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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device

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Product Highlights
  • Playback Aspect of Capture/Playback Card
  • Outputs Footage from Computer to Monitor
  • Enables Color Grading on Top-Res Monitor
  • SDI, HDMI, Thunderbolt / Embedded Audio
  • Supports Resolutions up to 1080i60
  • 10-Bit Color Precision / 4:2:2 Sampling
  • Real Time Colorspace Conversion
  • Software Based Down Conversion

The Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device is a very interesting and a highly useful device that Blackmagic has put out there. It is the "playback" aspect of any Blackmagic capture and playback device (and of any capture and playback device in general).

Where a capture and playback device, such as the UltraStudio 3D or the Intensity Extreme, captures video from a camera, transfers it to a computer, and additionally lets you output the video to a display other than that of your computer's, UltraStudio Mini Monitor only performs the last of these functions, also referred to as "playback." The point of outputting to a separate display is to output to a top-resolution display, the kind that your computer's display likely isn't, the kind that'll give you the best representation of your footage, the kind that'll let you get as precise as possible in color-grading, perhaps the kind that has features like Waveform. Mini Monitor connects to your computer by Thunderbolt and outputs to a monitor by either HDMI or SDI. (You'll need a Thunderbolt-equipped computer, such as any Mac.)

So, if you want to color grade on a top-resolution monitor, and you don't need the other characteristics of a capture and playback device, then UltraStudio Mini Monitor is all you need and it comes at a small portion of the cost of an average capture and playback device (also known as an I/O device).

(If you'll need the "capture" aspect instead, please check out the UltraStudio Mini Recorder).

The "Playback" Aspect of a Capture and Playback Device
Connect to your computer by Thunderbolt, and output your editing system footage to a top-resolution monitor by HDMI or SDI for precise color grading

3 Gb/s SDI Output
Get blazing speeds for recording SD and HD up to 1080HD

HDMI Output
HDMI output for amazing quality playback. Use low cost televisions for monitoring

Thunderbolt Connection
Get blazing speeds for playback in SD and HD up to 1080iHD
SDI Video Output 1x 10-bit SD/HD switchable
HDMI Video Output 1x HDMI type A connector
SDI Audio Output 8 channels embedded in SD and HD
HDMI Audio Output 8 channels embedded in SD and HD
Computer Interface Thunderbolt
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
Sampling Video:
4:2:2

Audio:
Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz at 24 bit
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 are switchable between standard definition and high definition
Colorspace Conversion Hardware based real time
HD Down Conversion Software based down conversion during video playback
Real Time Effects Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects
Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects
Avid Media Composer 6 internal effects
Internal Software Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software.
Physical Installation Requires computer with a Thunderbolt port
System Compatibility Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later, and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Blackmagic DesignUltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device
     
    4.1

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Compact (8)
    • Highly compatible (7)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Professional quality (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • In the studio (7)
      • Independent films (5)
      • Multimedia (4)
      • Complex projects (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (5), Business owner (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Better Than Expected

      I was able to do a comparison of the live image from an Arri Alexa outputting Rec709 right next to the same image running thru Davinci Resolve 9 with their Arri LogC to Rec709...Read complete review

      I was able to do a comparison of the live image from an Arri Alexa outputting Rec709 right next to the same image running thru Davinci Resolve 9 with their Arri LogC to Rec709 lut. The output images were exactly the same colors. I expected to have to set my TvLogic OLED up to different color settings for each scenario and that just wasn't the case. Great Item!

      Scott
      Digital Imaging Technician
      Hollywood

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Worst experience ever and AWFUL support

      bought as a low cost solution for monitoring and grading since my acquisition is 100% card based and i do not need an input device. my first one stopped working while editing with a...Read complete review

      bought as a low cost solution for monitoring and grading since my acquisition is 100% card based and i do not need an input device. my first one stopped working while editing with a client and was embarrassing to say the least. bought a second one (HUGE MISTAKE) to "fix" the problem because budget was tight at the time and needed my client/grading monitor to be working again ASAP. once again this device FAILED me while editing with a client and will not work properly at all. when it was "working" it never would get rid of the silly vertical white line on the left edge of the frame, and would produce random red spots and flickering black lines on screen. on top of this when it does decide to crash, i have to leave FCP and force quit to get back to editing,
      add to this perhaps the WORST customer support from ANY company ive dealt with and you have a recipe for disaster. check their forums on this, there are NO answers to any questions and issues people have with this and other products, spend the extra whatever and get the AjA, yes you lose davinci grading, but the first time your product fails whilst with a client editing, the embarrassment and hassle wont be worth it anyway.

      this is not and should never be called a professional device, put it in the soccer mom section and take it out of "pro video"

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      5.0

      Perfect Thunderbolt to HDMI

      By Dpstahr

      from Tampa, Florida

      About Me Technician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia

        Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

        Quick, affordable interface Thunderbolt to SDI and HDMI. With SDI there's no need for extenders. Very flexable with both SDI and HDMI out's. Inbeded audio is also included. Amazing for the price.

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

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        3.0

        OK but too bad it s only 422...

        By stp

        from los angeles

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Not Very Powerful

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

            I purchase this to get a davinci monitoring on a good calibrated monitor.
            The fact is the mini monitor is only output 422 and that means the calibrated monitor can't use some of its color space …

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

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            5.0

            Works Great

            By Firewire

            from Canada

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
            • Easy to Navigate

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia

              Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

              Excellent interface from Macbook Pro to HDMI TV

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

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              1.0

              Disgusting lack of support from Blackmag

              By darkenergymedia

              from venice, california

              Pros

                Cons

                • Zero Support From Bmd

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                  i only wish zero stars were possible. bought this (admittedly cheap) monitor to use with my 2014 mac pro. worked great for about 20 hours and then died completely. doesn't work on any machines.have submitted six support requests to blackmagic and spent 45 minutes on hold with their phone support and NOTHING. there has been ABSOLUTELY NO effort to address my non-working product. suggest avoiding this company's products based on this and other customer service (or lack thereof) experiences.

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

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                  4.0

                  Works, But Be Aware.

                  By Robob

                  from Houston, TX

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                        The Mini Monitor works but gets very hot. So does my Mini Recorder. I have not contacted Blackmagic about this yet.

                        Also they don't specify which software one needs to download. You need the latest Desktop Video from the Blackmagic website. Be aware that Desktop Video can be buggy. As I write this there is at least one major issue between 7.0.4 Media Composer and the latest Blackmagic Desktop Video. Supposedly the companies are working to fix the issue.

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

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                        5.0

                        Great things come in small packages!

                        By Jim Wicks

                        from South Florida

                        About Me Colorist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great price
                        • POWERFUL
                        • Simple

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Mobile Color Grading

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                        Great for mobile color suites or a DIT on the go.
                        Just starting out? Building a color suite on a tight budget?
                        Then check out the UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device by Blackmagic Design.
                        Does exactly what as advertised.

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

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                        5.0

                        excellent product

                        By Joshua

                        from Philadelphia

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Educational Purposes
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                          I also have the multibridge pro - but I wanted this because the fan noise in the multibridge is too loud for my studio. This product works perfectly so far with HDSDI, aftereffects and Premiere on a macbook pro retina. Its too bad it doesn't come with a thunderbolt cable and that apple marks up the cost of this cable so much..

                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Cheap Color Correction Connection

                          By Catonfire

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Video Editor, Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to install
                          • Very Affordable
                          • Well-made

                          Cons

                          • No Thunderbolt Pass Throu

                          Best Uses

                          • Broadcast Monitor Connect

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                          I use the Ultrastudio Mini Monitor to connect a MacBook Retina 2012 to a Flanders Scientific Broadcast Monitor 210 for light color correction. Thunderbolt to HD/SDI.

                          Plugged it in, everything works fine hardware wise. The BlackMagic firmware is also working smoothly with Premiere Pro 6/CC. (Get the latest firmware from the Blackmagic website).

                          Can't use the Flanders as a second desktop via the HD/SDI but probably with an HDMI/DVI adaptor out of the Ultrastudio MiniMonitor if I want to use it for Photoshop or Lightroom.

                          If you don't need extensive camera/deck i/o stuff but do need just a barebones color-accurate monitor, this is wonderfully affordable. Also, unlike the AJA T Tap this will work with DaVinci Resolve (Not that this is AJA's fault though).

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

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                          5.0

                          Great product from BMD

                          By T10

                          from Michigan

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                          great for hooking up HDTV

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                          5.0

                          CHEAP COLOR CORRECTION CONNECTION

                          By Catonfire

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Video Editor, Videographer, VideographerEditor

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Cost Effective
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Color Correction Monitor

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                            For use with a Flanders Scientific Monitor for light color correction with a MacBook Retina. Works great out of the box with solid construction. I wish this TBolt peripheral had pass through but the single link keeps it as the cheapest TBolt/HDSDI connector I have found. DaVince Resolve compatible unlike the AJA T Tap. Cash flow friendly if you don't need a lot of I/O stuff.

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

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                            5.0

                            Easy, Reasonable

                            By Clem

                            from Los Angeles

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                                  Simple setup, behaved well out of the box. Allowing solid monitoring option out of thunderbolt MBP to SDI (and via an HDLinkPro to DisplayPort). No drama. Good results.

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

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                                  1.0

                                  Not working

                                  By AJ

                                  from Alberta, Canada

                                  About Me Post Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Not Working
                                    • Poor support

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                                      Sorry to say but not working with my 2013 MacBook Air. Disappointed with Black Magic support. Tried and tried to solve this. I have had better experiences with other BM products. Still searching for a solution to get it outputting anything

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

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                                      5.0

                                      Great piece of gear

                                      By Nick

                                      from New york

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Simple And Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Multimedia

                                        Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                                        Does exactly what it's supposed to do. Small, lightweight, easy to use.

                                        Nothing to not like if you just need output.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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                                        1.0

                                        Worst experience ever and AWFUL support

                                        By A/F inc.

                                        from Florida

                                        About Me Business Owner

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design

                                        Cons

                                        • Lacks Functionality
                                        • Poor Performance

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                                          bought as a low cost solution for monitoring and grading since my acquisition is 100% card based and i do not need an input device. my first one stopped working while editing with a client and was embarrassing to say the least. bought a second one (HUGE MISTAKE) to "fix" the problem because budget was tight at the time and needed my client/grading monitor to be working again ASAP. once again this device FAILED me while editing with a client and will not work properly at all. when it was "working" it never would get rid of the silly vertical white line on the left edge of the frame, and would produce random red spots and flickering black lines on screen. on top of this when it does decide to crash, i have to leave FCP and force quit to get back to editing,
                                          add to this perhaps the WORST customer support from ANY company ive dealt with and you have a recipe for disaster. check their forums on this, there are NO answers to any questions and issues people have with this and other products, spend the extra whatever and get the AjA, yes you lose davinci grading, but the first time your product fails whilst with a client editing, the embarrassment and hassle wont be worth it anyway.

                                          this is not and should never be called a professional device, put it in the soccer mom section and take it out of "pro video"

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Little Device

                                          By Peter

                                          from Chicago, IL

                                          About Me Professional Artist

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Independent Films
                                            • In The Studio

                                            Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                                            This device does exactly what it says and it does it very well. Takes about five minutes to set up and then works perfectly with DaVinci, Avid and Final Cut. Quality was excellent and consistent across applications. It would be amazing if it had a second thunderbolt port in it so it wasn't the terminating device and could be daisy chained, but it would probably twice as expensive if it had that. Doesn't come with a thunderbolt cable so you do need to purchase that separately as well.

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                                            1.0

                                            Not working

                                            By OMNI Trond

                                            from Halden, Norway

                                            About Me Business Owner

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use

                                            Cons

                                            • Poor Performance

                                            Best Uses

                                            • In The Studio

                                            Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                                            Connected the device to our MacBook Pro and Air, but it didn't work. Live in norway and now we have to send it back, and hope we get a New one. Read on different forums that it has happend for others as well. If it hadn't been for Resolve I would consider the AJA T-tap

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                                            • No

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                                            4.0

                                            Great

                                            By NRogers

                                            from Lincoln, NE

                                            About Me Editor

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                                                Using this to go out of my Computer into an Blackmagic TVS atem switcher. Did what I expected. Will say it works via thunderbolt out of PC. Only issue is I can't get it to work with Premiere Pro. Other than that 5 Stars

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                                                • No

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                                                4.0

                                                Works great with Retina MBP and Premiere

                                                By Dcal

                                                from Oklahoma City

                                                About Me Independent producer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

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

                                                Cons

                                                • Switching App Problematic

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                                                  Bought it to monitor HDSDI from a 2012 Retina MacBook Pro running Premiere CS6. After 2 weeks of use, it's pretty solid. Also monitors from After Effects CS6 well and Davinci Resolve Lite 9.
                                                  Wish it switched between apps better, ie, you have to turn off monitoring or quit the other app to get monitoring to work. Won't switch well between 2 apps using it.

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                                                  • No

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Impressive small and easy to use

                                                  By Alvaro

                                                  from Santiago, Chile

                                                  About Me Professional Artist

                                                  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 UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                                                    Small, easy to use, absolut replacement for a high grade video card.

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                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Solved old problem

                                                    By Ferrarofilms

                                                    from Brisbane, Australia

                                                    About Me Business Owner

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Compact Design
                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Professional Quality

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • In The Studio

                                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device:

                                                      Finally a specific small and relatively cheap unit to monitor video without all other expensive features that more expensive brands have.

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