Blackmagic UltraStudio Express

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Blackmagic UltraStudio Express

Manufacturer Blackmagic Design

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Ex. VAT: £340.00 (RRP:£395.00) Inc. VAT: £408.00
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3 Gb/s SDI capture and playback using Thunderbolt technology

UltraStudio Express connects all your professional and consumer video equipment for the highest quality 3 Gb/s SDI capture and playback using Thunderbolt technology. UltraStudio Express has built-in SDI and HDMI connections and comes with the two breakout cables that can be easily swapped when you need to. Breakout cables include analog component, S-Video and composite connections with both BNC and RCA connectors!

Add SDI, HDMI and analogue connections to Thunderbolt computer!

Introducing UltraStudio Express, the world’s most innovative video capture and playback solutions using Intel’s new, lightning fast Thunderbolt™ technology! UltraStudio Express is compact, portable and affordable, plus provides the high performance SD/HD capture and playback that Hollywood film, broadcast television, and post production markets demand.

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 3D ideal for demanding stereoscopic 3D workflows. Now you can work with all the video formats you need, conveniently on your desktop or notebook computer!

World's Highest Quality Connections

UltraStudio connects to anything as it includes 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI and analogue video connections.

Use any Video Software!

UltraStudio is fully compatible with your favorite editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Media Composer 6 and Premiere Pro. For compositing and broadcast design, UltraStudio works with After Effects, Nuke, Photoshop and much more!

Flexible Power

UltraStudio Express is the ultimate portable solution because it powers from the Thunderbolt connection so you don't need a power supply. Simply plug in!

Attractive Portable Design

Machined from a solid block of aluminum, UltraStudio Express features an attractive, rugged design that’s packed with features. It’s perfect for those on the go as an extremely portable companion for working with the widest range of cameras, computers and favorite video software. Imagine colour grading on set in real time or working with graphics and recording at live events! UltraStudio Express even includes two breakout cables, one with RCA consumer connections and the other with professional BNC/XLR connections with reference and deck control so you can move between consumer and professional video instantly!

Take a closer look at UltraStudio Express

UltraStudio Express is the Thunderbolt powered portable solution that powers from your laptop battery! You get high quality 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI and analog capture and playback with both consumer RCA and professional BNC/XLR breakout cables so you can capture and playback from both consumer and professional equipment.


Breakout Cable

Extra connections for analog component/S-Video and composite, analog audio, genlock, AES/EBU audio, RS-422 deck control and more! Includes both consumer RCA and professional BNC/XLR breakout cables.


HDMI Input and Output

HDMI input and output connections for amazing quality capture and playback. Direct capture from cameras, and use low cost televisions for monitoring!


3 Gb/s SDI Input

3 Gb/s SDI input connection for decks, routers and cameras so you can capture amazing quality 10 bit SD/HD video.


3 Gb/s SDI Output

3 Gb/s SDI output connection for decks, routers and monitors so you can play back amazing quality 10 bit SD/HD video.


Thunderbolt™ Connection

Get blazing speeds for even full resolution real time dual stream 3D capture and playback! Powers from Thunderbolt connection so no power supply needed.

SDI Video Input 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.
SDI Video Output 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.
Analog Video Input 1 x Component YUV on 3 BNC or RCA connectors switchable to S-Video or Composite. Component supports HD and SD.
Analog Video Output 1 x Component YUV on 3 BNC or RCA connectors switchable to S-Video or Composite. Component supports HD and SD.
HDMI Video Input 1 x HDMI type A connector
HDMI Video Output 1 x HDMI type A connector
Analog Audio Input 2 Channels of analog audio via professional balanced XLR connectors or unbalanced RCA connectors.
Analog Audio Output 2 Channels of analog audio via professional balanced XLR connectors or unbalanced RCA connectors.
AES/EBU Audio Input 2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector.
AES/EBU Audio Output 2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC or RCA connector.
SDI Audio Input 16 Channels embedded in HD. 8 Channels embedded in SD.
SDI Audio Output 16 Channels embedded in HD. 8 Channels embedded in SD.
HDMI Audio Input 2 channels embedded in SD and HD.
HDMI Audio Output 2 channels embedded in SD and HD.
Sync Input Blackburst in SD, 720p50, 720p59.94, 1080i50 and 1080i59.94 formats or Tri-Sync in any HD format.
Device Control Sony™ compatible RS422 deck control ports. Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control.
Computer Interface Thunderbolt™
SD Format Support 625/25, 625p PAL and 525/29.97, 525p NTSC, 480p
HD Format Support 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60.
2K Format Support None
SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M and SMPTE 296M
SDI Metadata Support VITC read for 3:2 pulldown removal. VANC capture and playback using up to 3 lines of video in file. HD RP188. Closed captioning.
Audio Sampling Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit.
Video Sampling 4:2:2
Color Precision 10-bit
Color Space REC 601, REC 709
HDMI Configuration HDMI automatically configures to connected display.
HDMI Resolution Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device.
HDMI Color Precision 10 bit
Multiple Rate support SDI and HDMI video connections are switchable between standard definition and high definition. SDI switches between 270 Mb/s standard definition SDI, 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI and 3 Gb/s HD.
Copy Protection HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.
Colorspace Conversion Hardware based real time.
3D Processing None
HD Down Conversion Software based down conversion during video playback.
HD Up Conversion Real time standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture.
HD Cross Conversion Real time 720HD to 1080HD during video capture.
Real Time Effects Apple Final Cut Pro™ internal effects. Adobe® Premiere Pro® Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer 6™ internal effects.
Software Included Media Express, Disk Speed Test, Blackmagic System Preferences and Blackmagic driver.
Internal Software Upgrade Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software.
Physical Installation Requires computer with a Thunderbolt™ port. Please check the Support pages to see the full system requirements.
Operating System Compatibility Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later, and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later.
Product Warranty 3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

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