Video Monitors

Video Assist

Blackmagic Design

Video Assist

High resolution, 5 inch monitor for perfect focus and framing and recording


Product Discontinued

Replaced by

Blackmagic Design Video Assist 5" 3G
Video Assist 5" 3G

5" LCD monitor with 3G‑SDI and HDMI connections

  • Adds professional monitoring and high quality recording to any camera
  • SDI and HDMI inputs - connect to any video camera or DSLR’s
  • 5” full resolution HD monitor - perfect focus and framing
  • Professional ProRes and DNxHD recorder
  • Uses high speed SD cards
  • Formats compatible with modern NLE software
  • Touchscreen - allows settings, histogram, audio meters, timecode display and much more
  • Slots for dual LP-E6 batteries


Warranty information available from Blackmagic Design's website

Now it’s easy to add professional monitoring and recording to your camera with the Blackmagic Video Assist! With a bright 5 inch high resolution 1920 x 1080 monitor, Blackmagic Video Assist can be added to any camera to ensure perfect focus and framing. The built in recorder uses high speed SD cards to record professional ProRes and DNxHD files with incredible quality and 10 bit color depth! Blackmagic Video Assist works with any camera where you need better monitoring and more professional high quality file recording.

Shoot Better Video
See and capture every detail with confidence.

Whether it’s a wedding, an indie film, or a television commercial, you need to make sure your images are perfectly sharp and captured at the highest possible quality, no matter what type of camera you use. The Blackmagic Video Assist works with everything from DSLR’s to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras. When you’re shooting a wedding, there’s only one chance to get it right and if you’re an indie filmmaker, you want your film to look as good as a Hollywood movie when projected at festivals. The Blackmagic Video Assist helps you make sure every shot is in focus and gives you professional images with the quality used by major motion pictures and prime time TV shows.

Professional HD Recorder
10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD recording

The Blackmagic Video Assist records your video at the highest 10-bit 4:2:2 quality, which means that you get incredible color, clarity and detail. Files are recorded on fast, inexpensive and readily available SD cards and saved as standard ProRes HQ or DNxHD files so you can start editing immediately without having to convert the files. Recording is automatically triggered on your Blackmagic Video Assist using your video camera’s start/stop button, so you can remain focused on getting the shot without having to worry about operating additional gear.

Better Monitoring
Super bright and clear HD display

The Blackmagic Video Assist has a bright 5 inch 1920 x 1080 high resolution display so you don’t have to carry extra on set monitors and scopes. You can mount it on cameras as a large monitor for the crew, hand it to the cinematographer for composing the shot, or set it in front of the director to review each take. The screen has a wide 135º viewing angle, which means it’s easy to see, even when several crew members are watching. Plus, the image auto rotates so no matter which way you set it up your cables always plug into the side you need them to. You can view any SD or HD format and, since it includes a 6G-SDI connection, you can even monitor Ultra HD.

Easy Touchscreen Controls
Use simple tap and swipe gestures to make adjustments.

The built in monitor is also an interactive touchscreen that makes setting up the Blackmagic Video Assist incredibly intuitive. All of the functions are at your fingertips allowing you to use simple swipe gestures to display camera information, change settings and evaluate audio and video levels. The elegant heads up display is a semi transparent overlay that let’s you change recording formats or view the current input frame rate, histogram, audio meters, timecode, and more, all while still keeping your eyes on the shot.

Portable All-In-One Design
Integrated on set monitoring and recording

Designed to be durable and light weight, Video Assist is incredibly small yet still incorporates a bright 5 inch 1920 x 1080 LCD monitor and touchscreen. It includes a built in high speed SD recorder and space for two rechargeable batteries which are hot swappable so you always have a battery to keep the shoot going. You can use the mounting points to attach it to the top of a camera or use the built in kick stand to set it up on a table. It’s even comfortable enough to hold in your hands so you can pass it around to crew members, letting everyone from the cinematographer to the boom operator see the shot.

Video, Audio and Power Connections
Connect to professional cameras, camcorders and DSLR’s

The compact design of the Blackmagic Video Assist includes HDMI and 6G-SDI inputs so you can record from virtually any video camera or DSLR. The loop through output lets you monitor on larger HD broadcast displays or HDMI projectors. Audio can be monitored from the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and for studio shoots, the 12V universal power supply gives you continuous operation. When you’re on location the two side by side LP-E6 battery slots let you go completely mobile and give you enough power for longer shoots.

High Speed SD Card
Low cost, high performance storage

The built in recorder uses SD memory cards which are even fast enough to capture and playback high frame rate 1080 HD video at 60 frames per second! That means you can use low cost removable media that’s less than $1 per GB. SD cards are readily available and allow you to record up to 3 hrs of 1080p24 ProRes HQ on a single 256GB card! By connecting the Blackmagic Video Assist to your existing camera, you can eliminate proprietary and expensive media such as XDCAM, P2 and SxS. SD cards can even be mounted directly on your computer, so you don’t have to deal with external card readers or docking units.

Work with Professional Software
Record files that are ready for editing and grading

The Blackmagic Video Assist captures ProRes 422 HQ and Avid DNxHD MXF files which are the most widely accepted post production video formats in the world. If you are working with popular editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer, you can start editing and color correcting without having to transcode or convert the files. Since it comes bundled with DaVinci Resolve Lite, you can begin editing and creating looks on set! Even motion graphics and visual effects artists using software like Fusion and After Effects, or sound editors using ProTools can easily work with the files for fantastic collaboration.

Blackmagic Design Video Assist Power Supply
Video Assist Power Supply

Power Supply for the Video Assist

Blackmagic Design Mini SDI Cable Adapter
Mini SDI Cable Adapter

Cable - Din 1.0/2.3 to BNC Female

Batteries and Power Supplies

Blackmagic Design Micro Power Pack
Hahnel Micro Power Pack

LP-E6 Style Battery and Charger Kit

Memory Cards

Wise Advanced SD2-128U3
Wise Advanced SD2-128U3

128GB SDXC UHS-II Memory Card

Wise Advanced SD2-64U3
Wise Advanced SD2-64U3

64GB SDXC UHS-II Memory Card

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Wooden Camera Dual Directors Monitor Cage v3
Wooden Camera Dual Directors Monitor Cage v3

Monitor Cage for two LCD Displays v3

What SD cards should I use with the Blackmagic Video Assist?

It is important to use high speed UHS-1 SD cards. These are some SD cards which Blackmagic have tested using ProRes HQ.

The following SD cards will record at a maximum of 1080p60 and are recommended when using HFS+ or exFAT:

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB SDSDXP-016G-A46
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDSDXP-032G-A46
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDSDXP-064G-A46
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SDSDXP-128G-A46
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB SDSDXP-256G-A46
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 512GB SDSDXP-512G-A46

The following SD cards will record at a maximum of 1080i60 using HFS+ or exFAT:

  • Lexar Professional SD XC 600x 128GB
  • DelkinDevices 633x 8GB

The following SD cards will record at a maximum of NTSC using HFS+ or exFAT:

  • SanDisk Ultra SD HC 8GB
  • SanDisk SD HC 8GB
  • Transcend SD HC 8GB

The following SD cards are discontinued and are not recommended for recording on Blackmagic Video Assist:

  • Panasonic SDHC Gold Series 16GB
  • Panasonic SDHC Gold Series 32GB

Important Notes About SD Card Speed

Please ensure your chosen SD card is UHS-1 only. The above list are the SD cards that Blackmagic have currently tested, however there are many other available SD cards which will be compatible. It’s worth testing your card’s speed using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test to accurately measure whether your SD card will be able to record at the rate you require. Blackmagic Disk Speed Test uses data to simulate the storage of video so you can get results similar to what you’ll see when capturing video to an SD card.

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.

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.

EOSHD: Blackmagic Video Assist Review by EOSHD

It's a superb recorder built into a first rate 5" monitor. There are specific areas where it goes over and above what is expected for $495. The twin 6G SDIs are one example. The fact it takes a 4K Ultra HD signal and down-convertsit to beautiful oversampled clean 10bit 1080p ProRes is fantastic. The quality of the 1920x1080p display and touch screen user interface are other areas it goes beyond. As a species it seems the affordable field monitor/recorder has reached its zenith with the BMD Video Assist
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ProVideo Coalition: Blackmagic Video Assist Review by Brian Hallett

What's not to like about the BMD Video Assist? The monitor/recorder boasts a micro SDI input/output and a HDMI input/output. It's powered by Canon LP-E6 batteries, which many of us have a ton lying around, and it records 10bit ProRes HQ files up to speeds of 60fps
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What's new in Blackmagic Video Assist 3.2.1

  • Fix audible noise on Video Assist 5”12G HDR which is related to LCD brightness

What's new in Blackmagic Video Assist 3.2

  • Support for the new Blackmagic Video Assist 7” 3G
  • Support for the new Blackmagic Video Assist 5” 3G
  • Add SIGMA fp HDMI RAW recording to the Video Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR
  • Add audio monitoring channel selection to the Video Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR
  • Add XLR audio mapping to different channels for the Video Assist 7” 12G HDR
  • Add XLR external timecode for the Video Assist 7” 12G HDR
  • General performance and stability updates to the Video Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR

What's new in Blackmagic Video Assist 3.1

This update adds support for recording Blackmagic RAW on Video Assist 12G HDR models when shooting with Panasonic EVA1 and Canon C300 Mark II cameras.

Video Assist 3.1 update also adds digital slate features that embed camera metadata into files as they are recorded and also improves HDMI connectivity with some cameras.

Blackmagic RAW support also requires the installation of the Blackmagic RAW 1.7 update to access the files on computer.

  • Add Blackmagic RAW recording to the Video Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR
  • Add Digital Slate to the Video Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR
  • Improves HDMI connectivity with some cameras to Video Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR
  • General performance and stability updates to the Video Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR

Minimum system requirements for macOS

  • macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • USB 2.0 port for software updates

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port

The Blackmagic Video Assist installer package installs:

  • Blackmagic Video Assist Setup

Additional Information

Some applications may use third party code under license. For details please refer to the included "Third Party Licenses.rtf" document.

Download the latest Firmware and Software

  • Blackmagic Video Assist
  • +12V universal power supply included with international socket adapters for all countries

Also Consider

Blackmagic Design Micro Power Pack
Blackmagic Design Micro Power Pack

LP-E6 Style Battery and Charger Kit

Panasonic DC-GH5
Panasonic DC-GH5

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