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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express

Thunderbolt powered capture and playback with SDI, HDMI, analog, with pro and consumer cables.
Part No: BMD-BDLKULSDEXPRESS

UltraStudio Express connects all your professional and consumer video equipment for the highest quality 3 Gb/s SDI capture and playback using Thunderbolt technology. UltraStudio Express has built in SDI and HDMI connections and comes with two breakout cables that can be easily swapped when you need to. Breakout cables include analog component, S-Video and composite connections with both BNC and RCA connectors!

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UltraStudio Express connects all your professional and consumer video equipment for the highest quality 3 Gb/s SDI capture and playback using Thunderbolt technology. UltraStudio Express has built-in SDI and HDMI connections and comes with the two breakout cables that can be easily swapped when you need to. Breakout cables include analog component, S-Video and composite connections with both BNC and RCA connectors!

Add SDI, HDMI and analogue connections to Thunderbolt computer.

Introducing UltraStudio Express, the worlds most innovative video capture and playback solutions using Intel's new, lightning fast Thunderbolt technology! UltraStudio Express is compact, portable and affordable, plus provides the high performance SD/HD capture and playback that Hollywood film, broadcast television, and post production markets demand.

The Power of Thunderbolt

Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt technology, UltraStudio has a blazingly fast 10 Gb/s connection thats up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Thats enough bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily! Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization, making the UltraStudio 3D ideal for demanding stereoscopic 3D workflows. Now you can work with all the video formats you need, conveniently on your desktop or notebook computer. 

World's Highest Quality Connections

UltraStudio connects to anything as it includes 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI and analogue video connections.

Use any Video Software

UltraStudio is fully compatible with your favorite editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Media Composer 6 and Premiere Pro. For compositing and broadcast design, UltraStudio works with After Effects, Nuke, Photoshop and much more!

Flexible Power

UltraStudio Express is the ultimate portable solution because it powers from the Thunderbolt connection so you don't need a power supply. Simply plug in. 

Attractive Portable Design

Machined from a solid block of aluminum, UltraStudio Express features an attractive, rugged design thats packed with features. It's perfect for those on the go as an extremely portable companion for working with the widest range of cameras, computers and favorite video software. Imagine colour grading on set in real time or working with graphics and recording at live events! UltraStudio Express even includes two breakout cables, one with RCA consumer connections and the other with professional BNC/XLR connections with reference and deck control so you can move between consumer and professional video instantly!

Specifications

Additional Information

Specification

Connections

  • SDI Video Input: 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.
  • SDI Video Output: 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.
  • Analog Video Input: 1 x Component YUV on 3 BNC or RCA connectors switchable to S-Video or Composite. Component supports HD and SD.
  • Analog Video Output: 1 x Component YUV on 3 BNC or RCA connectors switchable to S-Video or Composite. Component supports HD and SD.
  • HDMI Video Input: 1 x HDMI type A connector
  • HDMI Video Output: 1 x HDMI type A connector.
  • Analog Audio Input: 2 Channels of analog audio via professional balanced XLR connectors or unbalanced RCA connectors.
  • Analog Audio Output: 2 Channels of analog audio via professional balanced XLR connectors or unbalanced RCA 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 or RCA connector.
  • SDI Audio Input: 16 Channels embedded in HD. 8 Channels embedded in SD.
  • SDI Audio Output: 16 Channels embedded in HD. 8 Channels embedded in SD.
  • HDMI Audio Input: 2 channels embedded in SD and HD.
  • HDMI Audio Output: 2 channels embedded in SD and HD.
  • Sync Input: Blackburst in SD, 720p50, 720p59.94, 1080i50 and 1080i59.94 formats or Tri-Sync in any HD format.
  • Device Control: Sony compatible RS422 deck control ports. Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control.
  • Computer Interface: Thunderbolt

 

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.

 

Software

  • Software Included: Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Mac OS X and Windows drivers, Blackmagic System Preferences and Blackmagic driver.
  • Internal Software Upgrade: 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

Autodesk Smoke

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, Vidcaster Pro & Studio & Broadcast, Uniplay, Playbox AirBox, CasparCG, Magicsoft CG, Xsplit Broadcaster, Imagine Communications Velocity & InfoCaster.

 

Video Standards

  • SD Format Support: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC.
  • HD Format Support: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30 and 1080p30.
  • SDI Compliance: SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M and SMPTE 296M.
  • 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.
  • Audio Sampling: Television rate of 48kHz and 24 bit.
  • Video Sampling: 4:2:2
  • Color Precision: 10-bit
  • Color Space: REC 601, REC 709
  • HDMI Resolution: Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device.
  • HDMI Color Precision: 10 bit
  • Multiple Rate support: SDI and HDMI video connections are switchable between standard definition and high definition. SDI switches between 270 Mb/s standard definition SDI, 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI and 3 Gb/s HD.
  • 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.
  • HD Down Conversion: Real time 10-bit hardware down conversion on SDI output, 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: Real time 10 bit standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture.
  • HD Cross Conversion: Real time 10 bit 720HD to 1080HD during video capture.
  • Real Time Effects: Final Cut Pro X internal effects. Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects. DaVinci Resolve.
  • Physical Installation: Requires computer with a Thunderbolt port.

 

Operating Systems

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

 

Power Requirements

Powered by Thunderbolt cable.

 

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 Express
  • Software CD
  • Professional breakout cable for analog and RS-422.
  • Consumer breakout cable for analog component and RCA audio.

 

Warranty

3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

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