Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme

Advanced rack mount Thunderbolt and PCIe capture and playback for SD, HD, Ultra HD, and DCI 4K up to 60p, including 4:4:4 and dual channel 3D stereoscopic support

Suggested List Price: £2,275+VAT

Product Code: BMD-BDLKULSR4KEXTR

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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme @ BVE 2016

  • Advanced rack mount Thunderbolt and PCIe capture and playback
  • SD, HD, Ultra HD, and DCI 4K up to 60p, including 4:4:4 and dual channel 3D stereoscopic support
  • Features 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0, analogue video connections, timecode, analogue XLR and AES/EBU audio
  • Built in hardware encoder for H.265 and ProRes on Mac OS X
  • Operating Systems: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later | Windows 7 or Windows 8

Advanced rack mount Thunderbolt and PCIe capture and playback for SD, HD, Ultra HD, and DCI 4K up to 60p, including 4:4:4 and dual channel 3D stereoscopic support
12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 so you can work with the latest high frame rate Ultra HD and 4K formats, along with analogue video connections, timecode, analogue XLR and AES/EBU audio, plus a built in hardware encoder for H.265 and ProRes on Mac OS X.

When you need the ultimate capture and playback solution then UltraStudio 4K Extreme is the perfect choice as its most powerful video capture and playback product available. It features the latest, most advanced 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connections for working with high frame rate 60 frame per second, deep 12-bit colour images at massive 4K resolutions, even in stereoscopic! It also includes a wider range of analogue and digital connections than any other UltraStudio model so it can be used with virtually any camera, deck, router or display. For even higher performance, you can connect UltraStudio 4K Extreme to your computer using the PCIe connection so you can work with super high resolution, deep 12-bit RGB and 4K stereoscopic 3D files. Or use the built in ProRes hardware encoder when running on Mac OS X to reduce data rates so you can edit large 4K files even on laptops.

Built In Hardware Video Encoding

The UltraStudio 4K Extreme model features a built in multi format hardware encoder that lets you capture to H.265 and ProRes files. H.265 is quickly becoming the compression standard for distributing Ultra HD content online, and ProRes is the world’s most popular post production format. When selected for ProRes on Mac OS X, the built in hardware encoder encodes the video in real time allowing you to go beyond the speed of Thunderbolt because high resolution and high frame rate video can be compressed internally and then only the lower data rate ProRes data is transferred over the Thunderbolt connection. Realtime ProRes encoding also means you can capture higher resolution formats on slower computers, like laptops, that normally wouldn’t be able to handle them, dramatically lowering the cost and speed requirements of your workstations.

UltraStudio 4K Extreme features Quad Link 12G-SDI working with 2160p60 over a single cable, or even Dual Link or Quad Link SDI. Also includes HDMI 2.0, analogue component, 4 channel XLR analogue and 2 channels AES/EBU digital audio, timecode, reference and serial deck control. Connects via Thunderbolt or with an optional PCIe adapter for higher frame rates and 4K RGB workflows.

The Power of Thunderbolt™
Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt™ technology, UltraStudio uses a blazingly fast single cable connection to your computer that has the bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily! Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization for the highest quality capture and playback. UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models are powered via the Thunderbolt connection so they are extremely portable. The high performance UltraStudio 4K and UltraStudio 4K Extreme models feature double speed Thunderbolt 2 with loop thru and 6G-SDI or 12G-SDI, making them ideal for demanding 3D stereoscopic workflows, Ultra HD and DCI 4K.

What's new in Desktop Video 10.9.7

Fixes for DeckLink Duo 2 and DeckLink Quad 2:

  • Remove scaling of vertical blanking data during internal keying.
  • Fix occasional stability issues when outputting custom VANC data during playback.
  • Ensure AV sync remains consistent across reboots.

Fixes on DeckLink 4K Extreme:

  • Restore timecode pass-through when keying.
  • Remove scaling of vertical blanking data during internal keying.

Other fixes and improvements:

  • Fix audio and video dropouts during playback with USB 3.0 devices.
  • Fix intermittent system crash when switching between HDMI and SDI inputs on DeckLink Micro Recorder.
  • Fix occasional capture issue in Adobe Premiere CC in UHD modes.
  • General performance and stability improvements for all models.

What's new in Desktop Video 10.9.5

New features and fixes on UltraStudio 4K:

  • Support for keying in 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60.
  • Support for 3G-SDI level A in 1080p23.93 to 1080p30.
  • Improved support for 3D modes over HDMI.
  • Improved genlock support.
  • Fix intermittent distortion on LCD screen during playback.
  • Fix audio playback compatibility issue with some monitors.

Fix on DeckLink 4K Extreme:

  • Fix issue causing alpha channel to be clipped while keying.

Other fixes and improvements:

  • Fix stability issues on computers using Xeon E5 v4 CPUs.
  • Fix intermittent Final Cut Pro X crash.
  • Fix H.264 Pro Recorder and ATEM TV Studio not detected by software.
  • Reinstate missing device control selection in Adobe Premiere CC.
  • General performance and stability improvements for all models.

Disk Speed Test 3.1.1:

  • Improve support for faster disks.

What's new in Desktop Video 10.9.4

Changes for Cintel Film Scanner:

  • Introduces support for the Cintel Audio and KeyKode Reader.
  • Support for new Blackmagic Desktop Video software.
  • Improves support for frames per second in metadata.
  • Improves download speed of firmware.
  • Various general improvements and bug fixes.

Download the latest Firmware and Software

  • UltraStudio 4K Extreme
  • Software SD card
  • Resolve Lite SD card

Blackmagic launches its latest range of products at NAB

Blackmagic Design have once again surprised everyone with the launch of 3 incredible new cameras, updated an already outstanding colour correction system AND launched a range of 12G-SDI mini converters among other things.