Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme

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Product Highlights

  • 12G-SDI and 6G-SDI Inputs and Outputs
  • HDMI 2.0 Input and Output
  • XLR and RCA Analog Audio Input
  • AES/EBU Audio In and Out
  • Support Dual Channel 3D Over SDI
  • Cages for Fiber Optic Connectors
  • Up/Down/Cross Conversion
  • Thunderbolt Interface with Loop-Through
  • Supports Optional PCIe Host
  • 2RU Form Factor with Front-Panel Display
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  • 1Description

Capture and output of nearly any currently supported broadcast or consumer video format up to DCI 4K resolution is possible with the UltraStudio 4K Extreme from Blackmagic Design. This I/O device features 12G-SDI input and output, 6G-SDI input and output, HDMI 2.0 input and output, analog audio input, and digital audio input and output. It is ideal for busy production environments where it is hard to know in advance what signal might be required. The device pairs with third-party software, including editing software, media server software, and even graphics editing software, notably Photoshop. It is compatible with Windows and OS X computers with Thunderbolt connectivity. There is also a PCIe host connector for using a PCIe host card (available separately).

The UltraStudio 4K Extreme features a 2RU rackmountable form factor with the primary connectivity on the back panel. For local monitoring at the device, there is an LCD preview screen and basic controls on the front panel.

RGB Colorspace
RGB colorspace is used so you can't get illegal 100% RGB video levels, eliminating surprises when graphics are output to tape or presented to live production switchers. Additionally, the UltraStudio 4K Extreme takes advantage of RGB colorspace to allow fill and key output for external keying of graphics and animation (4:4:4:4 signals supported over SDI)
Rackmount Design
The UltraStudio 4K Extreme features aluminum build for extra robustness. Ready for integration in your studio, the chassis fits in a 2RU rack space and a pair of rack ears are integrated
Front Panel Access
In most cases, you will probably operate the UltraStudio 4K from the host computer. However, technicians will appreciate a built-in preview screen and front panel buttons for input selection and basic settings. Furthermore, there is a microphone input and headphone jack on the front. Mic levels and volume can be adjusted via rotaries conveniently located next to the inputs, while +48V phantom power can be enabled/disabled via software
12G-SDI Compatible
Half of the SDI inputs and outputs support 12G-SDI. 12G quadruples the bandwidth of 3G-SDI, enabling 4K video capture and output at up to 60p for 3480 x 2160 and 25p for 4096 x 2160 while only requiring a single BNC cable. The remaining SDI connectors all support up to 6G-SDI
HDMI 2.0 Compatible
HDMI 2.0 is the first generation of HDMI optimized for 4K. It enables 4K video capture and output at up to 60p for 3480 x 2160 and 25p for 4096 x 2160
Audio I/O
Besides audio embedded in the SDI and HDMI signals, the UltraStudio 4K features the ability to capture and output separate audio. This includes analog XLR and RCA audio as well as digital AES/EBU audio. There is also a headphone jack and mic input in the front of the unit
Optional Fiber Connectivity
Two fiber cages are included allowing you to connect separately available fiber optic interfaces. The same SDI signals are supported through fiber optic as through the SDI BNC connectors
RS-422 Device Control
Two serial I/O ports allow your software to send or receive control signals from decks and other video appliances. The ports use Sony RS-422 protocol and can be separately configured for input or output
Thunderbolt and PCIe Host Connectivity
Video capture and output at 4K resolution requires a high-bandwidth interface. For this, two options are provided: Thunderbolt (with loop-through) and PCIe. Thunderbolt does not require any additional hardware other than a Thunderbolt cable. PCIe, on the other hand, requires a host card which as well as a cable - both available separately
Real Time Effects
The UltraStudio 4K Extreme can provide real-time effects rendering when used in conjunction with the following applications:
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Premiere Pro CC
  • Avid Media Composer
Format Conversion
Hardware scaling enables real-time, high-quality down-conversion of 4K to HD, HD down-conversion to SD, SD up-conversion to HD, and cross-conversion between 720p and 1080i. 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 zoom, and 16:9 zoom are available when up-converting from 4:3 SD content
Stereoscopic 3D Support
In addition to 2D, the SDI inputs and output can be configure for dual stream stereo 3D capture, helping make the UltraStudio 4K Extreme at home in any workflow
Supported Codecs
AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, HEVC, 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, and Uncompressed 10-bit 4:4:4
Supported Applications
Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve and Fusion, Apple, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop CC, Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo, and more
Software Included
  • Resolve Lite
  • Media Express
  • Disk Speed Test
  • LiveKey
  • Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility and Blackmagic driver
In the Box
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme
  • Software SD Card
  • Resolve Lite SD Card
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    SDI Video Input 2 x 12G-SDI
    2 x 6G-SDI

    Supports: SD/HD/2K/4K; single/dual/quad-link; 4:2:2/4:4:4; 2D/3D switchable
    SDI Video Loop 4 x SDI (reclocked)

    Supports: SD/HD/2K/4K (linked to corresponding inputs)
    SDI Video Output 2 x 12G-SDI
    2 x 6G-SDI

    Supports: SD/HD/2K/4K; single/dual/quad-link; 4:2:2/4:4:4; 2D/3D switchable
    Analog Video Input 2 x 12G-SDI
    2 x 6G-SDI

    Supports: SD/HD/2K/4K; single/dual/quad-link; 4:2:2/4:4:4; 2D/3D switchable
    Fiber Optic Connectors 2 x Fiber Cages (fiber optic modules available separately)

    Supports: 12G-SDI
    HDMI Video Input 1 x HDMI 2.0 type A connector

    Supports: Up to 2160p60
    HDMI Video Output 1 x HDMI 2.0 type A connector

    Supports: Up to 2160p60
    Analog Video Input 1 x Component (YUV) on 3 BNCs
    1 x Composite (NTSC/PAL) on 1 BNC
    Analog Video Output 1 x Component (YUV) on 3 BNCs
    1 x Composite (NTSC/PAL) on 1 BNC
    SDI Audio Input 16 Channels SDI-embedded (SD/HD/2K/4K resolutions)
    SDI Audio Output 16 Channels SDI-embedded (SD/HD/2K/4K resolutions)
    HDMI Audio Input 8 Channels embedded (SD/HD/4K resolutions)
    HDMI Audio Output 8 Channels embedded (SD/HD/4K resolutions)
    Analog Audio Input 4 x XLR (balanced)
    1 x Stereo RCA (unbalanced)
    Analog Audio Output 4 x XLR (balanced)
    Mic Input 1 x XLR (balanced) on front panel (+48 V phantom power selectable via software)
    Headphone Jack 1 x 1/4" on front panel
    AES/EBU Audio Input 2 x BNC (unbalanced with sample rate converter)
    AES/EBU Audio Output 2 x BNC (unbalanced)
    Timecode Input 1 x XLR
    Timecode Output 1 x XLR
    Sync Input 1 x BNC

    Supports: Blackburst in SD or tri-level sync in HD
    Sync Output 1 x BNC loop-out

    Supports: Blackburst in SD or tri-level sync in HD
    Device Control 2 x RS-422 on DB9 female (Sony compatible)

    Note: RS-422 ports Tx/Rx direction reversible via software
    Computer Interface 2 x Thunderbolt 2.0
    1 x PCIe host port
    1 x USB 3.0 type B female
    Supported Standards
    SDI Standards SD
    525/29.97 (NTSC), 625/25 (PAL)

    HD
    1280 x 720p: 50, 59.94, 60
    1920 x 1080i: 50, 59.94, 60
    1920 x 1080PsF: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
    1920 x 1080p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60

    2K
    2048 x 1080PsF: 23.98, 24, 25
    2048 x 1080p: 23.98, 24, 25

    4K
    3840 x 2160p (UHD 4K): 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
    4096 x 2160p (DCI 4K): 23.98, 24, 25
    SMPTE Compliance SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M, SMPTE 425M level A, SMPTE 425M level B, ITU-R BT.656, ITU-R BT.601
    SDI Video Sampling 4:2:2, 4:4:4, 4:4:4:4
    SDI Color Precision YUV (4:2:2): 8, 10-bit
    RGB (4:4:4): 8, 10, 12-bit
    SDI Color Space REC 601, REC 709
    SDI Audio Sampling 48 kHz; 24-bit
    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
    Note SDI output is configurable for Quad Link 3Gb/s via Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility. When using single link 12Gb/s on SDI A or dual link 6Gb/s on SDI A and B, SDI C and D will output downconverted HD
    HDMI Standards SD
    525/29.97 (NTSC), 625/25 (PAL)

    HD
    1280 x 720p: 50, 59.94, 60
    1920 x 1080i: 50, 59.94, 60
    1920 x 1080p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60

    4K
    3840 x 2160p (UHD 4K): 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
    4096 x 2160p (DCI 4K): 23.98, 24
    HDMI Video Sampling 4:2:2, 4:4:4
    HDMI Color Precision HD: 10-bit RGB
    4K: 10-bit YUV
    HDMI Audio Sampling 48 kHz; 24-bit
    Note HDMI 2.0 supports Deep Color and automatically configures to connected display
    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
    Processing
    Encoding Hardware-based real-time H.265 encoder
    Colorspace Conversion Hardware-based real-time
    3D Processing Dual stream and frame packed capture and playback
    4K Down-Conversion Hardware down-converter outputs UHD 4K to HD or HD to SD on SDI B and SD on component and NTSC/PAL

    For analog output: Switch analog video to Component and choose HD or SD output. Selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9, and center cut 4:3
    HD Up-Conversion Hardware up-conversion from SD to 720p or 1080 on playback. Selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 zoom and 16:9 zoom
    HD Cross-Conversion Hardware cross conversion from 720p to 1080i and 1080i to 720p on playback
    Supported Codecs AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, HEVC, 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, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:4:4.
    System Requirements
    Operating System OS X: 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), or later
    Windows: 7, 8
    Connectivity Thunderbolt port or an available PCIe slot

    Note: PCIe cable and interface card available separately
    Supported Applications DaVinci Resolve
    Fusion n
    Final Cut Pro X
    Premiere Pro CC
    Avid Media Composer
    After Effects CC
    Avid Pro Tools
    Steinberg Cubase
    Steinberg Nuendo
    Photoshop CC

    Applications Supporting Real-Time Effects:
    DaVinci Resolve
    Final Cut Pro X
    Premiere Pro CC (Mercury Playback Engine)
    Avid Media Composer

    Additional Supported Applications:
    Nuke, Steinberg Nuendo, Avid Symphony, Avid News Cutter, Tools On Air just:in and live:cut and just:play and just:live, Softron OnTheAir, MovieRecorder and OnTheAir CG, Flash Media Live Encoder, Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster, Resolume Avenue 4, Sony Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio Pro X4, CyberLink Power Director, MAGIX Video Pro X4, Vidblaster Pro and Studio and Broadcast, Uniplay, Playbox AirBox, CasparCG, Magicsoft CG, Xsplit Broadcaster, Imagine Communications Velocity and InfoCaster
    General
    Power Supplies 2 x Built-in AC power Supplies with IEC C14 (universal) connectors

    Support: 120 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz
    Power Requirements 120 to 240 VAC; 50 to 60 Hz (dual power supplies)
    Operating Temperature 41 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 Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.3 x 10.8 x 4.7"
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