HD-SDI Frame graber compatability with Nvidia Jetson

I am trying to interface jetson with an HD-SDI imagery source. To do this I am trying to use a HD-SDI Frame Grabber. I have found through other forums like the one below that this is not supported directly through Nvidia for PCIE connection: https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/1044621/jetson-tx2/mpcie-sdi-video-cards-support-with-jetson-tx2-module-/

My thoughts after reading this were wether or not I could connect to the jetson with HD-SDI through an external source like USB3.0 or CSI-2? Would the Jetson include the drivers I would need to have my C++ program interface directly to the camera?

Below are the two options I have found that could work for these use cases:

HD-SDI to USB3.0: https://www.theimagingsource.com/products/converters-grabbers/sdi-to-usb-3.0-converters/

HD-SDI to csi-2: https://auvidea.eu/product-category/csi2bridge/sdi2csi/

Thank You!

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Hi Joshua,

did you end up with a solution? I’d also like to connect several (probably four) HD-SDI cameras with a Jetson (Xavier, in my case), since CSI-2 cabling just isn’t long enough. The HDI-SDI to CSI-2 adapters look promising but come quite costly with me needing four of them.


Hi @joshua.musch,

You may find interesting the following link about some HW solutions with Jetson TX2 device that includes HD-SDI video input support:

Hi @sichelschmidt,

You can take a look into the Maxim Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) SERDES technology, who provides high bandwidth and rich point-to-point interconnections between two endpoints over a single cable, which can be up to 15 meters long. This technology is the perfect solution to MIPI CSI-2 cabling distance limitation. You can find more detailed information on the following link:

Best regards,

Thanks Daniel. Will check.