Blackmagic Design announce UltraStudio 4K with Thunderbolt 2

Happy news for anyone eyeing up a new Mac Pro: Blackmagic Design have just started shipping their new, Thunderbolt 2 equipped UltraStudio 4K.

The new unit, which is winging its way to our warehouse now, has an SRP £625 and replaces the previous iteration of the UltraStudio 4K. As well as Thunderbolt 2, it features 6G-SDI, HDMI 4K and analogue component/s-video/composite connectivity, as well as balanced analogue and AES/EBU digital audio. There are even dedicated audio and video input buttons for quicker switching.

Thanks to the incredible 20Gbps throughput offered by Thunderbolt 2, the new UltraStudio 4K can now capture and play back Ultra HD 4K YUV video at 60fps and Ultra HD 4K RGB video at 30fps via 6G-SDI, and as it’s capable of daisy chaining you can connect it directly to fast Thunderbolt storage in order to offload your footage. (Take a look at PROMISE’s latest for more Thunderbolt 2 goodness.)

From the official Blackmagic Design statement: “UltraStudio 4K customers will be able to take advantage of the forthcoming Desktop Video 10 release. The new Desktop Video 10 driver architecture is a major new software update designed from the ground up to be optimised for high speed computers and the new emerging Ultra HD television formats that require massive data speeds. DaVinci Resolve 10 customers will benefit from the simultaneous capture and playback support that lets them capture direct from cameras on set and grade the live video with multiple nodes of colour correction for live onset monitoring. This makes lighting a film set easy and allows DOPs, directors and colourists to work together to optimise the film’s look on set.”

“The speed of the new Thunderbolt 2 is mind blowing!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design.”We are incredibly excited to deliver the world’s first video capture and playback solution that features this amazing technology and includes almost every video and audio connection available! Now with faster more powerful Thunderbolt 2 computers on the way, video professionals will be able to work with multiple streams of 4K and get more layers of realtime effects and color correction than ever before.”

What are UltraStudio 4K’s key features?

Well, obviously the headline is that Thunderbolt 2 port, but you also benefit from:

  • Single Link 6G-SDI, Dual Link 3G-SDI connections, support for SD, HD up to 1080p60 and 4K DCI.
  • Compatibility with Mac OS X computers with Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt.
  • SDI inputs including full SDI re-clocking for capture from poor quality SDI sources.
  • HDMI in and out, support for SD and HD formats up to 1080p60, frame packing 3D and 4K.
  • Component analogue in and out.
  • Component analogue switches to s-video and composite.
  • 2 channel balanced analogue audio in and out. Additional RCA HiFi audio in.
  • 2 channel AES/EBU unbalanced audio in and out.
  • Timecode in and out on XLR connectors
  • Genlock/tri-sync input.
  • Sony compatible RS-422 deck control.
  • Support for uncompressed 8/10 bit and compressed video capture and playback.
  • Support for Ultra HD and 4K DCI capture and playback using new Single Link 6G-SDI or Dual Link 3G-SDI connections and HDMI.
  • Capture/playback of side by side, line by line, top and bottom and frame packing 3D via HDMI.
  • Capture/playback of side by side, line by line, top and bottom and dual stream 3D via SDI.
  • Hardware up, down and cross conversion on playback.
  • Hardware SD and HD keying.
  • Support for Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer 7, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe After Effects CC, DaVinci Resolve and more.
  • A free developer SDK.
  • Support for Blackmagic Design’s free DaVinci Resolve Lite software.

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