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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Thunderbolt 2 Capture and Playback Device

Thunderbolt capture and playback Dual Link SDI, HDMI, Analog, 4:4:4, 3D and 4K.
Part No: BMD-BDLKULSR4K

Rack mount Thunderbolt 2 based capture and playback "break out box"  with latest high performance technology including 4:4:4 and dual channel 3D stereoscopic capture and playback, plus full resolution 4K monitoring! UltraStudio 4K is the solution you need when doing high performance work that demands quality. Packed with the latest SDI, HDMI and analog video, and timecode connections, as well as AES/EBU, balanced and unbalanced analog audio. There is no better solution for videocapture and playback.

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Product Description

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Built with blazingly fast Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 technology, UltraStudio lets you work with the highest quality video resolutions all the way up to Ultra HD 4K! Choose from a range of rack mount and portable UltraStudio for Thunderbolt models featuring SDI, HDMI and analog video connections. UltraStudio works with all your favorite video software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Creative Suite. UltraStudio are QuickTime and WDM based and work with any Mac OS X and Windows video software!

Advanced Workflow

UltraStudio for Thunderbolt models are perfect for high performance work that demands the highest quality. Using a single Thunderbolt cable, you can easily connect any Thunderbolt computer or laptop for amazing on set color correction, editing, visual effects and video streaming. Lightweight and compact, UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models are extremely portable, easily moving from one computer to another. UltraStudio 4K is a high performance 'break out box' style capture and playback device for highest quality Ultra HD 60p editing as well as DCI 4K resolutions.

Choose the model that's perfect for your needs!

UltraStudio 4K has a rack based ‘breakout box‘ design with the latest high performance 6G-SDI video technology, and is perfect for equipment racks, post production suites or flyaway kits! UltraStudio Express has built in SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs, plus 2 breakout cables for connecting to professional and consumer analog equipment. UltraStudio Mini Recorder and UltraStudio Mini Monitor include SDI and HDMI connections and are great when you require either capture or playback in SD or HD. UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models are Thunderbolt powered so you just plug in and go!

World's Highest Quality Connections

With UltraStudio you can connect to virtually any video device, including cameras, monitors and broadcast decks for frame accurate editing and recording!

UltraStudio 4K has 6G-SDI, HDMI 4K, analog component video, 16 channels of SDI audio, 2 channels of balanced analog, 2 channels of unbalanced AES/EBU audio, timecode, up/down/cross conversion, reference and serial deck control.

The Power of Thunderbolt

Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt technology, UltraStudio uses a blazingly fast single cable connection to your computer that has the bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily! Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization for the highest quality capture and playback. UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models are powered via the Thunderbolt connection so they are extremely portable. The high performance UltraStudio 4K model is the world's first Thunderbolt 2 solution! Featuring double speed Thunderbolt 2 with loop thru and dual link 6G-SDI, it is ideal for demanding 3D stereoscopic workflows, Ultra HD and DCI 4K.

Unmatched Quality

Amazing 4K resolutions in compressed or uncompressed

UltraStudio 4K supports popular compressed video formats such as ProRes and DNxHD as well as 10-bit uncompressed video, so you’re not locked into a single file format. When working with uncompressed video all captured images are a perfect pixel-for-pixel clone of the source without any quality loss, so you have the confidence you’re working at the absolute highest quality possible. Get the sharpest keying with green screens, cleanest compositions, superior color correction and more! Ultra HD 4K has 4 times the resolution of 1080HD for amazing looking images!

Advanced Video Technology

Work in 10 bit 4:4:4 for results that are simply beautiful.

UltraStudio 4K includes some of the most advanced video technologies available! The built in 6G-SDI operates at 4 times the speed of a regular HD-SDI connection, which means you get Ultra HD and 4K with only 1 BNC cable instead of the 4 BNC cables required in the past! This high bandwidth connection is perfect for full color resolution 4:4:4 video that's great for video effects and high frame rate video up to 1080p60. UltraStudio 4K also supports dual stream 3D with capture and playback of 2 independent channels.

Attractive Design

Elegant styling and exceptional durability

UltraStudio 4K’s elegant front panel has an integrated color LCD and fast to use video and audio input buttons, all with built in video and audio connections using standard BNC, HDMI and XLR connectors. UltraStudio Express is machined from a solid block of aluminum to provide fantastic strength and portability. For flexibility the design includes breakout cables with professional BNC and XLR connections or consumer RCA connections. UltraStudio Mini models fit into the palm of your hand and feature SDI and HDMI connections at one end and a Thunderbolt connection at the other!

Mac OS X

Use your Favorite Software

UltraStudio is supported by a huge range of software applications for Mac OS X. Get drivers that work with fantastic editing software such as Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony and Avid News Cutter. For visual effects get full compatibility with Fusion, After Effects CC and Photoshop CC. For audio get compatibility with ProTools, Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase. For streaming use Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster.

Windows

Unrivalled compatibility

For Windows you get access to a massive range of software because UltraStudio supports WDM, DirectShow and QuickTime! For editing you can use Avid Media Composer, Avid News Cutter, Premiere Pro CC, Sony Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio, CyberLink Power Director and MAGIX Video Pro. For visual effects use Fusion, After Effects CC and Photoshop CC. Audio software supported includes Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase. When streaming you get compatibility with Flash Media Encoder, Xsplit Broadcaster, Wirecast and Livestream Procaster.

Specifications

Additional Information

Specification

Connections

  • SDI Video Input: 2 x 10-bit SD/HD/2K/4K and 2D/3D switchable. Supports 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s single link and dual link.
  • SDI Video Loop: 2 x reclocked 10-bit SD/HD/2K/4K. Supports 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s.
  • SDI Video Output: 2 x 10-bit SD/HD/2K/4K and 2D/3D switchable. Supports 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s single link and dual link.
  • Analog Video Input: 1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs. 1 x composite on 1 BNC.
  • Analog Video Output: 1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs. 1 x composite on 1 BNC.
  • HDMI Video Input: 1 x HDMI type A connector including 3D frame packing and Ultra HD support.
  • HDMI Video Output: 1 x HDMI type A connector including 3D frame packing and Ultra HD support.
  • Analog Audio Input: 2 Channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors and 2 channels of consumer unbalanced via RCA connections.
  • Analog Audio Output: 2 Channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors.
  • AES/EBU Audio Input: 2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector.
  • AES/EBU Audio Output: 2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector.
  • SDI Audio Input: 16 Channels embedded in SD/HD/2K/4K.
  • SDI Audio Output: 16 Channels embedded in SD/HD/2K/4K.
  • HDMI Audio Input: 8 Channels embedded in SD/HD/4K.
  • HDMI Audio Output: 8 Channels embedded in SD/HD/4K.
  • Timecode Input: 1 x XLR for LTC Input.
  • Timecode Output: 1 x XLR for LTC Output.
  • Sync Input: Black burst in SD or Tri-Sync in HD.
  • Device Control: Sony compatible RS422 deck control port. Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control.
  • Computer Interface: Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2

 

Codecs

Supports:  AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:4:4.

 

Software

  • Software Included: Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Blackmagic System Preferences and Blackmagic driver.
  • Internal Software Upgrade: Firmware built into software driver. Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software.

 

Software Applications

DaVinci Resolve

Fusion

Final Cut Pro X

Premiere Pro CC

Avid Media Composer

After Effects CC

Avid Pro Tools

Steinberg Cubase

Steinberg Nuendo

Photoshop CC

Other supported applications include: Nuke, Steinberg Nuendo, Avid Symphony, Avid News Cutter, Tools On Air just:in & live:cut & just:play & just:live, Softron OnTheAir, MovieRecorder and OnTheAir CG, Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster, Resolume Avenue 4, Sony Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio Pro X4, CyberLink Power Director, MAGIX Video Pro X4, Vidblaster Pro & Studio & Broadcast, Uniplay, Playbox AirBox, CasparCG, Magicsoft CG, Xsplit Broadcaster, Imagine Communications Velocity & InfoCaster..

 

SDI Video Standards

  • SD Format Support: 525/29.97 NTSC, 625/25 PAL.
  • HD Format Support: 1280 x 720p50, 1280 x 720p59.94, 1280 x 720p60, 1920 x 1080i50, 1920 x 1080i59.94, 1920 x 1080i60, 1920 x 1080PsF23.98, 1920 x 1080PsF24, 1920 x 1080PsF25, 1920 x 1080PsF29.97, 1920 x 1080PsF30, 1920 x 1080p23.98, 1920 x 1080p24, 1920 x 1080p25, 1920 x 1080p29.97, 1920 x 1080p30, 1920 x 1080p50, 1920 x 1080p59.94, 1920 x 1080p60.
  • 2K Format Support: 2048 x 1080PsF23.98, 2048 x 1080PsF24, 2048 x 1080PsF25, 2048 x 1080p23.98, 2048 x 1080p24, 2048 x 1080p25.
  • 4K Format Support: 3840 x 2160p23.98, 3840 x 2160p24, 3840 x 2160p25, 3840 x 2160p29.97, 3840 x 2160p30, 3840 x 2160p50*, 3840 x 2160p59.94*, 3840 x 2160p60*, 4096 x 2160p23.98, 4096 x 2160p24, 4096 x 2160p25. *Output only
  • SDI Compliance: SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M, SMPTE 425M Level A and B, ITU-R BT.656 and ITU-R BT.601.
  • Audio Sampling: Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit.
  • Video Sampling: 4:2:2 and 4:4:4* *4K is 4:2:2
  • Color Precision: 10-bit YUV up to 4K, 12-bit* RGB in HD and 2K *Output only
  • Color Space: REC 601, REC 709
  • SDI Metadata Support: VITC read for 3:2 pulldown removal. VANC capture and playback using up to 3 lines of video in file. HD RP188. Closed captioning.

 

HDMI Video Standards

  • SD Format Support: 525/29.97 NTSC, 625/25 PAL.
  • HD Format Support: 1280 x 720p50, 1280 x 720p59.94, 1280 x 720p60, 1920 x 1080i50, 1920 x 1080i59.94, 1920 x 1080i60, 1920 x 1080p23.98, 1920 x 1080p24, 1920 x 1080p25, 1920 x 1080p29.97, 1920 x 1080p30, 1920 x 1080p50, 1920 x 1080p59.94, 1920 x 1080p60.
  • 4K Format Support: 3840 x 2160p23.98, 3840 x 2160p24, 3840 x 2160p25, 3840 x 2160p29.97, 3840 x 2160p30, 3840 x 2160p50*, 3840 x 2160p59.94*, 3840 x 2160p60*, 4096 x 2160p23.98, 4096 x 2160p24, 4096 x 2160p25.
  • HDMI Compliance: HDMI 1.4b
  • HDMI Resolution: Pixel for pixel up to 4K resolutions.
  • HDMI Color Precision: "10-bit RGB* in HD *capture only, output available via future software update. 10-bit YUV in HD and 4K."
  • Copy Protection: HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.

 

Processing

  • Colorspace Conversion: Hardware based real time.
  • 3D Processing: Dual stream and frame packed capture & playback.
  • HD Down Conversion: Built in, high quality hardware down converter outputs HD-SDI on SDI A output, SD-SDI on SDI B output and Composite and S-Video when working in HD video formats on playback. Switch analog video to Component and choose HD or SD output. Selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3 styles.
  • HD Up Conversion: Built-in, high quality hardware up conversion from SD to 720HD or 1080HD on playback. Selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 pillarbox and 16:9 zoom. HD outputs via HD-SDI, HDMI and component analog.
  • HD Cross Conversion: Built in, high quality hardware cross conversion from 720HD to 1080HD and 1080HD to 720HD on playback.
  • Real Time Effects: Final Cut Pro X internal effects. Premiere Pro CC. Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects.
  • Physical Installation: Requires computer with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port. Please check support pages to see the full system requirement.

 

Operating Systems

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later. Windows 7 or Windows 8.

 

Power Requirements

1 x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet. 120-240V, 50-60Hz.

 

Environmental Specifications

  • Operating Temperature: 5° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
  • Storage Temperature: -20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)
  • Relative Humidity: 0% to 90% non-condensing

 

What's Included

  • UltraStudio 4K
  • Software SD Card

 

Warranty

3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

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