Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device

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Product Highlights

  • Capture Aspect of Capture/Playback Card
  • Transfers Video from Camera to Computer
  • SDI, HDMI, Thunderbolt / Embedded Audio
  • Captures Live Feeds and Playback Feeds
  • 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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  • 1Description

The Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device is a very interesting and a highly useful device that Blackmagic has put out there. It is the "capture" 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 Recorder only performs the first of these functions.

The point of capturing, as opposed to just unloading the camera's memory card into a computer, is to transfer the highest quality footage possible. A capture and playback device does such in two ways: one -- by capturing a live feed from a camera, as the camera is doing the filming, in which case footage is captured directly from the camera's sensor, bypassing any compression of the footage and transferring pure, uncompressed footage; or two -- by capturing from a camera's playing back of the footage it already recorded (stored). In the second option, the footage got compressed upon the camera's recording it, since a memory card has nowhere near the storage space necessary to store without compressing. In the camera's playing the footage back, to be viewed, for example, on its own LCD screen, the footage gets uncompressed -- the 1s and 0s that got packed together in the compression get let out of their cage so that they can form images, with only some 1s and 0s having been permanently lost when the compression happened, but with the loss of those 1s and 0s being hardly noticeable since compression algorithms are so exotic that they achieve a "lossless" compression. So, the footage that got uncompressed in playback gets captured by the capture and playback device and transferred to a computer in uncompressed form. In either of the above scenarios, upon the footage's being delivered to a computer, the application that you accept the footage into will let you select the codec to compress the footage into again, and then you can edit the footage and hopefully keep it in that same codec for the length of its stay in your editing system. The Mini Recorder performs exactly as just described. The alternative, unloading from your camera's memory card, experiences more loss in quality than can be achieved by capturing.

Included as a free download with your purchase is Blackmagic's Media Express software, which you're free to use to accept and encode incoming footage. Mini Recorder connects to your camera by HDMI or SDI and outputs to your computer by Thunderbolt (so you need a Thunderbolt-equipped computer, such as any recent Mac).

So, if you want to capture the best quality footage possible, and you don't need the other characteristics of a capture and playback device, then UltraStudio Mini Recorder 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 "playback" aspect instead, please check out the UltraStudio Mini Monitor).

The "Capture" Aspect of a Capture and Playback Device
Connect to your camera by HDMI or SDI and output your footage to a computer by Thunderbolt to get the best quality footage possible into your editing system

3 Gb/s SDI Input
SDI input connection for decks, routers and cameras so you can record amazing quality 10-bit video in SD and HD

HDMI Input
HDMI input for amazing quality record direct from cameras, and set top boxes and gaming consoles

Thunderbolt Connection
Get blazing speeds for recording SD and HD up to 1080iHD
In the Box
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device
  • Media Express Software
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    SDI Video Input 1x 10-bit SD/HD switchable
    HDMI Video Input 1x HDMI type A connector
    SDI Audio Input 8 channels embedded in SD and HD
    HDMI Audio Input 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
    Copy Protection HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources
    Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content
    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 10.7 Lion or later, and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
    (If you encounter incompatibility issues with updated versions of OS X, please download the newest driver for the recorder from http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support.)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 5.1 x 1.6"

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