Blackmagic Ultrastudio Pro

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World’s first USB 3.0 SD/HD 10-bit capture and playback that includes loads of video and audio connections in an attractive design that looks great on your desktop! Includes independent SDI, HDMI, component, composite, and S-video connections as well as 4 channels of balanced analog audio plus 2 channels of AES/EBU digital audio. Also includes black burst/tri-sync input, deck control and a built in up, down and cross converter!

Technical Specifications


SDI Video Input

1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.

SDI Video Output

1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable. 1 x 10 bit SD only, down converted or key.

Analog Video Input

1 x Component video on 3 BNCs.

1 x S-Video video on S-Video connector.

1 x Composite NTSC/PAL on 1 BNC.

Analog Video Output

1 x Component video on 3 BNCs. 1 x S-Video on S-Video connector. 1 x Composite NTSC/PAL on 1 BNC.

HDMI Video Input

1 x HDMI type A connector

HDMI Video Output

1 x HDMI type A connector

Analog Audio Input

4 Channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors.

Analog Audio Output

4 Channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors. Channels 3 and 4 can switch to AES/EBU outputs.

AES/EBU Audio Input

2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter.

AES/EBU Audio Output

2 Channels unbalanced. Analog outputs 3 and 4 can switch to AES/EBU outputs for audio 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 output. This provides a total of 6 AES/EBU output audio channels when using this feature.

SDI Audio Input

8 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

SDI Audio Output

8 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

HDMI Audio Input

8 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

HDMI Audio Output

8 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

Sync Input

Blackburst in SD, 720p50, 720p59.94, 1080i50 and 1080i59.94 formats or Tri-Sync in any HD format.

Device Control

Sony™ compatible RS422 deck control ports. Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control.

Computer Interface

USB 3.0


Requires power supply (included)

UltraStudio Pro


Supports: AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2.

Software Applications

Icn -davinci -resolve

DaVinci Resolve

Icn -fusion


Icn -premiere -pro

Premiere Pro CC

Icn -media -composer

Avid Media Composer

Icn -after -effects

After Effects CC

Icn -pro -tools

Avid Pro Tools

Icn -cubase


Icn -vegas

Sony Vegas Pro

Icn -photoshop

Photoshop CC


Corel VideoStudio Pro X4

Other supported applications include:Avid Symphony, Avid News Cutter, CyberLink Power Director, MAGIX Video Pro X4, Vidcaster Pro & Studio & Broadcast, Uniplay, Playbox AirBox. CasparCG, Magicsoft CG, Steinberg Nuendo, Flash Media Encoder, Xsplit Broadcaster, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster, Imagine Communications Velocity & InfoCaster.

Video Standards

SD Format Support

625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC and 525/23.98 NTSC and 480p.

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. HD RP188. Closed captioning.

Audio Sampling

Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz at 24 bit.

Video Sampling


Color Precision


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

Copy Protection

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


Colorspace Conversion

Hardware based real time.

HD Down Conversion

Built in, high quality hardware down converter always outputs to SD-SDI, composite and s-video when working in HD video formats. Component output can be switched between HD or SD. 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. Selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 pillarbox and 16:9 zoom. HD outputs via HD-SDI and component analog.

HD Cross Conversion

Built in, high quality hardware cross conversion from 720HD to 1080HD and 1080HD to 720HD.

Real Time Effects

Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects.

Operating Systems


Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later.

Windows Icon

Windows 7 64-bit or better

Power Requirements

AC Adapter (included)

Physical SpecificationsUltraStudio Pro

Environmental Specifications

Operating Temperature

5° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)

Storage Temperature

-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)

Relative Humidity

0% to 90% non-condensing

What's Included

UltraStudio Pro

Software CD

Breakout cable for analog video and audio connections

USB 3.0 cable

12V+ Universal Power supply


Software Included

Media Express, Disk Speed Test, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic driver on Windows™.

Internal Software Upgrade

Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software.

Physical Installation

Requires a computer with onboard USB 3.0, or a USB 3.0 PCI Express 2.0 card. Does not support USB 2.0 capture and playback. Please check the Support pages to see the full system requirements.


3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.


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