Live Event Tools: Decimator


We’ve been covering some of our favorite Live Event tools lately, trying to help you build the best video or lighting workbox whenever you’re doing a production. Every tool box needs a swiss-army-knife, or a tool that can help you convert, duplicate, reclock, etc in almost any fashion. Most people in the video world would call this an “ImagePro” but we didn’t want to suggest a $12000 box (plus it wouldn’t’ fit inside a standard Pelican 1510. Today we’re talking about:

Live Events Video Processor - Decimator

Decimator MD-Quad Live Event Video Processor

The first time I was able to get my hands on this device, my friend had taped up the entire unit with black Gaff Tape. He didn’t want anyone else to know what all this little box did, and now that I’ve used it and seen it in so many different environments I know why he wanted to keep it secret.
Single screen or multiscreen, you should check out this box.

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Have you ever been in a live event setting and needed to convert SDI to HDMI, Reclock your SDI run, generate a test tone through an audio SDI line, rescale your output, generate a test pattern or modify the margins on your image? Well this box will solve all those needs and more! Here are a few of the features of the Decimator:

  • 4:1 or 1:4 SDI splitter or multiplexer
  • Re-clock of SDI Signal and frame rates (take a 60 fps and convert to 24 fps)
  • Linked 3G/HD/SD SDI and HDMI outputs
  • Audio Tone Generator
  • 54 Test Patterns including Luma and Chroma Zone Plates
  • 26 Selectable Output Formats
  • Variable aspect ratios per quadrant
  • All 4 inputs can be simultaneously displayed on a single output (multi view)
  • And much more.

We don’t sell this box ourselves unfortunately, but it will run around $1300 and it’s worth it’s weight in gold. Don’t be caught empty handed on your next live event… grab a decimator (or two) and be ready to make some video production magic and save the show!  Click here for a place that sells the decimator.

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We at TripleWide Media want to help you become better at Live Event video production or Lighting design. It’s why we have the largest library of stock media fully devoted to the live event industry. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help!

Luke McElroy

Author Luke McElroy

Luke McElroy is the founder of Orange Thread Media, the parent company to TripleWide Media, SALT Conferences and Orange Thread LIVE. He is the author of The Wide Guide: Blueprint for the Multiscreen Movement. Hailed as one of the “top innovators for worship” by Worship Leader Magazine in 2013, Luke’s leadership has helped create powerful worship environments for thousands of Church communities throughout the entire world. He currently lives in Nashville, TN and regularly writes about creativity, leadership and faith at 

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