NAB 2016: LaCie Goes Big with Thunderbolt 3 debut

NAB 2016: LaCie Goes Big with Thunderbolt 3 debut

Today at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology plc, announced the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3, a professional 12-bay desktop RAID storage unit.

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With up to 96TB of capacity, the breakthrough performance of Thunderbolt 3 and RAID 5/6, the LaCie 12big helps video professionals meet the data demands of 4/5/6K cameras. At up to 96TB, the LaCie 12big boasts a 50 percent higher capacity than any other desktop direct attached storage solution on the market—with a footprint smaller than a tablet. It features Seagate’s enterprise-class drives with a five-year limited warranty for extraordinary reliability and data availability to safely store and edit massive amounts of ultra hi-res footage.

Thunderbolt 3 performance
For the 12big, LaCie harnessed the breakthrough performance potential of Thunderbolt 3 technology and squeezed the absolute best speeds out of the hard drives. LaCie added a hardware RAID controller and 7200RPM drives, and the result is record-breaking speeds of up to 2600MB/s—and 2400MB/s in RAID 5.

“We are thrilled to see LaCie push the boundaries of speed, video bandwidth and compatibility with its latest Thunderbolt storage solution,” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s Director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “Products like the LaCie 12big help highlight what Thunderbolt 3 makes possible.”

That kind of speed can slash time off nearly every post-production workflow task. Users can ingest hours of RAW footage from a Blackmagic Cinema Camera into Adobe Premiere Pro in a fraction of the time. They can then edit multiple streams of ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 444 XQ, as well as uncompressed HD 10-bit and 12-bit video. For big projects packed with high-def clips, thumbnail and preview rendering becomes much more responsive.

“LaCie is committed to helping video professionals master ever-increasing data demands by ensuring their irreplaceable data is secure, available on demand and always driving value,” said Tim Bucher, Senior Vice President of Seagate and LaCie Branded Solutions, “The combination of higher spatial resolution and 3D imagery, as well as higher dynamic range and frame rates, is driving the need for high-capacity and high-speed digital storage systems. We purpose-built the LaCie 12big to have the speed, capacity and reliability to efficiently download and edit even the most demanding content—so our customers can focus on making their creative vision a reality.”

With double the video bandwidth of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 lets the user daisy chain dual 4K displays or a single 5K display to the LaCie 12big. With two 4K displays, a video pro can spread out his/her workspace by dedicating one display to the timeline and the other to previewing 4K footage. It is even possible to provide power to a compatible laptop through the Thunderbolt 3 cable.

Massive capacity

With up to 96TB of capacity, the LaCie 12big can store 100 hours of 4K ProRes 444 XQ footage in RAID 5. With that capacity, it’s possible to store footage from 48 LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt 2TB shuttle drives. Instead of buying a new storage device every time more capacity is needed, LaCie recommends pros invest up front in a future-proof, RAID-protected solution. This consolidated approach improves data access and security, which can save money in the long term.

Enterprise class

The LaCie 12big features 256MB cache, 7200RPM Seagate enterprise-class drives for superb accessibility, reliability and robust performance. Designed to operate 24×7 on 16-bay racks (instead of 8×5 operations for traditional hard drives), these HDDs are rated for 8760 hours of operation per year for extraordinary availability. The LaCie 12big also comes with a five-year limited warranty that covers drives, enclosure and spare parts.

New LaCie RAID manager

The redesigned LaCie RAID Manager offers an intuitive interface to administer the LaCie 12big. A new and more user-friendly interface assists the user in setting up and monitoring storage. Wizards help easily create and manage volumes optimised for individual needs. Plus it offers advanced features such as CPU settings, auto rebuild, and drive diagnostics.

Designed for professionals

From the front of the product, drive status LEDs keep track of drive health and RAID build status, and drives can be conveniently accessed. Ensuring long-term component health, the aluminum enclosure dissipates heat efficiently and four thermoregulated fans pull heat away from the drives. And even if a fan fails, the product is still fully functional. For universal compatibility, users can connect to USB-C laptops—and even USB 3.0 computers via the included USB-C to USB-A cable.

The LaCie 12big will be available this summer in 48TB, 72TB and 96TB capacities through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces Desktop Video 10.6.4 update with HDR

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces Desktop Video 10.6.4 update with HDR

New software update adds HDR support to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G! Blackmagic Design today announced Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update which adds support for HDR playback over HDMI to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G. Desktop Video 10.6.4 is available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2016 booth at #SL217.

Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update adds playback support for HDR content over HDMI to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G. The new HDR features include HDR metadata transport and support for the Rec. 2020 color space over HDMI. This means that customers now get full support for monitoring on HDR capable displays using a single HDMI cable, making it ideal for editors and colorists working on HDR projects with DaVinci Resolve 12.5.

HDR, which stands for high dynamic range, is part of the new Ultra HD Premium standard so customers can now get big screen, low cost consumer televisions that support a massive range of color, peak brightness of up to 1,000 nits, which is 10 times brighter than most HDTVs, and incredible contrast ratio. This means that colorists and editors working in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 with UltraStudio 4K Extreme or DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G will now be able to monitor images that are more true to life and more closely resemble the color and dynamic range of the latest digital cinema technology.

“This is the most exciting time in the history of broadcast because Ultra HD is about more than just resolution, it’s also about deeper colors, higher brightness, plus better contrast and textures than ever before!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “From the start of production with our URSA Mini 4.6K with 15 stops of wide dynamic range, to the end of digital post production with DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G, UltraStudio 4K Extreme, and DaVinci Resolve 12.5, Blackmagic Design is the only company that offers a true end-to-end workflow for creating the next generation of incredible HDR content!”

Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update features: 

– Adds support for Rec. 2020 color space output over HDMI.
– Adds support HDR metadata transport over HDMI.

Availability and price

Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update is now available for free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces new DeckLink Duo 2 PCIe capture and playback card

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces new DeckLink Duo 2 PCIe capture and playback card

Blackmagic Design today announced DeckLink Duo 2, a new high performance capture and playback solution with 4 independent channels that can be assigned to either record or playback in any combination, all on a single plug in PCI Express card.

Designed for developers and OEMs, DeckLink Duo 2 is the ideal solution for media play-out servers, multi screen digital signage servers, real time processors and more. DeckLink Duo 2 is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$495.

DeckLink Duo 2 is available now and will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2016 booth at #SL217.

This new model of DeckLink Duo 2 features 4 independent 3G-SDI connections so it can now work in high HD frame rates and it supports SDI formats in SD and HD up to 1080p60. Each SDI connection is completely independent, meaning that each of the 4 connections can input or output entirely different video standards and content streams, all at the same time. DeckLink Duo 2 can also capture and playback at the same time, and also includes a reference connection for black burst/tri-sync. Developers can use the SDK to configure the four SDI connections to be any combination of inputs and outputs.

Featuring high performance 4 lane Generation 2 PCI Express, DeckLink Duo 2 takes up only one single PCI slot in the computer, which makes it the perfect solution for system integrators and developers that need completely customizable, flexible I/O configurations on a single card. DeckLink Duo 2 appears as 4 independent SDI cards to the host computer, even though it only uses a single PCI Express slot and is ideal for use in servers that need to handle multiple video streams for both simultaneous capture and playback.

“Developers building playback servers have been asking us for ways to reduce equipment size,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The new DeckLink Duo 2 is exciting because it’s like getting 4 independent SDI capture and playback cards in one! Best of all, the new SDK lets OEMs and developers control each SDI connection independently for incredible flexibility. This means customers can have any combination of inputs or outputs and for example they could have 4 inputs or 4 outputs or 1 input with 3 outputs or simply 2 inputs and 2 outputs. It’s really their choice and they can use the one card even when the systems they are building could vary from customer to customer.”

Availability and price

The new DeckLink Duo 2 is available now for US$495 from all Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design convertor upgrades with HDMI instant lock and 33 point LUT support

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design convertor upgrades with HDMI instant lock and 33 point LUT support

Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K and Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 12G both get new HDMI instant lock feature, and Teranex Mini also adds 33 point LUT support.

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NAB 2016, Las Vegas, USA – April 18, 2016 – Blackmagic Design today announced free converter upgrades that add new features to both Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K and Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 12G. Both models will now get the new HDMI Instant Lock feature. Teranex Mini also gets 33 point LUT support. The new features are available via a free software update from the Blackmagic Design website.

The new HDMI Instant Lock and 33 point LUT features will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2016 booth at #SL217.

HDMI televisions and projectors make great monitors, but they can take a long time to lock onto a signal when a new source is connected. The HDMI Instant Lock feature fixes this because it continues sending an active HDMI signal to the display while the SDI input is changed. It’s extremely fast, and if the new input is the same format as the previous signal, it can lock in as little as 1 frame. That means customers can install a Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K or a Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 12G converter to the output of a router and, when the source is switched, the monitor updates instantly just like it would on a clean switch router.

In addition to HDMI Instant Lock, Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 12G will also get new 33 point 3D LUT support, which are used to provide extremely high precision color conversions. This lets customers see what they’re shooting with custom looks, color and gamma applied in realtime while on set. The LUTs are applied to the SDI loop thru output and are also compatible with DaVinci Resolve. That means customers can use the same LUT on set and in post with DaVinci Resolve for a consistent color workflow.

The 33 point 3D LUT feature is targeted at customers in Hollywood that need a LUT for their prime color grading and edit monitor. Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 12G with the new LUT support is also perfect for use on set. A 3D LUT can be used to load a custom camera gamma table for on set monitoring. Two separate 3D LUTs can be loaded via the Teranex Utility software from a computer over Ethernet. Customers can also use the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel to enable or disable the 3D LUTs. The SDI loop thru output can also be selected to output the 3D LUT so customers can apply the LUTs to SDI video feeds in all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60.

“HDMI Instant Lock and 33 point 3D LUT processing are major new features for Mini Converter SDI to HDMI and Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 12G,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Both of these features are exciting because they dramatically increase the quality and versatility of customers’ converters. Best of all, both of these new features are available absolutely free for customers that already own the converters!”

Availability and price

The Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K HDMI Instant Lock upgrade is available now in the Converter 7.0 update, free of charge for all Blackmagic Mini Converter customers. Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 12G upgrades are also available free of charge to existing customers in the Teranex 4.5 update. Both updates are available now for download from the Blackmagic Design website.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announce new Blackmagic MultiView 4

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announce new Blackmagic MultiView 4

Monitor 4 completely independent SD, HD or Ultra HD SDI video sources on a single display! Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic MultiView 4, a new multi viewer that lets customers monitor 4 completely independent SDI video sources on a single display. Customers can monitor any combination of SD, HD and Ultra HD formats and frame rates all at the same time. Blackmagic MultiView 4 can output to regular HD monitors, however when customers plug in an Ultra HD display, they will get four times the resolution of a simple HD only multi viewer.

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Blackmagic MultiView 4 is now available for US$495 and will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2016 booth at #SL217.

Blackmagic MultiView 4 includes four completely independent multi rate 6G-SDI inputs with separate loop through outputs that are compatible with existing SD, HD and Ultra HD equipment up to 2160p30. All inputs feature automatic frame re-synchronization, so customers can mix and match any combination of video standards and frame rates, including referenced or non-referenced NTSC, PAL, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and Ultra HD up to 2160p30, all on the same display all at the same time.

Customers can output to either regular 1080 HD or high resolution 2160p Ultra HD screens. Because Ultra HD runs at 3840 x 2160, which is four times the resolution of regular 1080 HD, the images are extremely sharp. This means when customers use it with an Ultra HD monitor, they get 4 full resolution 1080 HD views all at the same time on the same monitor, with each view being full resolution HD with no scaling. When this feature is used with very large screen consumer televisions, extremely high quality master control monitoring systems can be built at very low cost.

Blackmagic MultiView 4 is the perfect solution for live production, on set, in control rooms, or any place where space is tight and customers don’t have room for extra monitors. Customers no longer have to connect multiple monitors, dozens of cables or run extra power. They simply plug in cameras, decks, switchers, routers and feeds into the SDI connections on Blackmagic MultiView 4 and can see everything with amazing clarity and detail on a single HD or Ultra HD display.

Designed to be plug and play, customers can simply connect sources and instantly see a standard 2×2 layout on an HD or Ultra HD television. Using the included Ethernet remote control software, customers can turn on audio meters, choose which audio to output, as well as create custom labels, and more. Blackmagic MultiView 4 is also compatible with the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel for customers that need to add front panel controls. For the ultimate in broadcast reliability and redundancy, you can even power MultiView 4 via the AC connection as well as power over Ethernet.

Blackmagic MultiView 4 is designed using the same compact, elegant enclosure as Blackmagic Design’s Teranex Mini converters so they are small enough to be used in fly away cases, outside broadcast vehicles, housed in equipment racks or even sitting on a desktop. They are only one third of a single rack space wide, so customers can mount them on the optional Teranex Mini Rack Shelf side by side with additional MultiView 4 or Teranex Mini products.

“The new Blackmagic MultiView 4 is exciting because it’s like having 4 completely independent HD broadcast monitors on a single display,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Even facilities that aren’t working in Ultra HD yet can take advantage of the increased resolution and clarity when using an Ultra HD display to monitor regular HD sources. They get four times the resolution and four times the clarity of an older style HD only multi viewer! The extra resolution is really important on live productions where you’re monitoring camera feeds and need to check focus. Customers also get the ability to view mixed video formats with different frame rates at the same time on a single screen, and the quality is amazing!”

Key features include:

– Advanced multi view allows the use of Ultra HD television for twice the image sharpness.
– Display up to 4 SDI sources on a single HD or Ultra HD display via SDI or HDMI.
– 4 multi rate 6G-SDI inputs with loop through outputs.
– Compatible with all SD, HD and Ultra HD equipment and formats up to 2160p30.
– Automatic frame re-sync allows simultaneous display of mixed SD, HD and Ultra HD formats.
– Standard quad split view.
– Supported output resolutions: 1920 x 1080 and 3840 x 2160.
– Compact portable ⅓ width 1RU design with professional connections for easy installation.
– Built in 90V – 240V AC international power supply for use anywhere in the world.
– Remote control via Ethernet using the included Mac and Windows software.
– Supports power over Ethernet (PoE+) which can also be used as a backup power source.
– Blackmagic MultiView 4 can be looped for customized display arrangements.
– Supports optional Teranex Smart Panel that adds push buttons and built in LCD monitor.
– Supports optional Teranex Mini Rack Shelf for installation into equipment racks.

Availability and price

MultiView 4 is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$495.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design selects Tico lightweight compression to move to live video production over IP

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design selects Tico lightweight compression to move to live video production over IP

Blackmagic Design is now an adopter of the ultra low latency TICO compression technology developed by intoPIX, enabling high resolution video over IP networks.

intoPIX, an innovative technology provider of video compression solutions, welcomes Blackmagic Design, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of broadcast video equipment, amongst the adopters of TICO.

Submitted as SMPTE RDD35 to enable compatibility and interoperability between manufacturers and broadcasters, TICO is an advanced, visually lossless compression technology designed to be the standard for moving live content efficiently over IP networks.

Blackmagic Design will be launching video solutions that support live transmission over Ethernet networks. The TICO compatible products will include the TICO 4:1 visually lossless compression algorithms from intoPIX that make it possible to convert and transmit high-quality video streams with extremely low latency and allows them to transport HD or Ultra HD video streams over IP networks.

“Broadcasters have been asking us for video over IP solutions for quite some time” said Grant Petty, CEO Blackmagic Design. “The TICO codec delivers incredible image quality with extremely low latency and we believe it is the ideal codec for our IP video solutions. Our partnership with intoPIX means we will be able to offer our customers advanced HD and Ultra HD video over IP products that will integrate with other TICO compatible studios and broadcasters around the world.”

“Blackmagic Design’s decision to launch new products in the market embedding TICO compression, eases the way for broadcasters and audiovisual professionals to transition towards 4K/UHD and new video over IP workflows, by bringing more power, more flexibility and a significantly reduced complexity and cost of ownership to this process,” said Gael Rouvroy, intoPIX CTO and founder.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3

The world’s most advanced capture and playback solution now with 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 technology. Blackmagic Design today announced UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3, the world’s most advanced Thunderbolt video capture and playback solution.

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Featuring the latest 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 technology, UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 has a wide range of digital and analog connections and is designed to work with virtually all formats ranging from SD and HD all the way up to Ultra HD and digital cinema. Thunderbolt 3 performance allows customers to work with the highest quality 12-bit RGB and highest frame rate video, including stereoscopic 3D and DCI 4K, making it perfect for high end feature film, television and commercial work. UltraStudio 4K Extreme features a hardware codec that can encode in real time into the new H.265 format.

UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 will be available in May for US$2,995 and will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2016 booth at #SL217.

UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 uses the new Thunderbolt 3 connection for transferring data to the host computer at up to 40Gb/s. That means customers using the latest desktop workstations and laptop computers can now work with extremely high end video from anywhere using a single, thin Thunderbolt 3 cable.

Featuring advanced 12G-SDI technology, UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 can capture and playback video from the latest high frame rate Ultra HD and 4K devices up to 2160p60 over a single, standard BNC cable. UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 supports virtually every SD, HD, Ultra HD and 4K format and frame rate, in both YUV and RGB color, making it the ultimate capture and playback device for editing and color correction.

UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 also includes a built in multi format hardware codec that allows capturing video directly to H.265 files, which is the new compression standard for distributing Ultra HD content online. The demand for content encoded in the H.265 format will become higher as customers demand high quality Ultra HD content for the latest televisions they are purchasing today. This means UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 is the perfect solution for real time encoding of Ultra HD for online distribution of content.

Designed to be used on a desktop, or installed into equipment racks, UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 features an attractive, machined aluminum front panel with an integrated color display and buttons for quickly selecting input sources for video, audio, timecode and deck control. The rear panel includes virtually every type of video and audio connection that exists, including 12G-SDI, HDMI 2.0, analog component and composite video, balanced XLR and AES/EBU digital audio, as well as expansion cages for optical fiber SDI connections, RS-422 deck control inputs, dual power supplies and more.

Customers will be able to capture and playback Ultra HD in YUV at 60 frames per second as well as Ultra HD and 4K RGB video at 60 frames per second via the advanced 12G-SDI video connections. The Thunderbolt loop thru allows connection of up to 6 devices, so customers can connect fast disk arrays for massive amounts of video storage with a single Thunderbolt connection to their computer.

UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 handles virtually every television format, making it the ideal solution for all post production and broadcast users working on high end design, editing, paint, color correction and visual effects projects. UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 is also perfect for 3D workflows because it features both interleaved/side by side and dual stream capture and playback. Interleaved 3D allows the left and right eye to be interleaved as fields into a single video connection and file, so customers can use edit and finishing software such as DaVinci Resolve.

“The addition of Thunderbolt 3 with its amazing 40Gb/s speed makes it possible for customers to edit and color correct with higher end, higher quality video formats than ever before,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “This is the most powerful and versatile capture and playback device we’ve ever made because it connects to virtually all analog or SDI equipment, is incredibly fast, has a built-in hardware codec, and lets customers work at higher resolutions and frame rates with popular editing and color correction software like DaVinci Resolve 12.5!”

Key features include:

– Supports 4K 60p capture and playback using 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connections.

–  Built in high performance hardware codec for H.265 encoding.
– Supports 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB 4K for high end color correction and VFX.
– 3D capture and playback via SDI and HDMI.
– Analogue Component and dedicated NTSC/PAL in and out.
– 4 channel balanced analog audio in and out. Additional RCA HiFi audio in.
– 2 channel AES/EBU unbalanced audio in and out.
– Professional Mic input with phantom power selector and full input gain control.
– Timecode in and out on XLR connectors.
– Genlock/tri-sync input & output.
– 2 x Sony compatible RS-422 deck control.
– Includes hardware down conversion of Ultra HD to HD on playback.
– Includes hardware SD and HD keying.
– Connects with both Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe.
– Includes free DaVinci Resolve software.

– Includes free developer SDK.
– Elegant 2 rack unit design, with removable ears so it can be used in a rack or sit on a desk.

Availability and price

UltraStudio 4K Extreme Thunderbolt 3 will be available in May for US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces ATEM Switcher 6.8 update with HyperDeck Control Integration

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces ATEM Switcher 6.8 update with HyperDeck Control Integration

Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update which adds control of all HyperDeck Studio disk recorders to all ATEM switchers. ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design website and is free of charge for all Blackmagic ATEM switcher customers.

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ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2016 booth at #SL217.

This update adds incredible integration between ATEM switchers and HyperDeck Studio disk recorders, allowing customers to use HyperDecks as fully controllable sources into their switcher workflow for live production. Now any ATEM switcher can control up to 4 separate HyperDecks. Customers can also see a list of clips on each HyperDeck and trigger recording or playback automatically.

The HyperDeck Studio is connected to an ATEM switcher via Ethernet for control and communication, and via SDI for video playback or recording. Set up is easy and, once each HyperDeck has an IP address, it can be labeled so it can be seen as a source on the control panel. Once the HyperDeck is set to remote it can be controlled by the switcher. HyperDecks can be controlled from either the ATEM software or hardware panels.

The ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update allows customers to see a list of clips that match the ATEM switcher’s program format on each SSD in their connected HyperDecks. That means they can select clips in any order they want, cue the start frame and switch to the HyperDeck for it to immediately begin playing back in the program. Pre-roll can be set for the HyperDeck, just as it would be for a traditional tape deck, so video is rolling the moment the source is switched to the HyperDeck. The tape-style transport controls can be used to start and stop playback, jog, shuttle and more. The HyperDeck will automatically stop at the end of the clip and freeze on the last frame.

ATEM Switchers connected to HyperDecks now get instant replay functions too. Custom macros can be used to record a camera feed in realtime onto a HyperDeck. The macro can then re-play the video in realtime or at different speeds such as ¼ or ½ speed. This means customers can get super high quality slow motion playback when working with high frame rate cameras, ATEM Production Studio 4K and Broadcast Studio models, and HyperDeck Studio Pro or HyperDeck Studio 12G.

In addition to HyperDeck integration, ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update also adds support for 3G-SDI Level A, along with new language support for French, Spanish and German which have been added in addition to the already existing English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Korean languages.

“ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update is exciting because now customers can use their HyperDeck SSD recorders as sources during live program production,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “This is something we have wanted to do for a long time, and now it’s finally here! This update means customers can add instant playback for spots or promos, credits, or even instant slow motion replays! It’s a massive feature update and, best of all, it’s free and works with all ATEM Switchers! With Blackmagic Design cameras, ATEM switchers and HyperDecks, customers now have a complete end to end solution for live program production in all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60!”

Availability and price

ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update is available now from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all current ATEM Switcher customers.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design introduces new Blackmagic Micro Converters

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design introduces new Blackmagic Micro Converters

Introducing the world’s smallest broadcast quality video converters! Blackmagic Design today introduced Blackmagic Micro Converter SDI to HDMI and Blackmagic Micro Converter HDMI to SDI, two new super small, pocket size broadcast quality video converters. Both models are available immediately for only US$85 each.

Blackmagic Micro Converters are available now and will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2016 booth at #SL217.

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The Blackmagic Micro Converter SDI to HDMI converts signals from professional broadcast equipment such as cameras, decks, switchers and routers, and converts it into HDMI so customers can monitor video using big screen televisions and projectors. The Blackmagic Micro Converter HDMI to SDI model lets customers connect their HDMI equipment, such as laptop computers, gaming consoles and consumer video cameras, to professional broadcast equipment.

Both models feature full size HDMI and professional 3G-SDI connections for working with all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60. Unlike other small video converters, Blackmagic Micro Converters feature the highest quality broadcast technology, miniaturized into a proper metal enclosure. Customers get the same broadcast quality 10-bit video processing found in full size converters. In addition, Blackmagic Micro Converters also have SDI re-clocking on the 3G-SDI input which regenerates the SDI video input, reduces SDI jitter and improves SDI eye pattern before the signal is processed. This allows longer cable lengths and makes them incredibly reliable for use in professional broadcast.

Blackmagic Micro Converters are powered via the same micro USB connection that’s used on smartphones so customers can use the included DC plug pack, any USB device, or even a smartphone charger to power the converters. The included external power supply supports 110 to 240V AC and comes with 4 different AC socket adapters so customers can plug them into outlets anywhere in the world. That means they can be run from the external power supply, or even over USB from things such as big screen televisions or laptop computers if there are no AC wall outlets available.

“The new Blackmagic Micro Converters are exciting because they give customers full 10-bit broadcast quality video processing in an incredibly small design they can take anywhere,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “There’s never been a converter this good, this small and this affordable! Customers are going to use them in studios on broadcast news, at live events, hidden on set, with digital signs, in corporate or hotel AV setups and everywhere in between!”

Blackmagic Micro Converters are part of a large family of professional broadcast converters that include even more advanced models with a massively increased range of features. This range includes 3G, 6G and 12G-SDI models that are compatible with SD, HD and Ultra HD all the way up to high frame rate 2160p60. Blackmagic Mini Converters and Teranex Mini converters feature support for a wide range of connections such as balanced analog and AES/EBU audio, redundant inputs, analog video, optical fiber and more.

Key features include:

– Available in SDI to HDMI model or HDMI to SDI model.
– Full size HDMI and 3G-SDI connections for working with all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60.
– Durable metal enclosure designed to be rugged enough to use anywhere.
– Professional Blackmagic Design broadcast quality 10-bit video processing.
– SDI re-clocking on 3G-SDI input to reduce SDI jitter and improve SDI eye pattern.
– Power via micro USB connection from devices such as laptop computers, phone chargers, and televisions, or via the included DC plug pack with external 110V – 240V AC power supply.

Availability and price

Blackmagic Micro Converters are available now for US$85 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Video Assist 4K

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Video Assist 4K

Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, a portable all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used to add professional recording and monitoring to any SDI or HDMI camera. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features a bright, high resolution 7 inch monitor for checking focus and framing, two high speed recorders for non-stop HD and Ultra HD recording, two extremely high quality XLR microphone inputs for professional audio recording, a built in speaker and more.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is available now for US$895 and will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2016 booth at #SL217.

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The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is perfect for customers that need better monitoring and higher quality recording. Older cameras often feature custom and hard to use file or tape formats, while lower cost consumer cameras often have poor quality file formats and small screens, limiting their professional use. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K solves this problem because it works with every type of camera from DSLRs to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two built in high speed UHS-II recorders that work with the latest high performance SD cards, making them fast enough to record Ultra HD video up to 2160p30 on widely available, inexpensive SD cards. Files are saved as broadcast quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video in either ProRes or DNxHD formats, making them compatible with all popular editing software, like DaVinci Resolve, so you can start editing immediately without having to transcode or convert files. Recording can be triggered to start and stop using LANC or over HDMI or SDI from the camera. With two built in recorders, customers get non-stop recording because when one card is full it automatically continues onto the next. The new high speed SD cards are compatible with existing SD card readers so they can be mounted directly on a computer for cloning and backup using the included DaVinci Resolve software.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is also an extremely high quality audio recorder that features two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power so customers can attach external microphones. This totally eliminates the problems with auto gain controls on DLSR cameras and, with an amazing low electrical noise floor of -128dBV, the recordings are incredibly high quality and sound dramatically better than camera audio. Sound is recorded into the same file as the video, so customers don’t have to worry about AV sync between separate audio and video files!

Durable and lightweight, the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features a bright, 7 inch high resolution 1920 x 1200 monitor and touchscreen with a wide 135º viewing angle. The extra resolution of the screen lets customers view 16:9 sources and see critical status information without covering the image. The display is also a touchscreen that lets customers use simple tap and swipe gestures to display camera information, change settings and evaluate audio and video levels. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features an elegant heads up display overlay that lets customers keep their eyes on the shot while viewing the current input frame rate, histogram, audio meters, timecode and more.

For power, Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two standard LP-E6 battery slots that allow hot swapping of batteries while in use, and it can be powered using the 12V DC input. The batteries are discharged serially, so only 1 is used at a time. When there’s power, the batteries are charged in parallel, which saves time when recharging.

“We’re really excited to announce Blackmagic Video Assist 4K with even more powerful features such as Ultra HD and professional audio recording,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Customers with DSLRs can use it to frame shots and record higher quality images and superior audio than ever before. Broadcasters can use it to add modern, file based recording to older cameras, and high-end filmmakers can record files for editorial while simultaneously recording RAW files on their camera. The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is the ultimate all in one monitoring and recording solution for customers that want to shoot better video with any type of camera!”

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K key features:

– 7 inch LCD touch screen with 1920 x 1200 high resolution monitor.
– Professional 10-bit 4:2:2 HD ProRes or DNxHD recording.
– Dual high speed UHS-II SDHC card recorders use readily available, inexpensive SD card media.
– Dual recorders allow non-stop recording and provide a backup if one fails.
– 2 mini XLR connectors with 48V phantom power for connecting microphones.
– -128dBV electrical noise floor for high quality audio recording.
– LANC connection for remote control.
– Auto start/stop recording using HDMI or SDI triggers.
– Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input.
– Full compatibility with editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid and Premier Pro.
– All in one design, mount to cameras, hold in your hand or set up on a table with the included kickstand.
– Includes 6G-SDI input allowing it to be used as an Ultra HD monitor.

Availability and price

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is available to pre-order here.

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