Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder

Compact SDI and HDMI Capture

Suggested List Price: £115+VAT

Product Code: BMD-BDLKULSDZMINREC

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Capturing very high quality video direct onto a Thunderbolt-based computer system has never been as easy as this. No power supply needed, no speed issues. The Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder captures in your preferred codec and supports Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro editing programs. If your camcorder is restricted to a 24Mb/s, 35Mb/s or 8-bit 50Mb/s ceiling, the Mini Recorder can record at higher bitrates - including uncompressed - for the best quality pictures and chromakey results.

For recording direct to a computer for fast turnaround editing, this is a great and inexpensive solution. 

Blackmagic Mini Recorder and Monitor

Blackmagic Mini Recorder and Monitor With thanks to BroadcastShow

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The new tiny Blackmagic Design devices for Thunderbolt systems. Monitor anywhere there's an HDMI screen with Mini Monitor. Record to hard disk with Mini Recorder.

The UltraStudio Mini Recorder that fits in the pocket. UltraStudio Mini Recorder is super tiny and includes just SDI and HDMI connections, plus Thunderbolt. Simply plug in and record from any SDI and HDMI device for the most incredible portable solution.

  • SDI and HDMI capture
  • Thunderbolt™ Connection
  • Portable solution

Advanced Workflow

The UltraStudio Mini's are the solution you need when doing SD and HD work that demand quality. If you're editing with Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro then you get high quality and an extremely portable design, perfect for editing on location. UltraStudio takes care of moving your media in and out of your computer so it's perfect for modern file based workflows. UltraStudio is powered via the Thunderbolt connection so it powers from your laptop battery.

Attractive Portable Design

UltraStudio Mini Recorder includes only a single HDMI and SDI connection so it's the tiniest way to capture video available.

World's Highest Quality Connections

UltraStudio is the perfect capture device for your work now and well into the future. Connect all your I/O devices with SD/HD-SDI, HDMI with 8 channels of embedded audio. SDI and HDMI are fully digital connections and are amazing quality.

The Power of Thunderbolt™

Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt™ technology, UltraStudio has a blazingly fast 10 Gb/s connection that’s up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. That’s enough bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily! Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization, making the UltraStudio ideal for demanding HD work. Thunderbolt also has the power budget to allow UltraStudio to operate from the Thunderbolt connections, so it can operate from your laptop battery, perfect for on location or remote areas. UltraStudio makes it easy to work with all the video formats you need, conveniently on your desktop or notebook computer.

Unmatched Quality


Now you can handle any job your client presents to you, from TV to feature films. UltraStudio operates with both compressed and uncompressed video, so it can handle anything and you're not locked into a single codec quality. When working with uncompressed video, all captured images are a perfect pixel-for-pixel clone of the source, without any generational loss or damaging compression, so you have the confidence you’re working at the absolute highest quality possible. Get the sharpest green screens, cleanest compositions, superior colour correction and more! With mature drivers, award winning Media Express software, attractive design, and the highest quality video.

Advanced Video Technology

UltraStudio Mini models might be low cost, but they include the same advanced video technology that other companies charge tens of thousands of dollars for. You get low jitter SDI video that meets broadcast specifications and instantly switches between standard definition and high definition. That means you can use it for anything. The included HDMI connections adhere to the latest versions of the HDMI standard so you eliminate HDMI incompatibilities. Both SDI and HDMI include multiple channels of embedded audio as well as ancillary data such as RP-188.

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 Mini Recorder
  • Software CD