Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder

Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder

Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Professional Encoding
  • SD/HDMI Inputs Support SD/HD Formats
  • Maximum Flexibility
  • Media Express Software Included
  • RS-422 Deck Control
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • High-Quality Video Capture
  • Preserve Archive Footage
  • With 12V Power Supply
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The Blackmagic Design H.264 Pro Recorder is designed for the industry professionals who require professional encoding from SDI, HDMI, analog/component composite, and balanced audio. The flexible Pro Recorder enables you to capture old or new video formats into the same file formats used on the web, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, and more, providing a convenient solution to capture from professional broadcast decks directly to SD and HD H.264 files.

With the Media Express software, you can encode hours of content into popular online formats and batch H.264 files with an attractive user interface as well as create playlists from captured files. The software supports CMX EDL import and RS-422 accurate deck control, and is compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems. It also provides clip information such as frame size, frame-rate, color space, format, and codec.

The H.264 recorder allows you to capture high-quality videos and select between SDI, HDMI, and analog component video inputs. Apart from capturing audio from the SDI, HDMI, or stereo balanced analog audio input jacks, you can also connect the recorder directly to HD or SD video sources as the SDI, HDMI, and capture from HDCAM, Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, DVD players, and more. Analog video inputs switch between component s-video and composite, and support SD and HD.

The Pro Recorder allows you to save your old memories as digital files on your PC, converting old programming video formats into H.264 file format. It supports real-time scaling, and allows you to capture videos at Full HD or SD resolution.

Key Features

Real-time H.264 encoder that connects via USB
Designed for industry professionals who need professional encoding from SDI, HDMI, analog component/ composite and balanced audio
Capture from professional broadcast decks directly to SD and HD H.264 files
Capture old or new programming content into the same file format used on the web, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, and YouTube
Media Express software to encode content into popular online formats
Batch H.264 files with a user interface
RS-422 deck control is included with software for Mac and Windows
Clip information - frame size, frame-rate, color space, format, and codec
Converts old video tapes to H.264 file format
Ideal for mobile applications using a notebook/computer (power supply required)
In the Box
Blackmagic Design H.264 PRO Recorder
  • 12v Power Supply
  • Media Express, Blackmagic System Preferences and Blackmagic Driver on Mac OS X
  • Media Express, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic Driver on Windows
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Connections SDI Video Input:
    1 x 12 bit SD/HD switchable

    Analog Video Input:
    1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs switchable to S-Video or Composite

    Component supports HD and SD

    HDMI Video Input:
    1 x HDMI type A connector

    SDI Audio Input:
    2 Channels from embedded SDI audio

    Analog Audio Input:
    2 Channels of professional balanced analog audio with standard 1/4" jack connections

    HDMI Audio Input:
    2 Channels from embedded HDMI audio

    Device Control:
    Sony compatible RS422 deck control port

    Computer Interface:
    USB 2.0 high speed (480 Mb/s)
    Standards 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

    SD Format Support: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC and 480p

    SDI Compliance: SMPTE 259M and 292

    Multiple Rate Support: SDI, HDMI and component analog video connections are switchable between standard definition and high definition. SDI switches between 270 Mb/s standard definition SDI, 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI and 3 Gb/s HD-SDI

    Video Sampling: 4:2:2

    Color Precision: 12 bit

    Color Space: 4:2:2 YUV

    Audio Sampling: Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit

    HDMI Color Precision: 12 bit

    Copy Protection: For legal reasons HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.
    Firmware Firmware upgrade via USB
    Installation Connect unit to the computer's USB 2.0 port, install Blackmagic H.264 Pro Recorder software and run Media Express
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 5.4 x 2.6"
    H.264 PRO Recorder is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works with the right software This is the best solution I could find and woks great once you get the right software. It ships with a newer version than what is available for download but contrary to what you'd expect, the older software download is what you need. Blackmagic really needs to do a better job of communicating with it's customers as it took me 30 minutes on hold to get the correct information from the tech support line. Some people have complained about the limited output choices but I think they are fine for my needs. Also, it comes with no USB cable which is annoying and as I've read in another review, make sure you get a good quality shielded cable.
    Date published: 2013-08-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Works well with one fatal flaw While this is a handy little encoder for making MP4 files to a computer there is one fatal flaw. If there is any interruption to the video signal, even one you cannot see it corrupts the entire file and it is not easy to get it fixed. If you are ever recording with your camera on AC and want to go the battery that is already on the camera by just pulling the AC input, you won't see any glitch in the video but the MP4 file will be corrupt and will not play. The answer is to buy the ATEM video snitcher from Black Magic and use the built in H.264 encoder in that unit, you'll pay twice as much and even if you don't use the switcher it will be worth it. We lost several very important files due to this problem.
    Date published: 2014-12-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It just works!!! (more or less) Let me explain exactly what this does, as there seems to be some confusion. It is a piece of hardware that takes video in and compresses it in hardware to an h.264 stream that is written to a file via USB 2.0. So it is HD and SD, but it is compressed video. If you need cheap HD capture, I think this box is pretty much impossible to beat. I am using this product to capture HD out via HDMI. The HD is used in online promo videos. I just don't need uncompressed HD for my projects. Usage is simple. You connect a video source to the box and connect the box via micro USB. Audio levels have to be pro-level, not consumer. All things considered, for the price, it is absolutely unbeatable and the video quality looks great. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2011-12-30
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from 2 brand new units never worked!!! Horrible customer service! I wish I can enter ZERO stars! First, it doesn't come with USB CABLE!!!! In order to dine that old type of USB cable I had to go to all stores because no one carry those anymore. I don't want to waste my time explaining the whole issue. I already lost a lot of time with black magic at the phone with no solution. If you don't want to lose your time, listen to me. DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT! it doesn't work as expected. Too many glitches. No matter, which version of software you use, (i tried 4 versions in different computers) non of them worked fine. 2 brand new units never worked!!! Horrible customer service, I just confirmed what everyone is saying about black magic.
    Date published: 2016-05-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product I'm very impressed with this product. The quality is great and the multiple connections it accepts is extremely helpful. Only two complaints so far: 1 - No USB cable included. You'll need to buy a Mini USB cable to use this. The one I had laying around was too big to fit (the port is slightly recessed in the case). 2 - No cropping can be done in the application. Not the end of the world but it would have been nice.
    Date published: 2011-07-21
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Another Blackmagic disappointment I don't normally write reviews. I don't badmouth products either, but this time I'm mad. This is the third Blackmagic product I've purchased - when will I ever learn? Other manufacturers' products just work, as intended, straight from the box. Blackmagic? Nah. First, there's no USB cable. Next, I can't read the SD-card provided so download the software. Then it says 'No Desktop Video Device Detected- check your product is connected via Thunderbolt, USB3 or PCIe' Excuse me? The only connector you've given me is mini USB.2. Anyway, after trying three PCs, I finally get it to work. Maybe it was me! I connect my HDV and run a tape. All appears well. I come back later and the picture framing is all over the place. Stop the job, try again. Same thing. The audio levels are well down on the original too and worse, audio and video are out of sync. Test the tape on another device and its perfect. So, Power everything down, reboot, try again. This time the Desktop Video software has the 'Quality' button greyed out and no matter what I try, I cannot get it active again. Does not inspire confidence. Have another go. Power down, reboot, another tape. This time it gets to the end! Play the result - after nine minutes thirty, the framing suddenly flips and I'm left with half a picture. The sound is way down. Worse, there was absolutely no warning - another hour wasted. And I could go on, but I won't. Blackmagic - your marketing is wonderful, but in your rush to be all things to all men, you put out half-baked, badly implemented products that could be killers, but just don't cut it, due to poor execution and the rush to get it to market. This is the third time I've had this kind of experience with a Blackmagic product. No more. Sorry guys, but you've lost me as a customer for good.
    Date published: 2016-03-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Specificly for Nitche applications Originally ordered months ago the unit finally arived. We found alternate hardware for the original project need and we are glad we did. We are now trying to find a good use for the H.264 Pro Recorder in a broadcast environment. The good news is that it does not tax the CPU too much, so a older CPU can handle the processing needed. The bad news is that if you have a older CPU it is as likely that there is not enough hard drive space. No loop through out put makes it an end of the chain device which further limits functionality. Would recomend for small project studios or for specific hobby uses.
    Date published: 2011-07-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so results so far after using once I recorded a series of nine segments over a two-day period of a work seminar. Results are mixed so far. I am recording SD (720x486) because that's the best camera we own. Several of the clips lost sync - audio got ahead of video - towards the end. Especially those of 30 minutes. Yet other clips of longer times recorded perfectly fine. It could be the laptop, though it is a newer model with plenty of hard drive capacity. I will be using it to record upcoming monthly meetings, so it may be too soon to tell.
    Date published: 2013-02-11
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