Universal Videohub 288 Frame angle

Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub 288 Frame

Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub 288 Frame

  • 18RU Rack Frame
  • Provision for up to 72 I/O cards
  • SDI or Optical Fiber Cards Can Be Mixed
  • Two Power Supplies Recommended for Redundancy
  • Removable Fan Tray & Fans
  • 288 x 288 Deck Control
  • All Modules are Hot Swappable
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The Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub 288 Frame is a customizable rack frame that lets you build the ultimate 3G/HD/SD deck control routing switcher. At 18 rack units high and only 6" deep, the Videohub 288 is designed to accept a mix of SDI interface, crosspoint, and power supply cards, upgradable as your application demands. Add up to 72 BNC SDI or optical fiber SDI interfaces along with a single 72 x 72 or dual 288 x 288 crosspoints, and up to 2 power cards. Other features include a removable fan tray, full auto standard detection, re-clocking, 3Gb/s SDI support, 288 x 288 deck control, and ethernet/serial control.

Optional Videohub Master Control and Videohub Smart Control Hardware Control Panel

When you are working in larger facilities with rack mounted equipment then you need a serious hardware based control panel! You can choose from two compact, 1 rack unit sized hardware control panels. Videohub Smart Control features 40 crystal look WRGB illuminated buttons that can be set to any router output. To set the input to any SDI equipment now just requires a single button press.

Videohub Master Control allows direct button entry or scrolling using the spin knob to access any source or destination, even on the largest Videohub router. Simply type in the label, or scroll the knob! You can see the source and destination on the built-in LCD that features beautiful anti aliased fonts for an extremely attractive user experience!


• 18RU rack frame
• Single 288x288 crosspoint card
• Provision for up to 72 I/O cards
• I/O cards can be either SDI or Optical Fiber and can be mixed in the frame
• Each I/O SDI and Optical Fiber card provides 4 inputs, 4 outputs, and 4 deck control ports (uses optional breakout cable sold separately)
• Provision for two Universal Videohub Power Supply modules; one required for operation, two required for redundancy
• Universal Videohub remote cable is an optional cable for connecting four decks to each I/O card
• Universal Videohub Power Supply comes complete with a single 1RU rackmount PSU, power card, and cable; requires IEC cable not included
• Universal Videohub lets you add SDI interface cards and crosspoints for a fully redundant design that keeps working 24/7.
• With no electronic components on the router motherboard, every single part can be replaced simply by hot-plugging cards.
• Cross-points are monitored constantly, and instantly change when a fault is detected!
• Router control software included free for Windows and Mac OS X.
• Firmware upgrade provided via included firmware updater application.
• Redundant power supply options are available, as well as a GPI alarm for connecting external alarms.
• Router connections preserved and restored instantly at power on independently of host computer.
• All modules are hot swappable When you're ready to upgrade, all SDI interface cards, crosspoint and power supply cards can be swapped in or out as needed.

More Information
Connections SDI Video Input

Up to 288 x SDI/HD-SDI, 3G-SD I and ASI. Can be BNC SDI or optical fiber SDI.

SDI Video Output

Up to 288 x SDI/HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and ASI with SDI re-clocking. Can be BNC SDI or optical fiber SDI.

Reference Signal

1 x Black Burst or Tri-level Sync input for all SD, HD and Optical connections.

Multi Rate Support

Auto detection of SD, HD or 3G-SDI. Simultaneous routing of 2K, HD, SD video and DVB-ASI.


USB 2.0 high speed (480Mb/s) interface.

Device Control

Up to 288 bidirectional Sony™ compatible RS-422 deck control ports via breakout cable.

Router Control

Use either RJ45 Ethernet, Smart Control or Master Control shared over IP network.

Router Configuration

RJ45 Ethernet for Videohub configuration and USB 2.0 for IP settings only.

ASI Support


RS-422 Router Control

1 x input for controlling router crosspoint switching.


On all SDI outputs.

Standards SD Format Support

525i29.97 NTSC, 625i25 PAL

HD Format Support

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

2K Format Support

2K DCI 23.98p, 2K DCI 24p, 2K DCI 25p

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.

SDI Video Rates

SDI video connections are switchable between standard definition, high definition and 2K. SDI switches between 270 Mb/s standard definition SDI, 1.5G-SDI HD-SDI and 3G-SDI HD and 2K SDI.

SDI Video Sampling

4:2:2 and 4:4:4.

SDI Audio Sampling

Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit.

SDI Color Precision

4:2:2 and 4:4:4 10 bit.

SDI Color Space


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™.

Operating Systems

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later.

Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

Power Requirements

Power Supply
Redundant power supply options are available. GPI connector for connecting external alarms.

Power Fail Protection
Router connections preserved and restored instantly at power on independently of host computer.

Physical Installation 18 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 288

SD card with software and manual

Warranty 3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
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