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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device

B&H # BLUSMINIREC Mfr # BDLKULSDZMINREC
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You Pay: $137.75
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
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Blackmagic DesignUltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device
     
    4.2

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (11)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Versatile (10)
    • Professional quality (9)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (3)

    Best Uses

    • Multimedia (15)
    • Complex projects (4)
    • Educational purposes (4)
    • In the studio (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (9), Professional artist (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (28)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (27), PC (3)

    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.

    Reviewed by 46 customers

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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.

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

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      5.0

      Works like a charm

      By Claus

      from Saipan, USA

      About Me Semiprofessional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Educational Purposes
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

        Just received it today. Beautifully packaged. The recorder itself is solidly built. Setup was easy as pie. I just didn't know which driver to install at first (d'uh me).
        A test with on old HDV camera showed terrific image quality. Right out of the box, the software captures HDMI video at goose to Gbps, so you need a speedy, big drive (a 37s test clip used up 4.5GB).

        I'm very happy with this purchase, and for the price it's a steal.

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

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        4.0

        Runs hot but good

        By Beelove

        from Florida

        About Me Media Director

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Effective
        • Hd-sdi Compatibility
        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Gets hot

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

          I am using this product to get live video into Renewed Vision Pro Presenter software. The HD-SDI is working great, with very little lag. The unit runs a little hot, but it is working just fine for now. I could not get the HDMI input working, but that probably has more to do with the camcorder I was using than this unit.

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

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          5.0

          Great product, works as advertised.

          By Go Live TV

          from Washington DC

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Navigate
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Multimedia

            Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

            Great for recording material staright into your laptop.

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

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            3.0

            Works as described, Skype issues

            By russrhea

            from Austin, TX

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                  The device works as described. I bought it to connect to a camera so I could import the signal into a MAcBook for use with YouStream and Skype. However, I learned that it's NOT compatible with the latest version of Skype. So, I had to download an older version of Skype for it to work. Kind of disappointing, since I wanted to use some of the new features on Skype.

                  Also, I found having to go through all the different HD formats in preferences/setting was kind of a pain to get the camera signal to display

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

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                  5.0

                  Does what it says it does

                  By Datsgravy

                  from Cahokia, IL

                  About Me Inst Technologist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Mobile
                  • Small
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Streaming Video

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                    My reason for purchasing this item was to be able to live stream events in a school district I am employed. I have tested this product with a Cannon XA10 camcorder with a mini hdmi to hdmi cord connected to the BM UltraStudio. Using WireCast software set to the same resolution as the camera, my initial two in office tests streaming with youtube have been flawless. The beauty of the device is that it is smaller than the palm of your hand, does not need a power supply, and is highly mobile.

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

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                    4.0

                    A little clumsy but awesome functionalit

                    By rveil

                    from minnapolis

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Difficult to Navigate

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                      As I understand it, Final Cut X doesn't recognize it as a video source so I had to use the Blackmagic Design software that it comes with. The software installs a settings pane in the Mac System Preferences window that you can tweak, plus settings within the program itself. The installation process was a little confusing because it comes with ALL the BMD software and I had to figure out what I needed for just the UltraStudio Mini Recorder. It seems that the software is a bit finicky with the order of how you attach things...ie: open software, then attach thunderbolt, then camera, or something like that. It took a few tries and settings tweaks to finally get signal into the computer.

                      All that is to say that the setup is annoying. However, once you get it connected and get the signal into the computer, it was fantastic. Great quality audio & video. It does run pretty warm - fyi.

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

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                      5.0

                      Works Great For Me

                      By DJScripty

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                      • Easy to Customize
                      • Easy to Navigate
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                        I am a script supervisor in film, and this has worked great with my retina MacBook Pro, to do screen captures, while filming.

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

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                        5.0

                        TOP Gear

                        By medic144

                        from Vienna, Austria (Europe)

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Customize

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                          Does what it has to do.
                          No problems with Canon 5D mkIII
                          New Software (10.0) without any probs.
                          Seamless integration with Wirecast & FCPX

                          Gettin' a little hotter than expected, but this should be OK

                          Recomendable !!

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

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Low Cost Uncompressed Video Recording

                          By Bubba

                          from Denver, Colorado

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy setup

                          Cons

                          • Limited Config Choices

                          Best Uses

                          • Uncompressed Video

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                          I tested the UltraStudio Mini Recorder with a wide assortment of video devices. I limited my frame size and frame rate choices to 720p59.94, 1080p29.97, and 1080i59.94. I tested the UltraStudio Mini Recorder with a DSLR (HDMI), a consumer camcorder (HDMI), a desktop computer's video output (HDMI), a HDTV tuner (HDMI), and a professional video camera (HD-SDI). Every video device that I connected to the Mini Recorder worked.

                          The limited configuration options reduce the Mini Recorder's versatility but the limited options also make setup and configuration fast and easy.

                          I recorded using the included Media Express software and also recorded using the video capture function of Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5. Every recording test worked when I used the included Media Express software, but I had a problem using Premiere Pro for recording. The BlackMagic Design documentation said that I could use Premiere Pro for DVCPROHD recording. DVCPROHD does appear as a compressed recording option in Premiere Pro but I could not get it to work properly. It would record for about 20 seconds and then suddenly stop. However, all of the uncompressed recording formats work properly with Premiere Pro.

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

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                          5.0

                          Great Product

                          By Alan

                          from New York

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • East To Use

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Educational Purposes
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                          easy set up and works great!

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

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                          5.0

                          Use it to Live Stream

                          By Top Techie

                          from New York, NY

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                            I use SDI capture in and thunderbolt out to my mac mini for live streaming using youtube live. Works like a charm! can't be any cheaper.

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

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                            5.0

                            Great, small and easy to use

                            By Robert SIA

                            from Pharr, Tx

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                            • Easy to Customize

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                              We use it for capture HDMI video

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

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                              5.0

                              Easy to use

                              By Balihoo Productions

                              from Chicago

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Navigate

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                Took a little bit of web research to hook up to wire cast but once I got it hooked up. Easy cheesy. Bought two, one was defective, sent back and received another. They do exactly what they should and no more. A bummer though is I wish they weren't phantom powered but actual plug in power. The you could use the 33ft optical thunderbolt cables. But since we are using the Canon XA25 we simply SDI it.

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

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                                5.0

                                Works Great for HDMI

                                By Chad

                                from Olathe, KS

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                      HDMI to thunderbolt for Wirecast has been great. But I still can't get anything except a black screen when I try the SDI connection.

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

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                                      4.0

                                      Produit intéressant

                                      By Unimage

                                      from Montreal

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                      Très bon rapport qualité/prix. Ideal pour une multitude d'applications. Boitier robuste. Seul point à surveiller: sa prise thunderbolt est fragile.... Un peu normal pour une petite prise comme celle-la, installée sur un boitier aussi robuste. Ils auraient difficilement faire mieux.

                                      Je reommande.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great value for the price!

                                      By Bill

                                      from Dallas, TX

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Educational Purposes
                                          • Multimedia

                                          Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                          Very easy to setup & use - Supports Thunderbolt & OSX Mavericks right away (replaced a much more expensive Matrox box that wouldn't support 10.9.x).

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

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                                          5.0

                                          Perfect

                                          By rstone

                                          from memphis tn

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Educational Purposes
                                            • Multimedia

                                            Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                            This unit is perfect for direct capture. I use it to capture straight from a Camera and from a system output.

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

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                                            4.0

                                            Outstanding

                                            By anthony

                                            from austin, texas

                                            About Me Video Pro

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy to use

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Webcasting

                                              Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                              needed a capture device to do live webcasting from a pro camcorder to a Mac. has worked perfectly, easy to use and picture looks great. haven't found any downsides yet.

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

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                                              5.0

                                              Great Product

                                              By Candace

                                              from Tennessee

                                              About Me Tv And Film Director, Tv And Film Producer, Tvfilm Director

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to Navigate
                                              • Light weight
                                              • Versatile

                                              Cons

                                              • Smalleasily Dropped

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Multimedia

                                              Comments about Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device:

                                              Works well. Easily integrated into our video streaming and encoding process.

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

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