09

Nov 2020
UPDATED

Bridging the NDI gap to ATEM: Blackmagic in the IP World

The video production market is transitioning towards IP. Whether it will ever get there 100% or will find a balance between HDMI, SDI and Ethernet remains to be seen, but we are without doubt entering a phase where crews and installers are weighing up the benefits of IP technology for each projec...
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15

Sep 2020

SHOOT Holdan at the inaugural Virtual Video Show

Holdan is the distributor for Panasonic LUMIX and Blackmagic Design. Join us in the chatroom, and you'll be speaking with experts on: Panasonic LUMIX micro-four thirds and full sensor cameras, including the new S5 Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K We can talk you th...
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03

Aug 2020

Which ATEM Mini should I choose: Mini, Pro or Pro ISO?

Blackmagic’s ATEM Mini range has now grown to three models: ATEM Mini: the live production mixer with streaming via a PC/Mac ATEM Mini Pro: the live production mixer with direct streaming and programme recording ATEM Mini Pro ISO: the live production mixer with direct streaming, record...
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30

Jul 2020

Completing the Sony A7S MK III

Adapting the Sony A7S MK III for video and film making use requires thought and professional accessories. Here are our picks… Power Runtime is always a consideration with large sensor cameras, and the native Sony NP-FZ100 battery’s 17Wh capacity is limiting. An extremely popular de...
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30

Jul 2020

Why 12K

There can be little doubt that the URSA Mini Pro 12K is well suited for its stated mission: Perfect for feature films, episodic television and immersive, large format IMAX. The incredible definition around objects makes it ideal for working with green screen and VFX including compositing live ac...
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23

Jul 2020

What’s the difference between Video Assist 3G and 12G?

The reason behind the launch of the Video Assist 3G range was to provide customers with a monitor-recorder at a much lower cost. At first glance the 12G and 3G models look the same and they have more in common features than you would expect. It’s important to know what’s different un...
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08

Jun 2020

Recording PTZ Cameras

PTZ cameras are not like traditional camcorders. A few can record video internally to a Micro SD card, but these are the exceptions rather than the rule. Lumens, Datavideo and the high-end Panasonic PTZ Cameras (like the AW-HE130 and AW-UE150) do not have internal recording so we must look at oth...
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28

May 2020

What's the best choice? ATEM Mini Pro or the TV Studio HD?

There is no doubting the success (and brilliance) of the ATEM Mini and ATEM Mini Pro from Blackmagic Design. Although there is no question about their strong feature set and remarkably low price, there is more to the ATEM range than the HDMI-based Mini models.
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16

Apr 2020

ATEM Mini Pro Video Overview | The most powerful HD switcher for live streaming?

Recently Blackmagic Design announced their latest addition to the ATEM family line-up, not with a completely re-designed model, but with a ‘Pro’ variation to their rather high-in-demand ATEM Mini. The Pro builds upon the success of its wallet friendly sibling, but adds some of the too...
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15

Apr 2020

Distance Learning Promotion

With schools, colleges and universities closed, thousands of lecturers and teachers are turning to video for remote learning. However, nothing is as frustrating as great educational content spoiled by poor quality video, audio or a dull presentation. Wirecast helps educators rise above the munda...
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06

Apr 2020

What's the difference between the ATEM Mini and the ATEM Mini Pro

With the launch of the ATEM Mini Pro, Blackmagic extends its live HD mixing and streaming systems for social media creators, video producers and communicators. Here’s an overview of both products to enable you to make the right choice. (And if you're feeling curious, read our blog about wh...
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06

Apr 2020

Choosing the right Blackmagic Design ATEM for the job, now including the ATEM Mini Pro

Do you work in live production? Do you run a multi-camera set up? If so, you probably experience the same frustrations that we often come across – there are never enough inputs, never enough outputs, always the wrong sort of feed coming into the switcher... The Blackmagic ATEM line up is o...
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03

Apr 2020

The Creative Space @Home

Many in the creative world are now taking their home workplace to the next level. What may have been an occasional space must now be transformed into a fully operational studio, replicating a professional, managed environment. Many in the creative world are now taking their home workplace to the...
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03

Apr 2020

Running a Facebook Live, Interactive Webinar from Home

A look behind the scenes as to how our Product Specialist Kriss Hampton recently ran a live training session with hundreds of online viewers.
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01

Apr 2020

What is HEVC [H.265], and why does your production need it?

H.264 is one of the most ubiquitous acquisition video compression standards on the market. It’s used for everything from capture on a mobile phone to delivery on most web platforms, including social networks such as YouTube and Facebook (live and on-demand). The sheer flexibility of H.264 h...
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27

Mar 2020

Getting Started on YouTube Live

With the ever-growing popularity of web streaming and content, especially on YouTube and Twitch; the need for a high level production (or one that at least looks like it) is accelerating.  Just turning your webcam on won’t cut it anymore. You’re going to be up against a lot of c...
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26

Mar 2020

Live production from multiple locations, on a budget

Live from Sussex and Stockport (via. London) Live Production has always had its own set of challenges, including managing a network of cameras and equipment for a show where there’s no option of a second take. Keeping up with the technology is hard enough, but what if all of this has to be...
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25

Mar 2020

Zoom: upping your video conferencing game

There’s an awful lot more content being produced on Zoom. Over the last week as gym instructors, chefs and teachers have been flocking to the Zoom video conferencing platform to communicate with audiences worldwide. The typical kit being used is a laptop, phone or iPad. The typical result ...
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25

Mar 2020

Easy streaming using Blackmagic Design capture cards

There’s a streaming solution available that you may not have considered before. It’s easy to install and use, and delivers superb results. It also is pretty inexpensive. While it can get you streaming very quickly, it’s also got the flexibility and functionality to take your pro...
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18

Mar 2020

Video Streaming Solutions - Beginner's Guide

Stream it live to anywhere from anywhere The simplest way to deliver content live to staff, students, customers and service users is via YouTube Live or Facebook Live. There are lots of ways to produce and stream professional looking video. Our technical team can advise you on the best solution...
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17

Mar 2020

Nottingham Trent University’s 4K Newsroom Upgrade

Nottingham Trent University named “University of the Year 2019” chose the Blackmagic Design URSA Broadcast 4K studio camera system to update its studio facilities at its Centre for Broadcast Journalism.
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12

Mar 2020

CINE Kits: URSA Mini Pro G2

The Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro G2 has proven to be a popular choice for professionals. This is mainly due to its high specification that's usually only reserved for cameras costing much more. Its popularity means that manufacturers are quick off the mark in developing compatible and complim...
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10

Mar 2020

CINE Kits: Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, is as the name suggests, an incredibly portable and lightweight 6K RAW capable cinema camera. At its heart is a Super 35mm sensor capable of resolving up to 13 stops of dynamic range. The body is similar in design to that of its 4K sibling, other than the ...
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13

Feb 2020

Calling AV Technicians! Blackmagic at ISE 2020

At ISE, Blackmagic will be showing a great swathe of product, but there’s one in particular that will be an especially big hit with AV technicians. The new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR provides instant professional monitoring and recording for any SDI or HDMI source in all HD, Ultra HD, ...
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20

Dec 2019

The World's most affordable HD|4K|8K Multiviewer

The definition of a Constellation is a group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that’s named after its shape. With the ATEM Constellation, Blackmagic have brought together a unique set of stellar features in the shape of the most capable video switcher on the market. Unlike other switc...
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14

Nov 2019

VT is dead, long live “Roll VT”

VT or video tape is pretty much dead now. We’ve moved into digital workflows that no longer rely on tape but everyone still recognises and calls out “Roll VT”. This harks back to a time when very little in the studio gallery was integrated or automated. There was a VT operator...
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05

Nov 2019

Blackmagic Camera 6.6

6.6 might be a mediocre score in Strictly Come Dancing, but it’s a fantastic score for owners of the Blackmagic’s 4K and 6K pocket cameras. Most of the updates are for the 4K camera, but there are some great new features for new 6K users too. First, we have support for the ...
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30

Oct 2019

Choosing the right Blackmagic Design ATEM for the job | What you need to know

Do you work in live production? Do you run a multi-camera set up? If so, you probably experience the same frustrations that we often come across – there are never enough inputs, never enough outputs, always the wrong sort of feed coming into the switcher... The Blackmagic ATEM line up is o...
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01

Jul 2019

AV Magazine - Stadiums Special

Holdan feature alongside Midwich, Sound Technology and PSCo in the latest edition of AV Magazine. Take some time out to find out what technology is used to provide football fans instant "TV REPLAY" in the terraces. Available to download.
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04

Jun 2019

Media Production Show 2019

We're exhibiting at Media Production Show 2019 on stand 422. Register now for your free pass.The stand will be packed with innovation from 15 different manufacturers, and we will be showing new live production, post production and IP workflows. As well as the latest technology from the ...
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03

Jun 2019

Pocket Cinema Camera 4K for Photographers

The revolutionary new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is the camera you’ve been asking for! Blackmagic Design’s original Pocket Cinema Camera took the industry by storm. It was, and still is, used extensively throughout the industry for everything from shooting Vlogs to filming bi...
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06

Mar 2019

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.
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26

Feb 2019

Are we looking at the world’s most affordable 4K studio?

The latest products in the Blackmagic stable have completed a jigsaw puzzle that has everyone from corporate producers to television studio owners seriously taking notice. Kitting out a studio with three cameras, switcher, tally, talkback and remote camera set up, has traditionally only been wit...
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29

Nov 2018

Wise Guy, eh!

With the release of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to record…Like the URSA Mini Pro, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has built-in SD & CFast card slots. However, it only has 1 of each and (currently) will not roll record from on...
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26

Sep 2018

Blackmagic Design Announces Cintel Scanner 2

Blackmagic Design have announced Cintel Scanner 2, a second generation model of its popular real-time film scanner. Cintel Scanner 2 features the incredible speed of Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe host computer connections, as well as a new skid plate for 35 mm HDR film scanning and timecode output. The...
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06

Sep 2018

How do I add video (and other) inputs to my MacBook Pro?

Apple laptops have evolved to become minimalist powerhouses. Over the years, MacBook Pro designers have engineered a beautiful, sleek chassis and reduced the weight significantly. The result is a travel-friendly powerhouse, a light-weight editing workstation, a super-slim 4K grading system. But ...
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25

May 2018

Terms that just won’t go away!

We have moved on since the 80s and 90s and left terms such as Betamax and S-Video languishing in museums (http://www.obsoletemedia.org/). Underscan and Overscan still crop up, however, in monitor specs. These terms have their roots in old analogue television, when using CRTs or Cathode Ray Tube ...
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04

May 2018

FieldCast's new 12G SFP modules

At NAB 2018 Blackmagic Design announced a raft of new converters and among them was their new Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G. This converter, no bigger than a box of matches, is a bi-directional unit having the ability to send and receive 4K 60p video at the same time. The only problem - it ne...
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23

Apr 2018

What's new at NAB 2018?

All the key new products from NAB 2018: Blackmagic Design, Teradek, SmallHD, CoreSWX, Panasonic, Sonnet, SLR Magic, LEDGO, more! Richard Payne, Head of Technology writes... "The NAB Show is the world's largest convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology....
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09

Mar 2018

Derby Country FC goes live with Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design has today announced that Derby County Football Club (DCFC) has invested in a multi camera live production workflow featuring the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K, Micro Studio Camera 4K and URSA Mini 4.6K. Led by head of broadcast, Matt Reeder, and Chief Technology Officer, Stuart F...
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