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Blackmagic Design - UltraStudio 4K Thunderbolt Capture & Playback
Product Highlights
  • DPX and QuickTime Format Compatibility
  • Captures up to 2K / Plays Back up to 4K
  • Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI Handles 4K in 4:2:2
  • Bi-Directional Thunderbolt
  • Timecode Input and Output
  • Up / Down / Cross Conversion
  • Clear LCD Screen Displays Output Video
  • NTSC / PAL Input
  • Can Be Used Table-Top or Rack-Mounted
More Info

The Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Thunderbolt Capture & Playback is an external capture and playback device that you can use table-top or 1RU rack-mounted. Featuring advanced versions of top quality connections, QuickTime and DPX codec compatibility, and compressed and uncompressed transfer capacity, UltraStudio 4K works direct with the widest range of video equipment and editing software and is one of the highest-performing capture and playback devices ever made.

It captures from your camera at a maximum of 2K resolution, but can play back at up to 4K, meaning that any 4K footage you may have on your computer from another input source, you can output for monitoring in full 4K on a separate display. 4K is handled by both the SDI and HDMI outputs, with the SDI processing it in 4:2:2 and with only two BNC cables as opposed to the common four. (The SDI ports are Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI.)

Among many features and qualities, you'll find up, down, and cross conversion, a built-in SD Keyer, and support for professional quality audio.

Work with Most Any Equipment and Software
UltraStudio 4K features every kind of connection, quality, file format and software compatibility you may need. It additionally has high-precision audio that includes 2 channels of AES/EBU in and out with a sample rate converter on the input and output as well as 2 channels of XLR professional analog audio in and out. You can work with the widest range of equipment, such as HDCAM, HD-D5, HDCAM SR, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, HD receivers, HDV cameras, televisions, mixers and more. With built in Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI, you can capture and playback 4:4:4 video when used with decks such as Sony HDCAM SR, or view real time playback of 2K film resolution at 24 fps with Blackmagic Design's HDLink Pro.

Top Connections
With Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI connections, UltraStudio 4K is the perfect capture and playback device for your work now, and well into the future! Connect all your I/O devices with 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI, and analog video in and out, as well as 16 channel SDI audio, genlock and tri-level sync, and serial deck control. The Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI connections easily handle 4:4:4 video, 1080p60 frame rates and dual stream 3D stereoscopic capture and playback. Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI allows a new video standard for handling 4:2:2 4K playback for monitoring. Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI processes 4K with only 2 BNC cables, instead of the 4 BNC cables required in the past.

QuickTime and DirectShow Software Drivers
UltraStudio 4K works with the widest range of video software because of DirectShow and QuickTime compatibility. QuickTime and DirectShow are frameworks within Mac OS X and Windows operating systems that let application software capture and playback via hardware cards. Once a card is QuickTime or DirectShow compatible, then it's also compatible with hundreds of software utilities, ranging from large editing software to small custom utilities. Unlike expensive prebuilt systems, with QuickTime and DirectShow compatibility you have the freedom to configure your system exactly the way you want!
Superior Image Quality
UltraStudio 4K lets you handle any job, from TVC to 2K and 4K feature films. It works with both compressed and uncompressed video, so it can handle anything and you're not locked into a single codec quality. When working with uncompressed video, all captured images are a perfect pixel-for-pixel clone of the source, without any generational loss or damaging compression, so you have the confidence you're working at the absolute highest quality possible! Get the sharpest green screens, cleanest compositions, superior color correction and more! With mature drivers, award winning Media Express software, attractive design, and the highest quality video possible up to an amazing 4K, there is simply no more advanced capture and playback solution available.
Key Physical / Hardware Features
In addition to a clear LCD screen that lets you see at all times the video you're outputting, UltraStudio 4K features a comprehensive set of video, audio and control connections as well as convenient power and software update ports.

Video Input Buttons
Quickly select your video input between SDI, HDMI and analog video. Buttons are illuminated with a clear white light when selected.

Audio Input Buttons
You can select SDI video with embed for SDI audio. Audio input is independent from video for flexibility.

Built-In Power Supply
International power supply is built-in so you don't need expensive power supplies. Works from 110 to 240V.

RS-422 Control
If you're connecting to broadcast decks then the RS-422 control allows frame accurate capture and playback and batch capture.

Incredible Thunderbolt connection at 10 Gb/s to your computer. You can even use the new long 30 meter Thunderbolt cables.

For adding software updates or when things go wrong the built in USB port lets you update software and add new features.

HDMI Input and Output
When connecting to televisions, set top boxes, projectors, computers and even gaming consoles you can use the built-in HDMI.

Reference Input
Reference supports both Black Burst and HD Tri-Sync for when you're connecting to large systems or production switchers.

When capturing from older composite equipment you can use the composite input.

Component Input and Output
High quality analog component inputs and outputs are included that switch between HD and SD.

Dual Link 3 GB/s SDI input with loop output and Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI outputs are included. Switches between SD, HD, 2K and 4K.

AES/EBU Inputs and Outputs
Television industry standard unbalanced AES/EBU input and output also connects to SPDIF equipment.

Stereo In
HiFi input allows you to capture from consumer products such as gaming consoles and set top boxes.

Timecode Input and Output
Capture timecode with your clips from RP-188 HD-SDI or use the timecode input for software that supports this feature.

Audio Inputs and Outputs
Balanced XLR analog audio inputs and outputs are included for connecting to professional analog audio equipment.
SDI Video Input 2x 10-bit SD/HD/2K and 2D/3D switchable
Supports 3 Gb/s single link 4:2:2/4:4:4 and dual link 4:2:2/4:4:4
SDI Video Loop 1x reclocked 10-bit SD, HD, 3Gb/s HD and 2K switchable
SDI Video Output 2x 10-bit SD/HD/2K/4K and 2D/3D switchable
Supports 3 Gb/s single link 4:2:2/4:4:4 and dual link 4:2:2/4:4:4
Analog Video Input 1x Component YUV on 3 BNCs
1x Composite on 1 BNC
Analog Video Output 1x Component YUV on 3 BNCs Composite
1x Composite on 1 BNC
HDMI Video Input 1x HDMI type A connector including 3D frame packing support
HDMI Video Output 1x HDMI type A connector including 3D frame packing and 4K support
Analog Audio Input 2 channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors
Analog Audio Output 2 channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors
AES/EBU Audio Input 2 channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector
AES/EBU Audio Output 2 channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector
SDI Audio Input 8 channels embedded in SD, HD and 2K
SDI Audio Output 16 channels embedded in SD, HD, 2K and 4K
HDMI Audio Input 8 channels embedded in SD and HD
HDMI Audio Output 8 Channels embedded in SD, HD and 4K
Timecode Input 1x XLR for LTC input
Timecode Output 1x XLR for LTC output
Sync Input Blackburst in SD or Tri-Sync in HD
Device Control Sony compatible RS422 deck control port
Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control
Computer Interface Thunderbolt
Power 1x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet
120-240V, 50-60Hz
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, 1080p50, 1080i59.94, 1080p59.94, 1080i60, and 1080p60
2K Format Support 2048 x 1556PsF23.98, 2048 x 1556PsF24, 2048 x 1556PsF25, 2048 x 1556p23.98, 2048 x 1556p24 and 2048 x 1556p25
4K Format Support 3840 x 2160p/23.98, 3840 x 2160p/24, 3840 x 2160p/25
SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 372M, ITU-R BT.656 and ITU-R BT.601
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 and 4:4:4 (4K is 4:2:2)

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 up to 4K resolutions
HDMI Color Precision 10-bit
Multiple Rate Support HDMI and SDI video connections are switchable between SD/HD/2K and 4K
Component analog video connections 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
3D Processing Dual stream and frame packed capture & playback
HD Down Conversion Built in, high quality hardware down converter outputs HD-SDI on SDI A output, SD-SDI on SDI B output and Composite and S-Video when working in HD video formats on playback. Switch analog video to Component and choose HD or SD output. Selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3 styles.
HD Up Conversion Built-in, high quality hardware up conversion from SD to 720HD or 1080HD on playback. Selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 pillarbox and 16:9 zoom. HD outputs via HD-SDI, HDMI and component analog.
Cross Conversion Built-in, high quality hardware cross conversion from 720HD to 1080HD and 1080HD to 720HD on playback
Real Time Effects Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects
Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects
Avid Media Composer 6 internal effects
Internal Software Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software.
Physical Installation Requires computer with a Thunderbolt port
System Compatibility Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later, and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Thunderbolt Capture & Playback
  • Software (on Max OS X):
    Media Express
    Disk Speed Test
    Blackmagic System Preferences and Blackmagic Driver
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty