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Advanced rack mount Thunderbolt and PCI Express capture and playback for SD, HD, Ultra HD up to 60p and DCI 4K, including 4:4:4 and dual channel 3D stereoscopic support. Features 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 so you can work with the latest high frame rate Ultra HD and 4K formats, along with analog video connections, timecode, analog XLR and AES/EBU audio, plus a built in hardware H.265 encoder.

 

UltraStudio for Thunderbolt

The highest quality capture and playback solutions for your Thunderbolt computer!

Built with blazingly fast Thunderbolt, UltraStudio lets you work with the highest quality video resolutions all the way up to Ultra HD and DCI 4K! Choose from a range of rack mount and portable UltraStudio for Thunderbolt models featuring SDI, HDMI and analog video connections. UltraStudio works with all your favorite video software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Creative Suite. UltraStudio is QuickTime and WDM based and work with any Mac OS X and Windows video software!

 

Advanced Workflow

UltraStudio for Thunderbolt models are perfect for high performance work that demands the highest quality. Using a single Thunderbolt cable, you can easily connect any Thunderbolt computer or laptop for amazing on set color correction, editing, visual effects and video streaming. Lightweight and compact, UltraStudio HD Mini and UltraStudio Mini models are extremely portable, easily moving from one computer to another. UltraStudio 4K models are high performance 'break out box' style capture and playback devices for the highest quality Ultra HD 60p editing as well as DCI 4K resolutions!

 

Choose the model that's perfect for your needs!

UltraStudio 4K models have a rack based ‘breakout box‘ design with the latest high performance 6G and 12G-SDI video technology, and are perfect for equipment racks, post production suites or flyaway kits! UltraStudio HD Mini features Thunderbolt 3, as well as built in SDI and analog component and composite inputs, reference, and RS-422. You also get dual link 3G-SDI with simultaneous fill and key output, as well as HDMI. UltraStudio Mini Recorder and UltraStudio Mini Monitor include SDI and HDMI connections and are great when you require either capture or playback in SD or HD. UltraStudio HD Mini and UltraStudio Mini models are Thunderbolt powered so you just plug in and go!

 

When you need the ultimate capture and playback solution then UltraStudio 4K Extreme is the perfect choice as it’s the most powerful video capture and playback product available. It features the latest, most advanced 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connections for working with high frame rate 60 frames per second, deep 12-bit color images at massive 4K resolutions! The built in hardware encoder can convert video in realtime to H.265, which is the distribution format for Ultra HD. It also includes a wider range of analog and digital connections than any other UltraStudio model so it can be used with virtually any camera, deck, router or display. For even higher performance, the UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 model has all the same powerful features of UltraStudio 4K Extreme, but also features the latest high speed Thunderbolt 3 connection for transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s over a single cable!

 

Built In Hardware Video Encoding

The UltraStudio 4K Extreme models feature a built in multi format hardware encoder that lets you capture to H.265. H.265 delivers amazing quality and is the compression standard for distributing Ultra HD content online. You can also use H.265 compression for SD and HD video giving you smaller files at higher quality than other compression formats. The built in hardware encoder is designed to be upgradable so you get a future proof solution that can add new formats via software updates as they become available.

 

World's Highest Quality Connections

With UltraStudio you can connect to virtually any video device, including cameras, monitors and broadcast decks for frame accurate editing and recording!

 

The Power of Thunderbolt

Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt™ technology, UltraStudio uses a blazingly fast single cable connection to your computer that has the bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily! Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization for the highest quality capture and playback. UltraStudio HD Mini and UltraStudio Mini models are powered via the Thunderbolt connection so they are extremely portable. The high performance UltraStudio 4K and UltraStudio 4K Extreme models feature double speed Thunderbolt 2 with loop thru and 6G-SDI or 12G-SDI. UltraStudio HD Mini and UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 both feature an incredibly fast, 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 connection,which makes UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 ideal for demanding 3D stereoscopic workflows, Ultra HD and DCI 4K.

 

Unmatched Quality

Amazing 4K resolutions in compressed or uncompressed

UltraStudio 4K supports popular compressed video formats such as ProRes and DNxHD as well as 10-bit uncompressed video, so you’re not locked into a single file format. When working with uncompressed video all captured images are a perfect pixel-for-pixel clone of the source without any quality loss, so you have the confidence you’re working at the absolute highest quality possible. Get the sharpest keying with green screens, cleanest compositions, superior color correction and more! Ultra HD 4K has 4 times the resolution of 1080HD for amazing looking images!

 

Attractive Design

Elegant styling and exceptional durability

UltraStudio 4K’s elegant front panel has an integrated color LCD and fast to use video and audio input buttons, all with built in video and audio connections using standard BNC, HDMI and XLR connectors. UltraStudio HD Mini is designed for portability and fits in ? of a standard rack so it can be mounted with other equipment, or used stand alone on the desktop! With a a wide range of connections, it’s perfect to take on the road. UltraStudio Mini models fit into the palm of your hand and feature SDI and HDMI connections at one end and a Thunderbolt connection at the other!

 

Mac OS X

Use your Favorite Software

UltraStudio is supported by a huge range of software applications for Mac OS X. Get drivers that work with fantastic editing software such as Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC, and Avid Media Composer. For visual effects get full compatibility with Fusion, After Effects CC and Photoshop CC. For audio get compatibility with ProTools, Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase. For streaming use Flash Media Live Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Producer.

 

Windows

Unrivalled compatibility

For Windows you get access to a massive range of software because UltraStudio supports WDM, DirectShow and QuickTime! For editing you can use Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro CC, MAGIX Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio Pro, CyberLink Power Director and MAGIX Video Pro. For visual effects use Fusion, After Effects CC and Photoshop CC. Audio software supported includes Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase. When streaming you get compatibility with Flash Media Live Encoder, Xsplit Broadcaster, Wirecast and Livestream Producer.

Connections

SDI Video Inputs

2 x 12Gb/s and 2 x 6Gb/s SD/HD/2K/4K. Supports single/dual/quad link 4:2:2/4:4:4. 2D/3D switchable.

SDI Video Outputs

2 x 12Gb/s and 2 x 6Gb/s SD/HD/2K/4K. Supports single/dual/quad link 4:2:2/4:4:4. 2D/3D switchable.

SDI Video Loop

4 x reclocked SD/HD/2K/4K linked to corresponding inputs.

SDI Video Repeated Outputs

2 x 12Gb/s and 2 x 6Gb/s SD/HD/2K/4K. Supports single/dual/quad link 4:2:2/4:4:4. 2D/3D switchable.

Analog Video Inputs

1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs, 1 x composite NTSC/PAL on 1 BNC

Analog Video Outputs

1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs, 1 x composite NTSC/PAL on 1 BNC

Analog Audio Inputs

4 Channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors and 2 channels of consumer unbalanced via RCA connectors.

Analog Audio Outputs

4 Channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors.

AES/EBU Audio Inputs

2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector.

SDI Audio Inputs

16 Channels embedded in SD/HD/2K/4K.

SDI Audio Outputs

16 Channels embedded in SD/HD/2K/4K.

HDMI Video Inputs

HDMI 2.0 type A connector with support for 2160p60

HDMI Video Outputs

HDMI 2.0 type A connector with support for 2160p60

HDMI Audio Inputs

8 Channels embedded in SD/HD/4K.

HDMI Audio Outputs

8 Channels embedded in SD/HD/4K.

Mic Input

1 x 48V microphone input via XLR connector. Phantom Power switchable via software control.

Timecode Input

1 x XLR Input.

Timecode Output

1 x XLR Output.

Sync Input

1 x Reference Loop Output. Tri-Sync or Black Burst.

Sync Output

1 x Reference Loop Output. Tri-Sync or Black Burst.

Device Control

2 x Sony™ compatible RS-422 deck control ports. Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control.

Computer Interface

Thunderbolt™ 2 (Mac OS and Windows only), PCI Express 4 lane generation 2.

Power

2 x Built in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet. 120-240V, 50-60Hz.

UltraStudio 4K Extreme

Supported Codecs

AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, HEVC, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, DNxHR & DNxHD, 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, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:4:4.

Software

Software Included

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

Software Applications

DaVinci Resolve IconDaVinci Resolve
Fusion IconFusion
Final Cut Pro IconFinal Cut Pro X
Premiere Pro IconAdobe Premiere Pro CC
Avid Media Composer IconAvid Media Composer
After Effects IconAdobe After Effects CC
Avid Pro Tools IconAvid Pro Tools
Steinberg Cubase IconSteinberg Cubase
Steinberg Nuendo IconSteinberg Nuendo
Photoshop IconAdobe 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.

SDI Video Standards

SD Video Standards

525i29.97 NTSC, 625i25 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

Ultra HD Video Standards

2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60

4K Video Standards

4K DCI 23.98p, 4K DCI 24p, 4K DCI 25p

3D Video Standards

720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30,
1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60
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, SMPTE 425M, SMPTE 435, SMPTE 2081, SMPTE 2082, ITU-R BT.656 and ITU-R BT.601.

SDI Metadata Support

RP 188/SMPTE 12M-2 and closed captioning.

SDI Audio Sampling

Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit.

SDI Video Sampling

4:4:4 & 4:2:2

SDI Color Precision

8, 10, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 in all modes up to Ultra HD 30p, and 8, 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 in all modes.

SDI Color Space

REC 601, REC 709.

SDI Configuration

SDI output is configurable for Quad Link 3Gb/s via Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility. When using single link 12Gb/s on SDI A or dual link 6Gb/s on SDI A and B, SDI C and D will output downconverted HD.

HDMI Video Standards

SD Video Standards

525i29.97 NTSC, 625i25 PAL

HD Video Standards

720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60

Ultra HD Video Standards

2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60

4K Video Standards

4K DCI 23.98p, 4K DCI 24p, 4K DCI 25p

Audio Sampling

Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit.

HDMI Video Sampling

4:4:4, 4:2:2 & 4:2:0

HDMI Color Precision

8, 10 & 12-bit (Deep Color).

HDMI Configuration

HDMI 2.0a supports Deep Color and HDR. Automatically configures to connected display.

Multiple Rate Support

HDMI and SDI video connections are switchable between SD/HD/2K and 4K. Component analog video connections are switchable between SD and HD.

Copy Protection

HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.

Processing

Encoding

Hardware based real time h.265 encoder.

Ultra HD Down Conversion

Built in, high quality hardware down converter outputs Ultra HD to HD with down-converted signal on SDI outputs C & D and HDMI output when connected to an HD-only TV.

HD to SD Down Conversion

HD to SD with down-converted signal on SDI output B, Component and Composite NTSC/PAL. SD output selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3.

HD Up Conversion

Built in , high quality hardware up conversion from SD to 720HD or 1080HD on playback. Selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 zoom and 16:9 zoom.

HD Cross Conversion

Built in, high quality hardware cross conversion from 720p to 1080i and 1080i to 720p on playback.

Real Time Effects

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

Physical Installation

Requires computer with either a Thunderbolt port or available PCI Express slot. PCI Express cable and interface card available separately. Please check support pages to see the full system requirement.

Colorspace Conversion

Hardware based real time.

3D Processing

Dual stream and frame packed capture & playback.

Physical Installation

Requires a computer with either a Thunderbolt port or available PCI Express slot.Blackmagic PCI Express Cable Kit available separately. Please check support pages to see the full system requirement.

Operating Systems

Mac Icon

Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,
macOS 10.12 Sierra or later.

Windows Icon

Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, all 64-bit.

Linux Icon

Linux 

Power Requirements

2 x Internal 100 - 240V AC

EMC Certifications

FCC, CE and C-Tick

Physical Specifications

UltraStudio 4K Extreme

Environmental Specifications

Operating Temperature

5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F)

Storage Temperature

-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)

Relative Humidity

0% to 90% non-condensing

What's Included

UltraStudio 4K Extreme

Software SD card

DaVinci Resolve SD card

Warranty

3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

 

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