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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio SDI Video Capture & Playback Device

USB 3.0 capture and playback in SDI/HD-SDI with HDMI monitoring.

Get an attractive, portable and fully machined aluminum design that looks great on your desktop or on location shoots. UltraStudio SDI includes SDI capture and playback, as well as a built in HDMI output for affordable local monitoring using a low cost television as a broadcast monitor. It also includes genlock and RS-422 deck control. UltraStudio SDI powers from the USB 3.0 connection so it is an extremely easy to install and very portable solution.

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Product Description


Introducing the world's smallest and most affordable SDI capture and playback solution for USB 3.0 computers! UltraStudio SDI simply plugs in to add 10 bit SDI capture and playback, plus HDMI monitoring to your computer! Because it powers from the USB connection, it's a snap to install! With high quality SDI and HDMI monitoring, plus genlock and RS-422 deck control built in, you get the the highest quality solution for editing, effects, paint and design!

Broadcast Quality SDI for USB 3.0

UltraStudio SDI is so compact it fits right into your hand! UltraStudio SDI can be hidden under desks or taken on location. With an attractive machined aluminum design, it looks great on your desk or on location shoots. UltraStudio SDI includes a built in HDMI 1.4 output so you can even use a low cost television as a broadcast monitor! We also include Photoshop plug-ins, NLE drivers and our award winning Media Express deck control software! Perfect with laptops for SDI acquisition on location, or in large creative groups so all computers can be connected to broadcast routing infrastructure, UltraStudio SDI is the perfect low cost solution!

Compact Design

UltraStudio SDI is an attractive and compact design thats machined out of a solid block of aluminum for incredible strength. That means you get a beautifully finished uni-body design that looks great on your desk. UltraStudio SDI includes a mounting bracket that lets you mount it under desks or on walls for added security. UltraStudio SDI eliminates messy power supplies because it powers from the USB 3.0 connection, plus there are no switches or adjustments because it automatically switches between SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI video formats.

Advanced USB 3.0

For an advanced future proof design, UltraStudio SDI features built in USB 3.0 for a high speed 4.8 Gb/s connection thats up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 or FireWire. USB 3.0 is built into the latest computers and is more than 3 times the speed of HD video.

Incredible Quality

Now high quality broadcast electronics don't need to be ugly and expensive! UltraStudio SDI features super low jitter 3 Gb/s SDI connections plus the latest HDMI 1.4 output for local monitoring. You get both compressed and uncompressed video.

Everything Included

UltraStudio SDI includes everything you need for editing, paint or broadcast design. We include a full set of drivers for capture and playback with real time effects in Premiere Pro! Also included is Media Express for batch capture and output to tape.

World's Highest Quality Connections

UltraStudio SDI includes the highest quality low jitter SDI connections that instantly switch between all SD and HD video formats. Connect to decks such as Digital Betacam, HDCAM, HDCAM-SR, Panasonic D5, Sony PMW-F3 and more! UltraStudio SDI includes HDMI 1.4 out, so you can use any television as a broadcast monitor, dramatically lowering the overall cost of editing systems. HDMI out even lets you connect to video projectors for the most amazing theater style environments! UltraStudio SDI includes deck control, genlock and fully powers via USB 3.0!

Compatible with Everything!

Blackmagic Design is the worlds biggest capture card manufacturer, so you get more third party software compatability! Edit on your favorite NLE software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas. For compositing and broadcast design, UltraStudio SDI works with After Effects, Nuke, Fusion and Photoshop. Audio engineers will love using UltraStudio SDI with Avid Pro Tools and Steinberg Nuendo.

Compact Size

With a compact size thats also attractive, UltraStudio SDI has been designed to look great on your desktop, or to be totally hidden from view! UltraStudio SDI features a beautiful machined aluminum design with full silicon rubber base that grips to desk surfaces. When you want to mount under desks or in cable ducts, just screw on the mounting bracket and attach it anywhere! UltraStudio SDI is so small and lightweight, its perfect for your laptop bag, so you can take it everywhere! Because its USB powered, its truly a portable solution!


Additional Information



  • SDI Video Input: 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.
  • SDI Video Output: 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.
  • HDMI Video Output: 1 x HDMI type A connector
  • SDI Audio Input: 8 Channels embedded in SD and HD.
  • SDI Audio Output: 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: USB 3.0
  • Power: USB 3.0 Bus Powered.



Supports: AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2.



DaVinci Resolve


Premiere Pro CC

Avid Media Composer

After Effects CC

Avid Pro Tools

Steinberg Cubase

Sony Vegas Pro

Photoshop CC

Corel VideoStudio Pro X4

Other supported applications include: Avid Symphony, Avid News Cutter, CyberLink Power Director, MAGIX Video Pro X4, Vidcaster Pro & Studio & Broadcast, Uniplay, Playbox AirBox. CasparCG, Magicsoft CG, Steinberg Nuendo, Flash Media Encoder, Xsplit Broadcaster, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster, Imagine Communications Velocity & InfoCaster.


Video Standards

  • SD Format Support: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC and 525/23.98 NTSC.
  • HD Format Support: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, and 1080i60.
  • SDI Compliance: SMPTE 259M and SMPTE 292M.
  • 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 standard sample rate of 48 kHz at 24 bit.
  • Video Sampling: 4:2:2
  • Color Precision: 10-bit
  • Color Space: REC 601, REC 709
  • HDMI Configuration: HDMI automatically configures to connected display.
  • 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 and 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI.
  • Copy Protection: HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.



  • Colorspace Conversion: Hardware based real time.
  • HD Down Conversion: Software based down conversion during video playback.
  • HD Up Conversion: Real time standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture.
  • HD Cross Conversion: Real time 720HD to 1080HD during video capture.
  • Real Time Effects: Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects.


Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later. Windows 7 64-bit or better
  • Power Requirements
  • USB Bus Powered.


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 SDI
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • Software CD
  • Mounting Plate



  • Software Included: Media Express, Disk Speed Test, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic driver on Windows.
  • Internal Software Upgrade: Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software.
  • Physical Installation: Requires a computer with onboard USB 3.0, or a USB 3.0 PCI Express 2.0 card. Does not support USB 2.0 capture and playback. Please check the Support pages to see the full system requirements.



3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.