Blackmagic UltraStudio SDI

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Get an attractive, portable and fully machined aluminum design that looks great on your desktop or on location shoots. UltraStudio SDI includes SDI capture and playback, as well as a built in HDMI output for affordable local monitoring using a low cost television as a broadcast monitor. It also includes genlock and RS-422 deck control. UltraStudio SDI powers from the USB 3.0 connection so it is an extremely easy to install and very portable solution.

Technical Specifications


SDI Video Input

1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.

SDI Video Output

1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.

HDMI Video Output

1 x HDMI type A connector

SDI Audio Input

8 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

SDI Audio Output

2 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

HDMI Audio Output

2 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


USB 3.0 Bus Powered.

UltraStudio SDI


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

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DaVinci Resolve

Icn -fusion


Icn -premiere -pro

Premiere Pro CC

Icn -media -composer

Avid Media Composer

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After Effects CC

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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.

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 and HDMI 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

Software based down conversion during video playback.

HD Up Conversion

Real time standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture.

HD Cross Conversion

Real time 720HD to 1080HD during video capture.

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.

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Windows 7 64-bit or better

Power Requirements

USB Bus Powered.

Physical SpecificationsUltraStudio SDI

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 SDI

USB 3.0 cable

Software CD

Mounting Plate


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.


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