Shoot Better Video
See and capture every detail with confidence!
Whether it’s a wedding, an indie film, or a television commercial, you need to make sure your images are perfectly sharp and captured at the highest possible quality, no matter what type of camera you use. Blackmagic Video Assist works with everything from DSLR’s to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras. When you’re shooting a wedding, there’s only one chance to get it right and if you’re an indie filmmaker, you want your film to look as good as a Hollywood movie when projected at festivals. Blackmagic Video Assist helps you make sure every shot is in focus and gives you professional images with the same recording quality used by major motion pictures and prime time TV shows!
Blackmagic Video Assist 4K
7” high resolution monitor with Ultra HD recorder!
Video Assist 4K features a 7” high resolution screen, two high speed recorders for non-stop Ultra HD recording, XLR mic inputs, a built in speaker and more! The larger screen is 1920 x 1200, so you can see a full 16:9 image without the status bar covering the picture. Video Assist 4K features the latest high speed UHS-II SD card recorders and can record 1080 HD as well as Ultra HD up to 2160p30 on low cost, readily available SD cards! You also get two extremely low noise professional analog mini XLR connections so you can bypass low quality DSLR audio and connect professional microphones directly.
Professional HD and Ultra HD Recorder
10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD recording!
The 5” Video Assist records all HD formats up to 1080p60, and the 7” Video Assist 4K records HD and Ultra HD up to 2160p30. You get incredible looking, broadcast quality 10-bit, 4:2:2 ProRes or DNxHD files that work with all major editing software so you can start editing without having to convert them! Recording can be automatically triggered from SDI and HDMI so you can stay focussed on getting the shot, without having to worry about operating additional gear! The 7” Video Assist 4K also has two recorders so when one card is full, it automatically continues recording onto the next!
Records to High Speed SD Card
Low cost, high performance storage you can get anywhere!
Both models record HD video using standard SD memory cards and the 7” Video Assist 4K can also record to super high performance UHS-II cards which are fast enough to record Ultra HD! That means it’s now possible to record Ultra HD using low cost cards that cost less than $2 per GB. By connecting Video Assist to your existing camera, you can eliminate proprietary and expensive media such as XDCAM, P2 and SxS. UHS-II cards are fully backwards compatible with regular SD card slots so you can just insert them into your computer to start editing the media immediately.
Super bright and clear display
Blackmagic Video Assist has a bright 5” or 7” display so you don’t have to carry extra monitors and scopes on set! The large screens make it easy to see focus peaking and overlays such as histogram, audio meters, controls and more! You can mount it on cameras as a large crew monitor, hand it to the cinematographer for composing shots, or set it in front of the director to review each take. The screen has a wide 135º viewing angle, which means it’s easy to see, even when several crew members are watching. The image also auto rotates, so you can even rig it upside down!
High Quality Audio
Better audio recording than most cameras!
Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is also an extremely high quality audio recorder! You get two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power so you can attach external microphones to record audio with Video Assist, instead of your camera. This totally eliminates the problems with auto gain controls on DLSR cameras! With an amazing equivalent input noise floor of -128dBV, you get high quality, crystal clear audio that sounds dramatically better than camera audio! Sound is recorded into the same file as the video so you don’t have to worry about AV sync between separate audio and video files!
Easy Touchscreen Controls
Use simple tap and swipe gestures to make adjustments!
The built in monitor is also an interactive touchscreen that makes setting up the Blackmagic Video Assist incredibly intuitive. All of the functions are at your fingertips, allowing you to use simple tap and swipe gestures to display camera information, change settings and evaluate audio and video levels. The elegant heads up display let’s you change recording formats or view the current input frame rate, histogram, audio meters, timecode, and more, all while still keeping your eyes on the shot!
Portable All-In-One Design
Integrated on set monitoring and recording
Designed to be durable and light weight, both models are incredibly small yet still incorporate large LCD monitors and touch screens. Both models include high speed SD card recorders and space for two rechargeable batteries, which are hot swappable so you never have to stop shooting. You can use the mounting points to attach it to the top of a camera, or use the built in kick stand to set it up on a table. It’s even comfortable enough to hold in your hands so you can pass it around to the crew. The 7” Video Assist 4K even features a built in speaker, making it easy for everyone to review shots!
Connect to professional cameras, camcorders and DSLR’s
The compact design of the Blackmagic Video Assist includes HDMI and 6G-SDI so you can connect them to virtually any DSLR, prosumer or professional camera! The loop thru output lets you monitor on larger displays or projectors. The 12V universal power supply gives you continuous operation. When you’re on location, two side by side LP-E6 batteries give you enough power for longer shoots! The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K also features a LANC connector and two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power for connecting microphones, along with a built in speaker that automatically mutes while recording!
HD Television Production
Update aging HD cameras with ProRes and DNxHD recording!
Now you can breathe new life into your aging HD production gear! All you have to do is connect a Blackmagic Video Assist via SDI to add modern, file based recording to your older cameras! That means your HDCAM, XDCAM or DVCPRO cameras can record full 10-bit quality to ProRes and DNxHD files that are optimized for post production! Since Blackmagic Video Assist records to standard, off the shelf, readily available and inexpensive SD cards, you no longer have to use expensive HDCAM tapes or strange custom media such as P2 cards and XDCAM discs!
Portable Field Monitor
The monitor that’s perfect for the entire crew!
Most documentaries and indie films often operate with smaller crews and tighter budgets, so you don’t have extra money for a lot of expensive equipment. Video Assist combines several pieces of production gear into a single lightweight, portable package! You get a fantastic on-set monitor, an HD or Ultra HD recorder, and with the 7” model, you also get a high quality audio recorder with two mic inputs! The touchscreen display can be used by the camera operator as a large viewfinder, by the DoP as a live on set monitor to check framing, and by the Director to review each take before moving to the next shot!
Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K
Add a monitor to your Micro Studio Camera
Turn your Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera into a full blown studio rig simply by adding a Video Assist! You get a brilliant 7” touchscreen that you can use as a viewfinder for checking focus and framing, and a built in recorder for recording Ultra HD video. It can even be used as an ISO recorder when you’re working on live switched television shows! When used with the HDMI connection, you’ll also be able to see the camera’s interface on the touchscreen so you can change camera settings, monitor audio levels, see the histogram and more!
Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera
The fastest way to set up and check your action shots!
The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is the world’s smallest Super 16 digital film camera and can be used absolutely anywhere from quadcopters to crash cars, mounted on hang gliders, or even strapped to your body for unique point of view shots. The Blackmagic Video assist gives you a quick and easy way to adjust the Micro Cinema Camera’s settings, check focus and more. Just plug it in, set up the camera, unplug it and go! With the Micro Cinema Camera and Video Assist, you’ll be able to capture extreme action shots and have the confidence to know that the camera is set up properly and perfectly focused!
Camera Crew Monitor
Add a large camera viewfinder that everyone can see!
Blackmagic Video Assist is the perfect companion for productions being shot with URSA Mini. You get an extra monitor that’s large enough for the entire crew to see. Now multiple people on set can see the shot and all of the critical camera information they need! It can be mounted to the side of the camera, held in your hand, or placed anywhere on set using 6G-SDI. Video Assist shows intelligent, automatic overlays from the camera so you can see clip name, timecode, lens settings and other important metadata while still recording clean 10-bit ProRes or DNxHD video!
Production Field Recorder
Record 10-bit 4:2:2 HD or Ultra HD video!
With its incredibly compact size, Blackmagic Video Assist securely mounts on any camera and gives film, television and commercial productions a professional recorder that can capture video in the popular ProRes and DNxHD formats. You can simultaneously record full 10-bit 4:2:2 HD or Ultra HD files on the Video Assist, and capture full resolution 4K RAW digital negatives on your camera! Both sets of files will have perfectly matched timecode so you can finish your program using the files from the Video Assist and, if needed, you’ll still have the camera original RAW files for visual effects and colour grading!
Digital Signage and Conferences
Reliable HD playback at trade shows and retail stores
Every company needs a reliable way to playback video at trade shows or on digital signs. Highly compressed H.264 or MP4 web formats don’t look good when projected on large screens and digital signs. Video Assist uses high quality DNxHD and ProRes video formats so there’s no temporal compression and you get hours of broadcast quality video playback! Connections are simple and straightforward and the large buttons emulate traditional deck controls so they are easy to use.
Improve the quality of your DSLR shots!
The latest full frame DSLR cameras used with high quality photo lenses can shoot incredible stills but the quality of the video recorded is limited by the heavily compressed formats they use. You can bypass the compression on your DSLR by connecting the HDMI output directly into Video Assist to record professional, broadcast quality 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD video. Plus, you get a much larger monitor than the DSLR’s small built in display so you can evaluate framing and focus with greater accuracy. Blackmagic Video Assist helps you get the best possible quality from your DSLR!
Aluminium Metal Frame
Light weight, durable construction
The frame of the Blackmagic Video Assist is made from aircraft grade aluminum which means you get an incredibly sturdy metal that barely adds any weight to your camera. The aluminum is precision machined into the intricate shape needed to house the connections and touchscreen display. It’s also extremely strong, which makes it perfect for bracing the mounting points. You get a heavy duty metal that is comfortable enough to hold in your hand and still light enough to be mounted on even the smallest rig.
Modern and intuitive user interface
The built in display is also an incredibly intuitive and responsive capacitive touchscreen, which is used to configure and control the Video Assist. Tap and swipe gestures make it simple and quick to show or hide settings for the capture resolution and format as well as brightness and contrast of the screen. Swipe in another direction and you’ll have access to transport controls, recording status, histogram, audio level, timecode, battery status, and more. Best of all, the controls are overlaid using a semi transparent heads up display, which allows you to always keep an eye on your shot!
Auto Rotate Screen
Mount it upside down or right side up!
Both models of Blackmagic Video Assist feature a built in accelerometer, so whether you mount it right side up or upside down, the image will always auto rotate so you can see it perfectly! This makes Video Assist even more flexible, allowing you to rig it to the top or bottom of cameras and other equipment and orient it in the direction that makes connecting cables easy!
Attach to cameras, equipment carts or hang it anywhere
There are 6 mounting points located on the top and bottom of the Video Assist. Using the bottom ¼ inch holes, you can securely attach it to the top of your camera as the ultimate HD viewfinder! The three ¼” holes on top allow you to hang it from rigs and use it as a monitor for the entire crew. The standard sized mounting points make it easy to mount and are compatible with third party rigging equipment.
Plug it in or go mobile
The Blackmagic Video Assist includes a universal 110V - 240V power supply so you can use it anywhere. When connected to the 12V DC input you get continuous power or you can run it off of dual Canon compatible LP-E6 rechargeable batteries. Intelligent battery management will use the battery with less charge first, then immediately switch to the other battery without interrupting recording. When connected to AC power, the batteries can be charged in parallel while the Video Assist is still being used. That means you never have to turn the Video Assist monitor off while you’re on a shoot!