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UltraStudio 4K Extreme

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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

Product Code: BMD-BDLKULSR4KEXTR

Suggested Retail Price £2,275+VAT

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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.

Blackmagic Design PCIe Cable Kit
PCIe Cable Kit

PCIe Cable Kit for Ultrastudio 4K Extreme

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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.

What's new in Desktop Video 10.10

  • Fix intermittent installation issue on macOS High Sierra preventing devices from being detected upon restart.
  • Ensure Desktop Video Utility settings are recalled after restart for some devices.
  • Fix occasional issue with DeckLink Quad where a sub-device may not be seen after restarting the computer.
  • Fix color shift when recording MJPEG files in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
  • Correct issue with DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G where pass-through video during capture was distorted for some pixel formats.
  • Ensure very long captures greater than 10 days in duration complete successfully.
  • General performance and stability improvements.

What's new in Desktop Video 10.9.12

New features for the Cintel Scanner

  • Introduces Compressed RAW LossLess and‭ ‬3:1‭ ‬for reduced file sizes.‭
  • Introduces entirely new image stabilizer.‭
  • Now fully crops for all file types for minimum file size.‭
  • Improves artifacts in highlights in negative film.‭
  • Updates to desktop video utility for Cintel devices.‭
  • Adds support for small film reels.‭
  • Slow advance added when holding frame advance buttons.‭
  • Introduces Cintel audio and keykode reader live audio preview.‭
  • Introduces optical audio equalization for flatter response with optical audio.‭
  • Aligns keykode to back edge of code instead of front edge.‭
  • Adds image flipping option when reading audio from negative.‭
  • General performance and stability improvements.

What's new in Desktop Video 10.9.10

  • Improve UltraStudio Mini Recorder compatibility with some cameras.
  • Fix playback and capture interruption when changing connector assignment on DeckLink Duo 2 and DeckLink Quad 2.
  • Fix intermittent issue where no audio samples are captured.
  • General performance and stability improvements for all models.
  • New features and fixes in Media Express 3.5.4:
    • Improve compatibility with files recorded with Blackmagic Design cameras and Duplicator 4K.
    • General performance and stability improvements.

Mac Updates

  • New features and fixes in Media Express 3.5.4:
    • Reduce high CPU usage during capture.
    • Fix H.265 capture file issue preventing playback in Quicktime Player on macOS Sierra and High Sierra.

Windows Updates

  • Fix issue preventing driver from loading on Windows 10.
  • Prevent accidental unloading of API library causing occasional application crash with H.264 Pro Recorder.
  • Improve general stability of Desktop Video installer package.
  • New features and fixes in Media Express 3.5.4:
    • Remove dependency on Quicktime SDK.
    • Fixed audio playing at varying speed in VLC with H.265 capture files.

Linux Updates

  • Fix installer errors on Ubuntu 16.04.
  • Ensure Desktop Video Helper daemon exits on shutdown.
  • New features and fixes in Media Express 3.5.4:
    • Added support for playback of ProRes files.
    • Fixed audio playing at varying speed in VLC with H.265 capture files.

Download the latest Firmware and Software

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

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