Blackmagic Design Pocket UltraScope

Blackmagic Design Pocket UltraScope

Blackmagic Design Pocket UltraScope

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Product Highlights

  • SD, HD, 3Gbps SDI Auto-detect
  • For USB 3.0 Compatible Laptops
  • Broadcast-Quality Accuracy
  • Parade, Waveform Displays
  • Component Vectorscope View
  • Histogram for Location Shoots
  • Audio Level
  • Picture View with VITC Timecode
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Blackmagic Design Pocket UltraScope overview

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The Blackmagic Pocket UltraScope is a compact, portable version of the PCI-card UltraScope, and is designed specifically for location shoots using a USB 3.0-compatible laptop. Including the same great tools as the UltraScope, this miniature pod automatically detects an SD, HD, or 3Gbps SDI signal and converts it to USB 3.0. Designed for editors and colorists, the unit draws its power from your computer via a USB 3.0 port and is designed to provide the technical accuracy required for use in broadcast and engineering video work.

Note: Requires x58-based computer or better with a USB 3.0 connection

Elegant and Engineering Accurate
If you're tired of hard-to-use and ugly waveform monitoring, then you'll love the Pocket UltraScope. Blackmagic has included all the features you need when editing or color correcting, and combined it with an elegant user interface that looks great when added to your studio. UltraScope is engineering accurate and includes 3 Gb/s SDI to USB 3.0 conversion. The Pocket UltraScope plugs into USB 3.0 computers and is perfect for portable notebook use.
Parade Display for Colorists
When color correcting video, nothing beats the real-time RGB parade waveform view. You can see the color balance in blacks, mids and whites, so it's easy to balance colors and get your images looking perfect. RGB Parade is also perfect for checking for illegal colors because any video that drops below the black line, or above the 100% line, is an illegal RGB color. Parade can also be switched to component so you can align equipment and decks.
Waveform Display for Alignments
When adjusting video levels or matching black background levels when keying, the waveform display is ideal for this task. Waveform view has a setting that's luminance only or composite. Composite video is synthesized from the SDI input, and is a much better view for aligning traditional equipment such as decks.
Component Vectorscope View
A vectorscope is the only way to truly see what color you have. When color correcting video, sometimes you need to know color has been removed or nulled out for accurate white balance, and vectorscope view is perfect. Sometimes when color correcting you also need to apply a tint, and vectorscope lets you see exactly how much tint you're adding, and what color it is.
Histogram for Location Shoots
Almost all video needs to be color corrected at some point in the post production process, so you never want to clip video whites or blacks when on a live shoot. If you clip the blacks and whites, you lose all detail later in post production when you try to adjust blacks up or whites down. Histogram view lets you see where the pixels are in your video, and how they are distributed from black to white. You can see if video is clipping, making it easy to adjust the camera to keep all black and white detail in the image. Later in post production you then have the full contrast range of video for easy color correction that lets you keep all details no matter how extreme the color grade is.
Audio View for Monitoring Levels
Keep track of your audio levels at all times with 8 channels of audio metering, plus a stereo phase meter. The stereo phase meter plots left and right audio, as an XY scope display so you know exactly what your audio is at all times. Audio scope lets you see mono audio as a vertical line, or when you have stereo audio the scope puffs out in all directions. Audio problems such as clipping are easily seen, and out-of-phase audio can be seen as a left- or right-leaning display. If you don't get a perfect vertical waveform, then you know your audio channel balance is out.
Picture View with VITC Timecode
The picture view lets you keep track of the video input so you always know what's going on and what video input is connected into your Pocket UltraScope. Input video is selected from the single SDI input, and the video standard is automatically detected and displayed above the video image. VITC timecode and RP188 HD timecode are also detected and read into a timecode counter on the top right of the video image.
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Blackmagic Design Pocket UltraScope
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    Blackmagic Design Pocket UltraScope specs

    Supported Video Formats 525i NTSC, 625i PAL, 720HD and 1080HD
    Supported Bitrate Standard definition SDI, high definition SDI and 3 Gbps high definition SDI
    Input SDI Video: BNC x1 10-bit SD, HD and 3 Gbps HD switchable
    SDI Audio: 8 channel embedded in SD and HD
    Output USB 3.0
    Standards HD Format Support: 1080p 23.98/24/50/59.94, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 720p50, 720p59.94
    SD Format Support: 625/25 PAL and 525/29.97 NTSC
    SDI Compliance: SMPTE 424M, 259M, 292/296M
    Video Sampling: 4:2:2
    Color Precision: 4:2:2 10-bit
    Color Space: 4:2:2 YUV
    SDI Metadata Support: VITC and RP-188 timecode
    Audio Sampling: Television rate of 48kHz at 24 bit
    Computer Interface: USB 3.0 (requires a computer with a USB 3.0 interface; will not work with USB 2.0)
    Signal Processing Hardware-based, real-time, colorspace conversion
    Dimensions (HxWxD) Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 5.4 x 1.2"

    Blackmagic Design Pocket UltraScope reviews

    Pocket UltraScope is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Check your USB 3.0 before buying!!!! Inexpensive, portable HD-SDI tool sounds great, but it was $1000 in new PC components later before this worked. Read Blackmagic's support website and particularly their USB 3.0 FAQ before buying!! This devices pushes the limits of USB 3.0 and only a few of the most recent motherboards have the bandwidth to handle it. It's great once it works, but three of our i7 edit workstations would not handle it. Finally had to build a new PC with the motherboard that Blackmagic says will work.
    Date published: 2010-11-02
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Download and READ the literature BEFORE BUYING Not a highly-compatible piece of gear. Only works with specific desktop motherboards with USB 3.0, and only ONE laptop has been qualified by BMD to be compatible. Chances are, unless you built a system specifically for this purpose, this gear won't work for you.
    Date published: 2015-09-04
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not as portable as you would desire Really wish I could give a negative Star. I went into this purchase after reading the hype from BlackMagic and even investing in the HP Envy-15 notebook as well (I need a portable solution, that I can carry through TSA). Needless to say the setup doesn't work... The USB3 is not the issue in my case it is the Graphics ability of the notebook (1920x1080); the included software will not run even though I exceed the minimum graphic requirements. From other sites and other users I will suggest this: If you plan to use a Desktop System = YES If you plan to use a Notebook Computer = NO
    Date published: 2012-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from good alternative to $20,000 scope built computer for other BlackMagic usb 3.0 product. cheaper alternative than buying a $20,000 stand alone waveform vector scope. I use the computer for checking the shoot then take it back and used it for editing
    Date published: 2011-02-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lower cost option Built computer from BlackMagic's list of motherboards. worked like it should and in total cost less that a other options
    Date published: 2011-02-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent tool highly recommend for the price and portability
    Date published: 2013-10-28
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