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Blackmagic DesignHyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder
 
4.0

(based on 80 reviews)

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    (38)

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    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (59)
  • Easy to set up (34)
  • Sleek design (24)
  • Reliable (22)
  • Compact (12)

Cons

  • Poor design (4)
  • Unreliable (4)
  • Lacks functionality (3)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Movies (16)
  • Television (11)
  • HD shooting (6)
  • Independent films (6)
  • In the studio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (37), Business owner (10), Enthusiast (8), Semi-pro (6), Professional artist (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (71)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Product, Despite Flaws

I purchased this product as part of testing a DNxHD production workflow for an upcoming project. I used a HDMI cable, A to C type connector, to record the signal from a Sony...Read complete review

I purchased this product as part of testing a DNxHD production workflow for an upcoming project. I used a HDMI cable, A to C type connector, to record the signal from a Sony NEX-VG20 onto a 256 GB SSD via the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2.First off, let me say that the quality is wonderful. The uncompressed 4:2:2, and the more economical DNxHD codec, are both fantastic in terms of quality and work natively in Davinci Resolve, which is what I intend to use for color grading.One minor con related to this is the fact that the codec can only be changed by connecting the Hyperdeck via USB and using the included software to change the record codec. While this isn't something that typically needs to be changed particularly quickly, it would have been nice to have some sort of dial to change the record format.Space, of course, is a problem when recording (for example), uncompressed 4:2:2 video in a Quicktime container. Performance in this regard was dramatically improved when I switched to DNxHD Quicktime -- although a 1:24 video still took up 1.74 GB. Clearly, these kind of formats are not for those with little storage space; however, that's not the Hyperdeck's fault. What could be improved, however, is the choice of recording media.The Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 records only to solid state drives. And while everything the company says about SSDs is true -- they are indeed faster and more durable than traditional spinning-disk hard drives -- the increased space requirements for the Hyperdeck make it difficult to buy enough SSD space for large projects. Perhaps in a world where a 512 GB SSD cost less then it does now, the Hyperdeck would be cost-effective. But the Atomos Ninja, its primary competition, ends up being cheaper in the long run when considering storage costs.This isn't to say that the Hyperdeck doesn't have its niche. For smaller projects that can use two 128 GB SSDs, swapping them out as they fill up and transferring them to a hard drive for editing, it would serve its purpose very well, and deliver reliability and excellent quality. However, I don't think the few cases in which SSDs will be required justifies the complete rejection of HDDs by Blackmagic.I also believe that the Hyperdeck is trying to force my footage to be 10-bit when my camera only records in 8-bit color depth. While I have no way of proving this, the Hyperdeck gives me no apparent method for finding out.Back to workflow, the files were recorded in 29.97 fps mov files, with pulldown. Having found no other way to do this, I used the Interpret Footage dialogue in Adobe After Effects to guess 3:2 pulldown to convert to 23.976, then rendered the files out again to a footage folder by adding each one to a composition. Those files were then graded in Resolve, from which I rendered proxies to edit with in Premiere, and then used a roundtrip workflow using XML files. Your workflow may be different, but this is what worked for me.As for physical notes about the product, mounting options were difficult (I did not purchase the mounting plate, and I wish a cold shoe mount was available -- although that would probably require a smaller product), and the glow of the buttons was difficult to see in broad daylight. I experienced no issues with the HDMI cable connection, but the internal battery had a very short lifespan. Some other reviews have claimed 1-2 hours, I doubt I even got that out of a single charge.Overall, in a short film production where small storage space can be used, in a place where AC power is readily available, and with mounting options sorted out, the Hyperdeck shuttle is incredibly useful. From my experimentation with it, I found no huge problems, but in a production environment, I would expect it to be something of a hassle. The video quality it produces is fantastic, but some of the logistics of its operation could stand to be ironed out better. Even so, it's a recommendable product, and if it turns out to be cheaper than the Ninja in the long run for your particular project, it's a good buy. It's also notable that it supports SDI, whereas the Ninja does not; the more expensive Atomos Samurai does. However, I did not get a chance to use the Hyperdeck's SDI inputs or outputs. I think another reviewer said that they're mini-SDI and require adapters, but I'm not familiar enough with the interface to know. If you use SDI, make sure this is what you want. And have fun color grading that 4:2:2 footage.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice in theory - but disappointing

After all the rave reviews and regular marketing programs from Blackmagic Design, I decided to try out their HyperDeck Shuttle for the purpose of capturing ProRes video for an important two week video shoot...Read complete review

After all the rave reviews and regular marketing programs from Blackmagic Design, I decided to try out their HyperDeck Shuttle for the purpose of capturing ProRes video for an important two week video shoot in remote desert locations.

Avoiding velcro, I invested in the Blackmagic mounting plate ($100) to attach this unit to my rig. It sat pretty well, was easy to connect, and controls were all simple enough. But in intensive use, this buying decision quickly became a disappointment:

The mini SDI connector broke before the unit was even used. The entire rig was transported with loving care and I am still at a loss at how such a critical part of this item could break so readily.
The charge time for the internal battery was barely sufficient for an hour's worth of shooting. Even with an overnight charge, getting an hour out of this unit was a stretch, and as it uses an internal battery external power supplies are needed in order to continue.
The HDMI cable, that was then plugged in as an alternative to the mini SDI cable, also got mangled for no apparent reason. The Hyperdeck Shuttle has play/record controls on one side (very difficult to see whether the controls are lit in direct sunlight), a slot for the SSD on one end, and the connectors on another side. So you have to sort of come at using this cumbersome piece of gear from three sides - awkward to say the least.
There is no knowing whether video is being captured apart from a flashing SSD light. The results you will not know until you can replay the video file. Also awkward.
Tried to connect with Blackmagic customer support and found it impossible to quickly reach anyone. What I DID find was many entries on various internet sites, all complaining of the same things I experienced.
At nearly $400 for this shuttle, plus $100 for the mounting plate, I can only write this off to a bad experience, and will be placing an order for an ATOMOS SAMURAI BLADE in the not too distant future.

Reviewed by 80 customers

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5.0

I have two of these. They work well.

By none

from Decatur, Il

Verified Buyer

Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

We use the HyperDeck as an on location recorder.

 
1.0

Don't waste time

By Matt

from Undisclosed

Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

Have to have hdmi to sdi to use. Black magic won't fix the issue with green tint over video.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not Great for Windows Users

By Stan

from North Stonington, CT

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Needs Expensive Cables
  • No Windows File Formats
  • Poor Status Display
  • Poor Support

Best Uses

    Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

    The recorder is compact and easy to use, but has several issues which make it more difficult to use than it needs to be. For example, the SDI inputs are mini-BNC connectors, which means that you need special (expensive) mini-BNC to standard BNC cables to connect with other gear. Secondly, there is no way to know what the recorder is doing other than a flashing light. Even then, it's hard to know what the light means, and the Blackmagic Design web site is almost useless for support - most of the support comes from other users. It's like they assume that you're already an expert on their equipment, and you shouldn't buy it unless you already know it inside out!

    Finally, and most importantly for the 90% of PC users running Windows, the HyperDeck only records in Apple's .mov format. There are no common secure players for the .mov format in Windows. Windows media player won't play .mov files, and even VLC, which will play almost anything, will play the video, but there will be no audio. Quicktime is the only commonly available player, but Quicktime is a security nightmare riddled with bugs that Apple refuses to fix. So, if you're a Mac user, this might be a good choice, but the rest of us should look elsewhere.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Just a heads up

    By Nick

    from Saint joseph

    Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

    Great devise.

    Gets really hot.

    Does not record 4K.

    Great product none the less.

     
    4.0

    Good functionality, questionable design decisions

    By aj52

    from Westport, CT

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Travel

      Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

      I've been a Blackmagic Design fan for a couple of years since buying an Intensity Extreme for my home studio. I needed a recorder to give me backups from my FS100, so I looked at the Sony solution (128GB on the camera) and others, and chose this one based on good experiences with BMD and the price/performance benefits of using standard SSDs. I also liked the idea of being able to record uncompressed. I've used that feature on the Intensity Extreme to record to my hard drive, but it quickly uses up my available space.

      The shuttle is relatively easy to use, but it would be great if we could switch from uncompressed to compressed without having to connect it to a computer. The bigger concern is potential damage to the SDI connectors, which stick out like delicate sore thumbs on the side of the case. The case itself seems to be rugged, but I think it's only a matter of time before one of the SDI connectors gets snagged on something. With no case, or protective cover, it would have been nice to make these recessed or removable (especially for those of us who are using HDMI). I'm taking it on a road trip tomorrow and still haven't figured out how to protect it in transit.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works great but SSDs MUST have TRIM enabled!

      By Ted Bragg

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Enable Trim On Ssds

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

        The Hyperdeck records just fine, and if you use the white-listed SSDs you won't have any issues. BUT there is one little thing they don't tell you:

        SSDs must have TRIM enabled. Basically, it's an optimized method the SSD uses to write data and extends the life of the drive. Without TRIM, the HDS will drop frames and a/v sync drifts.

        To enable TRIM, you must use a SATA connection; USB adapters (USB2 or USB3) will not allow TRIM to be turned on. You must plug it into the SATA cable coming from the computer's motherboard. Mac users you're out of luck on this one. :-( There are various free utilities that can enable TRIM.

        Once TRIM is turned on, the HDS works great. Without it, a nightmare. The cool thing is that once you turn TRIM on, you don't have to do it again.

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        4.0

        Solid device for the money

        By Huntson

        from Rockville Centre, NY

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Broadcast
          • HD Shooting

          Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

          I can't get over what BlackMagic is able to cram into such a small device. Only real drawback is the inability to switch between codecs without connecting the unit to a computer. I'm guessing, considering how long it takes switching codecs via the unitlity, that there is only room on the device for one codec at a time so that's the limitation. A screen would be nice to but for the price I'll let that pass.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Great bang for the buck

          By Leif

          from Seattle

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

              I like my first one so good I bought a second one. You really can't go wrong at this price. Very reliable, easy to use, and a great feature set for the money. Highly recommended.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Tremendous value

              By Peter T.

              from Edmonton,Alberta

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting

                Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                I use this product with my canon 5d mark iii with an hdmi output. The quality compared to the compressed cannon format is exceptional.
                Even this only does 30p (I am considering investing in the 60p unit when it comes out), for the money, you cant beat the value.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great video recorder, BUT not audio

                By Vassko

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                • No Audio

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Nba
                • Sports
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                The only reason I give this recorder a 4 star rating is because it does not record audio! Great video quality, compact, good battery, but no audio.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                One of my favorite Blackmagic devices

                By Landmark

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                  use for video recording, i like the unit very much with just a HTMI or SDI cable I can capture content.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  "Great little recorder/converter combo"

                  By Bryan

                  from Chattanooga

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Back-up Recording
                    • Documentaries

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                    Works great for recording uncompressed video, compressed video, or even for use as a HDMI-SDI or SDI-HDMI convertor. Use it to capture ProRES HQ compressed files ready to edit with Final Cut X. Added bonus is use as a converter, as needed, to cross between HD-SDI and HDMI.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Does a very good job of recording video

                    By randall

                    from north central Alabama

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Simple

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                    I use this to record DNxhd MXF from a Canon camcorder. Very compact, SSD drives are cheap (relatively) and I can edit directly from the drive. Battery life could be longer,.An auxiliary battery pack is a good accessory for this

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent recording quality

                    By runningshush

                    from Mexico City

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                      I've been using the shuttle 2 recorder for three weeks and I'm very impressed by the quality of it's recording. I'm usually recording directly from an ATEM Tv Studio via HDMI as I didn't have the right SDI cables. Apart from that I haven't had any issue and I'm very satisfied with this device so far.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Hyper Deck

                      By Alex

                      from Milford PA

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                      Simple and reliable.

                       
                      5.0

                      It's Black Magic Quality!

                      By Alin

                      from Romania

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                        is a smart and inexpensive device. It can also be used on DSLR camera, ssd hard drives are cheaper than SD cards, and access speed much higher.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        Small recorder, with battery

                        By winchmonkey

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                            I use the recorder to test video sources. It has worked quite well, and is very simple to use. Recording uncompressed HD uses up the disk space fast, so make sure you also get a large hard drive to go with it. Blackmagic has a list of preferred disks that have been tested to be fast enough. Changing recording setup does require connecting it to a computer using usb.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Nice addition to toolbox

                            By jpheiser

                            from Birmingham, AL

                            About Me Editor

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                                We bought this for the purpose of creating accurate master files of our video projects, bypassing any gamma or other level issues with QuickTime. The box works great. We'll also use it as a field recorder, but our first occasion for that use hasn't come up yet.One gotcha: the Hyperdeck does have SDI connectors, but they are not old-style BNCs - rather they are RED camera-style connectors. If you're going to use SDI, be sure to look on the suggested accessories list and pickup a couple of adapter cables.One other gotcha: the QuickTime files it records have a single 16-channel mono audio track, and this is not currently configurable. Using QuickTime Pro, there is a workaround.Also, there is a DISP button which would give you the idea that you can set display options. That button is currently inactive, which is in the documentation, but just a heads-up on that.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                muy buena compra

                                By AdriJBR

                                from Bogota Colombia

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                                Cumplio todas las espectativas

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                It can be tricky for computers

                                By Basis

                                from Salt Lake City

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder:

                                I've been using it for about 2 weeks. I'm using it to record computer screens for high performance graphics applications, so that there is no performance impact on the system. Also, it allows me to carry it around to capture different computers, without another host computer, or even power adapter if the recording is short, thanks to its built-in battery. However, it took me a while to figure out how to use it with different graphics cards on PCs. Here is a summary of what I learned. First, HDMI is the preferred interface. But only YCbCr output can be correctly interpreted. For RGB output, the content becomes green and unusable. For different graphics card manufacturers, switching to YCbCr may or may not be automatic. So, it's crucial to make sure the setting is set to YCbCr in graphics card control panels. Second, DVI doesn't support YCbCr. At least I never had luck with DVI. If you have an old graphics card without HDMI or displayport, an adapter won't help. Last, displayport is tricky, as theoretically it should support YCbCr output, assuming you get the correct adapter. There are two types of adapters convert displayport to HDMI format, active and passive. I tried both on NVidia and AMD cards. Only the passive adapter works. I think the passive adapter makes the graphics card believe the connected device is a true HDMI device, thus enabling YCbCr output. The active adapter only supports RGB and is not good for Hyperdeck.

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