Blackmagic Design Universal VideoHub 72

Modular Multi-format Routing Matrix

Blackmagic Design Universal VideoHub 72

Blackmagic Design Universal VideoHub 72

Modular Multi-format Routing Matrix


Cat no: 11813

  • Fully Scalable
  • Add either SDI or Optical Fiber SDI interface cards
  • Auto stand detection
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£2,165.00 (ex vat) £2,598.00 (incl vat)

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Blackmagic Design Universal VideoHub 72

Build your own router with Universal Videohub 72!
If you're looking for true redundancy and the ability to build your own router with both BNC SDI and optical fiber SDI, then Universal Videohub is the perfect choice. Universal Videohub comes in two models for a maximum 72 x 72 or 288 x 288 crosspoint size, and because every module in the router is card based, you can mix and match components to get the router you need, and hot swap cards in the unlikely event of failure!

Universal Videohub includes powerful features such as SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI auto-switching, built in deck control ports, and ethernet and serial crosspoint control. The larger Universal Videohub 288 model supports dual crosspoint and power supply cards for full redundancy. With Universal Videohub, you get flexibility, quality and redundancy, all at an incredibly affordable price!

Universal Videohub 72 is a fully scalable 3G/HD/SD and deck control routing switcher. Add either regular copper SDI or optical fiber SDI interface cards as you need, up to a 72 x 72 SDI size router. The Universal Videohub 72 rack frame is only 5 RU and 6 inches deep and can support a single 72 x 72 crosspoint card and a single power supply card.

You get full auto standard detection, re-clocking, 3 Gb/s SDI support, 72 x 72 deck control, ethernet/serial control and more. Universal Videohub 72 is a fantastic medium sized router that lets you grow. When you're ready to upgrade, all SDI interface cards, crosspoint and power supply cards can be installed into the larger Universal Videohub 288 chassis!

Build it Yourself
Universal Videohub ships unpopulated, without any cards plugged in, so you are free to build your router any way you want! For example, you can plug in BNC SDI cards and optical fiber SDI cards in any combination depending on the equipment you have. This makes it easy to partially load SDI interface cards, to start at an affordable size, and then add more SDI interface cards over time to grow to a massive 288 x 288 size! To make scalability even easier, the cross point card and power supply cards from the Universal Videohub 72 can be plugged into the Universal Videohub 288. Only Universal Videohub lets you upgrade to a larger rack frame and keep their entire investment in interface cards and power supplies!

24/7 Broadcast Reliability
Universal Videohub is the router you need for true 24/7 reliability because its card based design lets every electronic component be easily replaced in the rare event of failure. Universal Videohub has no electronic components on the motherboard and all electronics can be hot swapped with replacements in case of failure, or when upgrading. Universal Videohub 288 even includes an extra slot for a redundant cross point and power supply. In case of failure, the cross point will instantly change over allowing continuous operation.

SDI Re-Clocking
Videohub also includes built in SDI re-clockers on each SDI input which regenerate the SDI video signal. Every inch of video cable from your SDI video devices degrades the SDI signal. Expensive premium grade "digital" cables can help, however simply cannot eliminate this loss. With SDI re-clocking you can have a regenerated and clean SDI signal out to all the SDI devices in your studio. That means longer cable lengths, and no glitches in your video.

Simultaneous SD, HD or 3 Gb/s Video
Videohub makes it easy to run Standard Definition and High Definition equipment now and add 3 Gb/s SDI equipment in the future. That's because Videohub handles mixed SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI connections all on the same router at the same time. Videohub automatically detects when an SDI input changes, and instantly sets all SDI outputs connected to that input to match. SDI re-clocking and output SDI slew rates change automatically.

World's Highest Quality 3 Gb/s SDI
With the exciting new 3 Gb/s SDI connections built in, Videohub allows twice the SDI data rate than normal HD-SDI. Use 3 Gb/s SDI for high resolution real time 2048 x 1556 feature film editing. 3 Gb/s SDI has full compatibility with SD, HD or 2K in 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 all with a single BNC cable. With 3 Gb/s SDI built in, you have full compatibility with all your current standard definition SDI and high definition SDI equipment, plus any new formats that come along in the future. With Videohub, your studio is future proof.

Build Your Own Universal Videohub 72!
1. Universal Videohub 72
Rack frame lets you add up to 18 BNC SDI or optical fiber SDI interfaces plus a single 72 x 72 crosspoint and power card. Includes removable fan tray and fans.
2. Universal Videohub 72 Crosspoint
Supports up to 72 x 72 SDI and control, ethernet and serial router control, genlock and alarm indictors. Compatible with Universal Videohub 72 and 288 frames.
3. Universal Videohub - SDI Interface
Includes 4 SDI inputs and 4 SDI outputs, plus 4 deck control. Includes full re-clocking and auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI.
4. Universal Videohub - Optical Interface
Includes 4 inputs and 4 outputs plus 4 deck control, re-clocking and SD, HD and 3 Gb/s. 1310 nm laser drivers and receivers up to 25 km at 3 Gb/s.
5. Universal Videohub - 450W Power Card
Lets you add up to 3 external 12 volt power supply "bricks" (sold seperately) as you need. 3 power supplies gives you enough power for 288 x 288 BNC SDI!
6. Universal Videohub - Remote Cable
If you need remote control then use this cable to add four independent remote control ports to either the BNC SDI or optical fiber SDI interfaces!

Key Features

  • Fully Scalable
  • Add either SDI or Optical Fiber SDI interface cards
  • Auto stand detection
  • Handles mixed SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI connections
  • Deck control
  • Re-clocking
  • 24/7 reliability

Product Specification


 SDI Video Output  Up to 72 x SDI/HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and ASI with SDI re-clocking. Can be BNC SDI or optical fiber SDI.
 Reference Input  1 x Black burst and Tri-Level Sync for all SD, HD and 2K SDI and optical connections.
 Multi Rate Support  Auto detection of SD, HD or 3G-SDI. Simultaneous routing of 2K, HD, SD video and DVB-ASI.
 SDI Video Input  Up to 72 x SDI/HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and ASI. Can be BNC SDI or optical fiber SDI.
 Updates  USB 2.0 high speed (480Mb/s) interface.
 Device Control  Up to 72 bidirectional Sony™ compatible RS-422 deck control ports via breakout cable.
 RS-422 Router Control  1 x input for controlling router crosspoint switching.
 Router Control  Use either RJ45 Ethernet or Smart Control or Master Control shared over IP network.
 Router Configuration  Use either RJ45 Ethernet or USB 2.0 (IP setting only) high speed interface shared over IP network.
 Reclocking  On all SDI outputs.
 GPI  GPI connector for connecting external alarms.
 SD Format Support  625/25 PAL and 525/29.97 NTSC.
 HD Format Support  1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60.
 1080PsF23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30.
 1080i50, 59.94, 60.
 720p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60.
 SDI Compliance  SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 310M, SMPTE 425M-A, SMPTE 425M-B, ITU-R BT.656 and
ITU-R BT.601.
 2K Format Support  2048 x 1556p23.98, 24, 25.
 SDI Video Rates  SDI video connections are switchable between standard definition, high definition and 2K. SDI switches between 270 Mb/s standard definition SDI, 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI and 3 Gb/s HD and 2K SDI.
 SDI Video Sampling  4:2:2 and 4:4:4.
 SDI Colour Precision  4:2:2 and 4:4:4 10-bit.
 SDI Audio Sampling  Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit.
 SDI Colour Space  YUV or RGB.
 SDI Auto Switching  Automatically selects between SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and DVB-ASI on each input so that each input can be running a different television standard.
 SDI Metadata Support  Video payload identification ancillary data as per SMPTE 352M.
 Internal Software Upgrade  Via included firmware updater application.
 Software Control  Router control included free for Windows™ and Mac OS X™.
 Power Requirements
 Power Supply  Redundant power supply options are available.
 Power Fail Protection  Router connections preserved and restored instantly at power on independently of host computer.
 Physical Specifications
 Width  482 mm
 Height  221.05 mm
 Depth  160.8 mm
 Weight  6.4 kg
 Physical Installation
 5 rack unit size. Less than 6 inches deep.

 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
 What's Included
 Universal Videohub 72

 3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

This product includes:

  • Universal Videohub 72

Blackmagic Design Warranty Periods


All Blackmagic Design products are covered by a 2 year warranty period.

To submit a warranty claim, you will first need to complete an RMA Request video our website -

Once we have received your RMA Request, we shall contact you with further instructions regarding the return of your product(s).

If you are unsure as to when your warranty expires, you can call us on 01442 292929 or email

* Finance available to UK incorporated limited companies only

Photolease Company Finance from £48.67 (ex VAT) per month.

All lease figures below exclude VAT. Finance available to UK incorporated limited companies only.

Term (months) First Payment Monthly Payments Admin Fee Total Payment
60 £98.67 £48.67 £50.00 £2,970.15
48 £107.59 £57.59 £50.00 £2,814.27
36 £122.70 £72.70 £50.00 £2,667.23
24 £152.79 £102.79 £50.00 £2,517.06
12 £242.97 £192.97 £50.00 £2,365.60

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Cables Click to expand

Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub Remote Cable

Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub Remote Cable

£57.00 (ex vat) £68.40 (incl vat)

Digital Switchers Click to expand

Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub SDI Interface

Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub SDI Interface

£275.00 (ex vat) £330.00 (incl vat)

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