NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty on this year’s Blackmagic crop

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty on this year’s Blackmagic crop

Blackmagic Design DEO Grant Petty’s annual communique is a highlight of NAB. This year, he holds forth on Ultramatte pricing, ATEM Television Studio Pro HD, and the Fairlight audio features you can now find in the flipping amazing-looking DaVinci Resolve 14. 

DaVinci Resolve 14

Today we announced DaVinci Resolve 14, the biggest release in the history of the software! It’s quite a dramatic upgrade. With this update, we were really focused on solving some of the bigger problems in post production.

The first problem was performance. We have made some dramatic performance gains and DaVinci Resolve 14 is now up to 10 times faster than the previous release. It’s very fluid now and much more responsive.

Also another big issue in the film and television industry is audio. For years we have been sending audio off to people in the music industry to do our audio post production. Then we have to wait for them to finish and import the finished audio file back into our edit. It’s very slow and cumbersome.
What we really need are audio tools designed specifically for the film and television industry. With DaVinci Resolve 14 we have built in Fairlight audio on its own new page in the software. It’s incredibly powerful and can play back up to 1000 tracks with parametric EQ, dynamics and plug ins on every track, all in realtime, when used with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator card. It’s also very powerful when run on a stock computer system as well.

Because audio for film and television is a lot more complex, we think integrating it into DaVinci Resolve will make it so fast and easy. It’s just a button click away. Plus, it also works with the full sized Fairlight consoles so it makes an amazing combination.

To make this workflow really fast, you really want people to be able to edit, color and do audio post production all working together, on the same job at the same time. To make this easy DaVinci Resolve 14 now integrates extremely powerful collaboration tools to make that easy.

With editing, advanced color correction and these new Fairlight audio tools, DaVinci Resolve 14 is like getting 3 high end applications in one! We hope it dramatically changes post production from kind of a linear to a more parallel workflow, so everyone can work at the same time, giving editors, colorists and audio engineers more time to be creative.

Watch What’s New in DaVinci Resolve.

The performance improvements and new audio features are built into the free DaVinci Resolve software you can download for free. However, the new collaboration tools and some of the new plug ins are only available in the paid DaVinci Resolve Studio.

The good news is that we have reduced the price of the full DaVinci Resolve Studio to only $299, so it’s much more affordable now.

We have a public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 available today, so you can download it from the Blackmagic Design website and try it yourself. We would love to hear your feedback!

Download now.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD

Recently we launched ATEM Television Studio HD, a portable live production switcher for broadcast, professional and AV users which has been extremely popular because it had powerful features such as 8 inputs, re-sync in each input, built in DVE, aux out, support for talkback, chroma key, flash based media store and also a control panel on the front!

Today we released the new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD, which has all of the same professional features, but is integrated inside of a professional desktop mounted control panel. You can now get all those ATEM Television Studio HD features built right into a professional control panel!

Plus, you get a full CCU control area on the top of the control panel so you can control cameras for doing amazing multi camera live work. This works with all Blackmagic Studio and URSA Mini cameras that can be controlled via the SDI.

The control panel on ATEM Television Studio Pro HD is extremely high quality. It uses the same high quality buttons that our highest end switchers use, plus there are a lot more buttons for transition selection, keying and more.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD adds an integrated hardware control panel which is great for more complex, fast paced live events. It features 4 HDMI and 4 SDI inputs so you can work in all formats up to 1080p60.

We think the new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD will be perfect for all kinds of work from professional studio or live sport broadcasts, to internet talk shows, concerts and seminars, and more!
ATEM Television Studio Pro HD will be available in May for US$2,295

Learn more.

Bluetooth for URSA Mini Pro

When we recently launched Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro, we kept its Bluetooth feature secret until now. We have developed a new iPad app that gives you full remote control of the camera settings as well as metadata entry. We are also going to open the protocol to developers who want to use the API to customize their own control solutions.

With a fully open API and developer support for bluetooth on URSA Mini Pro, customers can build applications to remotely adjust camera settings, control the built in DaVinci Resolve color corrector, add metadata, sync cameras and much more! The possibilities are endless and we’re excited to see what you’re going to make with it!

While this will be shipping next month, we will be demonstrating it on the booth at NAB and would love to show you!

Learn more.

Blackmagic Video Assist updates

We also announced Video Assist 2.4 update which adds support for localized interfaces in 10 different languages! So now it’s much easier to use worldwide because it runs in your native language!

We support Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish! All you need to do is connect your Video Assist or Video Assist 4K to the USB and select the language you want in the Video Assist Utility software!

This Blackmagic Video Assist 2.4 software update will be available today for download for all Video Assist models and free of charge.

But that’s not all we have done for Blackmagic Video Assist! This year we also have new professional scopes that have been added to the Video Assist 4K model. These new scopes are professional, highly accurate and include waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope and histogram. They can be used full screen, you can overlay them on top of the incoming video, or put them in a small picture in picture window.

I think these scopes are incredibly powerful. I want to use them next to my grading monitor so I can see RGB parade when doing editing and grading. But I think they also make a nice broadcast scope to use around production areas. Of course they are also great for setting exposure on cameras too!

The new scopes will be available in June as a free software update for all Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers. We will be showing them in the Video Assist section of our NAB 2017 booth.

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New UltraStudio HD Mini

Today we also introduced UltraStudio HD Mini, the world’s first portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution designed for archiving, edit monitoring, streaming and live broadcast graphics.
With UltraStudio HD Mini, we have taken a different direction by including some new connections people needed, and dropping some of the connections people don’t use anymore. No one uses analog out anymore!

However, people are capturing from older analog and digital broadcast decks for archiving content to modern digital media files. People also want to run live graphics into switcher with fill and key and of course we often need to get high quality monitoring in HDMI and SDI when editing and color grading and need perfect AV sync. It also works with Open Broadcaster software for live 1080p streaming.

UltraStudio HD Mini has been designed to do these tasks well, and we have fit it all into the small Teranex Mini sized design. It’s even Thunderbolt powered so you don’t need to connect it to a power supply. You can even power it from your laptop battery! You can sit it on your desk beside your laptop, making it a great portable solution to take on the road.

If you add the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel you also get video, audio meters and status, including a new frame buffer indicator to assist in evaluating disk performance on broadcast systems. You can also rack mount multiple units using the Teranex Mini Rack Shelf.

UltraStudio HD Mini includes 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs for edit monitoring. Plus the 3G-SDI outputs are dual link so you can output separate fill and key to live switchers.

The inputs include 3G-SDI as well as Y,Cr,Cb analog component or NTSC/PAL inputs, along with balanced analog inputs for connecting to older digital or analog broadcast decks for archiving. There are even deck control and reference inputs!

UltraStudio HD Mini is in stock and available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for only $495. The optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel is $85.

Learn more.

 

H.264 for Blackmagic Duplicator 4K

When we launched the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K last year, it was received well and people understood the idea of doing live production and selling content to customers directly.

The problem is that we got ahead of ourselves. H.265 has not been adopted as widely as we hoped. So this year we are releasing a software update that adds H.264 to the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K. It’s a free software upgrade and, because H.264 is so popular, everyone you sell content to can read the files!

This software update is available now and you can just download it to get this new format. Now you should have confidence that when you give someone the media from the duplicator that they can read it!

Of course the H.264 files are bigger than the same video compressed to the more modern H.265, however for the duplicator, that’s only a few dollars more for the blank media cost. We still hope that H.265 will become more widely adopted and people can start using it more, however H.264 will do well in the near future!

The Blackmagic Duplicator 1.1 update is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

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Ultimatte 11 now more affordable

Finally, we announced an immediate price reduction for Ultimatte 11 from $24,995 to only $9,995.
Since we acquired Ultimatte in October, last year, we have been working on its production and we have made some very good improvements. We think this price reduction is dramatic, but the real reason for working so hard on making Ultimatte 11 more affordable is because we want to help people get an Ultimatte on every camera in a live set.

We think people can build their own virtual sets by using multiple locked off cameras on a green scene set. If the keying looks real, and Ultimatte does that, but also if you don’t move the cameras while they are on air, you can build your own virtual set using still frames keyed in behind the locked off cameras. It’s a nice simple way to get started into virtual environments, but the issue was Ultimatte previously cost way too much to be able to do this.

Of course for decades Ultimatte has been the worldwide leader in blue and green screen removal technology for the broadcast television and feature film industries, so you get a high quality keyer that can do an amazing job in making virtual sets look truly realistic. We hope this reduction in price helps people explore their creative options for virtual environments. In many ways you can almost get 3 Ultimatte 11’s for the same as what a single Ultimatte 11 cost a year ago!

We have a separate Ultimatte booth this year and its down the hall a little from our main Blackmagic Design booth, so people go and check it out!

Learn more.

That’s about it for this year. We are going to be filming the press conference again this year, so if you would like to learn more, please follow the link below to watch the video.

We really want to thank you for supporting us throughout the year. We couldn’t do it without you and if you are heading to NAB this year, please drop by our booth as we would love to catch up for a chat!

Watch the press conference video.

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NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces new professional scopes and multi-lingual support for Video Assist

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces new professional scopes and multi-lingual support for Video Assist

Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of Blackmagic Video Assist 2.4 update which adds support for multi-lingual support for 10 separate languages. This means customers can now use Video Assist in their native language. This update is available now as a free update for all Blackmagic Video Assist and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers.

Also demonstrated at the NAB 2017 show are powerful new professional scopes operating on the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model, including waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope and histogram that can be viewed full screen for accurately evaluating video signals passing through Blackmagic Video Assist 4K. These scopes are shown as a development preview and will also be available in June as a software update free of charge for all Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers.

Customers can see a beta demonstration of the new language support and preview the new professional scopes on Blackmagic Video Assist 4K at the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

The new scopes make the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model perfect for live production monitoring, as portable test scope for broadcasters, and even for balancing color when color grading using the RGB parade scope.

The new localized Video Assist adds interface support for Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. This broad language support now makes it easier for more customers to use Video Assist anywhere in the world.

“Video Assist has become an indispensable part of everyone’s production kit,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s the perfect portable field monitor and recorder. The addition of full blown professional scopes makes it even more exciting and useful for customers. Plus, the new multi-lingual interface will make it easier for non-English speaking customers to use it!”

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Video Assist 2.4 update is available now from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all current Blackmagic Video Assist and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers. Blackmagic Video Assist 2.5, which will support scopes on the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model will be available in June.

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NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces remote Bluetooth camera control for URSA Mini Pro

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces remote Bluetooth camera control for URSA Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design today announced a new open protocol for URSA Mini Pro cameras that will allow customers to create their own remote control solutions via Bluetooth. The protocol is being demonstrated at NAB, with the API and sample code anticipated to be released to customers free of charge in June 2017.

The remote bluetooth camera control test application and API will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

All URSA Mini Pro cameras feature built in bluetooth, but it hasn’t been enabled until now. The built in Bluetooth will allow customers to send and receive commands from up to 30 feet away. To make the new Bluetooth support even more flexible, Blackmagic Design has developed a new open protocol and is publishing a developer API, along with sample code, for customers that wish to build their own camera control solutions.

A demonstration iPad app and sample code will be provided to customers that want to use this feature. The iPad app allows customers to create digital slate applications that feed metadata, such as scene, shot, take information and even full script lines to multiple cameras on set while shooting. Common remote control of camera settings like frame rate, format and shutter angle are all possible from the demo app.

With a fully open API and developer support for URSA Mini Pro Bluetooth, customers can go well beyond the demonstration app. They can build an iPad application to remotely adjust camera settings and motorized lenses while the camera is mounted on a crane. Technically skilled customers could even build an application that uses the camera’s built in DaVinci Resolve color corrector so that images can be graded live during a shoot.

New workflows are also possible. A great example of this is that customers can mount Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinders on multiple URSA Mini Pro cameras to create a live multi camera shooting scenario, however instead of connecting to a switcher, the iPad can trigger all cameras to record to their internal media with matching metadata. This means the media can be later edited using DaVinci Resolve 14 multicam editing to work as fast as live production, however with the accuracy of post production. That’s faster, lower cost and higher quality editing than was easily possible in the past.

“URSA Mini Pro has been received extremely well by our customers,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Customers love the broadcast features and controls, the built in ND filters and interchangeable lens mount. Now, the possibilities are truly endless because customers are going to have the tools they need to build completely custom remote control solutions of their own design using the new Bluetooth support!”

Availability and Price

Camera 4.4 update, which will support the URSA Mini Pro bluetooth API and sample code will be available in June 2017 as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website for all existing URSA Mini Pro customers.

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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 2017: Blackmagic Design dramatically reduces price of Ultimatte 11

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design dramatically reduces price of Ultimatte 11

Blackmagic Design today announced an immediate 60% price reduction for Ultimatte 11, which is available from Jigsaw24 now for only £8169 ex VAT. Acquired by Blackmagic Design in October, 2016, Ultimatte is the worldwide leader in blue and green screen removal technology for the broadcast television, commercial and feature film industries.

Now with this price reduction, customers can purchase three Ultimatte 11 units for a similar price to that which a single Ultimatte 11 cost when Blackmagic Design acquired the company. What this means is that customers can now put a full Ultimatte 11 on each camera and then use more cameras in a scene than was previously ever possible.

This also means that customers can use still frames as a background on each camera and leave the camera “locked off” so the result is customers can build their own virtual sets using multiple cameras, as more cameras on set eliminates the need to move cameras. This means simple still frame based virtual sets could be built affordably.

Ultimatte is known worldwide for delivering broadcast quality realtime blue and green screen removal hardware that is used in studios around the world to seamlessly composite reporters and talk show hosts into virtual sets. Almost every newscaster and weather reporter stands in front of a green or blue screen while delivering the news and weather. For the past 40 years, Ultimatte has been the industry standard hardware and software used to key these people in front of weather maps, stock charts, and other info graphics. In fact, many broadcasters use Ultimatte to place entire news teams, weather reporters, talk show hosts, sports commentators and more into completely virtual sets.

Ultimatte uses advanced 4:4:4:4 image processing and provides enhanced matte controls that lets customers accurately separate the subject from the background. Customers also get matte correction features, indirect and direct lighting features, spill suppression tools, edge artifact controls and more, all in realtime.

Ultimatte was founded in 1976 and has won an Emmy for their realtime compositing technology, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as an Oscar.

“Ultimatte’s realtime blue and green screen compositing solutions have been the standard for 40 years,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Our efficient manufacturing capabilities have allowed us to drastically reduce the price of Ultimatte 11 by 60%. That means more customers will be able to afford more professional blue and green screen removal hardware for their studios than ever before!”

Availability and price

Ultimatte 11 is available now from Jigsaw24 for £8169 ex VAT.

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NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD

The world’s most advanced all in one live production switcher with integrated hardware control panel and powerful features such as HDMI and SDI inputs, multiview, talkback, DVE and more!

Blackmagic Design today announced ATEM Television Studio Pro HD, a broadcast quality all in one live production switcher with integrated hardware control panel designed for both broadcast and professional AV users. ATEM Television Studio Pro HD features 8 inputs, multiview, auxiliary and program outputs, analog audio inputs, built in talkback, two flash based media players, professional creative transitions, a DVE for effects and more.

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ATEM Television Studio Pro HD is available in May for US$2,295 and will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD combines a professional broadcast hardware control panel with a powerful 8 input switcher. It includes 4 SDI and 4 HDMI inputs, all with re-sync, so customers can connect a total of up to 8 different sources such as professional SDI broadcast cameras, consumer HDMI cameras, computers and even video game consoles.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD is compatible with all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60 and also features two channels of analog audio in, RS-422, Ethernet and a built in IEC power supply, along with program and auxiliary outputs. Customers also get both SDI and HDMI multiview outputs so they can monitor all sources, preview and program outputs, along with labels, audio meters and more, all on a single big screen television or broadcast monitor.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD is perfect for everything from professional broadcast studio shows and broadcast sports, to customers working on video blogs, gaming videos, internet talk shows, weddings, concerts, seminars and more. With resynchronization on every input, switching is completely glitch free which means that customers can even use it as a front end controller for AV systems and cleanly switch between sources with the press of a button.

Featuring a portable design, ATEM Television Studio Pro HD is packed with high end broadcast features that make it possible to create an entire live switched program, complete with effects and transitions. The hardware panel features large illuminated buttons for switching between sources, along with corresponding audio buttons, one touch transition buttons, downstream keyers, fade to black, media player, cut buttons and more. There’s also a built in LCD screen for previewing source and program video, a spin knob and additional buttons for menus and to adjust settings. Customers simply press the button for the source that they want to see next in the program, then hit the cut or auto button to switch sources, add effects, or even key in graphics.

When used with Blackmagic Studio and URSA Mini cameras, customers get a complete remote control solution that includes talkback, tally, color correction, camera control and more, without having to add any additional cables or proprietary control boxes. These cameras feature a built in color corrector that can be remote controlled, making it possible to balance camera color and create unique looks, all from the control panel. In addition, customers can adjust focus and iris on compatible lenses, change camera settings, and even remote control PTZ heads.

For maximum speed and flexibility in live productions, ATEM Television Studio Pro HD includes a free software control panel for Mac and Windows that allows multiple users to be connected at the same time. That means customers can have one person switching the program while another mixes the audio and another uploads or changes graphics, while another person remotely color balances and controls the cameras.

The software control panel features an intuitive interface with different pages for switching, managing media, mixing audio, and remote controlling and color correcting cameras. The Switcher page is modeled after a physical hardware control panel making it fast and easy for customers to switch between sources, adjust transitions, add upstream and downstream keyers, and more. The Media page lets customers drag and drop up to 20 RGBA graphics into the media pool and automatically upload them to the switcher’s flash memory so they can be recalled and used in realtime during a live program. The software control also features a 10 channel audio mixer that can be used to adjust and balance levels from all inputs, including the analog audio inputs. The audio mixer displays meters, has sliders for adjusting levels, and controls for turning channels on or off, using the audio follows video feature and more.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD gives customers true broadcast quality transitions, effects and graphics. Transitions such as mixes, wipes and dips are done by simply pressing a button on the control panel. There are 37 included transitions, giving customers massive creative options because they can customize things such as border, border color and width, position, direction and more. In addition, there’s a built in 2D DVE for adding digital video effects that can position, resize and scale live video, all in realtime. That means customers can create professional picture-in-picture effects, use DVE powered transitions like squeeze and slide between sources, or create graphic wipe transitions with their own graphics.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD has a built in media pool that can store 20 graphics that can be used with the two built in media players. The media pool uses flash memory, so images are saved even after the power is turned off. That means customers can create completely custom graphics to use in their own programs. In addition, there is an upstream keyer with full chroma keying for green screen shots so customers can add weather maps, graphics, or even virtual sets. The upstream keyer works with chroma, patterns, shapes and linear keys.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD also features 2 downstream keyers for adding graphics, logos and bugs to video. Customers can use a HyperDeck Studio Mini with ATEM Television Studio Pro HD as a source for ProRes 4:4:4:4 motion graphics files with alpha channels. That means customers can get fill and key graphics composited over live video, or they can use motion graphics with alpha as transitions between sources, all in real time.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD also includes a built in talkback converter for SDI cameras. The talkback information is sent back to the camera via the SDI program return feed on the rarely used SDI audio channels 15 and 16. When working live with a reporter in the field, there can be a slight delay that causes them to hear themselves as an echo in their headset. ATEM Television Studio Pro HD includes a new mix minus feature that sends back all the program audio except their own voice, so they don’t hear a distracting echo of themselves while reporting.

“The original ATEM Television Studio HD has been extremely popular with our customers who want a small broadcast quality switcher for live production,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “The exciting thing about our new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD is that it has all the same professional features, along with the speed of a full size 1 M/E hardware control panel for more complex, fast paced live events! When it comes to creating an entire HD program right from the switcher in real time, there simply is no faster, simpler or more affordable way to do it!”

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD features

– Integrated broadcast switcher and professional hardware control panel.

– 4 x 3G-SDI and 4 x HDMI inputs for a total of 8 inputs, all with auto re‑sync.

– Supports all video formats from SD to 720p, 1080i and 1080p HD up to 60fps.

– 1 x built in multi view for 8 sources, as well as preview and program.

– Built in media pool graphics storage for 20 RGBA stills.

– Built in DVE with borders and drop shadow.

– Transitions include cut, mix, dip, SMPTE wipes and more.

– 1 upstream keyer including chroma keyer plus 2 downstream keyers.

– 1 auxiliary output with aux switching buttons and LCD screen for viewing.

– Built in audio mixer live mixes embedded audio from all video inputs and independent audio inputs.

– Balanced XLR stereo analog audio inputs.

– Internal sources include black, color bars, two color generators and 2 media player outputs.

– Ethernet connection for computer connection. Mac and Windows control panel software included.

– Compatible with all ATEM Broadcast Control Panels.

– Black Burst and HD-Tri-Sync genlock input for integration into large systems.

Availability and Price

You can pre-order the ATEM Television Studio Pro HD from Jigsaw24 now for £1825 ex VAT.

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NAB 2017: AJA announces HELO v1.1 firmware

NAB 2017: AJA announces HELO v1.1 firmware

AJA Video Systems announced new v1.1 firmware for its versatile HELO H.264 streaming, encoding and recording device. The update adds new features to HELO that further simplify and expand live production workflows.

HELO v1.1 firmware feature highlights include:

– A scheduler that triggers preplanned start and stop of recording and streaming media. The schedule may be programmed locally through HELO’s web UI, by importing ICS files or by linking to external calendar providers such as Google Calendar.

– Redundant recording of one file to two media destinations simultaneously.

– A recording file segment size of 360 minutes for TS files for long event recordings.

– Support for up to five RTSP streams.

– REST API documentation to describe how to automate basic HELO functions.

“HELO has been met with great enthusiasm, and we’ve been working closely with customers to rapidly develop and deploy updates that further improve its functionality while addressing common live event production challenges,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby. “Following our most recent update, which introduced support for Facebook Live, HELO v1.1. firmware includes several new features that make streaming, recording and encoding with HELO even simpler.”

HELO v1.1 firmware will be available soon as a free download.

About HELO
HELO is an affordable, flexible H.264 streaming and recording standalone device. Combining SDI and HDMI I/O into a single appliance, it allows users to stream out to a Content Delivery Network (CDN) while simultaneously encoding and recording H.264 files to either SD cards, USB storage or network based storage. HELO is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $1295. For more information, visit: www.aja.com/products/helo.

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NAB 2017: AJA unveils new 12G-SDI and Fiber Mini-Converters

NAB 2017: AJA unveils new 12G-SDI and Fiber Mini-Converters

AJA Video Systems today announced new Mini-Converters that resolve interoperability and interconnectivity challenges in modern broadcast and ProAV environments. New products include the 12GDA 12G/3G/SD-SDI Re clocking Distribution Amplifier, 12GM 12G-SDI to/from 3G-SDI Muxer/Demuxer, and new Multi-Mode SFP options for its family of FiDO SDI/Optical Fiber Mini-Converters.

12GDA 12G/6G/3G/SD-SDI Reclocking Distribution Amplifier
12GDA is a miniature 1×6 12G-SDI reclocking distribution amplifier. With support for 12G-SDI for 4K/UltraHD single link workflows, the format agnostic device features six separately buffered SDI outputs identical to the recovered input. It also offers automatic input detection, re-clocking and cable equalization, and an LED signal detection indicator, in a very compact design.

12GM 12G-SDI to/from 3G-SDI Muxer/Demuxer
12GM is a compact SDI transport converter that enables 12G-SDI to Quad 3G-SDI and Quad 3G-SDI to 12G-SDI conversion. The Muxer/Demuxer supports 4K and UltraHD workflows and conversions from multi-link SDI signals to single-link SDI signals, and vice versa at 1.5G, 3G, 6G and 12G bit rates.

FiDO Multi-Mode Fiber SFP Options
In addition to FiDO models that support single-mode fiber, new Multi-Mode SFP options for AJA FiDO Mini-Converters support multi-mode fiber optic cable at distances up to 700M (OM4) or 300M (OM3). The new lineup includes the following model names for ordering with multi-mode SFPs or when applicable, optional CWDM SFPs: FiDO-R-X single channel LC fiber to 3G-SDI; FiDO-T-X single channel 3G-SDI to LC fiber; FiDO-TR-X 3G-SDI/LC fiber transceiver; FiDO-2R-X dual channel LC fiber to 3G-SDI; FiDO-2T-X dual channel 3G-SDI to LC fiber; FiDO-4R-X quad channel 3G-SDI to LC fiber and FiDO-4T-X quad channel 3G-SDI to LC fiber.

“Our new 12GDA and 12GM Mini-Converters, and FiDO Multi-Mode options provide flexible, cost effective solutions that will help facilities overcome the connectivity and interoperability challenges they face with the latest broadcast and ProAV workflows,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby.

Pricing and Availability
12GDA will be available summer 2017 through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $495. 12GM will be available summer 2017 at a US MSRP of $895. Multi-Mode SFPs are available for order now from the AJA SFP Configurator. For more information about 12GDA, 12GM and FiDO Multi-Mode Options, please visit: www.aja.com/en/category/mini-converters.

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NAB 2017: AJA announces new KUMO CP2 control panel

NAB 2017: AJA announces new KUMO CP2 control panel

AJA Video Systems unveiled its new destination-oriented KUMO CP2 Control Panel for plug and play control of AJA’s complete line of compact KUMO SDI routers. Ideal for broadcast environments, it can be used in standalone or networked configurations for KUMO 6464, 3232, 1616 and 1604.

KUMO CP2 features 80 buttons and enables selection of up to 64 sources and 64 destinations on each of up to four KUMO routers in standalone mode or through a built-in GUI accessible from any web browser on the network. The affordable control panel is only 1.3 inches deep, easy to install, eliminates the need to use a Shift key on KUMO 1604, 1616 and 3232, and is backed by a five year warranty.

“Broadcast facilities and OB trucks have come to rely on a standalone control panel to control our KUMO routers, so introducing a compact, new 2RU panel that supports KUMO 6464, 3232, 1616 and 1604 is a natural progression, and we’re thrilled to be showing KUMO CP2 at NAB,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby.

Pricing and Availability
KUMO CP2 will be available soon through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $895. For more information, please visit: www.aja.com/products/kumo-cp2.

About KUMO
Compact, robust and built for critical production environments, KUMO compact SDI routers offer flexibility and quality that exceed SMPTE specifications at an unprecedented price. KUMO SDI routers are available in four configurations: KUMO 6464 supports 64 3G-SDI inputs and outputs, KUMO 3232 supports 32 3G-SDI inputs and outputs, KUMO 1616 supports 16 3G SDI inputs and outputs, and KUMO 1604 supports 16 3G-SDI inputs and four 3G-SDI outputs.

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NAB 2017: AJA introduces new solutions for IP workflows

NAB 2017:  AJA introduces new solutions for IP workflows

At NAB 2017, AJA Video Systems announced new firmware for its KONA IP desktop video and audio I/O card, along with two new IP Mini-Converters, significantly expanding flexibility in IP-based workflows. A new KONA IP license option for JPEG 2000, a preview of KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110, and new IPT-1G-HDMI and IPT-1G-SDI Mini-Converters will facilitate flexible and cost efficient delivery of work to and from creative suites via 1Gb Ethernet.

KONA IP firmware license for JPEG 2000

The new KONA IP firmware license enables compression and decompression of HD video in real time to/from JPEG 2000 encoded within an MPEG 2 transport stream. Featuring support for TR-01, the update ensures interoperability with other JPEG 2000 systems and devices across the network. It supports three configurations: up to two simultaneous JPEG 2000 outputs, up to two simultaneous JPEG 2000 inputs, or a simultaneous JPEG 2000 input and output to a system running KONA IP. A single KONA IP configuration with the latest Desktop Software v13 installed offers out of the box functionality for a range of creative apps including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCP X, Avid Media Composer and AJA Control Room; dual KONA IP configurations are also supported for more demanding JPEG 2000 workflows for SDK developers.

KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110

Coming soon, and being demonstrated at NAB 2017, is the new KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110. With support for SMPTE 2110 up to HD rasters, KONA IP will introduce new flexibility for live production professionals by enabling networking with separate essence flows. Broadcasters will be able to synchronize production of audio, video, and ancillary data elements, eliminating the need for embedding/disembedding to/from SDI while also reducing latency. Visitors to AJA’s NAB booth will be able to preview current and forthcoming release features.

IPT-1G-HDMI and IPT-1G-SDI Mini-Converters for IP Workflows

Designed to compliment AJA’s line of IP receiver converters, the new IPT products convert HD video to VSF TR-01 (and other JPEG 2000 formats). IPT-1G-SDI provides two 3G-SDI inputs, and IPT-1G-HDMI has a standard HDMI type A input. The ability to convert baseband video to JPEG 2000 MPEG 2 transport streams allows a source to be transmitted anywhere on a network, and enables IP compatibility with baseband cameras, digital VTRs, routers and switchers. The IPT-1G-SDI and the IPT-1G-HDMI can be used in conjunction with KONA IP, plus the IPR-1G-SDI and IPR-G-HDMI Mini-Converters, to streamline video ingest, exchange and distribution across an IP network including final reception to displays.

“IP adoption and interest are surging; more than 40 vendors have recently demoed SMPTE 2022-6 and 2022-7 interoperability, a number that is sure to grow this year as vendors and facilities look to JPEG 2000 and SMPTE 2110 as a next step,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby. “We’re excited to introduce JPEG 2000 and SMPTE 2110 support for KONA IP along with our new IPT Mini-Converters this year at NAB, which significantly expand what’s possible for facilities embracing IP.”

Pricing and Availability

A KONA IP license for JPEG 2000 will be available to purchase soon through AJA’s website for $250 US MSRP per device. KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110 is anticipated to be available soon as a free download from AJA’s support page. IPT-1G-SDI and IPT-1G-HDMI will be available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network soon for a US MSRP of $795 each. For more information, please visit: www.aja.com.

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