Blackmagic UltraStudio HD Mini

Product SKU: BMD-BDLKULSDMINHD

Blackmagic UltraStudio HD Mini, Portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution with 3G-SDI, HDMI and analogue connections

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Blackmagic UltraStudio HD Mini

The Blackmagic UltraStudio HD Mini is a portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution that’s small enough to take anywhere and powerful enough to work on high end projects. It can capture and playback all formats up to 1080p60 in full 10-bit YUV, or up to 1080p30 and 2K DCI in 12-bit RGB. UltraStudio HD Mini features HDMI output for monitoring on a big screen television, dual 3G-SDI outputs for fill and key playback, plus analog audio and video inputs for digitizing and archiving materials from older analog decks.

This combination of connections greatly assist in workflows commonly used today. For example when doing archiving, customers need to connect to older broadcast decks such as Digital Betacam, Betacam SP and even 1” C format open reel decks. With analog component, composite and SDI inputs, plus a deck control serial port, UltraStudio HD Mini has all the features needed to connect and capture directly from those decks.

When working with modern editing and color correction software, such as DaVinci Resolve, customers can use the Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI or SDI outputs for high quality broadcast monitoring with perfect AV sync. When doing live broadcast graphics, customers can use the dual SDI outputs to output in real time both fill and key signals to downstream gear such as live production switchers. This lets computers output live graphics for keying over live action.

Designed for portability, UltraStudio HD Mini fits in ⅓ of a standard rack space so it can be racked alongside other equipment or used stand alone on the desktop. It’s also compatible with the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel, which adds enhanced front panel controls and LCD monitoring so customers can preview video, see audio meters, timecode and more. Ultra Studio HD Mini is even small enough to fit in a backpack with a laptop and portable drive, making it the ultimate on-the-go capture and playback solution.

Customers can purchase the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel which adds LCD monitoring and additional controls to the front of UltraStudio HD Mini. The easy to install design features push button controls and a bright color display for previewing video with audio meters, timecode and format information. It can also be used to adjust settings and change the source video input.

An exciting advantage of customers using the Teranex Mini Smart Panel is the LCD on the panel shows video and audio levels, plus status information. This status information shows input selection and video format used, as well as the frame buffer level indication. The frame buffer indication is a quality of capture and playback indicator and it will show the number of full buffers on playback or the number of empty buffers on capture. This means broadcasters can evaluate the performance of storage media while capturing or playing and have an indication of disk speed trouble well before it happens.

The Blackmagic UltraStudio HD Mini supports more editing, design and video software than any other capture product. Customers get full editing compatibility with DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer, Premiere Pro and more. It can be used to create stunning visual effects with Fusion and After Effects, and for color correction with DaVinci Resolve.

The Power of Thunderbolt

UltraStudio HD Mini features advanced Thunderbolt 3 technology that is capable of transferring data at up to 40 Gb/s. These data rates make it possible to capture and play back fully uncompressed video, leaving the computer’s CPU free for more processing tasks. UltraStudio HD Mini is also powered via Thunderbolt 3, so it powers from a laptop computer’s battery and customers don’t have to carry an external power supply with them when they’re on the road.

Blackmagic Ultrastudio HD Mini Features

Portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution with 3G-SDI, HDMI and analogue connections

Thunderbolt 3 interface capable of up to 40 Gb/s transfer speeds

Thunderbolt 3 for bus powered operation

3G-SDI input and two 3G-SDI outputs for dual link SDI playback and fill and key

Supports 3G-SDI Level A and Level B

HDMI 1.4a output

Y, Cb, Cr and NTSC/PAL input

Two 1/4” jack connectors for balanced analogue audio input

Tri-Sync and Black Burst reference input

RS-422 deck control connection

Supports 16 channels of embedded audio on SDI and 2 channels on HDMI

Supports all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60 and 2K DCI 25p for 10‑bit YUV

Supports all SD and HD formats up to 1080p30 for 12‑bit RGB

Supports optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel for status

Supports optional Teranex Mini Rack Shelf for rack mounting

What’s In The Box

  • Blackmagic UltraStudio HD Mini
  • DaVinci Resolve SD card
  • SD card with software, user manual
SDI Video Inputs

1 x 3Gb/s SD/HD switchable.

SDI Video Outputs

2 x 3Gb/s SD/HD switchable, supports fill and key.

SDI Rates

270Mb, 1.5G, 3G

HDMI Video Outputs

1 x HDMI 1.4b type A connector.

Analog Video Inputs

Y, B-Y, R-Y/NTSC/PAL.

Analog Audio Inputs

2 x 1/4 inch jack connectors for balanced and unbalanced analog audio.

SDI Audio Inputs

16 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

SDI Audio Outputs

16 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

HDMI Audio Outputs

2 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

Reference Input

Tri-Sync or Black Burst.

Supported Codecs

AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, DNxHD, DNxHR, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes LT, Apple ProRes 422 Proxy, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10‑bit 4:2:2.

Software Included

Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility and Blackmagic driver on Mac and Windows. Media Express, Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility and Blackmagic driver on Linux.

Internal Software Upgrade

Firmware built into software driver. Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software.

Supported Applications

DaVinci Resolve, Fusion, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects CC, Avid Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, Steinberg Nuendo, Adobe Photoshop CC Other supported applications include: The Foundry Nuke, Grass Valley Edius, Sony Catalyst Production Suite, Tools On Air Just: Play & Live & In, Softron MovieRecorder & MReplay, Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, Telestream Wirecast, Livestream Producer, Resolume Arena, Magix Vegas Pro & Movie Edit Pro Premium, Corel VideoStudio Pro, CyberLink PowerDirector, Vidblaster X & Studio & Broadcast, Uniplay One & CG, CasparCG Server, Magicsoft CG, Xsplit Broadcaster, Imagine Communications Velocity & InfoCaster, DevTek Easy Media Suite, Metus Ingest, Boinx Software MimoLive, Cinegy Capture Pro, vMix Live, Renewed Vision ProPresenter, Ventuz Director, Class X Liveboard & Coral CG, Glookast Capturer, Open Broadcaster Software Studio, Nautilus NEMO3D.

SD Video Standards

525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL

HD Video Standards

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 Video Standards

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

SDI Compliance

SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M and SMPTE 425M A/B.

Audio Sampling

Television rate of 48kHz and 24 bit.

SDI Video Sampling

4:2:2/4:4:4

Color Space

REC 601, REC 709.

HDMI Resolution

Pixel for pixel HD resolution input from connected device.

Multiple Rate support

SDI and HDMI video connections are switchable between standard definition and high definition. SDI switches between 270 Mb/s, 1.5 Gb/s and 3 Gb/s.

Hardware Frame Buffer

v210 (10 bit YUV), 2vuy (8 bit YUV), ARGB, BGRA (8 bit RGB), r210 (10 bit RGB), R12B,R12L (12 bit RGB).

Color Precision

8, 10, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 up to 1080p30, and 8, 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 in all standards.

Computer Capture

1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 for Mac and Windows. Powers from Thunderbolt host computer, includes Blackmagic Desktop Video SDK.

Device Control

1 x RS-422 deck control.

Colorspace Conversion

Hardware based real time.

HD Down Conversion

Real time 10-bit hardware down conversion on SDI B output when working in HD video formats on playback. Selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3 styles.

Real Time Effects

Final Cut Pro X internal effects. Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects. DaVinci Resolve.

Physical Installation

Requires computer with a Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C port. Please check support pages to see the full system requirements.

Operating Systems

Mac 10.13 High Sierra, Mac 10.14 Mojave or later. Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, all 64-bit.

Warranty

3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

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