Blackmagic Design Releases All Manner of Video Goodness-IBC 2012

It’s no secret I’m a huge Blackmagic Design fan. I use a ton of their gear…everything from mini-converters to monitors. They’ve released a bunch of new products that look promising at the recent IBC 2012, to wit:

UltraStudio 4K with Thunderbolt Technology:
Blackmagic Design today announced UltraStudio 4K, an attractively designed rack mount capture and playback device based on Thunderbolt™ technology developed by Intel® with collaboration from Apple®. UltraStudio 4K features full resolution 4K support, dual stream 3D capture/playback, 10bit hardware architecture, dual link 3 Gb/s SDI, support for up to 1080p60 in SDI,component analog and HDMI connections which support full SD, HD, and 4K , for only US$1,295.

UltraStudio 4K is a single rack unit design with a wide range of rear connectors. The front panel is a machined aluminum design that features an integrated color LCD as well as fast to use video and audio input buttons. UltraStudio 4K is attractive so it’s perfect for desktop as well as rack mount use. The power supply is built in so no need for an external plug pack, and the rear panel includes virtually every type of video and audio connection that exists using standard connectors. UltraStudio 4K can take advantage of long Thunderbolt cables that can be up to 30 meters away from the host computer.

Thunderbolt technology enables UltraStudio 4K to offer high enough speed for true 4K playback which is 4 times the resolution of regular HD 1080 video. The product includes Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI and analog component/s-video/composite, as well as balanced analog and AES/EBU digital audio capture and playback. UltraStudio 4K is perfect for 3D workflow as it features both interleaved/side by side and dual stream capture and playback. Interleaved 3D allows the left and right eye to be interleaved as fields into a single video connection and file, so customers can edit using current editing software.

UltraStudio 4K includes the latest advanced video technologies available. The built in Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI operates at 4 times the speed of a regular HD-SDI connection. UltraStudio 4K uses this speed for higher quality full color resolution 4:4:4 video as well as high video frame rates up to 1080p60. The built in Dual Link SDI connections allows dual stream 3D where capture and playback is done via two independent channels. The Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI also allows a new video standard for handling 4:2:2 4K playback for monitoring and is fully compatible with the Blackmagic Design Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K and Mini Converter SDI Multiplex products. Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI allows 4K using only 2 BNC cables, instead of the 4 BNC cables required in the past.

With SDI, HDMI and analog video capture and playback, combined with balanced analog and AES/EBU digital audio, UltraStudio 4K lets customers connect to all decks, cameras and monitors! UltraStudio 4K instantly switches between SD, HD, 2K and 4K, so is the ideal solution for all post production and broadcast users when working on design, editing, paint, color correction and effects tasks.

The UltraStudio Mini Monitor and Mini Recorder:
Blackmagic Design today announced UltraStudio Mini Monitor and UltraStudio Mini Recorder, two new capture and playback solutions featuring 3 Gb/s SDI and HDMI connections plus high speed Thunderbolt technology. UltraStudio Mini Monitor and UltraStudio Mini Recorder are extremely portable, pocket sized products powered by their Thunderbolt connections so they can be operated from a computer’s battery or power source. UltraStudio Mini Monitor and UltraStudio Mini Recorder support all common SD/HD formats for incredible quality video up to 1080p60 and will be available in November for only US$145.

Two models, UltraStudio Mini Monitor for playback and UltraStudio Mini Recorder for capture.
High-speed Thunderbolt™ port for capture and playback on each model.
Built in 3 Gb/s SDI and HDMI connections on each model.
Supports all common SD/HD video formats up to 1080p60.
Uncompressed and compressed 10-bit 4:2:2 YUV quality.
Supports Final Cut Pro X, Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS6, Avid Media Composer 6, Adobe® After Effects® CS6, Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 and more.
Includes Blackmagic Design’s Media Express 3.
Developer SDK available to download free.

DeckLink 4K Extreme:
3G SDI (3 Gb/s SDI) in and out, supports SD, HD up to 1080p60, 2K and 4K playback.
4K playback supports the new dual link 3 Gb/s SDI connection allowing 4 times HD resolution.
SDI inputs include full SDI re clocking for capture from poor quality SDI sources.
HDMI 1.4 in and out, supports SD and HD formats up to 1080p60 and frame packing 3D.
Component analog in and out, supports SD and HD formats up to 1080p60.
Component analog switches to s video and composite.
2 channel balanced analog audio in and out.
2 channel AES/EBU unbalanced audio in and out.
Genlock/tri-sync input.
Sony™ compatible RS-422 deck control.
Supports uncompressed 8, 10 and 12 bit and compressed video capture and playback.
Capture/playback of side by side, line by line, top and bottom and frame packing 3D via HDMI.
Capture/playback of side by side, line by line, top and bottom and dual stream 3D via SDI.
Includes high quality hardware up, down and cross conversion. HD down conversion from 4K.
Includes hardware SD and HD keying.
Plugs into Mac, Windows and Linux computers.
Supports Final Cut Studio, Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Fusion and more.
Includes free developer SDK for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Includes free Media Express capture and playback software for Windows, Mac and Linux.

DeckLink 4K Extreme will be available November for US$1,295

Mini Converter 4K:
The new Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K features a new HDMI connection that supports four times the resolution of HD video via a single HDMI link. Video projectors and televisions are beginning to be released with this new video standard and it allows full resolution 4K monitoring using a very convenient single HDMI connection, which is simple and easy for customers. However, currently the television industry has been using 4 x HD-SDI connections for connecting 4K signals.

This new converter will allow the four HD-SDI links to be connected to an HDMI 4K device, and will also handle the new Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI 4K connections built into the new UltraStudio 4K and DeckLink 4K Extreme capture and playback products from Blackmagic Design. Using 3 Gb/s SDI allows the same 4K signal to be connected between devices with only two BNC SDI cables, instead of four. This halves cost and halves the number of router cross points required when routing 4K in a busy facility.

This means Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K supports both older Quad Link and new Dual Link 4K SDI connections, so is perfect for all 4K monitoring. It also switches between SD and HD video formats automatically so can be used for any task required, in SD, HD and 4K! Price: US$495

Videohub Master Control:
Ethernet connection with Power over Ethernet and non powered loop through.
12 volt universal power supply included for use with non powered ethernet.
Full access to every cross point on large routers via direct entry or spin knob scrolling.
Spin knob allows customers to scroll through router labels in alphabetical order.
Direct button entry allows router labels to be typed in, or to limit scrolling list.
Supports optional “take” button set via software configuration.
Includes Mac and Windows software for control panel programming.
Button caps can be removed for easy labeling.
Buttons are illuminated by both RGB and white LEDs for highest illumination quality.
Compact 1 rack unit size, less than an inch thick. Works with all Videohub models.

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