The Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device is a very interesting and a highly useful device that Blackmagic has put out there. It is the "playback" aspect of any Blackmagic capture and playback device (and of any capture and playback device in general).
Where a capture and playback device, such as the UltraStudio 3D or the Intensity Extreme, captures video from a camera, transfers it to a computer, and additionally lets you output the video to a display other than that of your computer's, UltraStudio Mini Monitor only performs the last of these functions, also referred to as "playback." The point of outputting to a separate display is to output to a top-resolution display, the kind that your computer's display likely isn't, the kind that'll give you the best representation of your footage, the kind that'll let you get as precise as possible in color-grading, perhaps the kind that has features like Waveform. Mini Monitor connects to your computer by Thunderbolt and outputs to a monitor by either HDMI or SDI. (You'll need a Thunderbolt-equipped computer, such as any Mac.)
So, if you want to color grade on a top-resolution monitor, and you don't need the other characteristics of a capture and playback device, then UltraStudio Mini Monitor is all you need and it comes at a small portion of the cost of an average capture and playback device (also known as an I/O device).
(If you'll need the "capture" aspect instead, please check out the UltraStudio Mini Recorder).
|SDI Video Output||1x 10-bit SD/HD switchable|
|HDMI Video Output||1x HDMI type A connector|
|SDI Audio Output||8 channels embedded in SD and HD|
|HDMI Audio Output||8 channels embedded in SD and HD|
|SD Format Support||625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC and 525/23.98 NTSC|
|HD Format Support||720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94 and 1080i60|
|SDI Compliance||SMPTE 259M and SMPTE 292M|
|SDI Metadata Support||VITC read for 3:2 pulldown removal
VANC capture and playback using up to 3 lines of video in file
Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz at 24 bit
|Color Space||REC 601, REC 709|
|HDMI Configuration||HDMI automatically configures to connected display|
|HDMI Resolution||Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device|
|HDMI Color Precision||10-bit|
|Multiple Rate Support||SDI and HDMI are switchable between standard definition and high definition|
|Colorspace Conversion||Hardware based real time|
|HD Down Conversion||Software based down conversion during video playback|
|Real Time Effects||Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects
Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects
Avid Media Composer 6 internal effects
|Internal Software Upgrade||Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software.|
|Physical Installation||Requires computer with a Thunderbolt port|
|System Compatibility||Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later, and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.|
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