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Blackmagic DesignHyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder
 
4.0

(based on 72 reviews)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (54)
  • Easy to set up (34)
  • Sleek design (24)
  • Reliable (22)
  • Compact (12)

Cons

  • Poor design (4)
  • Unreliable (4)
  • Lacks functionality (3)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Movies (16)
  • Television (11)
  • Independent films (6)
  • In the studio (5)
  • Documentaries (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (37), Business owner (10), Enthusiast (7), Professional artist (4), Semi-pro (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Product, Despite Flaws

I purchased this product as part of testing a DNxHD production workflow for an upcoming project. I used a HDMI cable, A to C type connector, to record the signal from a Sony...Read complete review

I purchased this product as part of testing a DNxHD production workflow for an upcoming project. I used a HDMI cable, A to C type connector, to record the signal from a Sony NEX-VG20 onto a 256 GB SSD via the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2.First off, let me say that the quality is wonderful. The uncompressed 4:2:2, and the more economical DNxHD codec, are both fantastic in terms of quality and work natively in Davinci Resolve, which is what I intend to use for color grading.One minor con related to this is the fact that the codec can only be changed by connecting the Hyperdeck via USB and using the included software to change the record codec. While this isn't something that typically needs to be changed particularly quickly, it would have been nice to have some sort of dial to change the record format.Space, of course, is a problem when recording (for example), uncompressed 4:2:2 video in a Quicktime container. Performance in this regard was dramatically improved when I switched to DNxHD Quicktime -- although a 1:24 video still took up 1.74 GB. Clearly, these kind of formats are not for those with little storage space; however, that's not the Hyperdeck's fault. What could be improved, however, is the choice of recording media.The Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 records only to solid state drives. And while everything the company says about SSDs is true -- they are indeed faster and more durable than traditional spinning-disk hard drives -- the increased space requirements for the Hyperdeck make it difficult to buy enough SSD space for large projects. Perhaps in a world where a 512 GB SSD cost less then it does now, the Hyperdeck would be cost-effective. But the Atomos Ninja, its primary competition, ends up being cheaper in the long run when considering storage costs.This isn't to say that the Hyperdeck doesn't have its niche. For smaller projects that can use two 128 GB SSDs, swapping them out as they fill up and transferring them to a hard drive for editing, it would serve its purpose very well, and deliver reliability and excellent quality. However, I don't think the few cases in which SSDs will be required justifies the complete rejection of HDDs by Blackmagic.I also believe that the Hyperdeck is trying to force my footage to be 10-bit when my camera only records in 8-bit color depth. While I have no way of proving this, the Hyperdeck gives me no apparent method for finding out.Back to workflow, the files were recorded in 29.97 fps mov files, with pulldown. Having found no other way to do this, I used the Interpret Footage dialogue in Adobe After Effects to guess 3:2 pulldown to convert to 23.976, then rendered the files out again to a footage folder by adding each one to a composition. Those files were then graded in Resolve, from which I rendered proxies to edit with in Premiere, and then used a roundtrip workflow using XML files. Your workflow may be different, but this is what worked for me.As for physical notes about the product, mounting options were difficult (I did not purchase the mounting plate, and I wish a cold shoe mount was available -- although that would probably require a smaller product), and the glow of the buttons was difficult to see in broad daylight. I experienced no issues with the HDMI cable connection, but the internal battery had a very short lifespan. Some other reviews have claimed 1-2 hours, I doubt I even got that out of a single charge.Overall, in a short film production where small storage space can be used, in a place where AC power is readily available, and with mounting options sorted out, the Hyperdeck shuttle is incredibly useful. From my experimentation with it, I found no huge problems, but in a production environment, I would expect it to be something of a hassle. The video quality it produces is fantastic, but some of the logistics of its operation could stand to be ironed out better. Even so, it's a recommendable product, and if it turns out to be cheaper than the Ninja in the long run for your particular project, it's a good buy. It's also notable that it supports SDI, whereas the Ninja does not; the more expensive Atomos Samurai does. However, I did not get a chance to use the Hyperdeck's SDI inputs or outputs. I think another reviewer said that they're mini-SDI and require adapters, but I'm not familiar enough with the interface to know. If you use SDI, make sure this is what you want. And have fun color grading that 4:2:2 footage.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice in theory - but disappointing

After all the rave reviews and regular marketing programs from Blackmagic Design, I decided to try out their HyperDeck Shuttle for the purpose of capturing ProRes video for an important two week video shoot...Read complete review

After all the rave reviews and regular marketing programs from Blackmagic Design, I decided to try out their HyperDeck Shuttle for the purpose of capturing ProRes video for an important two week video shoot in remote desert locations.

Avoiding velcro, I invested in the Blackmagic mounting plate ($100) to attach this unit to my rig. It sat pretty well, was easy to connect, and controls were all simple enough. But in intensive use, this buying decision quickly became a disappointment:

The mini SDI connector broke before the unit was even used. The entire rig was transported with loving care and I am still at a loss at how such a critical part of this item could break so readily.
The charge time for the internal battery was barely sufficient for an hour's worth of shooting. Even with an overnight charge, getting an hour out of this unit was a stretch, and as it uses an internal battery external power supplies are needed in order to continue.
The HDMI cable, that was then plugged in as an alternative to the mini SDI cable, also got mangled for no apparent reason. The Hyperdeck Shuttle has play/record controls on one side (very difficult to see whether the controls are lit in direct sunlight), a slot for the SSD on one end, and the connectors on another side. So you have to sort of come at using this cumbersome piece of gear from three sides - awkward to say the least.
There is no knowing whether video is being captured apart from a flashing SSD light. The results you will not know until you can replay the video file. Also awkward.
Tried to connect with Blackmagic customer support and found it impossible to quickly reach anyone. What I DID find was many entries on various internet sites, all complaining of the same things I experienced.
At nearly $400 for this shuttle, plus $100 for the mounting plate, I can only write this off to a bad experience, and will be placing an order for an ATOMOS SAMURAI BLADE in the not too distant future.

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5.0

Tremendous value

By Peter T.

from Edmonton,Alberta

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting

    Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

    I use this product with my canon 5d mark iii with an hdmi output. The quality compared to the compressed cannon format is exceptional.
    Even this only does 30p (I am considering investing in the 60p unit when it comes out), for the money, you cant beat the value.

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    4.0

    Great video recorder, BUT not audio

    By Vassko

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • No Audio

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Nba
    • Sports
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

    The only reason I give this recorder a 4 star rating is because it does not record audio! Great video quality, compact, good battery, but no audio.

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    5.0

    One of my favorite Blackmagic devices

    By Landmark

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting

      Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

      use for video recording, i like the unit very much with just a HTMI or SDI cable I can capture content.

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      5.0

      "Great little recorder/converter combo"

      By Bryan

      from Chattanooga

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Back-up Recording
        • Documentaries

        Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

        Works great for recording uncompressed video, compressed video, or even for use as a HDMI-SDI or SDI-HDMI convertor. Use it to capture ProRES HQ compressed files ready to edit with Final Cut X. Added bonus is use as a converter, as needed, to cross between HD-SDI and HDMI.

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        5.0

        Does a very good job of recording video

        By randall

        from north central Alabama

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Simple

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

        I use this to record DNxhd MXF from a Canon camcorder. Very compact, SSD drives are cheap (relatively) and I can edit directly from the drive. Battery life could be longer,.An auxiliary battery pack is a good accessory for this

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        5.0

        Excellent recording quality

        By runningshush

        from Mexico City

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries

          Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

          I've been using the shuttle 2 recorder for three weeks and I'm very impressed by the quality of it's recording. I'm usually recording directly from an ATEM Tv Studio via HDMI as I didn't have the right SDI cables. Apart from that I haven't had any issue and I'm very satisfied with this device so far.

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          4.0

          Hyper Deck

          By Alex

          from Milford PA

          Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

          Simple and reliable.

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          5.0

          It's Black Magic Quality!

          By Alin

          from Romania

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

            is a smart and inexpensive device. It can also be used on DSLR camera, ssd hard drives are cheaper than SD cards, and access speed much higher.

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            4.0

            Small recorder, with battery

            By winchmonkey

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films

                Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                I use the recorder to test video sources. It has worked quite well, and is very simple to use. Recording uncompressed HD uses up the disk space fast, so make sure you also get a large hard drive to go with it. Blackmagic has a list of preferred disks that have been tested to be fast enough. Changing recording setup does require connecting it to a computer using usb.

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                4.0

                Nice addition to toolbox

                By jpheiser

                from Birmingham, AL

                About Me Editor

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                    We bought this for the purpose of creating accurate master files of our video projects, bypassing any gamma or other level issues with QuickTime. The box works great. We'll also use it as a field recorder, but our first occasion for that use hasn't come up yet.One gotcha: the Hyperdeck does have SDI connectors, but they are not old-style BNCs - rather they are RED camera-style connectors. If you're going to use SDI, be sure to look on the suggested accessories list and pickup a couple of adapter cables.One other gotcha: the QuickTime files it records have a single 16-channel mono audio track, and this is not currently configurable. Using QuickTime Pro, there is a workaround.Also, there is a DISP button which would give you the idea that you can set display options. That button is currently inactive, which is in the documentation, but just a heads-up on that.

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                    5.0

                    muy buena compra

                    By AdriJBR

                    from Bogota Colombia

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                    Cumplio todas las espectativas

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                    4.0

                    It can be tricky for computers

                    By Basis

                    from Salt Lake City

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                          I've been using it for about 2 weeks. I'm using it to record computer screens for high performance graphics applications, so that there is no performance impact on the system. Also, it allows me to carry it around to capture different computers, without another host computer, or even power adapter if the recording is short, thanks to its built-in battery. However, it took me a while to figure out how to use it with different graphics cards on PCs. Here is a summary of what I learned. First, HDMI is the preferred interface. But only YCbCr output can be correctly interpreted. For RGB output, the content becomes green and unusable. For different graphics card manufacturers, switching to YCbCr may or may not be automatic. So, it's crucial to make sure the setting is set to YCbCr in graphics card control panels. Second, DVI doesn't support YCbCr. At least I never had luck with DVI. If you have an old graphics card without HDMI or displayport, an adapter won't help. Last, displayport is tricky, as theoretically it should support YCbCr output, assuming you get the correct adapter. There are two types of adapters convert displayport to HDMI format, active and passive. I tried both on NVidia and AMD cards. Only the passive adapter works. I think the passive adapter makes the graphics card believe the connected device is a true HDMI device, thus enabling YCbCr output. The active adapter only supports RGB and is not good for Hyperdeck.

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                          1.0

                          Heavy Duty Paperweight

                          By KS Pete

                          from Kansas City, MO

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Well built

                          Cons

                          • Lacks Functionality
                          • Limited Compatibility
                          • Poor Design
                          • Poor Performance

                          Best Uses

                          • Paperweight

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                          This thing looks like it should be awesome, but it isn't. Quite the opposite. I can't find one thing about it that isn't awful.To change settings, you have to connect to a computer. Forget changing your recording format in the field. Drives have to be formatted seperately, and it appears they only get recognized when inserted if they are completely blank. I have tried five different high-performance SSDs in this thing, and it's the same each time. I purchased with the mounting plate, which is a huge, heavy duty cheeseplate. It requires phillips and torx drivers to attach, which aren't included and most people don't have in their toolbox. The SDI inputs use a ridiculous, weak DIN 1.0 connector instead of normal BNCs. First off, the cables are much less common. Second, if the connectors get bumped, they bend and break off. Since they aren't flush with the side of the unit, they bump against everything. Save yourself a headache. Get a Ninja 2 for standard HD (mine is a beast) or a Shogun 4k for ultra high def recording. BMD just doesn't have the recorder thing figured out.

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                          1.0

                          Works great when pins don't break

                          By NMP

                          from NY

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Good Video Quality

                          Cons

                          • Poor Design

                          Best Uses

                          • Not For On Set Or Studio
                          • Not In The Fieldon Set

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                          I have never had dropped frames, it creates great prores/DNXHD, requires a little bit of set up with a computer first but the price is right.This product is not properly designed for set use. The DIN Ports are AWFUL!! I have had these break on me 3 times now...this is while using a magic arm to support the DIN cables so there is no pressure on the DIN ports. They STILL BREAK OFF!!! BMD was nice enough to fix it for free the first time, but it is $
                          plus shipping to fix.which is practically 1/3 of the cost. This is fine for any conversions in real time at your workstation but for on set work, I recommend a different more robust recorder...

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                          4.0

                          Best Field Recording Solution.

                          By Mike Austin / KXSR

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Business Owner, Tv Studio Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Lacks Functionality
                          • No Thunderbolt Output

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup Video Recording
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                          This deck is amazing! HDMI in/out and SDI support. Simple to use. You must format ssd discs to OS X extended prior to use of new ssd's. Supports Samsung 512 SSD! Only thing missing on this unit is a thunderbolt output to dump recordings easily to disk. Recording options are only for 3 recording codecs, no resolution options. Not sure if Black Magic is trying to also sell their multi-dock for $ or higher-end unit which does include thunderbolt for 2k.

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                          5.0

                          Small but Mighty

                          By mebush

                          from Santa Ana, CA

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                          Great little recorder. I love that the media is removeable. For the price, I couldn't find anything better. We record the news broadcast that my students create daily. Once I got the SSD formatted correctly, it's worked flawlessly. Very simple one-touch recording.

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                          4.0

                          Great Product

                          By RTD Video

                          from Midland TX

                          Verified Buyer

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                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                                Worked great and even stripped copyright to be able to play through our switch.

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                                4.0

                                Be sure it's compatible with your gear

                                By Kristoffer

                                from Montreal, QC

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Professional Quality
                                • Use Common Fast Ssd

                                Cons

                                • Lacks Functionality

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies
                                • Independent Films

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                                The construction build feel great, it's solid and everything. The lack of a little screen to change directly the settings (video format) could be annoying but normally, you don't change that often.

                                But be sure to check if your camera can output the signal you want to record correctly. You do not set "fps" and "interlaced/progressive" mode inside this device, you have to set this in the camera that will output the signal through the HDMI port. I was buying this thinking I could do RAW recording from a 4 years old pretty good Sony camera but I end up being stuck with 29.97fps and 1080i, not configurable.

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                                4.0

                                Some Complications with SSD drives

                                By LAvideo

                                from Seattle

                                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                • Limited Compatibility

                                Best Uses

                                • HD Video

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                                I have three of these drives bought induividually over the past 18 months. All drives have the latest firmware. 5 of the SSD drives that I use were at one time listed on the BlackMagic web site as being compatible. One drive a Samsung 512GB will only be recognized by the oldest of the three Hyperdecks. Two Crucial 512 GB drives that were originally bought in a B&H package with the oldest drive work in all Hyperdecks but are slow to be recognized in the two newer drives. The two Plextor 256 GB drives that were not on the compatiblity list work fine in all the Hyperdecks but one of the drives loads slow in All units. The Plextor drives have sequential serial numbers.

                                My latest purchase of SSD drives was two SanDisk Extreme II 480 GB drives. Both work perfectly in all units and load immediately.

                                I use these with one Canon XH-G1 and two Canon XH-A1 cameras. I always record to the Quicktime version of the Avid DNxHD format. The material I record runs between 1 to 3 hours so I must use the compressed format. The drives are all formatted as ExFat as MacDrive seemed to corrupt Windows 7.

                                I still really like the Hyperdeck Shuttles but I thought it might be helpful for people to know that there are some compatibility issues.

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                                5.0

                                Overall Pleased with the HyperDeck!

                                By Ginger

                                from Orlando, FL

                                About Me Business Owner

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Recording Live Events

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                                  I used the product for recording a switched version of a Talent Showcase and Awards Show from one of Black Magic's switchers. The item worked perfectly once I figured out how to format the disk. Would have been nice to know I was going to need to purchase a separate piece of equipment to format the drive.

                                  This unit is JUST a recorder it does not act as a separate Hard Drive when it comes to formatting the disk. You will need a cable to download firmware updates but that is all it reads.

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