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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro

B&H # BLUSP Mfr # BDLKULSPRO
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You Pay: $850.25
Product Highlights
  • High Speed - USB 3.0 (4.8 Gb/s)
  • Full 10 Bit Video
  • Built-in Up, Down, & Cross Converter
  • Clutter-free Design
  • Built-in Hardware SD Keyer
  • More HD Real-time Effects
  • Powerful Image Processor
  • Adobe Premiere Pro/After Effects
  • Includes Photoshop/Media Express

The Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro has a built-in USB 3.0 interface that offers high-speed connectivity (4.8 Gb/s); it transmits high-quality uncompressed 10 bit HD video with maximum real-time effects and the audio level meters help in accurate audio level calibration. With an innovative design, the UltraStudio Pro has a clean front-look having all the cables hidden. Made of solid metal, the unit is strong to withstand most harsh broadcast environments.

With a powerful image processor for 10 bit quality hardware up, down, and cross conversion, the UltraStudio Pro allows quick editing and deployment in SD, 720HD, or 1080HD resolutions so that CPU time is dedicated to real-time effects.

Adobe Premiere Pro's 8 audio channels prove useful for high-quality, 5.1 surround sound editing. The unit includes a full suite of Premiere Pro plug-ins with deck control and full support for 8 and 10 bit uncompressed AVI and QuickTime files, and Motion JPEG. Adobe After Effects makes for quality broadcast graphics and animation. Special Photoshop plug-ins can directly capture and output still frames from within the Photoshop application itself. The Media Express software allows you to batch capture and playback DPX, uncompressed YUV, and MJPEG files. With the SD digital internal keyer you can key RGBA images over the video input.

You can connect the UltraStudio Pro to cameras and digital set top boxes via HDMI and get quality video from cameras. Video and audio connections include 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI, analog component, composite, s-video, 4-channel analog audio, down converted SD-SDI output, 2 channel AES/ EBU audio, genlock/tri-sync, and RS-422 deck control connections.

Advanced Broadcast Technology

Offers more video and audio connections, high-quality up, down, and cross conversion, full 10 bit video, internal SD keying
Includes a massive number of video and audio connections including 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI, analog component, composite, s-video, 4 channels XLR analog audio, 2 channels AES/EBU audio with sample rate converter, genlock/tri-sync, and RS-422 deck control connections
Includes a broadcast quality 7'/2m breakout cable
An independent SDI output down converted for simultaneous HD and SD monitoring
The built-in up, down, and cross converter lets you edit once and deploy in SD, 720HD, or 1080HD so that all CPU time is dedicated to real-time effects

Design

Comes with a clean front-look, hiding the cables behind the unit
Built-in audio and video connections keep your studio neat
Includes audio level meters for accurate audio level calibration
Chassis is machined from solid metal with high-grip silicon feet, that provides the unit enough strength to withstand harsh broadcast environments

Connection

Connects to a massive range of video and audio equipment for capture and playback in SD and HD
Separate connections for 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI, analog component, composite, s-video, 2 channels of AES/EBU with sample rate converter, 4 channels of XLR analog audio, down converted SD-SDI output, genlock/trisync and deck control
Ideal for HDCAM, HD-D5, HDCAM SR, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, televisions

Incredible Speed USB 3.0 and More HD Real-time Effects

The SuperSpeed USB 3.0, which is 10 times faster than regular USB, allows high-quality 10 bit HD video capture and playback
A running speed of 4.8 Gb/s easily handles the highest quality 10 bit uncompressed 1080HD video
Supports x58 series or better Windows computers
Does not waste CPU time compressing video just for playback
All CPU time is dedicated to HD real-time effects

Powerful Image Processor

Includes a fast video processor for incredible 10 bit quality hardware up, down, and cross conversion
Allows to edit once and deploy in SD, 720HD, or 1080HD so that all CPU time is dedicated to real-time effects
Allows to select between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9, and pillar-box 4:3 video
Down conversion, when working in HD video, lets you monitor in SD and HD at the same time with s-video and composite video outputs active

Adobe Premiere Pro

Includes a full suite of Premiere Pro plug-ins with deck control and full support for 8 and 10 bit uncompressed AVI and QuickTime files, plus Motion JPEG
Supports Premiere Pro's 8 channels of audio, making for high-quality 5.1 surround sound editing
Includes features such as RT effects, RS-422 deck control, and frame accurate batch capture

Adobe After Effects

Useful for graphics and animation
Provides full RAM preview playback
You can use Media Express with After Effects for capture and playback in QuickTime, AVI and even DPX files

Adobe Photoshop

Includes special Photoshop plug-ins, allowing you to directly capture and output still frames from within the Photoshop application itself
You can use 'keying to export' and live key graphics from the video input using Photoshop alpha channels
You can see the correct color and the effects of video interlace and field movement by outputting Photoshop graphics from the unit

Media Express Software

Allows you to batch capture and playback DPX, uncompressed YUV and MJPEG files
Allows you to create your own playlist
Supports CMX EDL import and export, frame accurate deck control via RS-422 and will even insert and assemble to tape
Allows you to grab still frames from your deck

Direct HDMI Connections

Gets connected to cameras and digital set top boxes via HDMI for the highest quality
HDMI output monitors editing with real-time effects on the latest big screen televisions and video projectors

Built-in Hardware SD Keyer

Allows you to key RGBA images over the video input
Used with Blackmagic Design's Photoshop plug-ins, or RGBA animated video software for keying
Can key over HDMI and analog video
Connections SDI Video In & Out: SD/HD

Analog Video In & Out: Component & S-Video & Composite

HDMI Video In & Out: Yes

SDI Audio In & Out: 16 Channels

Analog Audio In & Out: 4 Channels Balanced

HDMI Audio In & Out: 8 Channels

AES Audio In & Out: 2 Ch In, selectable 6 Ch Out Unbalanced Sample rate converter on input

Computer Interface: USB 3.0
Processing Color Space Conversion: Hardware based real time

HD Down Conversion: Built-in, high quality hardware down converter always outputs to SD-SDI, composite and s-video when working in HD video formats. Component output can be switched between HD or SD. 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. Selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 pillarbox and 16:9 zoom styles. HD outputs via HD-SDI and component analog

HD Cross Conversion: Built-in, high quality hardware cross conversion from 720HD to 1080HD and 1080HD to 720HD

Real time effects: Adobe Premiere Pro internal effects in DV, MJPEG and uncompressed.
Standards HD Format Support: 1080PsF23.98/24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p23.98/24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60

SD Format Support: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC and 525/23.98 NTSC and 480p

SDI Compliance: SMPTE 259M, 292M

Video Sampling: 4:2:2

Color Precision: 4:2:2 10-bit

Color Space: 4:2:2 YUV

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

Audio Sampling: Television rate of 48kHz at 24 bit

Color Space: 4:2:2 YUV
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro
  • Media Express
  • Disk Speed Test
  • LiveKey
  • Blackmagic Control Panel
  • Blackmagic Driver on Windows
  • 3-Year Warranty
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    Blackmagic DesignUltraStudio Pro
     
    2.7

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    38%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Professional quality (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex projects (3)
      • In the studio (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      2.0

      Excellence with a hitch

      By mxride

      from Rochester, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro:

            I ordered this product extremely excited with it's capabilities. Since it is USB 3.0 I expected an easy peasy installation but was shocked. I have spent of 30 hours installing and re-installing USB 3.0 drivers and still couldn't get the device to work.

            I even went out and purchase a high end Samsung notebook with the latest and greatest hardware and still NO LUCK. I could see the device but windows 8.1 continues to to have driver issues.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            2.0

            Disappointed

            By jeepman66

            from Auburn, Al

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult to Navigate
              • Hard to configure
              • Limited Device Compat

              Best Uses

              • Educational Purposes
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro:

              Very disappointed with how few devices this actually works with. This product has incredible potential especially for me in education, but it was extremely difficult to configure or find a machine it would even work with.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              3.0

              Issues right out of the box!

              By Non-BlackBox believer for now!

              from Lancaster, PA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Limited Compatibility

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro:

                We use it with our Craft Edit system running Win7 64x and Adobe Premiere 6.0 - It looks cool but so far we are less then impressed since it was broken right out of the box. Some of the Audio display LCDs did not work. We have issues working in Adobe Premiere in HD with pops and video stagger. B&H are replacing the product with another - hopefully that along with BlackMagic Support resolves some of the issues?

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                • No

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                1.0

                Does not work with notebooks!! (now)

                By magicmister12

                from Austria

                Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro:

                I give up! I bought this for my notebook but i had to learn, that that won't work. Too bad.

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                5.0

                works great looks great

                By Samuel Aidan

                from Rochester MI

                About Me Professional Artist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro:

                  built new computer using BlackMagic design suggested parts. great design looks great next to my equipment. Perfect video output from my PMW-EX1r. Must use with raid 0 hard drive setup for good results. The built in live keying works great and is a real time saver for doing watermarked daily proofs

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                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Unusable for Laptops at this time.

                  By Video Assist

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Video Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Limited Compatibility

                  Best Uses

                  • Desktop Only

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro:

                  You would think that you could use this with a laptop. You'd be dead wrong. After looking at all the literature, specs, and talking to both BMD and a sales person I was led to believe that this would work with my new HP Elitebook laptop with built in USB 3.0. WRONG! There are apparently NO existing notebooks that can use this due to bandwidth restrictions on their USB 3.0 ports and precious few USB 3.0 adapters for desktop machines that will work. These limitations should be PLAINLY documented in the info pages for this product.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  A great concept that works

                  By Jeff

                  from Northern Virginia

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro:

                    I have been using a Decklink Studio 2 card for about a year or so, and I bought this for a second editing system I was building. The performance and I/O of the UltraStudio matches the Decklink Studio card, but without having to install any hardware in the computer case. Plugging in one USB3 cable is all it takes to install the hardware.
                    It will only work with x58 Motherboards, but that's not really a con, since you should only be using a x58 MB if you are using CS5.

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                    • No

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                    1.0

                    Ultra Studio Pro

                    By Pi

                    from Glasgow

                    About Me Film Student

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro:

                        If you can get this thing to work good luck.
                        Please don't buy this product until you have bought a computer that works with it. There are only a few that do. Blackmagic can only recommend motherboards that work with it. It's not cheap and you could be left with a pink elephant if you have not forked out for the appropriate gear to compliment it. USB is here but only just so not many things work with it just yet.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Pretty Impressive technology

                        By Video Village

                        from New York

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Pro:

                          We use the UltraSP on set to record, playback, edit and rough composite from a range of video sources, ranging from the RED One to the Phantom to SD video taps from film cameras. So far the system is handling it very well. Also impressive is the simultaneous SD composite, HDSDI and HDMI outputs (we do actually have all three of those formats working simultaneously on set.)
                          Another unexpected benefit was the ability to use the GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro CS5, making the timeline editor screaming fast and mostly render free even at Uncompressed HD.
                          For the most part BlackMagic has been responsive to the our needs in the setup process. Like all these systems, you want to stick with the recommended specs and go with hardware RAID 0.

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