Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt

Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt

Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt


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Product Highlights

  • Uncompressed Data Transfer
  • Up/Down Resolution Conversion
  • HDMI Monitoring for Color Correction
  • Bidirectional Thunderbolt Data Transfer
  • HDMI and Analog Video and Audio Ports
  • SD and HD Video In Full 10-Bit Quality
  • 2 Ch. 24 Bit RCA / 8 Ch. HDMI Audio
  • Inputs On 1 Side/Outputs On Other
  • M.E. Software Solution Included
  • Also Records Video Games
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Blackmagic Design BINTSSHU/THBOLT overview

  • 1Description

The Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt lets you accomplish one or more of four tasks -- grab footage out of a camera, pass it to a computer, adjust resolution up or down along the way, and, at the same time, or at anytime, connect to a top-quality HDMI monitor and perform color-correction in the best available resolution.

Video gets captured uncompressed, meaning its bits and pieces are let out of their cage -- out of the algorithm that packed them tight onto the camera's memory card -- and are shuttled through to a computer without any further loss, whereas without capacity for uncompressed transfer, not many alternatives can substitute sufficiently.

The transfer from the camera to the Shuttle is done through an HDMI cable, and from the Shuttle to the computer can also be by HDMI, but available on the Shuttle is a Thunderbolt port, which is an advanced data-transfer technology that with a 10Gbps capacity is extremely fast. Thunderbolt is also bidirectional and can thus serve as an input and an output. The receiving computer -- or storage device -- must also be equipped with Thunderbolt. Macs were the first of any devices to be equipped, and all Macs are equipped.

Data does not stay in the Shuttle before moving on to the computer. The Shuttle serves as a pass-through only; and at the data's passing through, resolution can be adjusted to arrive in the computer higher or lower. SD can become HD and vice-versa, so that if you have footage from different cameras shot in different resolutions, you can match them up to look the same.

The Shuttle is a capture-and-playback device, more often referred to as an I/O device for its inputs and outputs. Aside from the HDMI and Thunderbolt connections already mentioned, the Shuttle also has analog video ins and outs, as well as HDMI and RCA audio ins and outs.

The Shuttle is portable, allows many conveniences in transferring footage, affords quality transfers, and delivers video to computers in codecs most recognized by popular editing systems.

Transfer and Monitor and Convert Footage
  • Transfer uncompressed from a camera to a computer
  • Match up resolutions by converting SD to HD and vice-versa
  • Connect to a top-quality HDMI monitor and perform color-correction
Inputs and Outputs
  • Bidirectional 10Gbps Thunderbolt video and audio
  • HDMI, S-Video, component and composite video ins/outs
  • 2 channel 24 bit RCA, and 8 channel HDMI audio ins and outs
Media Express Software Included
  • A complete solution for capture and playback
  • Create playlists, organize clip bins and add metadata
  • Work in QuickTime, AVI, DPX, ProRes, DVCPRO and MJPEG
Additional Features
  • DVD/Blu-Ray authoring and web streaming via compatible software
  • Connect to video game consoles and capture and record your gaming
In the Box
Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt
  • Media Express Software
  • Disk Speed Test
  • Blackmagic System Preferences
  • Blackmagic Driver
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Blackmagic Design BINTSSHU/THBOLT specs

    Video Inputs (1) HDMI
    (1) Component
    (1) Composite
    (1) S-video
    Video Outputs (1) HDMI
    (1) Component
    (1) Composite
    (1) S-video
    Analog Audio Inputs 2 Channel RCA HiFi audio in 24 bit
    Analog Audio Output 2 Channel RCA HiFi audio in 24 bit
    HDMI Audio Input 8 Channels
    HDMI Audio Output 8 Channels
    Computer Interface Thunderbolt
    Resolutions Supported HD:
    1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60

    625i/50, 625p PAL and 525i/59.94, 525p NTSC, 480p
    Sampling HDMI Video: 4:2:2
    HDMI Audio: Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit
    HDMI Color Precision: 4:2:2
    HDMI Color Space: YUV 4:2:2
    Copy Protection For legal reasons HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources
    Conversion Colorspace Conversion: Hardware based, real time
    HD Down Conversion: Software based down conversion during video playback
    HD Up Conversion: Real time standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture
    Effects Real Time Effects:
    Avid Media Composer 6 internal effects in DNxHD, XDCAM and uncompressed
    Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects in DV, DVCPRO HD, ProRes and uncompressed on Intel Mac OS X
    Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects in DV, MJPEG, DVCPRO HD, DSLR, AVCHD, XDCAM, XDCAM HD and uncompressed
    Firmware Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start, or via updater software
    Compatibility Requires Thunderbolt-equipped computer/storage device
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.5"

    Blackmagic Design BINTSSHU/THBOLT reviews

    Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 55.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Analog transfer is complicated I recently purchased the Intensity Shuttle with thunderbolt to use with my i7 iMac. The purpose was to capture video from a VCR and an analog tape Sony camcorder in an uncompressed format for editing in imovie. I had been using a H.264 low-end capture device and it worked like a charm but the captured quality was poor. I did alot of research and reading of these forums before buying the BMIS. I noticed many users had issues capturing analog, but since I could return it within 30 days, I thought I'd give it a try. Thanks to those who posted on this site (esp Todd from Ohio), I knew to download the software directly & not use the installation disc. All was fine until I hooked up the vcr - blank screen and then a few blips of images -- flickering as someone called it. I hooked up the camcorder and the same thing but more flashes of images. I was about ready to return it and then.....More research: a time base corrector was needed? I don't think so!! I thought to hook up the combo VCR/DVD recorder unit we had with our TV & use it as an output to the shuttle. I theorized that it would have whatever was needed to optimize analog to digital for the purposes of direct DVD recording. And it worked. I also connected the camcorder to this unit and ran the video through it to the shuttle. So those of you who can't get analog capture to work, try using this type of set-up. I have a Panasonic DMR-EZ48V. Also, when you notice you get no audio through media express during capture, it is not the computer's fault. The tech at BlackMagic told me to connect speakers to the audio-out on the shuttle. Have yet to do this, since now I have to buy an adapter. The audio does capture (tested later in quicktime) but you can't hear it while the capture is taking place. Sometimes you can hear the audio on playback within media express and sometimes not. I am still within my return period, so the jury is still out. I will import to imovie to edit and then burn to dvd. Hope the interlacing effect will not show in the final result. The main drawback to this product is minimal information about the settings, etc. This takes a huge amount of time.
    Date published: 2013-04-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Device after setup this is a great device for livestreaming and works great once you have it set up. But you have to re set it up and every computer is different. Once you figure it out, it is easy, but the instructions are nonexistent and I had to take it to Showcase to get them to help me set it up..Blackmagic needs to have explicit instructions and let you know that you need both the utility program and the blackmagic desk..
    Date published: 2015-06-12
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for use with consumer VHS Consumer DVD players that have component outputs work well with this device. I purchased a BluRay with HDMI out only because it would upgrade the DVD quality. No dice. VHS players without time base correctors will not work. Don't contact Black Magic Designs for assistance of any kind regarding these matters. They will not help you. You will be referred back to your retailer.
    Date published: 2015-09-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not waste your money and time you have to be rocket scientist to figure this out, i bought everything which was recommended by BH and Black magic, new imac pro, HDMI cable, thunderbolt cable, first of all you have to figure out yourself which software to download, it is not have to take a guess, spend almost 6 hours to find the software...and never work all together i had wasted almost 24 hours and messed up my whole family reunion, which was suppose to be live streaming.....and offcourse tech support was closed on friday till 4 and never work on weekends. piece of junk,,, do not wast your time....only good thing throughout the whole thing was BH great customer service. i wish i've use some other product. i am shipping the whole thing back.
    Date published: 2013-04-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lacking Full Compatibility Description I purchased the shuttle for a mac mini 8gb ram and 2.3 i5, thunderbolt enabled computer. The only compatability list says thunderbolt enabled mac but this is not true. After reading through their support documents, this device is only compatible with a few iMacs and a few mac book pros. We have all macs in our facility, 1 Mac Pro 8 Core with 12GB Ram and SSD drives (my video editor), 10 iMacs with one being purchased less than 2 months ago from Apple. None of which are fast enough to read or write footage through this device any higher than SD 30fps. Since they don't specify how fast of Solid State Drive, processor, or RAM it needs, this is going to be a trial and error as I upgrade computers in the building and test it. Their disk speed test software is free and should be downloaded before purchasing the device because unless you have a ridiculously fast computer, this won't work for you. Seems like a nice device. Does NOT come with a Thunderbolt cable, which is $xx, unfortunately.
    Date published: 2013-04-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Web Broadcasting Solution for 1080p 30fps and below Are you a blogger or someone interested in streaming a video to a web using HDMI? Then this is the product for you if you are looking for a lower cost solution that makes your streaming software think your device is a web camera. This product is available with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. Its sleek looking and great like most Black Magic Devices. Things You Need to Know: Doesn't come with a Thunderbolt Cable, so buy one ahead of time Highest Resolution Accepted: 1080p 30fps (So if you have trouble where you want to connect a camera going at anything higher and it doesn't appear, that may be the reason.) If you are wanting a device that does broadcast higher, BlackMagic Devices does have higher end products that cost around double the price but is worth it.
    Date published: 2017-05-10
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Issues Encountered I bought this after a chat with a video support person at B&H. Basically I need a device to take S-video and stereo RCA connections from a HI-8 deck, a Hi-8 camcorder and a DV deck into an Apple MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 connections. I purchased this along with an Apple Thunderbolt 2 to 3 adapter that the B&H person said would work with the Thunderbolt connection in the Intensity Shuttle. After installing the latest BlackMagic software, I was unable to get any video to capture. I worked with BlackMagic technical support (they were responsive) to trouble shoot with all sorts of cables and combinations and monitors. No luck. So I'm returning this unit to BlackMagic to see what's wrong and possibly get a repair or replacement. So at this point I'm not too happy with this device.
    Date published: 2017-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works exactly as advertised! To all of you who are thinking about buying this box: go for it. I'm using it even as I write this review. It's been worth every penny. I bought this I/O box to digitize a huge bunch of film-to-tape transfers off of Betacam SP. In combination with the Media Express software, the box has worked flawlessly. Not one hiccup that I could blame Blackmagic Design for. I have a Late 2011 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt. The stock internal hard drive has proven to be totally fast enough to handle the capturing of this component video/analog audio content. (I can't vouch for HD capturing.) Two important tips: 1) Disregard the software that ships with your Intensity Shuttle box. Instead, download the software from Blackmagic Design's web site. (The newest versions are on the web site.) 2) Configure your capture settings first before you run the Media Express software. Do this by opening up your System Preferences. Look for the Other section at the bottom of the System Preferences window. You'll see a Blackmagic Design button in that section. (I thought the placement of these settings was a little tricky and not totally intuitive, but it's not a deal breaker. That's why I'm sharing it here.) Bottom line: if you need to digitize old analog material, and you have a computer with Thunderbolt, this I/O box is a Swiss army knife of conversion standards. Buy it without hesitation.
    Date published: 2012-06-11
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