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Blackmagic Design Video Assist 5" 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor

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Blackmagic Design Video Assist 5" 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor
Key Features
  • 5" 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen LCD
  • Record up to DCI or UHD 4K HDR Video
  • HDMI and 12G-SDI Video Inputs & Outputs
  • 10-Bit, 4:2:2 ProRes & DNxHD Encoding
Add professional monitoring and high-quality recording to virtually any camera with the Video Assist 5" 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor from Blackmagic Design. It features a bright 5", 1920 x 1080 display with 2500 cd/m² brightness to help you frame and focus your shots and provides 12G-SDI and HDMI inputs for recording the video output from professional and consumer cameras. You can monitor and record HDR video up to DCI 4K, UHD 4K, 2K, or HD 10-bit 4:2:2, and up to 16 channels of embedded 24-bit 48 kHz audio. Blackmagic Raw recording is available for select Canon, FUJIFILM, Nikon, Panasonic, and SIGMA cameras.
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Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G HDR Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2USB Webcam Output with Firmware Update 3.3
  • 3Bright 5" Full HD Display
  • 44K Support
  • 512G-SDI and HDMI Connections
  • 6Power Options
  • 7Touchscreen Interface
  • 810-Bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD Recording
  • 9Blackmagic Raw

Add professional monitoring and high-quality recording to virtually any camera with the Video Assist 5" 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor from Blackmagic Design. It features a bright 5", 1920 x 1080 display with 2500 cd/m² brightness to help you frame and focus your shots and provides 12G-SDI and HDMI inputs for recording the video output from professional and consumer cameras. You can monitor and record HDR video up to DCI 4K, UHD 4K, 2K, or HD 10-bit 4:2:2, and up to 16 channels of embedded 24-bit 48 kHz audio. Blackmagic Raw recording is available for select Canon, FUJIFILM, Nikon, Panasonic, and SIGMA cameras.

The Video Assist records using a single high-speed UHS-II SD slot to SDHC/XC memory cards. You can also use the USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port to record to an external drive, as well as use it for configuring and upgrading the monitor. Video is recorded using industry-standard Apple ProRes (HQ, 422, LT, or Proxy) and Avid DNxHD and DNxHR codecs.

USB Webcam Output with Firmware Update 3.3
In firmware version 3.3, Blackmagic has introduced USB webcam output, allowing for the Video Assist to send a full 1080p signal to your computer over USB using a streaming-friendly format. Also added is audio monitoring channel selection.
Bright 5" Full HD Display
The display features a bright 5" 1920 x 1080 display with 2500 cd/m² brightness for evaluating your shots. On-screen controls allow you to vary the brightness and contrast depending on the shooting situation.
4K Support
Monitor and record DCI 4K, UHD 4K, 2K, and HD resolutions with 10-bit 4:2:2 HDR support. 3D LUTs are also supported
12G-SDI and HDMI Connections
Video and audio are captured using 12G-SDI and HDMI 1.4 inputs, allowing you to record from professional cameras and camcorders, as well as popular DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The 12G-SDI BNC 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 4K, 2K, or HD broadcast monitors or HDMI projectors while you monitor and record on the Video Assist. Up to eight channels of audio are embedded in the output and can also be monitored on headphones using the 3.5mm stereo jack.
Power Options
A universal power supply is included so you can use the Video Assist anywhere using the 12 VDC input, or run off two Sony L-series type batteries in the dual battery slots.
Touchscreen Interface
The 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. You'll have access to additional controls, recording status, histogram, waveform, vectorscope, 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.
10-Bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD Recording
The Blackmagic Video Assist records your video at the 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Files are recorded to a single high-speed UHS-II slot using SDXC/HC cards in Apple ProRes (HQ, 422, LT, Proxy) or DNxHD and DNxHR codecs. These are industry-standard formats, so you can start editing immediately without having to convert the files.
Blackmagic Raw
This monitor supports Blackmagic Raw recording for select cameras including:

  • Canon EOS C300 Mark II
  • FUJIFILM GFX100, FUJIFILM GFX100S
  • Nikon Z6, Z6 II, Z7, Z7 II
  • Panasonic AU-EVA1
  • Panasonic LUMIX BS1H
  • Panasonic LUMIX S1, S1H
  • Panasonic LUMIX S5
  • SIGMA fp, SIGMA fp L

Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G HDR Specs

Display
Panel TypeTFT LCD
Display Size5.0" / 12.7 cm
Resolution1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio16:9
TouchscreenYes
Maximum Brightness2500 cd/m2
Bit Depth / Color Support10-Bit (1.07 Billion Colors)
HDR CompatibilityHDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma
Pixels Per Inch (ppi)440 ppi
Color Gamut100% Rec. 709
100% Rec. 2020
Real-Time LUT MonitoringSDR, HDR
Image ControlsHistogram, Picture-in-Picture, RGB Parade, Vectorscope, Waveform
Video I/O1 x HDMI 2.0a Input
1 x Micro BNC (12G-SDI) Input
1 x HDMI 2.0a Output
1 x Micro BNC (12G-SDI) Output
HDCP SupportNo
Embedded AudioHDMI: 8-Channel
SDI: 16-Channel
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Output
Built-In Speaker1
Power I/O1 x Barrel (12 VDC) Input
Other I/O1 x USB-C
Wi-FiNone
Format Support
Video FormatSDI (10-Bit 4:2:2 RGB)
DCI 4K: 25/24/23.98
UHD 4K: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
DCI 2K: 25/24/23.98
DCI 2K PsF: 25/24/23.98
1080p: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
1080PsF: 30/29.97/25/24/23.98
1080i: 60/59.94/50
720p: 60/59.94/50
576i: 50
480i: 59.94
HDMI (10-Bit)
DCI 4K: 25/24/23.98
UHD 4K: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
1080p: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
1080i: 60/59.94/50
720p: 60/59.94/50
576i: 50
480i: 59.94
Gamma CurveHDR-HLG, Rec2020, Rec709
Timecode SupportYes
Recording
Pre-Roll RecordNone
Encoding FormatsUp to 4096 x 2160
Blackmagic Raw
ProRes 422, 422 HQ, LT, Proxy 10-Bit 4:2:2 at up to 60 fps
DNxHD HQX, LB, LB MXF, SQ, SQ MXF 10-Bit 4:2:2 at up to 60 fps
Maximum Audio Tracks16
Power
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power 12 VDC
Built-In BatteryNone
Battery Type2 x L-Series
Power Consumption36 W
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 72°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity0 to 90%
Storage Temperature-4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
General
Dimensions5.83 x 3.54 x 1.44" / 14.81 x 8.99 x 3.66 cm
Weight14.46 oz / 409.94 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.855 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.6 x 7.8 x 3.3"

Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G HDR Reviews

Compatibility issues

By Ronald
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-26

I have used this monitor/recorder in the past with a Panasonic S1h and it worked fine. Recently, however, I connected the video assist to my Canon C300 MK III, and to my disappointment it does not work. The video assist reports 'no signal'. I've changed HDMI cables and have used Ultra High Speed cables all to no avail. Canon's list of compatible cameras lists the Canon C200 and the R5c, but conspicuously absent is the C300 MK III, and this despite the fact that their promo material claims that it will work with any HDMI camera.

So Far, So Good

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-25

Blackmagic Design Video Assist 7 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor feels great and works great as a remote viewer for Autel Livedeck. I have not tested it in the field yet but it connects and looks to be effective for my purposes.

Love It!!!

By Orlando
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-06

This monitor/recorder is simply amazing. The quality of the recordings is outstanding.

Two for one

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-12

Nice view with recording capabilities. Saves the operator from having separate recorder and video viewer.

Amazing Recorder for B-Cam Setup

By Jesse
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-11

Bought this to pair with my Nikon Z6 for BRAW recording to serve as a B-Cam to my BMPCC6K. It's a bit of a pricey B-Cam setup, but the initial sting wears off once you can save loads of time on a shoot. A-Cam always lives on sticks, the Z6 and BM Video Assist lives on the gimbal or a slider. Since I have the Crane 3S, the gimbal's motors can handle this rig with ease once balanced. No more constantly building up or breaking down solo-cam setups. Having the bright screen makes operating the gimbal a breeze since I no longer have to reference the small 2.5 screen you will find on all SLRs. The Video Assist is a must have for external BRAW recording. If you only have one camera, maybe consider spending a bit more for the 7 version with audio inputs so you can record a mini shotgun mic or wireless lav system directly into the recorder, but if you're like me and only needed this for a B-Cam setup, this is the perfect fit. Also, with BRAW being such a light codec , I can run all day on a cheap $100 UHS-II V60 256GB Sony SD card, so the solo SD slot didn't bother me one bit.

Solid recorder

By Nathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-09

Works great. I now have 2 of them and they haven't failed me yet. I first bot the 5 inch little brother and it died due to a static discharge when touching the screen. These larger models have been solid.

Nice device but support by BMD is sorely lacking.

By Alan
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-20

Overall, the build quality and functionality of this device is really nice. It's solid and I find the interface to be intuitive. That said, on one of my first outings feeding external audio to the XLR connectors, the audio was out of sync with the video. I reached out to BMD and, at their instruction, sent the unit to their CA service center to be looked at. It's been there for 4 weeks today and, speaking with them on the phone a few minutes ago, I learned that it hasn't even been looked at yet. I'm a tiny customer within their realm but, as a small visual creative, this was not an insignificant investment and is an important part of my kit. Any piece of gear is only as good as it's support and I'm so disappointed in BMD. I have their ATEM Mini Extreme ISO as well and it's a great piece of equipment, at least so far. Sadly, I'm shopping for a replacement for the 12G at this point because I need it and can't be confident that another BMD unit won't present the same issue.

Overpriced

By Michael
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-30

Great unit but way overpriced

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