Blackmagic Design Video Assist HDMI/6G-SDI Recorder and 5" Monitor

Blackmagic Design Video Assist HDMI/6G-SDI Recorder and 5" Monitor

Blackmagic Design Video Assist HDMI/6G-SDI Recorder and 5" Monitor

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Product Highlights

  • 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen LCD
  • Records 1080p up to 60 fps
  • 10-Bit, 4:2:2 ProRes & DNxHD Encoding
  • HDMI and 6G-SDI Video Inputs
  • Loop-Through Video Outputs
  • Stores to Single SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
  • On-Screen Histogram and Audio Levels
  • Focus Peaking & Zebra
  • Dual Canon LP-E6 Type Battery Slots
  • AC Adapter Included
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Blackmagic Design HYPERD/AVIDAS5HD overview

  • 1Description

Add professional monitoring and high-quality recording to virtually any camera with the Blackmagic Video Assist. It features a 5" 1920 x 1080 display to help you frame and focus your shots, and provides 6G-SDI and HDMI inputs for recording the video output from professional and consumer cameras. The Video Assist records 10-bit 4:2:2 video up to 1080p60 to high-speed U1 SDHC/XC memory cards using industry-standard Apple ProRes (HQ, 422, LT, or Proxy) and Avid DNx codecs. A touchscreen interface allows you to adjust settings and access monitoring features such as histogram, zebra, focus peaking, audio meters, timecode display, and more. To power the monitor, a 110-240 VAC power adapter is included. It also has dual battery slots on the rear that you power the monitor using Canon LP-E6 type batteries.

5" Full HD Display
The front of the monitor features a bright 5" 1920 x 1080 display for evaluating your shots. On-screen controls allow you to vary the brightness and contrast depending on the shooting situation, and the wide 135° viewing angle makes it easy for multiple crew members to watch at the same time. It even auto rotates so no matter which way you mount it, the picture is always displayed correctly.
Touchscreen Interface
The 5" display provides intuitive capacitive touchscreen controls. Swipe gestures make it simple and quick to show or hide settings, such as capture resolution and format, as well as screen brightness and contrast. Swipe in another direction and you'll have access to additional controls, recording status, histogram, audio level, timecode, battery status, and more. The controls have a semi-transparent overlay, so you can still be able to keep an eye on every part of your shots.
6G-SDI and HDMI Connections
Video and audio are captured using 6G-SDI and HDMI 1.4 inputs, allowing you to record from professional cameras and camcorders, as well as popular DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The 6G-SDI input even allows you to monitor Ultra HD footage. Loop-through outputs are provided so you can simultaneously display the live video or recorded clips on larger screens like HD broadcast monitors or HDMI projectors while you monitor and record on the Video Assist. Audio is embedded in the output and can also be monitored on headphones using the 3.5mm stereo jack.
10-Bit 4:2:2 ProRes & DNxHD Recording
The Blackmagic Video Assist records your video at the 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Files are recorded on to high-speed U1 SD cards, using Apple ProRes (HQ, 422, LT, Proxy) or DNxHD codecs. These are industry-standard formats, so you can start editing immediately without having to convert the files. Recording can be automatically triggered on your Blackmagic Video Assist from the start/stop button on compatible cameras, so you can remain focused on getting the shot without having to worry about operating additional gear.
Power
A universal 110V to 240 VAC power supply so you can use the Video Assist anywhere. Plug the AC adapter into the 12 VDC input you get continuous power, or run off of dual Canon compatible LP-E6 type batteries. Intelligent battery management will use the battery with less charge first, then immediately switch to the other battery without interrupting recording. When connected to AC power, the batteries can be charged in parallel while the Video Assist is still being used.
Additional Features
  • Histogram and zebra overlays for exposure aid
  • Focus Peaking and Central Zoom to aid focus
  • Timecode over SDI and HDMI
  • Can control settings on Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera
  • Machined aluminum housing
  • Built-in kickstand
  • Six 1/4"-20 threaded mounting holes (three on top, three on bottom)
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Blackmagic Design Video Assist HDMI/6G-SDI Recorder and 5" Monitor
  • Power Supply for Video Assist
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Blackmagic Design HYPERD/AVIDAS5HD specs

    Display
    Type LCD touchscreen
    Size 5" / 12.7 cm
    Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Viewing Angle 135°
    Connections
    SDI Video Input 1 x SD/HD/3G/6G-SDI (DIN 1.0/2.3 connector)
    SDI Video Output 1 x SD/HD/3G-SDI (DIN 1.0/2.3 connector)
    HDMI Video Input 1 x HDMI type A
    HDMI Video Output 1 x HDMI type A
    SDI Audio Input 2 channels embedded in SD and HD in QuickTime files
    SDI Audio Output 2 channels embedded in SD and HD in QuickTime files
    HDMI Audio Input 2 channels embedded
    HDMI Audio Output 2 channels embedded
    Audio Output 1 x 3.5 mm stereo analog audio output jack
    USB Interface 1 x USB 2.0 (Mini-B connector)
    Recording
    Recording Media UHS-1 SDHC/SDXC cards
    Codecs Supported Apple ProRes 422 HQ, 422, LT, Proxy
    Avid DNxHD 220x, DNxHD 145, DNxHD 45, DNxHD 220x MXF, DNxHD 145 MXF, DNxHD 45 MXF
    Supported Video Formats SDI:
    1920 x 1080p: 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
    1920 x 1080PsF: 23.98/24
    1920 x 1080i: 50/59.94/60
    1280 x 720p: 50/59.94/60
    625/50i PAL
    525/59.94i NTSC

    HDMI:
    1920 x 1080p: 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
    1920 x 1080i: 50/59.94/60
    1280 x 720p: 50/59.94/60
    480p60
    576p50
    625/25 PAL
    525/29.97 NTSC
    Recording Time With 128 GB SD card:

    Apple ProRes 422 HQ: 1.61 hours
    ProRes 422: 2.43 hours
    ProRes LT: 3.47 hours
    ProRes Proxy: 7.9 hours
    SDI Video Sampling 4:2:2 YUV
    SDI Audio Sampling 48 kHz, 24-bit
    SDI Color Precision 10-bit
    SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 425M
    SDI Metadata Support HD RP188 and closed captioning
    SDI Color Space REC 601, REC 709
    HDMI Color Precision 10-bit
    HDCP Compatible No
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    OS Compatibility Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
    Windows 7
    Windows 8
    Power Requirements 12 VDC
    Batteries 2 x Rechargeable LP-E6 lithium-ion batteries
    AC Adapter 110 to 240 VAC
    Operating Temperature 41 to 104°F / 5 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -6 to 113°F / -21 to 45°C
    Relative Humidity 0 to 90% non-condensing
    Dimensions 5.63 x 1.20 x 3.54" / 14.30 x 3.05 x 8.99 cm
    Weight 12.77 oz / 362.02 g
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    Package Weight 1.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.2 x 7.2 x 2.6"

    Blackmagic Design HYPERD/AVIDAS5HD reviews

    Video Assist HDMI/6G-SDI Recorder and 5" Monitor is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 88.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice, Heating Issue!! I purchased this monitor back in December. Everything works as expected, false color is nice, focus peaking and everything else is pretty neat with this monitor. Only issue I'm having is when I'm filming anything outdoors, the monitor heats up and will not power back on for a good little while. Kind of embarrassing when I was on a recent shoot and this thing would not power back on! I had to make the client wait because i was recording internally at 10bit. Well passed the 30-day return policy from B&H so I'm basically stuck with it. All in all it's a good product, the over heating issue is my only gripe about this monitor. Just giving future clients a heads up!
    Date published: 2017-02-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just ok Cons: Slightly green cast monitor - crushed shadows - slightly over exposes the highlights. Major dropped frame issues even with the fastest cards. I was using this along with the Sony A6300 recording to prores hq after about 5-10 minutes of recording during an interview it kept dropping frames. I had to keep starting and stopping the record. Histogram is medicore Touch screen is so so No full screen color waveform Comes with resolve All of these issues could be resolved with a simple firmware update, besides the dropped frames. Pros: Solid build quality - records to cheaper media however had dropped frame issues.
    Date published: 2016-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and compact design I've used Ninja blades and have an odyssey 7Q+. I wouldn't compare to the odyssey but as for the Ninja it has it beat with its' slimmer, stronger and better build body, SD card media ability and the 1080p screen is so clear and sharp. Make sure to buy the appropriate SD card class to avoid drop frames. It's definitely lacking some extra options OS wise but I'm sure they will be built into future firmware updates but for the buck this thing is the future and a great addition to anyone's small compact kit. I'm having a lot of fun shooting in the field with it and getting attention for it to, it's like having a new haircut.
    Date published: 2016-04-05
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Needs updates and fast. Returning Used it as a second monitor and it become worthless. The features aren't there even with the latest update with focus peaking. (the focus peaking doesn't work very well and would present artifacting if the camera is in motion) There was artifacting regardless with little red lines in what appeared to be random places but mostly in darker, not pitch black dark, just darker. The strangest thing that made is worthless is that the monitor would flicker if there was a bright frame in front of it or certain colors, (lighter blue) which made focus pulling that much more difficult. Its a nice price with but it needs to function to benefit from it. Have to go elsewhere.
    Date published: 2015-12-17
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stops recording after 64 minutes I've called their support line three times and their response is always use another card. I am using ALL the cards that they list as verified / official cards in their spec manual. Well, now I've spent another $300 in SD cards and it still doesn't work past 64 minutes. It just stops recording and sometimes does / sometimes does not start again. Couldn't find anything in the forums about this.My latest call with them - they say it's a known issue, we don't know why it's happening, and we are going to release a new list of approved cards. Too little, too late, guys!!
    Date published: 2017-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firmware 1.1 already added Zebras/Focus Peaking/Touch Zoom I've been using it since it started shipping and kind of loving it. Note that the recently-released Firmware 1.1 adds: - Adds Focus Peaking indication - Adds Zebra indication for setting iris - Adds central Zoom to aid focus - Adds timecode over HDMI - Improved battery information - Performance and stability updates I've not used the timecode over hdmi, but the central zoom is awesome and so simple to use, zebras work perfectly, focus peaking works ok. If past BM products are any indication, more refinements will come. Works great as-is for me, though.
    Date published: 2015-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality Value I purchased the Blackmagic Design Video Assist recorder to backup my Live streams. After trying lesser options with my setup, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on this HD model since I don't plan to be streaming in 4k anytime soon. So far I've backed up close to 10 hours of broadcasts with no hiccups, so I'm beyond pleased with the device as it's exceed my expectations. Setup was essentially plug and play with intuitive menus and options. Moreover, my unit shipped with several internal sockets for the 12 volt power supply and a complementary copy of DaVinci Resolve that I'm looking forward to putting through its paces as well. Very pleased with this purchase.
    Date published: 2018-07-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for a first try - needs some improvement. To temper this review, I'll say that we purchased this looking for an on-camera monitor to replace our ailing DP6. The new 501/502 is just too expensive to justify (with the Canadian dollar as low as it is), so this was a tasty looking alternative. We're shooting on FS7's so the recording functions weren't of any real interest to us, so I'm basing this on using it as a monitor. First the good stuff - the price, and the display (sort of). It's bright, good viewing angle and overall a decent image. At this price point, it's a very nice lightweight on camera monitor that uses cheap batteries. Build quality feels solid. But there are some issues that BlackMagic needs to address (which I'm certain they will to some degree). The biggest issue is the lack of calibration options. As many folks have pointed out, the screen is off in color out of the box and you have no real way to calibrate it. There is also no backlight control which would be really helpful to have especially in dark/studio situations. Battery life is so-so. You get roughly one hour of run time per battery, so better load up on batteries. No wave form monitor - not a deal breaker, but why include a histogram when just about every camera has one and a WFM is much more useful in my opinion. Touch screen control for recording is useful, but there really needs to be some kind of 'lock' function to prevent accidently adjustment of controls/screens while you're on the move. Small thing, but can be annoying. The unit has a fan - strange, but true. It's fairly quiet, but I can see it being problematic in really quiet studio settings and it's one more thing to fail down the road or get clogged with debris depending on your shooting environment. All in all what's the take away - it's a very decent 'professional' feeling monitor for a very cheap price. I put professional in quotes because despite the built quality and BlackMagic name plate but it does lack the robust bomb-proof nature of SmallHD's product line. That said, we could buy two of these for the price of one 502 and still have pizza money left over - so it's a cost effective alternative, but certainly not of the same caliber. That said, based on other reviews I've read this unit should be a step up from some of the other 'low cost' monitor options out there. We've been using BlackMagic products for the better part of a decade, and one thing they are really great at is developing products and features after things are released. So I have no doubt they will address many of the issues and concerns people have had so far as new firmware options come out down the road. So far, it's a 3 star product - with some new firmware improvements to allow for color controls, brightness and the addition of a waveform monitor it would be a 4-4.5 star item for the value alone.
    Date published: 2016-02-05
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