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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express with Thunderbolt (BMD-BDLKULSDEXPRESS)

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Product Details

Overview
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...
Included in box
  • UltraStudio Express
  • Software CD
  • Professional breakout cable for analog and RS-422.
  • Consumer breakout cable for analog component and RCA audio.

About the UltraStudio Express with Thunderbolt

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! 

Connections
SDI Video Input1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.
SDI Video Output1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.
Analog Video Input1 x Component YUV on 3 BNC or RCA connectors switchable to S-Video or Composite. Component supports HD and SD.
Analog Video Output1 x Component YUV on 3 BNC or RCA connectors switchable to S-Video or Composite. Component supports HD and SD.
HDMI Video Input1 x HDMI type A connector
HDMI Video Output1 x HDMI type A connector.
Analog Audio Input2 Channels of analog audio via professional balanced XLR connectors or unbalanced RCA connectors.
Analog Audio Output2 Channels of analog audio via professional balanced XLR connectors or unbalanced RCA connectors.
AES/EBU Audio Input2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector.
AES/EBU Audio Output2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC or RCA connector.
SDI Audio Input16 Channels embedded in HD. 8 Channels embedded in SD.
SDI Audio Output16 Channels embedded in HD. 8 Channels embedded in SD.
HDMI Audio Input2 channels embedded in SD and HD.
HDMI Audio Output2 channels embedded in SD and HD.
Sync InputBlackburst in SD, 720p50, 720p59.94, 1080i50 and 1080i59.94 formats or Tri-Sync in any HD format.
Device ControlSony™ compatible RS422 deck control ports. Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control.
Computer InterfaceThunderbolt™
Codecs
Supports: AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2.
Software
Software IncludedMedia Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Mac OS X and Windows drivers, Blackmagic System Preferences and Blackmagic driver.
Internal Software UpgradeSoftware driver loads upgrades at system start or Via updater software.
Video Standards
SD Format Support625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC.
HD Format Support720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30 and 1080p30.
SDI ComplianceSMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M and SMPTE 296M.
SDI Metadata SupportVITC read for 3:2 pulldown removal. VANC capture and playback using up to 3 lines of video in file. HD RP188. Closed captioning.
Audio SamplingTelevision rate of 48kHz and 24 bit.
Video Sampling4:2:2
Color Precision10-bit
Color SpaceREC 601, REC 709
HDMI ResolutionPixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device.
HDMI Color Precision10 bit
Multiple Rate supportSDI 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 ProtectionHDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.
Processing
Colorspace ConversionHardware based real time.
HD Down ConversionReal time 10-bit hardware down conversion on SDI output, Composite and S-Video when working in HD video formats on playback. Switch analog video to Component and choose HD or SD output. Selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3 styles.
HD Up ConversionReal time 10 bit standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture.
HD Cross ConversionReal time 10 bit 720HD to 1080HD during video capture.
Real Time EffectsFinal Cut Pro X internal effects. Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects. DaVinci Resolve.
Physical InstallationRequires computer with a Thunderbolt™ port. Please check support pages to see the full system requirement.
Operating Systems
MacMac OS X 10.9 Mavericks,
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later.
WindowsWindows 7 or Windows 8.
Physical Specifications
Size167mm x 25mm x 101,
Weight428g
Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature5° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
Storage Temperature-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)
Relative Humidity0% to 90% non-condensing
Warranty3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

International Power Supply
Standard 12V power supply with international adapters for connection to all power outlets.

Thunderbolt™ Connection
Get blazing speeds for full resolution real time dual stream 3D capture and playback!

Inputs
1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable SDI, 1 x HDMI type A connector, 1 x Component YUV (supports HD and SD) on 3 BNC or RCA connectors switchable to S-Video or Composite, 2 Channels of analogue audio via professional balanced XLR connectors or unbalanced RCA connectors, 2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector

Outputs
1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable SDI, 1 x HDMI type A connector, 1 x Component YUV (supports HD and SD) on 3 BNC or RCA connectors switchable to S-Video or Composite, 2 Channels of analogue audio via professional balanced XLR connectors or unbalanced RCA connectors

What others think

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This is the second one. Very good
5 stars

Placido Losacco on 2016-05-25


V4 of the desktop video software when installed fresh doesn't appear to understand the consumer breakout cable, meaning you can't select unbalanced RCA audio from which to capture. Blackmagic support have, apparently, never done a clean install before, so I'm currently debugging their product on their behalf. Assuming it can all be made to work, it's a great piece of kit.
4 stars

Feefo on 2015-05-19


Fab - does the job?
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-02-24


Frequently Asked Questions

1 question(s) | 1 answers(s)

Will this work on Windows PC's with a Thunderbolt connection?Thanks.

Robbie 08-11-2012

From the manufacturers website:- "Requires a computer with Thunderbolt™ running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later, Windows 7 or Windows 8 release preview." So yes, it should be fine

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