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Blackmagic Design Ultimatte 12 | Multi-definition keyer

Blackmagic Design

Ultimatte 12

Multi-definition keyer

Product Code: BMD-ULTMKEY12

Suggested Retail Price £7,819+VAT

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Kit List

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  • Advanced real time compositing processor with 12G-SDI designed for live keying
  • High performance 12G-SDI design gives you the power to work in UltraHD and HD with sub pixel processing for amazing image quality
  • Realistic Augmented Reality
    Incredible new realistic layer mode for compositing coloured "glass look" objects
  • One Touch Keying
    Automatic scene analysis for incredibly fast keys
  • Shadows and Transparency
    Key and composite images with shadows and transparency
  • Highest Quality Connections
    Connect to SDI equipment in HD and Ultra HD
  • 1 Rack Unit Size


  • SDI Video Inputs: 7, plus monitor in
  • SDI Video Outputs: 9
  • SDI Video Loop: 7 x reclocked SD, HD, Ultra HD for corresponding inputs
  • SDI Rates: 270Mb, 1.5G, 3G, 6G, 12G multi rate support
  • Reference Input: Tri-Sync or Black Burst
  • Reference Loop Output: Tri-Sync or Black Burst
  • Control Panel Connection: Ethernet supports 10/100Mbps. Allows direct connection between Ultimatte 12 and Ultimatte Smart Remote 4
  • GPIO: 5 x GPI In; 1 x GPI Out; 1 x Tally In


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The all new Ultimatte 12 is more than the world’s best keyer, it’s an advanced real time compositing processor designed for the next generation of broadcast graphics. Ultimatte 12 features entirely new algorithms and colour science that deliver true photorealistic composites. You get incredible edge handling, greater colour separation, amazing colour fidelity and better spill suppression than ever before, even in dark shadow areas or through transparent objects such as windows. The high performance 12G-SDI design gives you the power to work in Ultra HD and HD with sub pixel processing for amazing image quality. Imagine presenting the weather, sports, news and entertainment in a cinematic quality environment, all composited in real time.

Live Broadcast, Television and Film Production

Add augmented reality and virtual environments to any broadcast

Whether you’re working in broadcast news, sports, traditional television and film production, or even magazine style entertainment programming, Ultimatte 12 has the quality for incredibly life-like composites that place your talent into any scene. Ultimatte 12 can work with both fixed cameras and static backgrounds, or automated virtual set systems. You can also use Ultimatte 12 to layer computer generated augmented reality objects into a scene, complete with realistic transparency that your talent can walk behind. Ultimatte 12 is also perfect for on set pre visualization in television and film production because it lets actors and directors see the virtual sets while they’re shooting against a green screen.

Broadcast Quality Keyer

Add an Ultimatte 12 to every camera for the highest quality keys

When you’re working live and have multiple cameras shooting from different angles, it’s common for the green or blue screen to suffer from variations. The keyers built into live production switchers use the same keying parameters for all cameras, which complicates keying and image quality because each camera sees the green screen a little differently. Ultimatte 12 eliminates these problems with incredible new technology at an affordable price so it’s now possible to add keyers to every camera. That ensures you always get the best possible key. With the power of a dedicated keyer on every camera, Ultimatte 12 is perfect for live broadcast news, weather, sports, virtual studios and more.

Realistic Augmented Reality

Incredible new realistic layer mode for compositing coloured "glass look" objects

Adding translucent objects, such as coloured or tinted glass and computer graphics, is virtually impossible with a traditional keyer. That’s because you can’t subtract a blue or green screen out of a semi-transparent coloured object without changing the object’s original colour. Now, with Ultimatte 12, you get a revolutionary new “realistic” layer compositing mode that lets you add tinted objects on top of the foreground image for a whole new generation of realistic translucent glass look broadcast graphics. This means that when you look through the object, or your talent walks behind it, the tinted colours are accurately preserved, making the shot look completely realistic.

One Touch Keying

Automatic scene analysis for incredibly fast keys

When it comes to live production, you need to work fast. Ultimatte 12 features one touch keying technology that analyzes a scene and automatically sets over a 100 parameters so you get great keys without having to do a lot of extra work. The first step is to ensure your scene is well lit and that the cameras are properly white balanced, then you simply activate the auto key and Ultimatte will do all the work for you. One touch keying is dramatically faster and helps you accurately pull a key with minimum effort. That leaves your operators free to focus on the overall program with less distractions, while Ultimatte 12 takes care of the rest.

Advanced Image Processing

New algorithms and expanded internal colour space

Ultimatte 12 features new, incredibly advanced image processing algorithms and a huge internal colour space. It automatically generates internal mattes so different parts of the image can be processed separately based on the colours in each area. It’s like having the power of multiple Ultimatte keyers all working together on the same image. You get fine edge detail where it’s needed the most, like on hair, and smoother transitions between colours or other objects in the scene. Everything is handled by new math and sub pixel processing that’s designed for incredible quality and clarity in both HD and Ultra HD.

Incredible Colour Fidelity

Faithfully reproduce bright colours that were impossible before

With Ultimatte 12, you get new advanced flare, edge and transition processing so you can remove the background, without affecting the colours you want to keep. What this means is you’ll be able to retain and faithfully reproduce colours that are impossible on other keyers, such as a bright yellow dress in front of a green screen. Ultimatte 12 is smart enough to isolate and treat different parts of the image separately, while also keeping the colour transitions between areas smooth. You get the highest quality compositing, so the final output looks photorealistic. Unlike other keyers, Ultimatte 12 delivers crisp clear images with vibrant colours that pop.

Shadows and Transparency

Key and composite images with shadows and transparency

The improved flare algorithms in Ultimatte 12 can remove green tinting and spill from anything, which is one of the reasons why Ultimatte 12 creates true, realistic looking virtual environments. That also means you don’t have to worry about shadows or transparent objects with reflections. Ultimatte 12 automatically samples the colours, creates seamless mattes for walls, floors and other parts of the image, and then applies the necessary corrections. Shadows are properly mapped and composited onto the new background, spill is removed, and transparent objects are handled with perfection.

Dedicated Compositing Inputs

Ultimatte 12 features 7 different input connections with loop outputs that are used to composite different elements together. These include foreground and background, along with holdout and garbage mattes, as well as additional layer inputs for superimposing additional images over the composited image. Ultimatte 12 even lets you use sources that are not synchronized when working with static shots.


Source input containing the new background such as a virtual set feed or matte painting.


Used to displace opaque areas in the background so foreground elements can appear behind them.


Used when overshooting to composite a virtual set into the shot that is larger than the green or blue screen.


Foreground input connector for attaching your source camera. This is the talent feed for your Ultimatte.


The hold out matte input is used to define areas in the image that are not to be composited.


Downstream keyer input that allows you to superimpose additional sources over the foreground.


This input connection is for the matte that coincides with the downstream keyer layer input.


Displays the final output with background, foreground and layers all composited together.

Advanced 12G-SDI

Designed for Ultra HD and compatible with everything

The advanced 12G-SDI connections on Ultimatte 12 go far beyond those found on other keyers. Only 12G-SDI gives you high frame rate Ultra HD via a single BNC connection that also plugs into all of your regular HD equipment. That means Ultimatte 12 is compatible with virtually all SD, HD, 3G, 6G and 12G-SDI equipment, and supports all HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60. You can use Ultimatte 12 with your HD cameras today and switch to Ultra HD when you’re ready.

Blackmagic Design Smart Remote 4
Smart Remote 4

Remote Control for Ultimatte

New launches at ISE 2020

Here's an overview of our vendors exhibiting at ISE 2020. Please call us on +44 (0)1457 851000 if you would like to book a stand tour with one of our manufacturers. BLACKMAGIC DESIGN HALL 3, STAND C140 The Video Assist 12G 5” and 7” monitor recorders are now shipping. The original HD versions were incredibly popular with AV technicians who wanted to verify SDI and HDMI feeds and check waveform levels. For production teams, their 4K HDR capture makes them a superb on-camera SD card recorder. The ATEM Mini is a very small, cost-effective 4 channel HDMI video switcher with streaming output. Great as a portable mixer or a signal switcher, it’s being adopted by everyone from conference producers to AV technicians looking for simple HDMI switching.

Major announcements from Blackmagic Design

Not just some new products and technical updates from Blackmagic Design. No, these are major new products and massive technical updates.

What's new in Ultimatte 1.2

  • Lighting feature for Ultimatte 12
  • Window skew for Ultimatte 12
  • Support for Rec.2020 color space for Ultimatte 12
  • Audio and timecode passthrough for Ultimatte 12
  • Dual cursors visible simultaneously for Ultimatte 12
  • Increased range of Foreground Input Frame Delay for Ultimatte 12
  • General performance and stability improvements

What's new in Ultimatte 1.1

  • Adds 3G SDI Level A support for Ultimatte 12
  • General performance and stability updates

What's new in Ultimatte 1.0

  • Support for the new Blackmagic Ultimatte 12!

Download the latest Firmware and Software

  • Ultimatte 12 processor
  • SD card contains software and manual

Also Consider

Blackmagic Design Smart Remote 4
Blackmagic Design Smart Remote 4

Remote Control for Ultimatte

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