NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces new UltraStudio HD Mini with Thunderbolt 3

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces new UltraStudio HD Mini with Thunderbolt 3

Blackmagic Design today announced UltraStudio HD Mini, the world’s first portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution with 3G-SDI, HDMI and analog connections for broadcast quality 10-bit recording up to 1080p60 and 2K DCI.

UltraStudio HD Mini has been specifically designed to enable customers to perform archiving, edit monitoring and live broadcast graphics tasks, while using the latest Thunderbolt 3 based computers for maximum performance.

UltraStudio HD Mini is available now for US$495 and will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

UltraStudio HD Mini is a portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution that’s small enough to take anywhere and powerful enough to work on high end projects. It can capture and playback all formats up to 1080p60 in full 10-bit YUV, or up to 1080p30 and 2K DCI in 12-bit RGB. UltraStudio HD Mini features HDMI output for monitoring on a big screen television, dual 3G-SDI outputs for fill and key playback, plus analog audio and video inputs for digitizing and archiving materials from older analog decks.

This combination of connections greatly assist in workflows commonly used today. For example when doing archiving, customers need to connect to older broadcast decks such as Digital Betacam, Betacam SP and even 1” C format open reel decks. With analog component, composite and SDI inputs, plus a deck control serial port, UltraStudio HD Mini has all the features needed to connect and capture directly from those decks.

When working with modern editing and color correction software, such as DaVinci Resolve, customers can use the Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI or SDI outputs for high quality broadcast monitoring with perfect AV sync. When doing live broadcast graphics, customers can use the dual SDI outputs to output in real time both fill and key signals to downstream gear such as live production switchers. This lets computers output live graphics for keying over live action.

UltraStudio HD Mini features advanced Thunderbolt 3 technology that is capable of transferring data at up to 40 Gb/s. These data rates make it possible to capture and play back fully uncompressed video, leaving the computer’s CPU free for more processing tasks. UltraStudio HD Mini is also powered via Thunderbolt 3, so it powers from a laptop computer’s battery and customers don’t have to carry an external power supply with them when they’re on the road.

Designed for portability, UltraStudio HD Mini fits in ⅓ of a standard rack space so it can be racked alongside other equipment or used stand alone on the desktop. It’s also compatible with the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel, which adds enhanced front panel controls and LCD monitoring so customers can preview video, see audio meters, timecode and more. Ultra Studio HD Mini is even small enough to fit in a backpack with a laptop and portable drive, making it the ultimate on-the-go capture and playback solution.

Customers can purchase the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel which adds LCD monitoring and additional controls to the front of UltraStudio HD Mini. The easy to install design features push button controls and a bright color display for previewing video with audio meters, timecode and format information. It can also be used to adjust settings and change the source video input.

An exciting advantage of customers using the Teranex Mini Smart Panel is the LCD on the panel shows video and audio levels, plus status information. This status information shows input selection and video format used, as well as the frame buffer level indication. The frame buffer indication is a quality of capture and playback indicator and it will show the number of full buffers on playback or the number of empty buffers on capture. This means broadcasters can evaluate the performance of storage media while capturing or playing and have an indication of disk speed trouble well before it happens.

UltraStudio HD Mini supports more editing, design and video software than any other capture product. Customers get full editing compatibility with DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer, Premiere Pro and more. It can be used to create stunning visual effects with Fusion and After Effects, and for color correction with DaVinci Resolve.

“UltraStudio HD Mini with Thunderbolt 3 makes it possible to capture and playback 10-bit, broadcast quality video anywhere,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “It’s exciting because of how portable and versatile it is. Unlike traditional cards that require a full size PC, UltraStudio HD Mini can be used directly attached to cameras in the field, on set, in the studio and suites for virtually anything!”

UltraStudio HD Mini key features:

– Thunderbolt 3 interface capable of up to 40 Gb/s transfer speeds.

– Thunderbolt 3 for bus powered operation.

– 3G-SDI input and two 3G-SDI outputs for dual link SDI playback and fill and key.

– Supports 3G-SDI Level A and Level B.

– HDMI 1.4a output.

– Y, Cb, Cr and NTSC/PAL input.

– Two 1/4” jack connectors for balanced analog audio input.

– Tri-Sync and Black Burst reference input.

– RS-422 deck control connection.

– Supports 16 channels of embedded audio on SDI and 2 channels on HDMI.

– Supports all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60 and 2K DCI 25p for 10‑bit YUV.

– Supports all SD and HD formats up to 1080p30 for 12‑bit RGB.

– Supports optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel for status.

– Supports optional Teranex Mini Rack Shelf for rack mounting.

UltraStudio HD Mini is available now for US$495 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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NAB 2016: AJA introduces new Mini-Converters and openGear-Compatible rack cards

NAB 2016: AJA introduces new Mini-Converters and openGear-Compatible rack cards

At NAB 2016, AJA Video Systems expanded its line of portable Mini-Converters with the introduction of the Hi5-4K-Plus, a 4K/UltraHD 3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 converter, and the HDP3, a 3G-SDI to DVI-D converter with 1080p 60 support.

Concurrently AJA has extended its range of reliable, cost-effective openGear-compatible video and audio rackframe cards with the new OG-2×4-DA-SDI, a 3G-SDI Distribution Amplifier and the OG-3G-AM, a 3G-SDI 8-channel AES Audio Embedder/Disembedder.

“Building on the core functionality of our Hi5-4K and HDP2 Mini-Converters, and our family of openGear-compatible cards, we’ve engineered these products with new features that address the growing demands of professionals in film, broadcast and AV, while also delivering the performance and reliability that our customers deserve at a cost-effective price point,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

Hi5-4K-Plus facilitates pristine image fidelity and HFR support up to 60p for 4K/UltraHD SDI to HDMI 2.0 conversion. It provides a simple monitoring connection from professional 4K devices using Quad 3G-SDI, Quad 1.5G-SDI or Dual 3G-SDI outputs to new displays with HDMI 2.0 inputs, for cost-effective monitoring in film and broadcast workflows. Key features include: full support for HDMI 2.0 increased data rate of 18GBps; 4K/UltraHD 4:2:2/4:4:4 support at 50/59.94/60p over Quad 3G-SDI, Quad 1.5G-SDI or Dual 3G-SDI; quadrant and 2SI support; unprecedented color fidelity; additional output controls and status with Mini-Config v2.15.0; 5-20VDC power; and a 5-year warranty.

HDP3 is a miniature 3G-SDI to DVI-D scan converter for converting and scaling HD source footage, including 1080p 60, for use on common DVI and HDMI display and projection devices in film, broadcast and AV. It offers motion adaptive de-interlacing, automatic output format and scaling adjustment, filtering, video to VESA frame rate conversion and 1 to 1 pixel mapping. Feature highlights include: support for 3G-SDI (1080p50/59.94/60 formats) and HD/SD-SDI inputs; frame rate input adjustment for monitor compatibility; a high quality scaling engine and de-interlacer to automatically size 4:3 or 16:9 inputs to DVI-D monitors; 2-channel audio monitoring; looping output of the SDI input; a DVI output connector that also supports HDMI; additional input status information with Mini-Config v2.15.0; 5-20VDC power; and a 5-year warranty.

OG-2×4-DA-SDI is a compact, openGear-compatible re-clocking and distribution amplifier with dual 3G-SDI input support to 4 x 3G-SDI outputs each. It automatically detects and configures to the input video and can also be configured as a 1 x 8-channel distribution amplifier, allowing the same signals to be sent to multiple destinations simultaneously. Other features include: dual 1×4 3G-SDI DA, enabling one 2RU OG-3-FR frame to hold 20 1×4 DAs; automatic cable equalizer and re-clocker bypass; automatic detection and re-clocking of 270Mb, 1.5Gb and 3Gb SDI data rates; advanced input jitter tolerance and low jitter re-clocked outputs; excellent input/output return loss; “Input Present” and “Input SMPTE Lock” LEDs for each channel; hot-swap capabilities; and compatibility with any openGear frame, in addition to the AJA OG3-FR.

OG-3G-AM is an openGear-compatible 8-channel SDI/AES audio embedder/ disembedder with support for 3G-SDI input and output up to 1080p-60. The flexible rack mount card is compatible with any openGear frame and automatically detects and configures to the input video standard. Other features include: 4x AES BNC inputs, 4x AES BNC outputs, a 3G-SDI input and 3G-SDI output; 3G/HD/SD-SDI audio disembedding, embedding or both in one card; selectable channel group mapping and channel pair to pass 3G-SDI input audio or embed input AES audio; remote control with Mini-Config via USB connection to a host PC or Mac; local and remote modes; 10 position dip switch for local configuration; audio sample rate conversion to eliminate clicks and pops; 3G Level B support for Sony products; low latency; and flexible configuration to pass or drop non-audio HANC packets.

Mini-Converter Pricing and Availability

Hi5-4K-Plus will be available next month through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $695.00. HDP3 is now available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $695.00. For more information about these products, visit: https://www.aja.com/en/category/mini-converters.

openGear Card Pricing and Availability

OG-2×4-DA-SDI is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $550.00. OG-3G-AM is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $795.00.For more information about these products, visit: https://www.aja.com/en/category/rackframes.

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NAB 2016: New JVC ProHD fiber system supports multi-camera Video-Over-IP workflows

NAB 2016: New JVC ProHD fiber system supports multi-camera Video-Over-IP workflows

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, will introduce a new fiber studio system based on its 800 Series ProHD cameras at the 2016 NAB Show (Booth C4314), which runs April 18-21 in Las Vegas, Nev. Built exclusively for JVC by MultiDyne Video & Fiber-Optic Systems, the system supports 3G-SDI 1080p/60 camera feeds and returns, and takes advantage of the camera’s built-in streaming engine for video-over-IP functionality.

The camera module connects directly to the back of GY-HM890 camcorder via 68-pin interface – no external cables required – for full studio functionality. It transports multiple bi-directional 3G-SDI signals as well as control, audio, sync, and intercom between the camera and the FS-900 Base Station.

Up to three cameras are supported by the Base Station, and its redundant power supplies provide up to 150 watts for each camera, as well as prompters and talent monitors. Its three-in-one configuration provides a more cost efficient solution than other multi-camera solutions previously offered by JVC and other manufacturers.

With built-in gigabit Ethernet, the lightweight, 2 RU Base Station also allows video-over-IP, control and advanced configuration. The high quality 1080p video signals are ideal for webcasts, virtual sets, and image magnification (I-MAG) applications. The system integrates easily with any studio, mobile truck, or portable flypack, and connects directly with a facility’s switcher, router, intercom, and house sync systems.

“The integration of three cameras with a single base station provides an elegant, compact, and cost effective solution,” explained Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC Professional Video. “This does it all – at a lower cost than a conventional system with three base stations. Plus, you can add SMPTE 2022 SDI-over-IP functionality, so the system will support your future transition to a fully IP-based workflow.”

JVC will offer an optional multi-viewer card for the Base Station, and the module will be available in multiple configurations to address specific customer cable and intercom requirements. Both the camera module and base station will be available in June 2016, with pricing starting at under $32,000 for a three-camera system.

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