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Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio SDI, USB 3.0 Connection to PC

SKU: BMUSSDI MFR: BDLKULSASDI
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About the Blackmagic Design SDI

BlackMagic Design UltraStudio SDI is a Windows-compatible HD-SDI capture device that connects to your computer via USB 3.0. The compact, handsome, machined-aluminum device draws power through the USB 3.0 connection. UltraStudio SDI includes all necessary capture/playback software and drivers, so setup is a breeze. The device captures uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 YUV video from any deck, broadcast router, or video camera with SDI output and plays it back to broadcast-quality SDI monitors.

The USB 3.0 connection supports data rates up to a blazing 4.8 Gb/s, which is plenty fast to effect a direct high-speed connection to your video editing software's real-time effects processing. UltraStudio SDI also features an HDMI 1.4 output for monitoring via an HDMI-enabled television, computer monitor, or projector. RS-422 deck control is included for controlling HDCAM SR, Digital Betacam, HDCAM, D5, DVCPRO HD and other VTRs.

For genlock, the device accepts a blackburst or tri-sync reference signal. All UltraStudio SDI files are open standard AVI, DPX and QuickTime format, so you can edit with just about any software, including Sony Vegas, The Foundry's Nuke, eyeon Fusion, Digidesign Pro Tools and Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects.

Though it's a Windows-based device, UltraStudio is qualified by Apple for Final Cut Pro compatibility, so you can batch capture from decks and play back FCP timelines with RT Extreme real-time effects. Other supported Final Cut Pro features include 10-bit rendering, 16-channel audio, deck control and support for ProRes, JPEG, DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO HD and 8- & 10-bit uncompressed video.

Blackmagic Design SDI Features

  • UltraStudio SDI includes the highest-quality low-jitter SDI connections that instantly switch between all SD and HD video formats. Connect to decks such as Digital Betacam, HDCAM, HDCAM-SR, Panasonic D5, DVCPRO HD, Sony PMW-F3 and more
  • With UltraStudio SDI you get both compressed and uncompressed video capture and playback in the highest-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 YUV. Only uncompressed video captures every bit of every pixel in the SDI video connection for an exact mirror image between capture and playback
  • For a future-proof design, UltraStudio SDI features built-in USB 3.0 for a high-speed 4.8 Gb/s connection that's up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 or FireWire. USB 3.0 is built into the latest computers and is more than 3 times the speed of HD video
  • Blackmagic Design is the world's biggest capture card manufacturer, so you get the widest third-party software compatibility. Use DirectShow and QuickTime software and edit on your favorite NLE software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas
  • UltraStudio SDI includes everything you need for editing, paint, or broadcast design. There's a full set of drivers for capture and playback with real-time effects in Premiere Pro. There's also a set of included Blackmagic Utilities: Disk Speed Test, LiveKey and the Blackmagic software codec
  • Media Express lets you batch capture and play back 2D and dual-stream stereoscopic 3D in DPX, ProRes, uncompressed YUV and RGB, DVCPRO HD and MJPEG files. You can even create your own playlist
  • LiveKey lets you insert logos and other graphics in real time using SDI outputs by switching UltraStudio SDI into a standard-def keyer card. Disk Speed Test checks your disk array and gives you an easy-to-understand speed test with the results in video frames per second

Blackmagic Design SDI Specifications

SDI Video Input / Output 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable
Analog Video Input / Output No
HDMI Video Input No
HDMI Video Output 1 x HDMI type A connector
Analog Audio Input / Output No
AES/EBU Audio Input / Output No
SDI Audio Input / Output 8 Channels embedded in SD and HD
HDMI Audio Input No
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 USB 3.0
SD Format Support 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC and 525/23.98 NTSC
HD Format Support 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94 and 1080i60
2K Format Support No
SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M and SMPTE 292M.
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 Color Precision 10 bit
HDMI Resolution Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device.
HDMI Configuration HDMI automatically configures to connected display
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 and 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI
Copy Protection For legal reasons 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 No
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 Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects in DV, MJPEG, DVCPRO HD, DSLR, AVCHD, XDCAM, XDCAM HD and uncompressed
Software Included Media Express, Disk Speed Test, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic driver on Windows
Firmware Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software
Installation Requires a computer with onboard USB 3.0, or a USB 3.0 PCI Express 2.0 card. Does not support USB 2.0 capture and playback. Please check the Support pages to see the full system requirements
Operating System Compatibility Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7
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