UltraStudio Pro is so versatile it can be used for almost any job! Check out some of the great tasks you can use UltraStudio Pro for in your facility.Non Linear Editing
UltraStudio Pro is the perfect companion for editing software such as Adobe® Premiere Pro®. Blackmagic Design works closely to support all the special features in software applications, so you get a seamless editing experience. UltraStudio Pro supports 5.1 surround sound audio, built-in deck control and much more with Premiere Pro. UltraStudio Pro supports a full 8 channels of HD-SDI audio or SD-SDI audio (using our ASIO audio driver). For fast setup of editing software, "settings" are included so you can start editing immediately.Design and Effects
High quality effects and design work has never been easier. UltraStudio Pro is fully compatible with the standard software tools for broadcast designers, such as After Effects® and Photoshop®. For a complete solution for inputting and outputting media, Blackmagic Media Express is included free and allows time code accurate remote capture and output to broadcast decks. You can always preview on the UltraStudio Pro video-out interactively as you work, and then play pre-renders using real time ram preview. When rendering your work, processing quality using the Blackmagic codec is full 16 bit, so you always get the advantage of 10 bit SDI video.Broadcast Paint and Graphics
Broadcast graphics work demands absolute quality and seamless integration with software for speed. Adobe Photoshop has become the tool of choice for broadcast designers worldwide because of its industry standard interface and powerful tool set. UltraStudio Pro includes Photoshop plug-ins so you can capture still frames from the video input, and output graphics to the video-output with a simple menu click. Photoshop documents can use 16 bit rendering to 10 bit SDI for the highest quality video. Blackmagic Media Express can also be used to control your broadcast deck remotely. And, when used in live environments, UltraStudio Pro can key SD graphics with an alpha channel over live input video.Streaming
UltraStudio Pro is ideal for streaming as you always get a clean uncompressed video source for your streaming files. Uncompressed source video also means you don’t waste CPU time de-compressing video, so you get faster rendering of your streaming files. DeckLink cards are compatible with popular streaming software.DVD Authoring
With DVD’s replacing VHS tapes as the most popular consumer format, creating DVDs from your work has become important. DVDs from uncompressed media are much higher quality, and as all media files used on UltraStudio Pro are QuickTime™ or AVI, you get full compatibility with DVD authoring software. Use Adobe® Encore® DVD software for powerful DVD creation.Dual Standard Monitoring
UltraStudio Pro has built-in support for monitoring in your edit suite, whether it's in high definition or standard definition. Most high definition capable CRT monitors will switch between high definition and standard with ease, however the built-in SDI inputs generally only work in high definition or standard definition. UltraStudio Pro features high quality analog monitoring output, you can connect component video that changes automatically as you change standards. CRT monitors then instantly change without needing reconnections.Live Broadcast Graphics Presentation
Use the built-in SD keyer for overlaying graphics live into production switchers. Even if you're only adding station indents, keying makes it easy when using the two SDI outputs as fill and key. Use the Blackmagic LiveKey application for turning on and off the keying function. Blackmagic LiveKey will also automatically fade graphics on and off for specific times. UltraStudio Pro offers you the highest quality standard definition and high definition video available, combined with an affordable low price, so you can move to HD now!
UltraStudio Pro is compatible with popular video software, and included free, are even more software utilities. See how the extra software included with UltraStudio Pro will make your workflow easier!Blackmagic DirectShow™ Driver
UltraStudio Pro works with popular video software because of DirectShow™. What’s DirectShow™? It is a file format within Windows™ operating systems that let application software capture and play back via hardware. Once hardware is DirectShow™ compatible, then it’s also compatible with hundreds of software utilities, ranging from large editing software to small custom utilities. Unlike expensive prebuilt systems, with DirectShow™ compatibility you have the freedom to configure your system exactly the way you want. To make things even easier, we include setups for editing software such as Premiere Pro®. Simply click, and start editing!Blackmagic Media Express
Sometimes when you're only doing DVD authoring, streaming or visual effects, you don’t want the complexity of using editing software just to capture and master a few clips to tape. Our included Blackmagic Media Express application lets you capture and play clips, taking care of communicating with decks via RS-422. Blackmagic Media Express software is easy to use. Just enter IN and OUT timecode points and select Get Clip, or Put Clip, and your clip will be transferred between DeckLink and your broadcast deck. It’s all automatic, so it’s fast, you can even grab still frames from decks!Adobe® Photoshop® Plug-ins
Adobe Photoshop is a great application for broadcast graphics and is the industry standard for designers. Grabbing and outputting graphics is easy using UltraStudio Pro’s Photoshop acquire and export plug-ins. You can even select 16 bit RGB images, then combine with 10 bit SDI video to give you the extra quality. Because we handle all SD and HD color space conversions to SDI (with unity gain), it’s impossible to generate graphics with illegal colors beyond the industry standard 100% RGB clip level.SD Alpha Keying with LiveKey
UltraStudio Pro can be switched into standard definition keyer card so you can live insert logos and other graphics in real time using the SDI outputs to an external mixer. The included LiveKey application allows you to turn on and control keying, and can also be used to output still images with alpha channels to key. LiveKey allows custom setting of key blending levels for live, up and down, fading of graphics. If you want to add a periodic overlay of a graphic, such as “not for copying or distribution” labels on dubs, then LiveKey has an automatic mode where graphics can be programmed to cycle up and down. You have full control of the 'on' and 'off' times, and fade up and down rates for total flexibility.Disk Speed Test
Configuring a high speed disk array for high speed uncompressed high definition video is getting easier. Even SATA disks can be connected together for low cost arrays with amazing speed and capacity. Use Disk Speed Test (included free) to get a great real world indication of your disk array performance. Reported in a simple frames per second count, Disk Speed Test uses long sustained block transfers just like capturing and playing video, so it’s more accurate than generic disk test utilities.Blackmagic Software Codec
Sometimes you might not have a UltraStudio Pro, so with the Blackmagic Software Codec you can still access 10 bit uncompressed files, even with 16 bit rendering. It’s only takes a minute to download and get full media file access even without UltraStudio Pro connected. You can read and render files on as many systems as you like. Even pass our codec to your clients and freelancers so they can move files to portable disks and work offline too! The Blackmagic Software Codec even reads and renders other uncompressed files on both Mac OS X™ and Window™ for QuickTime™ and AVI for Windows™.
UltraStudio Pro includes a more powerful driver, so it can keep up with your creativity. Check the third party products page to read how UltraStudio Pro can be used with third party applications to make exciting workflow solutions.
UltraStudio Pro works with most popular video software and has special support for some of the most popular features in leading software applications. Check out how UltraStudio Pro enhance some of the industry's best software.Editing with Adobe® Premiere Pro®
UltraStudio Pro is the highest quality editing solution for Adobe Premiere Pro and included with UltraStudio Pro are a full suite of Premiere Pro plug-ins including deck control. You get a complete solution with nothing extra to buy. Play out through the UltraStudio Pro video output using 10 bit uncompressed AVI and QuickTime™ files, as well as Motion JPEG which can all be played back on the same Premiere Pro timeline without rendering.
UltraStudio Pro fully supports Premiere Pro's 8 channels of audio capture and playback via HD/SD-SDI, great for 5.1 surround sound editing. DeckLink also includes an ASIO compliant audio driver for multi channel audio. QuickTime™ uncompressed 8 and 10 bit files, from Mac OS X™ systems, can also be played back for cross-platform media sharing!
Blackmagic Design works closely with Adobe on developing our Premiere Pro drivers, with features including RT effects, RS-422 deck control, and frame accurate batch capture. This assures a fully professional solution.Online JPEG for Adobe Premiere Pro
On Windows, Blackmagic's full resolution (1920 x 1080) professional quality compressed HD codec can capture JPEG AVI files in real time using Premiere Pro. Unlike HDV and DVCPRO HD which uses reduced resolution 1440x1080 video, Blackmagic's Online JPEG maintains the full resolution 1920x1080 resolution of HD video without the huge file size of uncompressed HD video. Blackmagic's Online JPEG is so efficient that full motion 1080i HD video can be recorded at only 12 MB per second vs. a massive 119 MB per second for uncompressed HD video.
Blackmagic's compressed files are so compact, that 1080 HD video can be captured to a single internal hard disk or easily transported on a portable Firewire drive! Online JPEG is compatible with Premiere Pro and After Effects and can even be used by editors without Blackmagic capture cards making it one of the most versatile compressed codecs available.Broadcast Graphic Design with Adobe® After Effects®
Adobe After Effects is one of the most popular tools for broadcast graphics and animation, and UltraStudio Pro has special features to make sure you can build a complete integrated solution with this great app! After Effects supports AVI and QuickTime, so it works with all UltraStudio Pro media. You can also open and render Blackmagic uncompressed 10 and 8 bit AVI files. Files can be dropped into Premiere Pro timelines without rendering, so you can move media between tools. UltraStudio Pro provides full RAM preview playback out of the UltraStudio Pro output, so you can always see what you're working on.
If you're not doing editing, then you can use the included Blackmagic Media Express application to remotely capture and output clips with timecode accuracy. Use the Blackmagic software codec so you can work with media even when an UltraStudio Pro is not connected to the system. There is no better solution for using After Effects for high end work than UltraStudio Pro!Broadcast Paint with Adobe® Photoshop®
Adobe Photoshop is the standard for graphics. When used in television you can finally bring in some of the world's most talented designers into your workflow, without needing to retrain them on custom paint systems. UltraStudio Pro includes Photoshop plug-ins, so you can directly capture and output still frames from within the Photoshop application itself.
If you're working with 10 bit HD/SD-SDI, you can even import and export 16 bit Photoshop™ images for full quality. Use UltraStudio Pro keying to export and key standard definition graphics from the video input using Photoshop alpha channels. You can also use Blackmagic Media Express to capture the still images from broadcast decks. Outputting Photoshop graphics from UltraStudio Pro lets you see the correct color and the effects of video interlace and field movement. UltraStudio Pro uses unity gain on, so you can't get illegal 100% RGB video levels eliminating surprises when graphics are output to tape!
Real time RAM preview is supported directly from the UltraStudio Pro video outputs, so you can see what your video is going to look like before rendering. You can always see a live preview as you're working and adjusting layers and settings for a fully interactive workflow.
UltraStudio Pro is compatible with most popular software for video, and we are constantly working with manufacturers to add updates to support wonderful new features as they're released. Unlike other systems, your UltraStudio Pro will always evolve and increase in features as new software is released.
The highest quality solution or editing, design and visual effects for your desktop!Direct HDMI Connections
Connect to cameras and digital set top boxes via HDMI for the highest quality. Get incredible quality video from cameras by capturing direct and bypassing the compression chip for professional quality video captured direct from the image sensor. As editing software can’t play back to AVCHD and HDV cameras for monitoring, UltraStudio Pro’s HDMI output is perfect for monitoring editing with real time effects on the latest big screen televisions and video projectors! That’s cinema style monitoring!Uncompressed Video
UltraStudio Pro takes advantage of the new SuperSpeed™ USB 3.0 to allow highest quality 10 bit HD video capture and playback! SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is the new USB connection standard for computers that’s 10 times faster than regular USB. That’s a blistering 4.8 Gb/s, which easily handles the highest quality 10 bit uncompressed 1080HD video. UltraStudio Pro supports x58 series or better Windows™ computers, and all you need to do is simply plug in to install!Move between Standard Definition and HDTV
UltraStudio Pro supports dual rate SDI so you can instantly switch between SD and HD. This is ideal for modern workflows where HD may be a smaller part of the market for most people. Most people run standard definition for 80% or more of their work, but need high definition capability for specific spots. With SDI products, such as UltraStudio Pro and Blackmagic converters, you can immediately switch over to HD when a job comes along. Full resolution video is supported from standard definition SDI using 720 x 486 for NTSC and 720 x 576 for PAL, and the HDTV resolutions of 1280 x 720 for the 720p HD standard and 1920x1080 for the 1080 HD standard. All downstream converters and routing switchers available from Blackmagic Design will automatically switch between standard definition and HD, making the changeover incredibly fast and easy. That’s perfect so you can take on HD jobs as and when they come along, keeping your equipment productive with standard definition work.Higher Color Resolution and Flexibility
SDI doesn't use compression so you can record video to any kind of broadcast or high end consumer deck, completely independent of the tape format. Unlike DV which only has 4:1:1 color sampling, with 1-red and 1-blue video sample per 4-luma samples, SDI is usually 4:2:2 and has twice the color resolution.
SDI video is also very flexible as all equipment connects together using simple coax BNC cables up to 100 meters or 300 feet in length. Although SDI was previously expensive, Blackmagic Design has single handedly changed the industry making it more affordable for everyone.Connect to Everything
UltraStudio Pro connects to a massive range of video and audio equipment for capture and playback in SD and HD. You get separate connections for 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI, analog component, composite, s-video, 2 channels of AES/EBU with sample rate converter, 4 channels of XLR analog audio, down converted SD-SDI output, genlock/tri- sync and deck control. Perfect for HDCAM, HD-D5, HDCAM SR, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, televisions and more!
Audio perfectionists will appreciate the massive multi-channel audio capability of SDI, enabling UltraStudio Pro to capture up to 16 channels of audio. That’s great for 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound work. As with uncompressed video, all audio is digital so there's no generation loss of any kind, and all with perfect AV sync! There are thousands of SDI based products in the industry today which are fully compatible with UltraStudio Pro.High Quality Analog Monitoring
UltraStudio Pro supports full component video connections with 3 BNC cables connecting Y, R-Y and B-Y color channels. This provides the highest quality analog video monitoring, combined with high quality digital to analog converters for incredibly clean HD analog video. UltraStudio Pro's digital to analog output uses active electronic filtering, so get higher quality than common external digital to analog converters. High bit depth conversion combined with active video filtering handles fine HD image detail much better than passive filtering.