Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Mini

Portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution

UltraStudio 4K Mini is a portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution packed with the latest broadcast technology! You get 12G‑SDI, HDMI 2.0 and analogue connections for broadcast quality 8, 10 and 12‑bit high dynamic range capture in all formats from SD up to 4K DCI at 60 frames per second. Plus, the built in SD card reader lets you mount camera media directly on your computer so you can start editing immediately.

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UltraStudio 4K Mini is a portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution packed with the latest broadcast technology. You get 12G‑SDI, HDMI 2.0 and analogue connections for broadcast quality 8, 10 and 12‑bit high dynamic range capture in all formats from SD up to 4K DCI at 60 frames per second. Plus, the built in SD card reader lets you mount camera media directly on your computer so you can start editing immediately.

Professional Capture And Playback For Any Workflow
Whether you’re working on-set or in post production, UltraStudio gives you broadcast and digital cinema quality capture and playback that can be used for any workflow. UltraStudio is perfect for everything from editing, colour and visual effects to live capture and on-set monitoring during production. There are even models with 12G-SDI and support for the latest HDR formats to ensure high end colourists get everything they need for monitoring to broadcast displays, HDR televisions or the latest digital cinema projectors. UltraStudio can even be used to feed SDI fill and key from RGB graphics directly from a computer to a live production switcher for amazing live broadcast graphics keying.

World's Highest Quality Connections
With UltraStudio you can connect to virtually any video device. All UltraStudio models include SDI in and out, HDMI out for monitoring on TVs and projectors and analogue YUV/NTSC/PAL video and balanced analogue input for archiving from legacy analogue broadcast tape decks. Plus the dual SDI outputs can switch to fill and key. All models include video reference for sync playback to broadcast systems, plus RS-422 remote. The UltraStudio 4K Mini and Extreme models add an extra HDMI input plus a balanced analogue audio out for connecting to in-studio audio monitoring.

The Power Of Thunderbolt 3
Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt 3 technology, UltraStudio uses a blazingly fast single cable connection to any 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. The UltraStudio HD Mini model is powered from the Thunderbolt connection so can run from a laptop battery without needing any power connection. UltraStudio 4K models also include an AC power connection, perfect when working in studios. The new UltraStudio 4K Mini model even provides 45W trickle power via Thunderbolt 3 to the connected computer so it stays charged when connected.

Amazing Quality In Compressed Or Uncompressed
UltraStudio supports popular compressed video formats such as Apple 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 colour correction and more. Ultra HD has 4 times the resolution of 1080HD for amazing looking images.

Incredible 12G‑SDI Technology For Ultra HD
UltraStudio 4K Mini features the latest 12G‑SDI, for the most powerful video capture and playback solution. The incredible speed of 12G‑SDI means UltraStudio 4K models can support both capture and playback of Ultra HD and 4K 60p over a single BNC cable. Because 12G‑SDI connections are multi rate, you can still connect to all of your existing equipment. Only 12G‑SDI gives you the compatibility to connect to all your existing SD and HD equipment but also supports the future with all Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60. Because the 12G-SDI outputs are dual link, you can do stereoscopic or simultaneous fill and key in real time up to 2160p30.

Super Tough Elegant And Portable Design
UltraStudio 4K models feature elegant front panels with integrated colour LCD and fast control buttons, with the rear panel using industry standard BNC and HDMI connectors for video connections. UltraStudio Mini models are designed for portability and can be used as a stand alone on a desktop or rack mounted with other equipment. The UltraStudio 4K Mini model is even more compact at only ⅓ of a rack width. That means they have very low visual impact when placed on a desktop, and you can fit up to 3 of them in a single rack unit size.

Get Professional Editing, Visual Effects, Colour Correction And Audio Post
UltraStudio models have been designed to be the perfect match for DaVinci Resolve, so you can get a complete post production solution simply by downloading the software now on Mac, Windows or Linux. You get the world’s most advanced solution that combines professional editing, colour correction, audio post and visual effects all in one software tool. DaVinci Resolve is used to finish more Hollywood feature films than any other solution, so you'll get the best possible post production tools available. Whether you’re working on major feature films, episodic television production, music videos, TVCs or even the latest YouTube shoot, DaVinci Resolve gives you a high end workflow so the tools will never be the limit to your creativity.

Supports Macs With Thunderbolt 3
UltraStudio has been specifically designed for the Mac platform's unique needs and is supported by a huge range of popular video software. The included drivers have been optimized for high performance video, plus the features needed for editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC, and Avid Media Composer. 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 OBS, Wirecast, Livestream Producer.

Get Incredible Windows Compatibility
For Windows you get access to a massive range of software because UltraStudio supports WDM and DirectShow. For editing you can use DaVinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro CC, MAGIX Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio Pro, 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 Live Encoder, Xsplit Broadcaster, Wirecast and Livestream Producer.

  • Portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution
  • 12G‑SDI, HDMI 2.0 and analogue connections
  • Built in SD card reader
  • Super Tough Elegant and Portable Design
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Specification

Connections

  • SDI Video Inputs: 1
  • SDI Video Outputs: 2 x program out, 1 x loop out.
  • SDI Rates: 270Mb, 1.5G, 3G, 6G, 12G.
  • Analog Video Inputs: Component YUV or Composite NTSC/PAL. Component is switchable between SD and HD.
  • Analog Audio Inputs: 2 channels of professional balanced analog audio with 1/4 inch Jack connectors.
  • Analog Audio Outputs: 2 channels of professional balanced analog audio with 1/4 inch Jack connectors.
  • SDI Audio Inputs: 16 Channels embedded in SD/HD/2K/UHD/4K.
  • SDI Audio Outputs: 16 Channels embedded in SD/HD/2K/UHD/4K.
  • HDMI 2.0b Video Inputs: 1
  • HDMI 2.0b Video Outputs: 1
  • HDMI Audio Inputs: 8 Channels embedded in SD/HD/UHD/4K.
  • HDMI Audio Outputs: 8 Channels embedded in SD/HD/UHD/4K.
  • Mic Input: 1 x XLR microphone input. 48V Phantom Power switchable via software control.
  • Sync Input: Tri-Sync or Black Burst.
  • Device Control: Sony™ compatible RS-422 deck control port. Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control.
  • USB: 1 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gb/s).
  • SD Card Reader: UHS-I and UHS-II compatible.
  • Computer Interface: Thunderbolt 3 (Mac OS, Windows and Linux) with 45W host charging capability.

Supported Codecs

  • AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, HEVC, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, DNxHR & DNxHD, 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: DaVinci Resolve, Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility and Blackmagic driver on Mac OS and Windows. Media Express, Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility and Blackmagic driver on Linux.
  • 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
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Adobe After Effects CC
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Steinberg Nuendo
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Other supported applications include: The Foundry Nuke, Grass Valley Edius, Sony Catalyst Production Suite, Tools On Air Just: Play & Live & In, Softron MovieRecorder & MReplay, Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, Telestream Wirecast, Livestream Producer, Resolume Arena, Magix Vegas Pro & Movie Edit Pro Premium, Corel VideoStudio Pro, CyberLink PowerDirector, Vidblaster X & Studio & Broadcast, Uniplay One & CG, CasparCG Server, Magicsoft CG, Xsplit Broadcaster, Imagine Communications Velocity & InfoCaster, DevTek Easy Media Suite, Metus Ingest, Boinx Software MimoLive, Cinegy Capture Pro, vMix Live, Renewed Vision ProPresenter, Ventuz Director, Class X Liveboard & Coral CG, Glookast Capturer, Open Broadcaster Software Studio, Nautilus NEMO3D, Derivative TouchDesigner, Assimilate Scratch, Burst Video Webclip2Go & [REC]Marker.

SDI Video Standards

  • SD Video Standards: 525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL
  • HD Video Standards: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60
  • 2K Video Standards: 2Kp23.98 DCI, 2Kp24 DCI, 2Kp25 DCI, 2Kp29.97 DCI, 2Kp30 DCI, 2Kp50 DCI, 2Kp59.94 DCI, 2Kp60 DCI 2KPsF23.98 DCI, 2KPsF24 DCI, 2KPsF25 DCI, 2KPsF29.97 DCI, 2KPsF30 DCI
  • Ultra HD Video Standards: 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60
  • 4K Video Standards: 4Kp23.98 DCI, 4Kp24 DCI, 4Kp25 DCI, 4Kp29.97 DCI, 4Kp30 DCI, 4Kp50 DCI, 4Kp59.94 DCI, 4Kp60 DCI
  • 3D Video Standards*: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60 2Kp23.98 DCI, 2Kp24 DCI, 2Kp25 DCI, 2Kp29.97 DCI, 2Kp30 DCI, 2Kp50 DCI, 2Kp59.94 DCI, 2Kp60 DCI 2KPsF23.98 DCI, 2KPsF24 DCI, 2KPsF25 DCI, 2KPsF29.97 DCI, 2KPsF30 DCI 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30 4Kp23.98 DCI, 4Kp24 DCI, 4Kp25 DCI, 4Kp29.97 DCI, 4Kp30 DCI

* Playback only

  • SDI Compliance: SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 274M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 424M, SMPTE 425M Level A and B, SMPTE 2036-1, SMPTE 2048-1, SMPTE 2081-10, SMPTE 2082-10 and SMPTE ST2108-1.
  • SDI Metadata Support: RP 188/SMPTE 12M-2 and closed captioning.
  • Multiple Rate Support: SDI video connections are switchable between SD/HD/2K/UHD and 4K.
  • SDI Audio Sampling: Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit.
  • SDI Video Sampling: 4:2:2, 4:4:4
  • SDI Color Precision:
  • 8, 10, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 in 2D modes up to 4Kp30 DCI and 8, 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 in all 2D modes.
  • 8, 10, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 in 3D modes up to 2Kp60 DCI and 8, 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 in all 3D modes.
  • SDI Color Space: REC 601, REC 709 and REC 2020

HDMI Video Standards

  • SD Video Standards: 525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL
  • HD Video Standards: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60
  • Ultra HD Video Standards: 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60
  • 4K Video Standards: 4Kp23.98 DCI, 4Kp24 DCI, 4Kp25 DCI, 4Kp29.97 DCI, 4Kp30 DCI, 4Kp50 DCI, 4Kp59.94 DCI, 4Kp60 DCI
  • 3D Video Standards: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30 4Kp23.98 DCI, 4Kp24 DCI, 4Kp25 DCI, 4Kp29.97 DCI, 4Kp30 DCI.
  • HDMI Audio Sampling: Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit.
  • HDMI Video Sampling: 4:4:4, 4:2:2 and 4:2:0
  • HDMI Color Precision: 8, 10 and 12-bit
  • HDMI Configuration: HDMI 2.0b supports Deep Color and HDR. Automatically configures to connected display.
  • Multiple Rate Support: HDMI video connections are switchable between SD/HD/UHD 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

  • Real Time Effects: DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X internal effects. Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects.
  • Colorspace Conversion: Hardware based real time.
  • 3D Processing: Dual stream and frame packed capture and playback. 3D capture supported via HDMI input only.
  • Physical Installation: Requires a computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port. Please check support pages to see the full system requirements.

Operating Systems

  • Mac 10.13 High Sierra,
  • Mac 10.14 Mojave or later.
  • Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, all 64-bit.
  • Linux

Power Requirements

  • Power Supply: 1 x Internal 100 - 240V AC
  • Power Usage: 75.3W max

Environmental Specifications

  • Operating Temperature: 5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F)
  • Storage Temperature: -20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)
  • Relative Humidity: 0% to 90% non-condensing

Warranty

  • 3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
  • UltraStudio 4K Mini
  • SD card with software and manual