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Blackmagic Design Announces New UltraStudio 4K Mini

New UltraStudio 4K Mini allows any Thunderbolt 3 computer to connect to any video device and is the ideal video I/O solution for DaVinci Resolve 16!

Blackmagic Design today announced UltraStudio 4K Mini, a new capture and playback solution for Thunderbolt 3 computers with 12G‑SDI, HDMI, analog video and audio connections that lets customers build solutions for editing, color grading, live broadcast graphics, archiving from traditional broadcast decks and live internet streaming.

UltraStudio 4K Mini is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$995.

Now customers can connect Thunderbolt 3 computers to any kind of video equipment for building high performance edit workstations, archiving from old broadcast decks, outputting broadcast graphics and even live streaming. Simply connect to the Thunderbolt 3 port to get a wide range of video and audio connections that operate in all SD, HD, Ultra HD and 4K DCI formats up to 60 frames per second. UltraStudio is designed to work with popular video software on Mac, Windows and Linux such as DaVinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and many more.

The new UltraStudio 4K Mini model is a portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution packed with the latest broadcast technology, including 12G‑SDI, HDMI 2.0 and analog connections. Customers get broadcast quality 8 and 10-bit high dynamic range capture in all formats up to 4K DCI at 60p, and 12-bit high dynamic range capture in all formats up to 4K DCI at 30p. It’s small enough to fit in a rack or be used on a desktop. The front panel features push button controls, an LCD for monitoring signal and setup, an XLR microphone input and a ¼” headphone jack. UltraStudio 4K Mini features USB for connecting a keyboard and mouse, plus it will trickle charge their laptop computer when connected to the Thunderbolt 3 port. There’s even a built in SD card reader allowing instant access to their camera media cards.

Whether you’re working on-set or in post production, UltraStudio gives them broadcast and digital cinema quality capture and playback that can be used for any workflow. UltraStudio is perfect for everything from editing, color and visual effects to live capture and on-set monitoring during production. There are even models with 12G‑SDI and support for the latest HDR formats to ensure high end colorists get everything they need for monitoring to broadcast displays, HDR televisions or the latest digital cinema projectors. UltraStudio can even be used to feed SDI fill and key from RGB graphics directly from a computer to a live production switcher for amazing live broadcast graphics keying.

With UltraStudio customers can connect to virtually any video device. All UltraStudio models include SDI in and out, HDMI out for monitoring on TVs and projectors and analog YUV/NTSC/PAL video and balanced analog input for archiving from legacy analog broadcast tape decks. The UltraStudio 4K Mini and Extreme models add an extra HDMI input plus a balanced analog audio out for connecting to in-studio audio monitoring.

Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt 3™ technology, UltraStudio uses a blazingly fast single cable connection to any 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 4K models also include an AC power connection, perfect when working in studios. The new UltraStudio 4K Mini model even provides 45W trickle power via Thunderbolt 3 to the connected computer so it stays charged when connected.

When working with uncompressed video all captured images are a perfect pixel‑for‑pixel clone of the source without any quality loss, so customers have the confidence they’re working at the absolute highest quality possible. Get the sharpest keying with green screens, cleanest compositions, superior color correction and more. Ultra HD has 4 times the resolution of 1080HD for amazing looking images.

UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 and UltraStudio 4K Mini feature the latest 12G‑SDI, for the most powerful video capture and playback solution. The incredible speed of 12G‑SDI means UltraStudio 4K models can support both capture and playback of Ultra HD and 4K 60p over a single BNC cable. Because 12G‑SDI connections are multi rate, customers can still connect to all of their existing equipment. Only 12G‑SDI gives customers the compatibility to connect to all their existing SD and HD equipment but also supports the future with all Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60. Because the 12G‑SDI outputs are dual link, customers can do stereoscopic or simultaneous fill and key in real time up to 2160p30.

UltraStudio 4K models feature elegant front panels with integrated color LCD and fast control buttons, with the rear panel using industry standard BNC and HDMI connectors for video connections. UltraStudio Mini models are designed for portability and can be used as a stand alone on a desktop or rack mounted with other equipment. The UltraStudio HD Mini model is even more compact at only ⅓ of a rack width. That means they have very low visual impact when placed on a desktop, and customers can fit up to 3 of them in a single rack unit size.

UltraStudio models have been designed to be the perfect match for DaVinci Resolve, so customers can get a complete post production solution simply by downloading the software now on Mac, Windows or Linux. Whether you’re working on major feature films, episodic television production, music videos, TVCs or even the latest YouTube shoot, DaVinci Resolve gives customers a high end workflow so the tools will never be the limit to their creativity.

“This new model is a fantastic replacement for the older UltraStudio model, because it adds 12G‑SDI and Thunderbolt 3, but it’s also much smaller in size,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “This makes it the perfect solution for broadcasters who need live graphics and edit monitoring, as well as anyone who wants high quality Ultra HD streaming for live production! It’s a whole new UltraStudio for a new generation of workflows!”

UltraStudio 4K Mini Features

  • Thunderbolt 3 interface for 40 Gb/s capture and playback.
  • 3 models available with both portable and rack mount options.
  • Ideal for edit monitoring, live graphics, archive and streaming.
  • 12G‑SDI, HDMI 2.0, YUV/NTSC/PAL video and balanced audio.
  • Supports 45W trickle charging to connected computer.
  • Supports all SD, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 2160p and 4K DCI formats.
  • Front panel with LCD, mic input, headphone and SD card slot.
  • Compatible with DaVinci Resolve for editing, color, VFX and audio.
  • Supports DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid and more.
  • Includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux.

Availability and Price

UltraStudio 4K Mini is available now for US$995, excluding duties, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide

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Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 16.1

Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 16.1, a new update to the company’s popular edit, color, visual effects and audio post production software that includes major updates to the new cut page to help create the world’s fastest editor.

DaVinci Resolve 16.1 public beta is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design website.

While Blackmagic Design is announcing the final release of DaVinci Resolve 16.0, we are also introducing a new public beta of DaVinci Resolve 16.1 that has innovative new features. This new public beta will let us continue to develop new ideas but also collaborate with customers to ensure they are refined in the correct way to work in the real world.

As the large film studios that use DaVinci Resolve for most of the world’s feature films need to get their systems updated before the next programming season starts, this new public beta lets Blackmagic Design continue to develop new ideas without causing delays for the large studios who need a finished and well tested release of DaVinci Resolve. The new features are focused mostly on the new cut page, which we are continuing to work on in our goal to make it the world’s fastest editor. Our goal is to allow customers to dramatically decrease the total turn around time for complex work.

Changes in the bin now allow customers to place media in various folders and isolate clips from being used when viewing clips in the source tape, sync bin or sync window. Clips will be seen in all folders below the current level and as customers navigate around the levels in the bin, the source tape will reconfigure in real time. There’s even a menu for directly selecting folders in a customer’s project.

An exciting feature to be added in this public beta is the new Smart Indicator. The new cut page in DaVinci Resolve 16 introduced multiple new smart features, which work by estimating where the editor wants to add an edit or transition and then allowing it to be applied without the wasted time of placing in and out points on the exact locations of the clips.

This is fast because the software guesses what the editor wants to do and just does it by adding the inset edit, or adding a transition to the edit closest to where the editor has placed the CTI. The problem is in complex edits, where it is hard to know what the software would do and which edit it would place the effect or clip into. This is where the new smart indicator provides a small marker in the timeline so customers get constant feedback on where DaVinci Resolve will place edits and transitions. The new smart indicator constantly live updates as the editor moves around the timeline.

One of the most common feedback items requested was a faster way to cut clips in the timeline, and now DaVinci Resolve 16.1 includes a cut clip icon in the user interface and simply clicking on it will slice the clips in the timeline at the CTI point. This is incredibly fast to use as with one button click, the clips are cut immediately.

Multiple changes have also been made to the new DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard, including a new adaptive scroll feature on the search dial, which will slow down a job when editors are hunting for an in point, all automatically. The live trimming buttons have been renamed to the same labels as the functions in the edit page, and they have been changed to trim in, trim out, transition duration, slip in and slip out. The function keys along the top of the keyboard have now been taken and used for various editing functions.

There are additional edit models on the function keys allowing more types of editing directly accessed from dedicated keys on the keyboard. There’s also a new transition window that uses the F4 key and pressing and rotating the search dial allows instant selection from all the transition types in DaVinci Resolve. Customers who need quick picture in picture effects can use F5 and apply them instantly.

Sometimes when editing shows with tight deadlines there is little time to continuously play the edit to see where the edit gets a bit boring. DaVinci Resolve 16.1 introduces a new Boring Detector that allows the whole timeline to be highlighted where any shot is too long and would be boring for a viewer to watch. The boring detector can also show jump cuts where shots are too short as well. The analysis is constantly showing which parts of the timeline are boring so as editors work and add shots to their edit, they can see the remaining parts of the edit which are considered boring. The boring detector is great when using the source tape, as editors can perform a lot of edits without playing the timeline, so the boring detector will be an alternative live source of feedback.

One of the most powerful features of DaVinci Resolve 16.1 is the new sync bin. The sync bin is a digital assistant editor whicho constantly sorts through thousands of clips and finds only the clips customers need and displays them synced to the point in the timeline customers are on.

The sync bin will show the clips from the cameras on a shoot all stacked by camera number and the viewer will transform into a multi view so customers can see what options customers have for clips that sync to the shot in the timeline. The sync bin uses date and timecode to find and sync clips, and simply by using metadata and locking cameras to time of day, customers can save time in the edit.

The sync bin completely changes how multi camera editing can be completed. Just scroll along the timeline and the sync bin will display only shots that are related to the timeline clips. Customers can even scroll off the end of the timeline and keep adding shots. When using the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard, customers can simply hold the camera number and rotate the search dial to “live overwrite” the clip into the timeline, making editing even faster.

The close up edit feature has now been enhanced in DaVinci Resolve 16.1 and it now does face detection and analysis and will zoom the shot based on positioning the face of the person nicely framed.

If customers are using shots from cameras without timecode then the new sync window lets them sort and sync clips from multiple cameras. The sync window supports sync by timecode and it can also detect audio and sync clips by sound. All clips that have been synced will display a sync icon in the media pool so customers can tell which clips are synced and ready for use. Manually syncing clips using the new sync window allows workflows such as multiple action cameras to use new features such as source overwrite editing and the new sync bin.

“We are excited about this update as it has more new features that bring a totally new way to solve complex editing problems,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “These new features have never been done before and we are trying new ideas that we have developed in collaboration with our customers. It’s very exciting to be doing things that are totally new and never been tried before!”

DaVinci Resolve 16.1 Features

  • New public beta allows us to continue development.
  • New updates allow editors to improve sorting of media.
  • Smart Indicator adds UI feedback for intelligent edit features.
  • New cut clip tool allows instant cutting of clips in the timeline.
  • New button changes on DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard.
  • Boring Detector shows areas of the timeline that lack interest.
  • New Sync Bin organizes and displays sync media for easy shot selection.
  • Close up edit mode now includes face recognition to better frame shots.
  • New sync window allows manual syncing of clips, or audio based sync.
  • Multiple other improvements in editing, color, Fusion and Fairlight audio pages.

Availability and Price

DaVinci Resolve 16.1 public beta is available now for download from the Blackmagic Design web site.

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Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic RAW Speed Test

Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic RAW Speed Test, a new performance measurement tool for Mac OS X that tests a computer’s CPU and GPU speeds using full resolution Blackmagic RAW image decodes making it possible for customers to get a real world estimate of their computers performance.

Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design website.

Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is a CPU and GPU benchmarking tool that customers can use to test the speed of decoding full resolution Blackmagic RAW frames on their system. Multiple CPU cores and GPUs are automatically detected and used during the test so that customers get accurate and realistic results. Simply select Blackmagic RAW constant bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 or 12:1 and the desired resolution to perform the test. Although Blackmagic RAW Speed Test will run multiple resolution and frame rate tests on their system, customers can also select a specific test resolution to run on the main meters and the test will continue to run constantly, allowing stress testing of host computers.

Results are displayed in an easy to read table that shows customers how many frames per second their computer can decode for all supported resolutions. Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is currently available for Mac and can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website.

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary and modern new codec designed to capture and preserve the quality of camera images so new workflows in television and film production are possible. Video formats such as H.264 are highly compressed, plus add noise and weird artifacts, causing original sensor detail to be lost forever. Blackmagic RAW eliminates this problem and gives customers stunning images with incredible detail and color throughout the production pipeline from camera to edit, color and mastering. It also saves camera settings as metadata so customers can set ISO, white balance and exposure in camera or override them later while editing, all without any loss of quality.

Advanced operating system technologies are supported including Apple Metal, OpenGL and CUDA. Constant bitrate is also supported and this keeps data rates constant for recording to slower media cards, but varies the image quality to achieve this constant bitrate. Customers even get support for 3D LUTS embedded in Blackmagic RAW files so LUTs don’t have to be “burned in”. This ensures the 3D LUT from the shoot travels with the media file itself and it also lets users disable the 3D LUT if they want to grade film gamma images or use a different 3D LUT to the one used on the shoot.

The Blackmagic RAW Developer SDK lets any software developer add support for Blackmagic RAW to their own applications and the Blackmagic RAW SDK can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge.

“We felt that computer performance measurement tools did not really perform the types of testing we needed in the film and television industry, because they operate very differently to the kinds of processing we do,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “So we thought using Blackmagic RAW decode speeds would be a good estimate of real world computing performance because it’s doing the exact same processing the computer is doing while editing, color correcting and doing visual effects rendering.”

Blackmagic RAW Speed Test Features

  • Tests system performance of both CPUs and GPUs using Blackmagic RAW.
  • Blackmagic RAW based testing ensures more accurate performance results.

Availability and Price
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.