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Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express, Thunderbolt Powered Video I/O Device

SKU: BMUSE MFR: BDLKULSDEXPRESS
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About the Blackmagic Design Express

BlackMagic Design UltraStudio Express is a capture and playback device that connects to a camera on one end and to a computer on the other. It captures saved footage or a live feed from the camera and passes it to the computer in formats ready to be edited. It can also up/down/cross convert the resolution of the footage as the footage is being passed to the computer. The third function of the Express is HDMI monitoring - you can connect a top-quality HDMI monitor and monitor the footage you captured in the best resolution possible so to perform color correction in minute precision.

UltraStudio Express features built-in SD/HD SDI, HDMI and Thunderbolt connections. It comes with two breakout cables via which it expands to composite, component, S-Video, RCA audio, AES/EBU audio on XLRs, sync input, genlock for bi and tri-level sync, and RS422 connections. Connection to a camera would be by SDI or HDMI where possible and to a computer by Thunderbolt.

The formats the unit captures in are open standard DPX and QuickTime, which are compatible with all of the most common and popular software. UltraStudio Express can seamlessly be used with Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7, Media Composer 6, Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects, Nuke, Photoshop, and DaVinci Resolve.

Blackmagic Design Express Includes

  • BlackMagic Design UltraStudio Express
  • Media Express Software
  • Disk Speed Test
  • BlackMagic Design System Preferences
  • BlackMagic Design Driver
  • BlackMagic Design Three Year Limited Warranty

Blackmagic Design Express Features

  • HD SDI, HDMI, Thunderbolt and 2 breakout cables
  • Real-time, hardware-based up / down / cross conversion
  • Connect to a quality HDMI monitor for precise color correction
  • Captures in edit-friendly open standard DPX and QuickTime formats
  • Breakout cables feature: composite, component, S-Video, RCA audio, AES/EBU on XLRs, sync input, genlock and RS422

Blackmagic Design Express Specifications

Video Inputs SDI x1 10-bit SD/HD switchable
HDMI type A x1
Via breakout cable:
Component YUV x1 on 3 BNC or RCA connectors, supports HD and SD, switchable to S-video or composite
Audio Inputs Via breakout cable:
Analog -- 2 channels via balanced XLR connectors or unbalanced RCA connectors
AES/EBU -- 2 channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector
SDI -- 16 channels embedded HD / 8 channels embedded SD
HDMI -- 2 channels embedded in SD and HD
Video Outputs SDI x1 10-bit SD/HD switchable
HDMI type A x1
Via breakout cable:
Component YUV x1 on 3 BNC or RCA connectors, supports HD and SD, switchable to S-video or composite
Audio Outputs Via breakout cable:
Analog -- 2 channels via balanced XLR connectors or unbalanced RCA connectors
AES/EBU -- 2 channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector
SDI -- 16 channels embedded HD / 8 channels embedded SD
HDMI -- 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 RS-422 deck control port
Serial ports TxRx direction-reversible under software control
Computer Interface Thunderbolt x1
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
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.
Video Sampling 4:2:2
Audio Sampling Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit
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
Multi-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
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 Upgrade Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software
System Compatibility Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later, and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later
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