Blackmagic unveiled a successor for its UltraStudio 4K breakout box - the UltraStudio 4K Mini. The Mini improves upon the original device by adding Thunderbolt 3 support for 40Gbps capture and playback, 12G-SDI, and a smaller, cooler design that reduces fan noise during heavy use.
The UltraStudio 4K Mini is portable, and its half-width form factor allows it to be either rack-mounted or deployed on the desktop. The front panel features headphone and microphone inputs as well as a color LCD screen and control buttons.
Overall the new device supports 12G-SDI, HDMI 2.0, and analog connections. It offers broadcast-quality 8- and 10-bit HDR capture in all formats up to 4K DCI at 60p, and 12-bit HDR capture in formats up to 4K DCI at 30p. A USB connector is available for keyboard and mouse support, and a built-in SD card reader allows access to camera media cards. As an added bonus, Thunderbolt 3-equipped laptops can be trickle charged by plugging them into the appropriate port on the UltraStudio 4K Mini.
As with other Blackmagic products, the UltraStudio 4K Mini is compatible with DaVinci Resolve for editing, color, VFX, and audio work. It also supports Final Cut Pro, Avid, and more. The device supports Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms, and is now available for $995.
For more information on Blackmagic’s UltraStudio platform, check out their product page here. If you have questions about installing video capture and playback devices at your facility, feel free to contact Nodal!