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Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder

B&H # BLDECKLINKMR Mfr # BDLKMINIREC
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Product Highlights
  • 1-Lane PCIe Slot Capture Card
  • SDI and HDMI Inputs
  • Inputs Uncompressed 10-Bit Video
  • 4:2:2 Video Sampling
  • 16 Ch Audio Embedded in HD SDI
  • 8 Ch Audio Embedded in SD SDI
  • 8 Ch Audio Embedded in SD and HD HDMI
  • OS X, Windows and Linux Compatible

The Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder is a PCIe slot capture card with both SDI and HDMI inputs for capturing uncompressed 10-bit video from a camera directly into your computer. You'll be able to ingest footage as the camera's recording live or from a playback of the camera's recording. The inputs are active, so once you plug a cable into them, they'll begin functioning. This card automatically switches between SD and HD, so it'll be able to handle all common video formats. The point of ingesting through a capture card is to bypass unnecessary compressions and hence data loss. The card performs just one compression, upon delivery to your computer, where your footage gets encoded into an edit-ready codec of your choice.

Inputs
  • SDI 10-bit SD/HD switchable video with 16 ch HD / 8 ch SD embedded audio
  • HDMI type A video with 8 ch audio embedded in SD and HD
1-Lane PCI Express Card
The Mini Monitor is a 1-lane PCI Express card and is compatible with 4, 8 and 16 lane PCI Express slots on Mac OS X, Windows 8 and Linux. The only Mac capable of accepting the card is a Mac Pro as other Macs can't be opened to enable installation. The card features two PCIe shields for both full height and low profile slots.
Codecs Supported
AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2
Internal Software Upgrade
Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software.
Connections 1x SDI input:
Inputs 10-bit SD/HD switchable video and 16 ch audio embedded in HD and 8 ch in SD

1x HDMI type A input:
Inputs video and 8 ch audio embedded in SD and HD
Computer Interface 1x PCI Express 1 lane, compatible with 4, 8 and 16 lane PCIe slots
Codecs Supported AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2
Software Supported Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Nuke - The Foundry, DaVinci Resolve, Avid Pro Tools, Cubase, Autodesk Smoke, Adobe Photoshop, Avid Symphony, Avid News Cutter, Tools On Air just:in, Tools On Air live:cut, Tools On Air just:play, Tools On Air just:live, Softron OnTheAir MovieRecorder, Softron OnTheAir CG, Steinberg Nuendo, Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster, Resolume Avenue 4, Sony Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio Pro X4, CyberLink Power Director, MAGIX Video Pro X4, Vidcaster Pro, Vidcaster Studio, Vidcaster Broadcast, Uniplay, Playbox AirBox, CasparCG, Magicsoft CG, Steinberg Nuendo, Flash Media Encoder, Xsplit Broadcaster, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster, Harris Infocaster
SD Format Support 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 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 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 and closed captioning.
Audio Sampling Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit
Video Sampling 4:2:2
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 SD and HD
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 Up Conversion Software based up 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
Operating System Requirements Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later, and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
Windows 7 or Windows 8
Linux
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (5 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 113°F (-20 to 45°C)
Relative Humidity 0 to 90% non-condensing
Dimensions 3.6" deep (9.2 cm)
Weight .17 oz (5 g)
Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder
  • Software CD Consists of:
    Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey and Blackmagic System Preferences and Driver for Mac
    Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Blackmagic Control Panel and Driver for Windows 7 or 8
    Media Express, Blackmagic Control Panel and Driver for Linux
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Blackmagic DesignDeckLink Mini Recorder
     
    4.4

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to navigate (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (7), Personal (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Important tools

      I use Mini Recorder for broadcast tv live programs fro my studio tv.
      Recoreder works only with digital camcorder.
      I like quality of picture 1080i 60

      I use Mini Recorder for broadcast tv live programs fro my studio tv.
      Recoreder works only with digital camcorder.
      I like quality of picture 1080i 60

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Conflicts with other devices on AVID MC7

      Purchased this to ingest SD and HD video into my AVID MC7 (Windows 64 bit pro) PC and it seemed to work fine with HDMI HD for the first day, but when I...Read complete review

      Purchased this to ingest SD and HD video into my AVID MC7 (Windows 64 bit pro) PC and it seemed to work fine with HDMI HD for the first day, but when I tried to move to SD I found some issues:

      1) Unable to select separate sources for video and audio. Yes the card supports embedded audio via SDI, but my source outputs video via S-video (or RGB) and audio via SPDIF. When I tried to add spdif audio via my AVID Mbox3, the supplied Black Magic Media Express software refused to ingest separate audio/video and the capture feature in AVID showed a greyed out selection for the Blackmagic card (which had worked previously).

      2) Appears to be a hardware conflict between my AVID Mbox3 audio device and the Decklink mini recorder card. On the third day the AVID issued an error message that stated it had lost communication with the card and could not (and despite a reload of the OS would not) regain communications.

      I am still able to use the card for 10 bit ingest of 1080i_60 material using the Media Express software and the captured video looks great! If this is your only application, this could be a good product for you.

      Great idea to provide a low profile faceplate with the unit for use in ingest servers.

      Blackmagic typically have great products and my case may be unique, however considering that my setup is vanilla and only uses AVID approved hardware/software, I would have expected a flawless experience.

      Reviewed by 15 customers

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      5.0

      Just what was needed

      By Sound Bites

      from Beaverton OR

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia

        Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

        Installation was a simple as all the other BlackMagic Design products I've used. The Mini Recorder was detected and worked as advertised.

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

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        4.0

        Good Interface at a good price

        By Dave in OKC

        from OKC

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

              We use this card to ingest HD video for streaming.
              Easy set-up

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

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Video stream

              By Dick

              from Nevada City, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Navigate

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                  Installed 2 DeckLink Mini Recorders in desktop PC running Wirecast for 2 SDI cameras live streaming over Ustream. Both HDMI and SDI cameras work beautifully.

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

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                  5.0

                  Perfect little adapter

                  By Bryan

                  from Chattanooga, TN

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to setup and use
                  • Extremely Reliable

                  Cons

                  • no cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Caturing Video
                  • Live Streaming Events
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                  I use the Blackmagic Mini Recorder to stream on-line videos and capture video for editing. Works seamlessly with many programs and has never let me down.

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

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                  5.0

                  Slicker than snot on a doornob

                  By Shooter Leet

                  from Mankato, MN

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                  Blackmagic Design really can do no wrong. This is the simplest card to get up and running. It preforms as advertised and produces really good quality video with lots of codec options through the provided software.

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                  4.0

                  Building your own LiveStream Switcher?

                  By Luke Morrison

                  from New York, New York

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Overheats
                  • Overheats Easily

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia
                  • Pro video

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                  Great little card and good price. If you are building your own HDMI or HD-SDI camera switcher this is a great option. This is the same card that is used in LiveStreams HD51 and HD510 Software Switchers.

                  Windows drivers support transcoding between published video standards. The transcoding does not seem to be hardware based as when that option is on it takes more computer CPU cycles.

                  LiveStream publishes the specs for the device on their website check it out.

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

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                  2.0

                  Conflicts with other devices on AVID MC7

                  By Zen

                  from Seattle

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Navigate

                  Cons

                  • Freezes or Crashes
                  • Not Enough Audio Tools

                  Best Uses

                  • Video capture

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                  Purchased this to ingest SD and HD video into my AVID MC7 (Windows 64 bit pro) PC and it seemed to work fine with HDMI HD for the first day, but when I tried to move to SD I found some issues:

                  1) Unable to select separate sources for video and audio. Yes the card supports embedded audio via SDI, but my source outputs video via S-video (or RGB) and audio via SPDIF. When I tried to add spdif audio via my AVID Mbox3, the supplied Black Magic Media Express software refused to ingest separate audio/video and the capture feature in AVID showed a greyed out selection for the Blackmagic card (which had worked previously).

                  2) Appears to be a hardware conflict between my AVID Mbox3 audio device and the Decklink mini recorder card. On the third day the AVID issued an error message that stated it had lost communication with the card and could not (and despite a reload of the OS would not) regain communications.

                  I am still able to use the card for 10 bit ingest of 1080i_60 material using the Media Express software and the captured video looks great! If this is your only application, this could be a good product for you.

                  Great idea to provide a low profile faceplate with the unit for use in ingest servers.

                  Blackmagic typically have great products and my case may be unique, however considering that my setup is vanilla and only uses AVID approved hardware/software, I would have expected a flawless experience.

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

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                  5.0

                  This is the best deal I found

                  By Cielos Abiertos

                  from Queens NY

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                  Very good product

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                  5.0

                  Works with Edius 6.55 - nice

                  By filmfix

                  from Ojai

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                        Needed to be able to record 4:2:2 1080p video and see Scope in Edius.

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

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Works great, but not with Skype

                        By W5JDX

                        from Jackson, MS

                        About Me Video Producer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Educational Purposes
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                          This device works great with the included Media Express software, VLC, Splitcam and probably others as well. However out of about 50 attempts, I only got it to be recognized by Skype twice. BlackMagic does not provide support and testing of Skype so I am left trying to troubleshoot this alone.

                          Be aware that this device does not have onboard compression so if you want to record full uncompressed video, you will probably need a fast raid array or SSD. The data rate is too high for standard SATA drives.

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

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          church lttw

                          By mihasr

                          from Federal Way WA USA

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                          Very good card for my computer vriting video,for save history.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Important tools

                          By Artv Chicago

                          from Chicago

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                            I use Mini Recorder for broadcast tv live programs fro my studio tv.
                            Recoreder works only with digital camcorder.
                            I like quality of picture 1080i 60

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

                            Share this review

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great for the price.

                            By AV-entusiast.

                            from LA, CA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Autodeted By Fmle
                            • Easy to install

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to Navigate

                            Best Uses

                            • Internet Streaming Fmle

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                            It works as described, I'm using it to get feed from Atem TVS HD-SDI and stream using FMLE. It has 4:2:2 what is good enough form Internet Streaming. I didn't notice any delay (probalby it's lowe than waht I can see).
                            Overall, for the price is a good buy.

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

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            It's really great!

                            By JVonD

                            from Boulder, CO

                            About Me Super Loser

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                                  Running great in Wirecast along with an Intensity Shuttle. Very excited for the dual HD video streams into Wirecast.

                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  It does what it's supposed to do

                                  By Mr. Video

                                  from Dallas, TX

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • No Manual Included

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:

                                      As the title says, it does what it's supposed to do. There are some cautions though. First, you must specify which format you will be using: SDI or HDMI. You do that in the control panel program. I did not get a manual, so this is not obvious. Second, which should be obvious after you set the format. That is, you can only use either SDI or HDMI, but not both at the same time.

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

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