Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device

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  • Playback Aspect of Capture/Playback Card
  • Outputs Footage from Computer to Monitor
  • Enables Color Grading on Top-Res Monitor
  • SDI, HDMI, Thunderbolt / Embedded Audio
  • Supports Resolutions up to 1080i60
  • 10-Bit Color Precision / 4:2:2 Sampling
  • Real Time Colorspace Conversion
  • Software Based Down Conversion
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Blackmagic Design BDLKULSDZMINMON overview

  • 1Description

The Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device is a very interesting and a highly useful device that Blackmagic has put out there. It is the "playback" aspect of any Blackmagic capture and playback device (and of any capture and playback device in general).

Where a capture and playback device, such as the UltraStudio 3D or the Intensity Extreme, captures video from a camera, transfers it to a computer, and additionally lets you output the video to a display other than that of your computer's, UltraStudio Mini Monitor only performs the last of these functions, also referred to as "playback." The point of outputting to a separate display is to output to a top-resolution display, the kind that your computer's display likely isn't, the kind that'll give you the best representation of your footage, the kind that'll let you get as precise as possible in color-grading, perhaps the kind that has features like Waveform. Mini Monitor connects to your computer by Thunderbolt and outputs to a monitor by either HDMI or SDI. (You'll need a Thunderbolt-equipped computer, such as any Mac.)

So, if you want to color grade on a top-resolution monitor, and you don't need the other characteristics of a capture and playback device, then UltraStudio Mini Monitor is all you need and it comes at a small portion of the cost of an average capture and playback device (also known as an I/O device).

(If you'll need the "capture" aspect instead, please check out the UltraStudio Mini Recorder).

The "Playback" Aspect of a Capture and Playback Device
Connect to your computer by Thunderbolt, and output your editing system footage to a top-resolution monitor by HDMI or SDI for precise color grading

3 Gb/s SDI Output
Get blazing speeds for recording SD and HD up to 1080HD

HDMI Output
HDMI output for amazing quality playback. Use low cost televisions for monitoring

Thunderbolt Connection
Get blazing speeds for playback in SD and HD up to 1080iHD
In the Box
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Blackmagic Design BDLKULSDZMINMON specs

    SDI Video Output 1x 10-bit SD/HD switchable
    HDMI Video Output 1x HDMI type A connector
    SDI Audio Output 8 channels embedded in SD and HD
    HDMI Audio Output 8 channels embedded in SD and HD
    Computer Interface Thunderbolt
    SD Format Support 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC and 525/23.98 NTSC
    HD Format Support 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94 and 1080i60
    SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M and SMPTE 292M
    SDI Metadata Support VITC read for 3:2 pulldown removal
    VANC capture and playback using up to 3 lines of video in file
    HD RP188
    Closed captioning
    Sampling Video:
    4:2:2

    Audio:
    Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz at 24 bit
    Color Precision 10-bit
    Color Space REC 601, REC 709
    HDMI Configuration HDMI automatically configures to connected display
    HDMI Resolution Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device
    HDMI Color Precision 10-bit
    Multiple Rate Support SDI and HDMI are switchable between standard definition and high definition
    Colorspace Conversion Hardware based real time
    HD Down Conversion Software based down conversion during video playback
    Real Time Effects Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects
    Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects
    Avid Media Composer 6 internal effects
    Internal Software Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software.
    Physical Installation Requires computer with a Thunderbolt port
    System Compatibility Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
    Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later
    Windows 8.1 or 10
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 5.2 x 1.5"

    Blackmagic Design BDLKULSDZMINMON reviews

    UltraStudio Mini Monitor Playback Device is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 64.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than Expected I was able to do a comparison of the live image from an Arri Alexa outputting Rec709 right next to the same image running thru Davinci Resolve 9 with their Arri LogC to Rec709 lut. The output images were exactly the same colors. I expected to have to set my TvLogic OLED up to different color settings for each scenario and that just wasn't the case. Great Item! Scott Digital Imaging Technician Hollywood
    Date published: 2012-12-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked on ROG PC Laptop:) I have one of the few PC laptops that have a Thuderbolt port - a Republic of Gamers (ROG)PC and this worked with it just fine. I am using Avid MC 8.5. The UltraStudio Mini output through HDMI and HD-SDI just fine. It runs a bit hot... One other note, when I went to load the software for this device, it required me to unload some of the other BM software I have on the system. After the Mini software was loaded, I went back and reloaded my other BM software and all works just fine...
    Date published: 2016-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Connecting to an LG OLED TV The Mini Monitor works fine but if you are connecting to a 2017 LG TV, the output from this box won't be recognized. I solved this by feeding the Mini Monitor into a cheap HDMI splitter and the TV then recognized the signal. BlackMagic tech support confirmed that I was running the latest drivers and that it SHOULD be working. And it does work fine with my Sony TV. But I learned from their forums that others were having issues with LG OLEDs and that this fix does the trick. Hopefully, BackMagic will update their software for the LG OLED's HDMI inputs, but until then the splitter trick is working great.
    Date published: 2017-09-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disgusting lack of support from Blackmag i only wish zero stars were possible. bought this (admittedly cheap) monitor to use with my 2014 mac pro. worked great for about 20 hours and then died completely. doesn't work on any machines.have submitted six support requests to blackmagic and spent 45 minutes on hold with their phone support and NOTHING. there has been ABSOLUTELY NO effort to address my non-working product. suggest avoiding this company's products based on this and other customer service (or lack thereof) experiences.
    Date published: 2014-08-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Constant Crash in FCP X We bought 4 iMacs and 4 UltraStudio Monitors. When using the monitors via SDI out to our Panasonic broadcast monitors we experience 15 - 20 crashes per day. The problem disappears when the Ultrastudio is unplugged. I have contacted BlackMagic a couple of times and I keep installing updates hoping for the best - but so far, nothing. I'm searching for another monitoring option. We used to use AJA Kona LHe and had great results, but PCI is no longer an option since we got the iMacs (without another piece of hardware that is...)
    Date published: 2017-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for a reference monitor in Davinci or FCPX great for using with Davinci Resolve or FCPX. If you have a 10bit monitor get this. But its not a second monitor (where you drag the mouse on and such). A 10 bit reference monitor really helped me take my color grading to the next level.
    Date published: 2017-03-26
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst experience ever and AWFUL support bought as a low cost solution for monitoring and grading since my acquisition is 100% card based and i do not need an input device. my first one stopped working while editing with a client and was embarrassing to say the least. bought a second one (HUGE MISTAKE) to fix the problem because budget was tight at the time and needed my client/grading monitor to be working again ASAP. once again this device FAILED me while editing with a client and will not work properly at all. when it was working it never would get rid of the silly vertical white line on the left edge of the frame, and would produce random red spots and flickering black lines on screen. on top of this when it does decide to crash, i have to leave FCP and force quit to get back to editing, add to this perhaps the WORST customer support from ANY company ive dealt with and you have a recipe for disaster. check their forums on this, there are NO answers to any questions and issues people have with this and other products, spend the extra whatever and get the AjA, yes you lose davinci grading, but the first time your product fails whilst with a client editing, the embarrassment and hassle wont be worth it anyway. this is not and should never be called a professional device, put it in the soccer mom section and take it out of pro video
    Date published: 2013-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value! Very happy with the product. Outputs 1080i/p at 10bit precision, very high quality playback and smooth, easy-to-use performance. Compatibility checked with: Final Cut Pro 7Final Cut XAvid Media Composer 6.5Da Vinci ResolveAfter Effects Wonderful piece of hardware for the price! Great for starting a home studio.
    Date published: 2012-12-18
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