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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device

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Product Highlights
  • Capture Aspect of Capture/Playback Card
  • Transfers Video from Camera to Computer
  • SDI, HDMI, Thunderbolt / Embedded Audio
  • Captures Live Feeds and Playback Feeds
  • 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 Recorder Capture Device is a very interesting and a highly useful device that Blackmagic has put out there. It is the "capture" 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 Recorder only performs the first of these functions.

The point of capturing, as opposed to just unloading the camera's memory card into a computer, is to transfer the highest quality footage possible. A capture and playback device does such in two ways: one -- by capturing a live feed from a camera, as the camera is doing the filming, in which case footage is captured directly from the camera's sensor, bypassing any compression of the footage and transferring pure, uncompressed footage; or two -- by capturing from a camera's playing back of the footage it already recorded (stored). In the second option, the footage got compressed upon the camera's recording it, since a memory card has nowhere near the storage space necessary to store without compressing. In the camera's playing the footage back, to be viewed, for example, on its own LCD screen, the footage gets uncompressed -- the 1s and 0s that got packed together in the compression get let out of their cage so that they can form images, with only some 1s and 0s having been permanently lost when the compression happened, but with the loss of those 1s and 0s being hardly noticeable since compression algorithms are so exotic that they achieve a "lossless" compression. So, the footage that got uncompressed in playback gets captured by the capture and playback device and transferred to a computer in uncompressed form. In either of the above scenarios, upon the footage's being delivered to a computer, the application that you accept the footage into will let you select the codec to compress the footage into again, and then you can edit the footage and hopefully keep it in that same codec for the length of its stay in your editing system. The Mini Recorder performs exactly as just described. The alternative, unloading from your camera's memory card, experiences more loss in quality than can be achieved by capturing.

Included as a free download with your purchase is Blackmagic's Media Express software, which you're free to use to accept and encode incoming footage. Mini Recorder connects to your camera by HDMI or SDI and outputs to your computer by Thunderbolt (so you need a Thunderbolt-equipped computer, such as any recent Mac).

So, if you want to capture the best quality footage possible, and you don't need the other characteristics of a capture and playback device, then UltraStudio Mini Recorder 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 "playback" aspect instead, please check out the UltraStudio Mini Monitor).

The "Capture" Aspect of a Capture and Playback Device
Connect to your camera by HDMI or SDI and output your footage to a computer by Thunderbolt to get the best quality footage possible into your editing system

3 Gb/s SDI Input
SDI input connection for decks, routers and cameras so you can record amazing quality 10-bit video in SD and HD

HDMI Input
HDMI input for amazing quality record direct from cameras, and set top boxes and gaming consoles

Thunderbolt Connection
Get blazing speeds for recording SD and HD up to 1080iHD
SDI Video Input 1x 10-bit SD/HD switchable
HDMI Video Input 1x HDMI type A connector
SDI Audio Input 8 channels embedded in SD and HD
HDMI Audio Input 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
Copy Protection HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources
Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content
Colorspace Conversion Hardware based real time
HD Down Conversion Software based down conversion during video playback
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
(If you encounter incompatibility issues with updated versions of OS X, please download the newest driver for the recorder from http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support.)
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device
  • Media Express Software
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Blackmagic DesignUltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device
     
    4.3

    (based on 65 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Versatile (17)
    • Easy to collaborate across programs (13)
    • Compact (11)
    • Easy to navigate (10)
    • Easy to use (10)

    Cons

    • Difficult to navigate (5)
    • Limited compatibility (3)

    Best Uses

    • Multimedia (27)
    • Educational purposes (6)
    • Complex projects (4)
    • In the studio (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (9), Professional artist (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (40), Personal (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (43), PC (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Cheap and good

    A little bit difficult to set up, but works great to a cheap device. A couple of hours to install, update, setup and test the SDI and HDMI ports with my EX1 and...Read complete review

    A little bit difficult to set up, but works great to a cheap device. A couple of hours to install, update, setup and test the SDI and HDMI ports with my EX1 and 5D mark III (without audio). Could be easier to install, but works great capturing the signal to a 2012 MacBook Pro 8GB and streaming video using the livestream software.
    Need to setup 3 steps after install software and update:
    1- the settings in the Apple menu to choose the port
    2 - the Preferences in the media Express software
    3 - the camera settings to match to the software.
    EX1-SDI out and 5D III-HDMI out.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    HDMI does NOT work

    As a professional and someone who owns a bunch of Blackmagic gear, I don't take leaving a 1 star rating lightly. That said, the SDI passes video to capture devices just fine but...Read complete review

    As a professional and someone who owns a bunch of Blackmagic gear, I don't take leaving a 1 star rating lightly. That said, the SDI passes video to capture devices just fine but the HDMI does not. The first one I received was RMA'd through BM and the 2nd one works exactly the same. There are multiple people complaining of the same problem on the BM forums. Note: BM announced on 11/29/12 in a forum post that they expect to deliver a "fix" next week. No details on whether this will be fixed through an update to the Desktop Video driver or?? BM botched this product launch.

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    4.0

    Good for "dumb" capture

    By Video Producer

    from St. Louis, MO

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

          I bought this in the hopes of doing direct capture from my C100 to my MacBook Pro, but unfortunately the device is "dumb" in the sense that it only passes along the signal it is given. The HDMI output of the C100 is 60i, regardless of the frame rate the camera is set on. "Smart" devices like the Ninja 2 or Ninja Star are able to unwrap that 60i signal and output a true 24p signal for recording, but this device does NOT do that.

          It seems to be a great recording device if all you need to do is pass along a signal from a camera to a computer. I returned mine, not because I was unhappy, but because I just bought the wrong device.

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

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          4.0

          UltraStudio Mini Recorder

          By jmmusic

          from NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Multimedia

            Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

            Since my Panasonic Ag-Ac90A only have HDMI output and usb and since the camcorder does not come with Firewire I couldnt conect to my 2013 Mac Pro model for Live Streaming. So B&H sugested this device to convert the audio and video signal out of the camcorder (HDMI) to Mac Pro via thunderbolt.
            As an Encoder I was using Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder (Free). It didn't work. I tried several settings and nothing. I downloaded the latest drivers and nothing seemed to work.
            Finally I decided to try a different encoder. I'm using the trial version of Wirecast and in no time I saw the image on the screen.
            The problem is that Wirecast price starts at $500.00 so I'm stuck because it is a great program but too expensive, but it did worked with Wirecast.

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

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            5.0

            magic is right

            By reikibill

            from Charlotte NC

            About Me Educator, Healer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Navigate
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Educational Purposes
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

              perfect to connect video to computer

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

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              5.0

              Best purchase of the year

              By nctq

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Amateur Broadcaster

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • It works

              Cons

              • Not Well Documented

              Best Uses

              • Broadcast Live Hdmi Feed
              • Capture Live Hdmi Feed

              Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

              I purchased this UltraStudio Mini Recorder with the intent of hooking up a Canon Vixia HF R20 video camera to my Mac and use it in a Google+ Hangout on Air.

              The ONLY complaint I would have about it is that the documentation is poor. It came with a CD that had many different installers on it, and no clear instructions as to which software I would need to install to make this work. (Thanks to Lon Seidman for mentioning what needed to be installed in his review).

              Not only does the the Mini Recorder allow my video camera to show up in Google+ Hangouts on Air, it also make the video camera's mic available separately. I don't want to use that mic, but having the two available separately is excellent. I tried another product that only let me use one or the other, but not both.

              You MUST buy a Thunderbolt cable along with this product. It is not included. But even so, it is the least expensive way that I know of you get a standard video camera feed into your computer.

              Search for "Blackmagicdesign ultrastudio mini recorder setup & review" for my 20 minute hangout showing the caveats and victories of this product.

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

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              4.0

              Monitor on your laptop

              By oswharton

              from New York, NY

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult to Navigate

                Best Uses

                • Multimedia

                Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                This is a great little capture device that lets you, among other things, monitor your footage live on a laptop. It takes a few passes to get the hang of the software and setup, but once you do, you can either monitor in Premiere, or capture live to 10-bit 4:2:2 on your hard drive. Of course, you'll need a lot of extra drive space or fast thunderbolt external drive connected. You can also live stream with this little box, so, you know, make a live show on the web. Weee!

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

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                5.0

                Affordable HD Capture

                By Dpstahr

                from Tampa, Florida

                About Me Technician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Capture Device
                • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                • Easy to Navigate
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                  This is basically a very affordable capture card in a very tiny and affordable package. HD-SDI or HDMI input converted to Thunderbolt. Included software works well, other software also works well.

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

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                  5.0

                  compact size, good image quality

                  By rorrope

                  from NYC

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Bus powered
                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Easy to Customize
                  • Easy to Navigate
                  • Small size
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • It Gets Hot
                  • Not Enough Audio Tools

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                  I use this to capture HD-SDI video signal from a spy cam. It works well but it gets warm when you run it for a couple of hours.

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

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                  4.0

                  Love it!

                  By Veronica cyber scripty

                  from New York, NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                      I enjoy using the UltraStudio Mini recorder because it is portable when I need to capture image for my script supervising job for continuity. When you get this hardware, You have to go onto the website and go upgrade the software inorder to use the hardware. The disk that comes with the hardware is unfortunately not updated.

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

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                      4.0

                      Convenient small HDMI capture

                      By David W

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Event Videographer, Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs

                      Cons

                      • Difficult to Navigate

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                      Capturing HDMI became so much easier. It works well with GH4 and Macbook Pro OSX Yosemite for Youtube Playwire but in 1080/24p only. Lack of user manual made me hard to set it up for the first time. One youtube video helped me to do that. Daisy chain Thunderbolt port would be great but can't beat the price.

                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Amazing for its size.

                      By JackTheGaffer

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to install
                      • easy to setup

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                        This little guy was super easy to install and use. I use it to capture 1080 video in ProRes on my MacBook Pro. Had not dropped frames and the video looks amazing.

                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        Streaming in HD!

                        By San

                        from Washington, DC

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Customize
                        • Easy to Navigate
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                          This is a great product, I use it to web stream and capture events in HD.

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

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                          4.0

                          Great video at a great price!

                          By Terry

                          from Downers Grove, IL

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                                Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                The UltraStudio Mini Recorder was purchased as a test HDMI capture device while we evaluate our longer term video streaming solution which will use the Blackmagic DeckLink Quad PCIe adapter. This thunderbolt attached device is used on our Mac Mini, both in OSX (Wirecast) and Windows (BootCamp, Livestream Studio & Producer.) The video and audio quality is excellent!!! Rock solid under OSX. The thunderbolt drivers under Windows 7-64bit are a bit suspect - I bluescreen when shutting down Livestream Studio. To get things working after a bluescreen, I have to boot into OSX, then shutdown and reboot into Windows. Aside from this nuance, the price / performance is hard to beat! This unit does run warm as others have indicated, however that's not an issue.

                                Highly recommended if you only need HDMI/SDI capture only.

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

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                                5.0

                                Good unit but finicky

                                By Bright Screen Productions

                                from Jersey City, NJ

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Difficult to Navigate

                                Best Uses

                                • Educational Purposes
                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                If you use it for anything other than known sources be ware that this unit is picky about synchronization.

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

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                                5.0

                                Excellent input device

                                By ItLightsUp!

                                from Rochester NY

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                • Easy to Navigate

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                  This interface device works perfectly to input a camera source into my MacPro. I'm actually using 3.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  Works Like a dream

                                  By Andy

                                  from San Francisco

                                  About Me Professional Videographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Ease of Use
                                  • Inexpensive
                                  • Robust
                                  • Sdi To Thunderbolt
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Matching Camera Res

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Multimedia
                                  • Simple Hd Recording Mac

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                  Just bought it, and despite a bit of difficuty gettng the Express Software to recognize the right camera Resolution and frame rate, with the help of their Tech Support, I got it to record perfectly. This thing is the perfect (Cheap) solution to get HD video recorded via Thunderbolt to a Mac laptop. Their Express Capture software is simple and works well (Once you find it). The unit is small, Built like a tiny tank and does get a little hot, but I love it. I will look into more Black Magic products now if they are all as well made as this.

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                                  • Business
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                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Solid product

                                  By pandilla

                                  from Uruguay

                                  About Me Video Artist Vj

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                  • Easy to Customize

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Multimedia

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                    It works just perfect.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Great for live streaming

                                    By Cris

                                    from Upstate NY

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                    Both my iMac sound control panel and Wirecast immediately recognzed this device with an SDI feed from my camera with embedded audio. Since my computer has two Thunderbolt ports, I am excited about switching in Wirecast between two cameras. Wirecast did give the device a number 1 suffix, so I think it should work fine. Haven't tried yet with the HDMzi port instead of SDI.

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                                    4.0

                                    The new standard for AV capture

                                    By tvLoneStar

                                    from Dallas, Texas

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                    This handy capture device is great for bringing non-copy protected HD video into a Mac or PC with Thunderbolt onboard. If you need a monitor output, the options get significantly pricier, but for simple streaming or advanced video conferencing external capture, Ultrastudio Mini Recorder gets the job done very nicely. Runs on the Thunderbolt power, so no power cables/adapters to clutter things up, but it does run very hot, so let it breathe when in use.

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                                    5.0

                                    Works per the specification

                                    By Bill

                                    from Kokomo, IN

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Works Per The Specs

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                        We use this with a Macbook Pro and a Canon HF G30. The format of the Blackmagic media express must be set to the camera output. Be aware that the HD format of the mini recorder does not support 1080p at 59.94 or 60fps. We were not able to set the output of the camera to 1080p 29.97fps which the mini recorder supports. This caused us some confusion to start with when we were checking out the features. We will be using the mini recorder to live stream at 720p so this is not an issue for us.

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                                        • Business
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                                        • Mac

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                                        5.0

                                        great design

                                        By Miguel

                                        from McAllen, TX.

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Multimedia

                                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                          very useful mini converter, use it to record every gig straight to my laptop. works great, looks like is going to last a long time.

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                                          • Business
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • Mac

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