Blackmagic Design Update: Brand new products announced

Blackmagic Design Update: Brand new products announced

Earlier this week, Blackmagic Design unveiled three new products designed to meet the needs of new live broadcasting services including YouTube Live, Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope. With both live broadcast and traditional broadcast in mind, the three new releases have been positioned as a way to bring broadcast quality production values to those involved in web production. Check out details of the new releases below.

ATEM Television Studio HD

When it comes to creating content, the fastest way to generate it is by doing it live!

The original ATEM Television Studio is a true professional switcher and it introduced people to the live television industry and was powerful enough to let them grow. But Blackmagic Design have designed a new model that takes those great features and adds to them, making it a lot more powerful by using the latest technology available.

ATEM Television Studio HD

The new model is called ATEM Television Studio HD and it’s a professional live production switcher designed for both broadcast and AV professionals.

It includes 4 SDI and 4 HDMI inputs so you can now connect up to 8 simultaneous sources, and it supports all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60! You get high end broadcast features, such as re-sync on all inputs, so you always get clean switching whether you’re using professional or consumer cameras. Plus, you get multi view output so you can see all 
of your sources, but it now includes audio meters and you can route
 the views.

The most dramatic new features are the built-in control panel which means you can live switch right from the front panel. The new design is based on the Teranex Mini converters, so it fits well on a desktop or you can rack mount it. This new model also has powerful features such as a built-in DVE, built-in talkback headset connections, 4 program outputs for cameras that have mix minus support, flash-based media store, an independent aux output and analog audio inputs on XLR connectors.

Of course the new model still includes the ATEM software control panel, so you can switch your program by using the software control panel, or you can use the front panel and you don’t even need to use a computer!
 There is a range of menus on the LCD that let you access all switcher features too!

Blackmagic Design are excited by this new model of ATEM Television Studio HD and believe that this new model goes way beyond what the old model can do. The best news is it’s only £785 ex VAT!

The new ATEM Television Studio HD is available now – head on over to the store to find out more.

HyperDeck Studio Mini

This next product Blackmagic Design introduced completely redefined what a professional broadcast deck can be! HyperDeck Studio Mini is a miniaturised broadcast deck that’s only a third of the size of the current HyperDeck models. It’s so small and packed with features that it can do clip playback, record masters for live production, and it can even handle
 digital signage!

HyperDeck Studio Mini

Even at this incredibly small size, it’s still a true professional deck that records and plays back broadcast quality 10-bit video as ProRes files on commonly available SD and UHS-II cards.

HyperDeck Studio Mini is packed with features, including 6G-SDI for working with all formats up to 2160p30, HDMI 2.0 for monitoring, dual
SD card slots for non-stop recording and a reference output with built in sync generator that lets you daisy chain and synchronize multiple
 decks together!

This new model can even play back 4:4:4:4 RGBA ProRes files to separate fill and key outputs when you are working in HD formats! HyperDeck Studio Mini also includes industry standard RS-422 deck control, a built in power supply and ethernet with PoE+ for control and remote uploading media via FTP!

HyperDeck Studio Mini can be controlled by ATEM switchers, so it’s a perfect media player for running clips, animations and stingers into the new ATEM Television Studio HD. But the most exciting part is you can mount a ATEM Television Studio HD and the HyperDeck Studio Mini in a single rack unit so you get a live production studio and mastering recorder in a single rack unit.

With the Ultra HD HDMI output, ethernet with control and file upload as well as the built-in sync generator and ref output, HyperDeck Studio Mini also makes a perfect digital signage solution. You can hide it behind a wall mounted monitor or sync multiple units together for extremely high resolution sings. Imagine using 4 HyperDeck Studio Minis for an 8K
 digital sign!

HyperDeck Studio Mini is available now for £625 ex VAT. Check it out on the store.

Blackmagic Web Presenter

Next up is the new Blackmagic Web Presenter, and this new product lets you make any SDI or HDMI source looks like a simple USB webcam, but because it’s professional video, the quality is much higher!

Blackmagic Web Presenter

With a new age of web broadcasting and streaming platforms such as YouTube Live, Facebook Live, and Periscope, Blackmagic Web Presenter lets you use open source software tools such as Open Broadcaster and XSplit Broadcaster to open up global live streams from any location. Because Blackmagic Web Presenter looks like a webcam, any software works and you can use any platform such as Windows, Mac,
Linux and Chromebook. You can even make broadcast quality Skype calls for doing live interviews easily from any location, even with poor
 internet connections!

Blackmagic Web Presenter includes 12G-SDI and HDMI inputs that support all SD, HD and Ultra HD input video formats up to 2160p60 and then the video is down converted to 720p HD for streaming. Blackmagic Web Presenter will even lower the frame rate automatically when the software requests it due to low bandwidth internet connections. Using 720p for streaming means you get great quality HD, in 16:9 format but with the lowest possible data rate so the streaming is simple and easy to setup. Blackmagic say they’ve even streamed over a tethered mobile phone internet connection in broadcast quality!

If you add an optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel, then you get full controls and an LCD display with video preview, audio meters, video formats and the current USB frame rate. But what’s really exciting is the HDMI input features a re-sync so you can use the smart panel to live switch between the SDI and HDMI inputs right from the front of the Blackmagic Web Presenter. You can even use the HiFi audio input for music and the XLR audio input for a presenter microphone!

The new Blackmagic Web Presenter is available now for £395 ex VAT. Visit the Jigsaw24 store to find out more.

Blackmagic Studio Camera Update

Blackmagic also announced new, lower priced versions of their popular Blackmagic Studio Camera and Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K.


The older models of the camera included a large internal battery but feedback from customers said that this made air freighting the camera around with their live production system difficult due to new restrictions on batteries by the airlines.

Plus customers doing live production generally simply plug the camera into the AC outlet anyway. This update no longer includes the battery meaning customers can ship them anywhere and it allows the cameras to be sold at new 
lower prices.

The new Ultra HD Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K model is now only £1399 ex VAT.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email


Blackmagic Design’s URSA: One in the hand…

Blackmagic Design’s URSA: One in the hand…

So the Blackmagic URSA ended up on our desks this morning, and team M&E we convened in the office to give it a look. The official verdict is that we’ve received a lot of camera for our money – or would have, if we actually had to pay for demo kit. Not that we’re smug about getting free stuff.

Anyway, here’s consultant James Graham with his verdict…

“As far as first impressions go, the unboxing experience is fantastic, as is the packaging. But then you’d expect that, as you’ve just received a lot of camera for your money.”


“The specs of the camera read impressively. It shoots 4K ProRes HQ at 60p, great for even those Brits who want those extra 10 frames of slow-mo. Then of course there’s 4K RAW and many iterations of ProRes. But if you’re like us, you’ll have read all about that by now, so the main thing we were interested in was getting it on our shoulders and getting a feel for it as a camera. The only thing to do was crack out a Cineprime and our Shape gear.”

“Several things have been said about this camera already, but they stand repeating. Firstly, if you are using it on your shoulder, forget the 10” display. You will need an EVF – something like the Alphatron or a Cineroid EVF 4-RW is perfect, and it’s powered by V-lock batteries. It’s also worth noting that there is a lot going on in the URSA, so it’s a thirsty camera and you will need more batteries than you think you do.”

“There are many ways to operate this camera, and we like this. It will feel at home in many situations. The body can be split into two sides for operation (audio and video), or all functions can be accessed from both, which is a nice feature as you want the camera to work for you in all situations. Many of the menus are the same as what we are used to from other BMD cameras, so there will be no difference there.”

“The machined body feels very tidy in our hands, however, like its predecessors, it’s a camera that needs to be accessorised to a degree in order to get the best from it. We cynically list the best of these along with the camera on our product page, so you can add them to your URSA on impulse.”

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