application included free of charge for changing settings via Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Mac.

Internal Software Upgrade

Via USB Type-B 2.0 using the included Teranex Setup application

Physical Specifications

Physical Installation

1 rack unit size. Less than 5 inches deep.


12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty

What's Included

Teranex Express

SD card with software and manual

2x Bumper guards with 4x M4 screws

Operating Systems

Mac 10.14 Mojave,
Mac 10.15 Catalina or later.

Windows 8.1 and 10.

Power Requirements

Power Supply

1 x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet. IEC power cable required. 100-240V, 50-60Hz

Typical Power Consumption

42 watts

Environmental Specifications

Operating Temperature

0 to 40 C (32 to 104 F)

Storage Temperature

-20 to 45 C (-4 to 113 F)

Relative Humidity

0% to 90% non-condensing

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