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Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder

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You Pay: $470.25
Product Highlights
  • Professional Encoding
  • SD/HDMI Inputs Support SD/HD Formats
  • Maximum Flexibility
  • Media Express Software Included
  • RS-422 Deck Control
  • Compatible with Mac and Windows
  • High-quality Video Capture
  • Preserve Archive Footage
  • Real-time Scaling/Cropping
  • With 12v Power Supply

The Blackmagic Design H.264 Pro Recorder is designed for the industry professionals who require professional encoding from SDI, HDMI, analog/component composite, and balanced audio. The flexible Pro Recorder enables you to capture old or new video formats into the same file formats used on the web, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, and more, providing a convenient solution to capture from professional broadcast decks directly to SD and HD H.264 files.

With the Media Express software, you can encode hours of content into popular online formats and batch H.264 files with an attractive user interface as well as create playlists from captured files. The software supports CMX EDL import and RS-422 accurate deck control, and is compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems. It also provides clip information such as frame size, frame-rate, color space, format, and codec.

The H.264 recorder allows you to capture high-quality videos and select between SDI, HDMI, and analog component video inputs. Apart from capturing audio from the SDI, HDMI, or stereo balanced analog audio input jacks, you can also connect the recorder directly to HD or SD video sources as the SDI, HDMI, and capture from HDCAM, Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, DVD players, and more. Analog video inputs switch between component s-video and composite, and support SD and HD.

The Pro Recorder allows you to save your old memories as digital files on your PC, converting old programming video formats into H.264 file format. It supports real-time scaling, and allows you to capture videos at full HD or SD resolution. You can also resize videos in real-time to scale and encode for playing on devices such as iPhone, iPad, or iPod. The adjustable tools can crop unwanted video portions such as black borders and VHS switching.

Real-time H.264 encoder that connects via USB
Designed for industry professionals who need professional encoding from SDI, HDMI, analog component/ composite and balanced audio
Capture from professional broadcast decks directly to SD and HD H.264 files
Capture old or new programming content into the same file format used on the web, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, and YouTube
Media Express software to encode content into popular online formats
Batch H.264 files with a user interface
RS-422 deck control is included with software for Mac and Windows
Clip information - frame size, frame-rate, color space, format, and codec
Converts old video tapes to H.264 file format
Real-time scaling/cropping
Ideal for mobile applications using a notebook/computer (power supply required)
Connections
  • SDI Video Input: 1 x 12 bit SD/HD switchable.

  • Analog Video Input: 1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs switchable to S-Video or Composite.
    Component supports HD and SD.

  • HDMI Video Input: 1 x HDMI type A connector.

  • SDI Audio Input: 2 Channels from embedded SDI audio.

  • Analog Audio Input: 2 Channels of professional balanced analog audio with standard 1/4 inch jack connections.

  • HDMI Audio Input: 2 Channels from embedded HDMI audio.

  • Device Control: Sony compatible RS422 deck control port.

  • Computer Interface: USB 2.0 high speed (480Mb/s)
  • Standards
  • HD Format Support: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080p50, 1080i59.94, 1080p59.94, 1080i60, and 1080p60.

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

  • SDI Compliance: SMPTE 259M and 292.

  • Multiple Rate support: SDI, HDMI and component analog 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-SDI.

  • Video Sampling: 4:2:2

  • Color Precision: 12 bit

  • Color Space: 4:2:2 YUV

  • Audio Sampling: Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit.

  • HDMI Color Precision: 12 bit

  • Copy Protection: For legal reasons HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.
  • Processing
  • Encoding: Hardware based real time H.264 encoder supports multiple profiles for small, portable video devices through to full resolution HDTV.

  • Real-time Scaling: Capture at full HD or SD resolution, or use direct resize in real-time to scale and encode for the intended playback device, such as iPhone, iPad or iPod.

  • Real-time Cropping: Adjustable tools provide real-time cropping of unwanted video artifacts such as black borders and VHS switching.
  • Firmware
  • Firmware upgrade via USB.
  • Installation
  • Connect unit to the computer's USB 2.0 port, install Blackmagic H.264 Pro Recorder software and run Media Express.
  • Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder
  • 12v Power Supply
  • Media Express, Blackmagic System Preferences and Blackmagic Driver on Mac OS X
  • Media Express, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic Driver on Windows
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Blackmagic DesignH.264 PRO Recorder
     
    3.8

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (13)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Professional quality (8)
    • Highly compatible (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • In the studio (6)
      • Professional (4)
      • Home movies (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (8), Power user (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (20)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      It just works!!! (more or less)

      Let me explain exactly what this does, as there seems to be some confusion. It is a piece of hardware that takes video in and compresses it in hardware to an h.264 stream...Read complete review

      Let me explain exactly what this does, as there seems to be some confusion. It is a piece of hardware that takes video in and compresses it in hardware to an h.264 stream that is written to a file via USB 2.0.

      So it is HD and SD, but it is compressed video. If you need cheap HD capture, I think this box is pretty much impossible to beat.

      I am using this product to capture HD out via HDMI. The HD is used in online promo videos. I just don't need uncompressed HD for my projects.

      Usage is simple. You connect a video source to the box and connect the box via micro USB. Audio levels have to be pro-level, not consumer.

      All things considered, for the price, it is absolutely unbeatable and the video quality looks great. Highly recommended.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      So-so results so far after using once

      I recorded a series of nine segments over a two-day period of a work seminar. Results are mixed so far. I am recording SD (720x486) because that's the best camera we own. ...Read complete review

      I recorded a series of nine segments over a two-day period of a work seminar. Results are mixed so far. I am recording SD (720x486) because that's the best camera we own. Several of the clips lost sync - audio got ahead of video - towards the end. Especially those of 30 minutes. Yet other clips of longer times recorded perfectly fine.
      It could be the laptop, though it is a newer model with plenty of hard drive capacity. I will be using it to record upcoming monthly meetings, so it may be too soon to tell.

      Reviewed by 25 customers

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      4.0

      Will not work with Livestream Studio

      By Matt

      from Little Rock, AR

      About Me Power User

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

            The device seems to work great overall however when I read the reviews it said it would work with Livestream. It will work with Livestream Producer but NOT the Livestream Studio which is what I have. Just FYI

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Solid working device

            By Andy48

            from Columbia, SC

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Setup
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

            • No Real Instructions

            Best Uses

            • Office
            • Professional
            • Streaming

            Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

            I've used this with my MacBook Pro and Livestream's Producers software. It works great, but it runs a little hot so be aware the box will get warm. Don't be worried about USB 2.0 vs USB 3.0 - to this day Livestream recommends this device above all the others. It does not have a true manual though, so trouble shooting takes a lot of trial and error and knowhow.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome

            By Gman

            from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Fast Setup
            • Improved Audio/Video
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Movies
              • Office
              • Professional

              Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

              I use to to LiveStream events from BrandonChurch.ca works great in testing! Couldn't be happier!

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              • No

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              1.0

              terrible product

              By hexer

              from Ontario, Canada

              About Me Power User

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                  does not work with the SDK they provide. horrible product. i would give zero stars if i could. the company also provides zero support for it. you buy it, and you're on your own!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Works great, less filling!

                  By Namkie

                  from Florida

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Fast Setup

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                    Small therefore less filling. Easy to intergrate in the collection of components. Nice look and feel.

                    Great value and performance

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Works with the right software

                    By photobob

                    from Orange County, CA

                    About Me Power User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Simple Controls

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                      This is the best solution I could find and woks great once you get the right software. It ships with a newer version than what is available for download but contrary to what you'd expect, the older software download is what you need.
                      Blackmagic really needs to do a better job of communicating with it's customers as it took me 30 minutes on hold to get the correct information from the tech support line.
                      Some people have complained about the limited output choices but I think they are fine for my needs.
                      Also, it comes with no USB cable which is annoying and as I've read in another review, make sure you get a good quality shielded cable.

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                      • No

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                      2.0

                      Software needs to Catch up to Hardware

                      By Laz

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Poor Performance

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                        This would get 5 Stars if the software that this unit uses kept the video and audio in sync.

                        Other then that...solid product.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent recorder

                        By cfionvideo

                        from Staten Island, NY

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                          The product is a cheap and easy way to record to a hard drive in any type of environment. The compression rate is amazing. I Recorded 6 hours of footage and only used about 6.6 GBs of memory on my HDD. The program that comes with it is easy to use and user friendly so if you haven't used capturing software before you will enjoy the experience.

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                          3.0

                          So-so results so far after using once

                          By avguy57

                          from midwest, usa

                          About Me AV Coordinator

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Inconsistent Performance

                          Best Uses

                          • Corporate Meetings

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                          I recorded a series of nine segments over a two-day period of a work seminar. Results are mixed so far. I am recording SD (720x486) because that's the best camera we own. Several of the clips lost sync - audio got ahead of video - towards the end. Especially those of 30 minutes. Yet other clips of longer times recorded perfectly fine.
                          It could be the laptop, though it is a newer model with plenty of hard drive capacity. I will be using it to record upcoming monthly meetings, so it may be too soon to tell.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          The product was checked and began to use

                          By Jolus

                          from Cali Colombia

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video Solutiones In Opera

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                            It´s an excellent product for HD

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Plug and Play....

                            By Marty P

                            from NYC, NY

                            About Me Producer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Ease Of Use

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Livestream

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                            Used it for a webcast/livestream with Livestream...it worked like a charm...plug and play. Loaded software, Desktop Video by BMD, plugged it in, fed it SDI, and streamed...! No complaints....I wish it also had an HDMI input...but then that's another BMD interface....and it would probably cost a few more bucks.

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                            • No

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                            1.0

                            Weak Jacks

                            By Legal Video

                            from Tulsa, OK

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                                When it worked, it worked great. The usb jack was weak from the start and has now died. I was getting intermittent freeze ups due to the bad jack, but now the unit has quit completely.

                                Nice paperweight now though.

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                                5.0

                                Very cool and easy to use

                                By the video guy

                                from St. Helena, ca

                                About Me Business Owner

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                                  I have been using a firewire feed from a dv deck to my mac and all was good but whith this product I use usb2 and is scaled to fit nicely and the qulity went up.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Neat Unit, Good price, Lot's of uses!

                                  By Rogue Media Warrior

                                  from Vienna, Virginia

                                  About Me Business Owner, Media and Event Pro

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Multiple Media live event

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                                    Am using this unit to capture a live HD-SDI video feed and transcode it for internet streaming later in the day. It's easy to learn, setup and use. Helps to have a Mac computer.

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                                    • No

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                                    1.0

                                    Died in less than a month

                                    By nykiordan

                                    from Loma Linda, CA

                                    About Me Business Owner

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Limited Compatibility
                                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                                    Best Uses

                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                                    Worked well for twenty some days then it stopped working. The power LED light doesn't come up.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Great tool

                                    By Bcs723

                                    from Hamilton, AL

                                    About Me Business Owner

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                    • USB comes loose easy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                                    This does a great job at taking HD-SDI and making web ready videos.

                                    I wish there was more control over the video quality settings.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Works well but lacks an LED

                                    By JaRich

                                    from Central Point, OR

                                    About Me Business Owner

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                                        Overall the device worked very well.
                                        The only drawback that I found was that the unit lacks an LED to let you know if its powered up. Had to perform some troubleshooting and found that the unit was not powered on due to an electrical issue. Had the unit had an LED we could have quickly determined that it did not have any power.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great Little box for Streaming Live Even

                                        By Murgatroydj

                                        from Edmonton, Canada

                                        About Me Event Producer, Video production

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Professional Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Live events

                                          Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                                          I used this last week to live stream and record an event.

                                          Set up was quick and simple.

                                          works with Live Stream Software

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Easy Fast To Use - Awesome Signal

                                          By coloradodv

                                          from Greeley CO

                                          About Me Business Owner

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact Design
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Highly Compatible
                                          • Improves Performance
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Lacks Functionality

                                          Best Uses

                                          • In The Studio

                                          Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                                          I am impressed with that deivce.

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                                          • No

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                                          4.0

                                          It just works!!! (more or less)

                                          By Marketing Guy

                                          from Boston

                                          About Me Marketing professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Has a variety of inputs

                                          Cons

                                          • Sometimes have to reboot

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Multimediaonline video

                                          Comments about Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder:

                                          Let me explain exactly what this does, as there seems to be some confusion. It is a piece of hardware that takes video in and compresses it in hardware to an h.264 stream that is written to a file via USB 2.0.

                                          So it is HD and SD, but it is compressed video. If you need cheap HD capture, I think this box is pretty much impossible to beat.

                                          I am using this product to capture HD out via HDMI. The HD is used in online promo videos. I just don't need uncompressed HD for my projects.

                                          Usage is simple. You connect a video source to the box and connect the box via micro USB. Audio levels have to be pro-level, not consumer.

                                          All things considered, for the price, it is absolutely unbeatable and the video quality looks great. Highly recommended.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • Mac

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