Portable Capture and Playback for your Thunderbolt computer!
When you need tiny sized portable video capture and playback for your Thunderbolt laptop or desktop computer then UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini are the perfect solution. You get an extremely affordable solution with high quality SD and HD video all powered from the Thunderbolt connection so you just plug in and go! UltraStudio Express includes capture and playback of SD/HD-SDI, HDMI and analog video and analog audio all in the one beautifully designed model. UltraStudio Mini Recorder is the pocket sized SDI and HDMI recorder and UltraStudio Mini Monitor features SDI and HDMI playback, perfect for simple low cost NLE monitoring
UltraStudio Express and the UltraStudio Mini's are the solution you need when doing SD and HD work that demand quality. If you're editing with Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro then you get high quality and an extremely portable design, perfect for editing on location. UltraStudio takes care of moving your media in and out of your computer so it's perfect for modern file based workflows. UltraStudio is powered via the Thunderbolt connection so it powers from your laptop battery. That makes UltraStudio Express the perfect 'everything in and out' solution that you can take with you. If you're traveling light, then UltraStudio Monitor is the ideal solution for monitoring when editing and it's smaller than your phone!
Attractive Portable Design
The UltraStudio Express model features a wonderful machined aluminum design that looks great with your laptop or on your desktop. You get SDI and HDMI connections on the rear panel as well as a break out cable connector for analog video and audio. UltraStudio Express includes two break out cables, one for professional use with BNC video connections and XLR audio connections, plus reference input and RS422 deck control. The other break out cable includes RCA connectors for audio and video so you can connect to consumer equipment. Dual break out cables means you can capture and playback from a wider range of both professional and consumer equipment. UltraStudio Mini Recorder and Monitor include only a single HDMI and SDI connection each so they are the tiniest way to capture and playback video available!
The Power of Thunderbolt
Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt technology, UltraStudio has a blazingly fast 10 Gb/s connection thats up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Thats enough bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily! Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization, making the UltraStudio ideal for demanding HD work. Thunderbolt also has the power budget to allow UltraStudio to operate from the Thunderbolt connections, so it can operate from your laptop battery, perfect for on location or remote areas. UltraStudio makes it easy to work with all the video formats you need, conveniently on your desktop or notebook computer!
Now you can handle any job your client presents to you, from TVC to feature films. UltraStudio operates with both compressed and uncompressed video, so it can handle anything and you're not locked into a single codec quality. When working with uncompressed video, all captured images are a perfect pixel-for-pixel clone of the source, without any generational loss or damaging compression, so you have the confidence youre working at the absolute highest quality possible! Get the sharpest green screens, cleanest compositions, superior color correction and more! With mature drivers, award winning Media Express software, attractive design, and the highest quality video!
Advanced Video Technology
UltraStudio Express uses the latest technology so you get an amazing amount of performance packed into an extremely small design, all low power enough to be Thunderbolt powered! UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models might be low cost, but they include the same advanced video technology that other companies charge tens of thousands of dollars for. You get low jitter SDI video that meets broadcast specifications and instantly switches between standard definition and high definition. That means you can use it for anything. The included HDMI connections adhere to the latest versions of the HDMI standard so you eliminate HDMI incompatibilities. Both SDI and HDMI include multiple channels of embedded audio as well as ancillary data such as RP-188.
Compatible with all Video Software!
UltraStudio is fully compatible with your favorite software. Blackmagic Design was the first company in the world to ship a Thunderbolt video product so we have mature drivers that work with more software! All UltraStudio files are open standard DPX and QuickTime format, so are compatible with all software. UltraStudio even includes a developer SDK and QuickTime API so you can develop your own custom solutions!
Compatible with all Video Software!
UltraStudio is fully compatible with your favorite software. Blackmagic Design was the first company in the world to ship a Thunderbolt video product so we have mature drivers that work with more software! All UltraStudio files are open standard DPX and QuickTime format, so are compatible with all software. UltraStudio even includes a developer SDK and QuickTime API so you can develop your own custom solutions!You get drivers that work with fantastic editing software such as Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Symphony, Avid News Cutter. For visual effects get full compatibly with Adobe After Effects, The Foundry Nuke and Adobe Photoshop. For broadcast automation you can use Tools On Air just:in and live:cut and just:play and just:live, Softron OnTheAir, MovieRecorder and OnTheAir CG. For audio get compatibly with ProTools, Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase. For streaming use Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster. VJ use supports Resolume Avenue 4.
UltraStudio includes everything you need for editing, paint or broadcast design. We include a full set of drivers for capture and playback with real-time effects in Premiere Pro! Also included is Media Express for batch capture and output to tape with frame accurate deck control using AVI, QuickTime and DPX files! Only Media Express lets you use virtually any software for video work! Adobe Photoshop is the world standard for paint and image design, and UltraStudio includes Photoshop plug-ins so you can grab frames from the video input, or send frames to the video output, directly from within Photoshop itself! UltraStudio also supports real-time RAM preview in Adobe After Effects!
Blackmagic Utilities Included!
UltraStudio also includes Blackmagic LiveKey and Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. LiveKey lets you insert logos and other graphics in real-time using SDI outputs. Disk Speed Test checks your disk array and gives you an easy to understand speed test with the results in video frames per second!
Alpha Keying with LiveKey - UltraStudio 3D can be switched into a standard or high definition keyer card so you can live insert logos and other graphics in real-time using the SDI outputs to an external mixer. The included LiveKey application allows you to turn on and control keying, and can also be used to output still images with alpha channels to key. LiveKey allows custom setting of key blending levels for live up and down fading of graphics. If you want to add a periodic overlay of a graphic, such as not for copying or distribution' labels on dubs, then LiveKey has an automatic mode where graphics can be programmed to cycle up and down.
Disk Speed Test - Configuring a high speed disk array for high speed uncompressed high definition video is getting easier. Even SATA disks can be connected together for low cost arrays with amazing speed and capacity. Use Disk Speed Test (included free) to get a great real world indication of your disk array performance. Reported in a simple frames per second count, Disk Speed Test uses long sustained block transfers just like capturing and playing video, so its more accurate than generic disk test utilities.
Blackmagic Media Express Included!
Blackmagic Media Express is free software that comes with UltraStudio 3D. Media Express lets you batch capture and playback 2D or even dual stream stereoscopic 3D in uncompressed YUV and RGB QuickTime and DPX, or compressed ProRes, DVCPRO and MJPEG files. You can create your own playlist, organize clip bins and add additional metadata. Media Express is perfect for software applications that don't support direct capture and playback with tape decks from within the software itself. Media Express supports XML and CMX EDL import and export, plus frame accurate deck control via RS-422. Media Express is a complete solution for capture and playback!
Media Express lets you capture, organize and playback all your project media!
Media Express is included with all Blackmagic Design capture and playback solutions and is packed full of features to help you manage and organize your projects video media. Media Express is designed to work with all DeckLink, Intensity, UltraStudio and Multibridge models and replaces the need to install expensive software on to machines that you use for video capture and playback!Media Express is perfect for working with software that does not support video capture from within the application. You can install Media Express software on every computer you use and compatibility with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux gives you unlimited flexibility. There are lots of smart features that make it simple to work with compressed and uncompressed video in 2D and even dual stream 3D!
1 x 3Gb/s SD/HD switchable.
2 x 3Gb/s SD/HD switchable, supports fill and key.
270Mb, 1.5G, 3G
1 x HDMI 1.4b type A connector.
Y, B-Y, R-Y/NTSC/PAL.
2 x 1/4 inch jack connectors for balanced and unbalanced analog audio.
None, embedded audio only.
16 Channels embedded in SD and HD.
16 Channels embedded in SD and HD.
2 Channels embedded in SD and HD.
None. RP-188 only.
Tri-Sync or Black Burst.
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 10bit 4:2:2.
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.
Firmware built into software driver. Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software.
Final Cut Pro X
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Avid Media Composer
Adobe After Effects CC
Avid Pro Tools
Adobe Photoshop CC
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, Burst Video Webclip2Go & [REC]Marker, Autodesk Flame, Zoom.
525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL
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 DCI 23.98p, 2K DCI 24p, 2K DCI 25p, 2K DCI 23.98PsF, 2K DCI 24PsF, 2K DCI 25PsF
SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M and SMPTE 425M A/B.
RP 188/SMPTE 12M-2 and closed captioning.
Television rate of 48kHz and 24 bit.
REC 601, REC 709.
Pixel for pixel HD resolution input from connected device.
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.
v210 (10 bit YUV), 2vuy (8 bit YUV), ARGB, BGRA (8 bit RGB), r210 (10 bit RGB), R12B,R12L (12 bit RGB).
8-bit RGB 4:4:4 up to 1080p30, and 8, 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 in all standards.
8, 10, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 up to 1080p30, and 8, 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 in all standards.
1 x Thunderbolt 3 for Mac and Windows. Powers from Thunderbolt host computer, includes Blackmagic Desktop Video SDK.
None. Supports Teranex Mini Smart Panel with 2.2 inch color display for video preview, audio meters and status.
1 x RS-422 deck control.
Hardware based real time.
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.
Final Cut Pro X internal effects. Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects. DaVinci Resolve.
Requires computer with a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. Please check support pages to see the full system requirements.
5 to 40 C (32 to 104 F)
-20 to 45 C (-4 to 113 F)
0% to 90% non-condensing
3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.