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Overview
Now it’s easy to add professional monitoring and recording to any SDI or HDMI camera with Blackmagic Video Assist! You get a super bright touch screen display that’s much larger than the displays found on DSLR cameras, making it easier to accurately set focus and frame shots, plus you get high speed SD card recorders for HD or Ultra HD recording in incredible 10-bit 4:2:2 quality ProRes or DNxHD files.
Thel Video Assist 4K lets you add a bright 7 inch monitor and broadcast quality recorder to any SDI or HDMI camera. 
By adding a Video Assist to a DLSR camera you can get a nice large screen that ensures you get perfect focus every time. Video Assist has built in focus aids such as focus peaking and focus zoom. You can also use the histogram to help set exposure. Because Video Assist has built...
Summary
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Inputs: SDI
Monitor Location: Field
Outputs: XLR
Panel Type: LCD
Resolution: 1200 x 1080
Screen Size: 7 Inch
Video Resolution: 4K
Included in box
  • 1x Blackmagic Video Assist 4K
  • 1x SD card with software and manual
  • 1x +12V universal power supply included with international socket adapters for all countries

About the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K

Now it’s easy to add professional monitoring and recording to any SDI or HDMI camera with Blackmagic Video Assist! You get a super bright touch screen display that’s much larger than the displays found on DSLR cameras, making it easier to accurately set focus and frame shots, plus you get high speed SD card recorders for HD or Ultra HD recording in incredible 10-bit 4:2:2 quality ProRes or DNxHD files.

Thel Video Assist 4K lets you add a bright 7 inch monitor and broadcast quality recorder to any SDI or HDMI camera. 

By adding a Video Assist to a DLSR camera you can get a nice large screen that ensures you get perfect focus every time. Video Assist has built in focus aids such as focus peaking and focus zoom. You can also use the histogram to help set exposure. Because Video Assist has built in recorders, you can bypass the low quality video files or even tape based recorders in many cameras. 

The Video Assist uses high quality ProRes and DNx recording, so you get great quality and full compatibility with all editing software. You also get much longer recording times because Video Assist 4K features 2 SD card slots, so you can change cards while recording. 

The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features 2 analog audio inputs with phantom power that are connected to an incredibly low noise HD audio circuit. This means you can connect high end microphones and mixers via the balanced mini XLR connectors, and completely bypass the camera audio for amazing results. It’s like Blackmagic Video Assist 4K has a professional audio recorder built in, and with over 128db of audio noise floor, audio engineers will love it! 

The design on the inside is just as professional with the latest technology 6G-SDI in and out on full size connectors as well as HDMI 2.0 in and out. There is also a LANC connector for extra control options in addition to the SDI and HDMI record triggers. Also included is an upgradable hardware codec with a selection between ProRes Proxy, ProRes LT, ProRes 422, and ProRes 422 HQ. A 3.5 mm audio output is included so you can plug in headphones for audio monitoring and the Video Assist 4K also includes a speaker for playback. 

When it comes to the built in recorder, Video Assist 4K includes support for the latest technology UHS-2 cards, so you get fast speeds for recording to Ultra HD. UHS-2 cards are extremely fast but you can also read them in conventional SD card slots on computers, as they are fully backwards compatible.

Warranty
12 Month Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.
Excluding: Batteries and cables which will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase.

 

Blackmagic Video Assist 2.5.1 Update

This free software update adds 2x and 4x magnification options when using the Vectorscope on Blackmagic Video Assist 4K. This update also includes general performance and stability updates for both Blackmagic Video Assist and Video Assist 4K. 

What's new in Video Assist 2.5.1

  • Add x2 and x4 Vectorscope zoom to the Video Assist 4K
  • General performance and stability updates to the Video Assist and Video Assist 4K

  Please click here for the update.


Connections
SDI Video Input1 x SD/HD/Ultra HD 6G-SDI via BNC
SDI Video Output1 x SD/HD/Ultra HD 6G-SDI via BNC
HDMI Video Input1 x HDMI 2.0a connector
HDMI Video Output1 x HDMI 2.0a connector
SDI Audio Input2 channels embedded via 6G-SDI
SDI Audio Output2 channels embedded via 6G-SDI
HDMI Audio Input2 channels embedded via HDMI 2.0a
HDMI Audio Output2 channels embedded via HDMI 2.0a
Analog Audio Input2 x balanced mini XLR with phantom power
Analog Audio Output1 x 3.5 mm stereo analog audio output jack.
Remote Control1 x 2.5mm LANC for Record Start and Stop.
SD InterfaceDual UHS-II SD slots
Storage TypeRemovable SDXC UHS-II, SDXC UHS-I and SDHC UHS-I SD cards.
Supports DS, HS, SDR12, SDR25, DDR50, SDR50 and SDR104 SD cards.
Recorder ControlIntegrated capacitive touchscreen LCD with onscreen controls for settings and navigating menus.
Screen Dimensions7" 1200 x 1080 capacitive touchscreen LCD.
Recorder ConfigurationVia the device's USB port or the device's user interface.
Computer Interface1 x Mini-B USB 2.0 connector for initial setup, software updates and Video Assist Utility software control.
Codecs
Supports: Apple ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes LT, ProRes Proxy.
SDI Video Standards
SD Format Support525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL
HD Format Support720p50, 59.94
1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
1080i50, 59.94
Ultra HD Format Support2160p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
SDI ComplianceSMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 425M 2084
SDI Metadata SupportHD RP188
Audio SamplingTelevision standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit.
Video Sampling4:2:2 YUV
Colour Precision10-bit
Colour SpaceREC 601, REC 709
Multiple Rate supportSDI and HDMI switches between 270 Mb/s SD , 1.5 Gb/s HD , and 3.0 Gb/s 60P HD plus 6.0 Gb/s 60p Ultra HD.
HDMI Video Standards
SD Format Support525i29.97 NTSC, 625i25 PAL
HD Format Support720p50, 59.94
1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
1080i50, 59.94
Ultra HD Format Support2160p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
HDMI Color Precision10-bit
Copy ProtectionHDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or
distribution of content.
Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,
Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later.
Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
Power Requirements
2 x rechargeable LP-E6 Lithium-Ion batteries.
+12V universal power supply included with international socket adapters for all countries.
Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
Storage Temperature-21° to 45° C (-6° to 113° F)
Relative Humidity0% to 90% non-condensing

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.

Better Monitoring
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!

Professional Connections
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.

DSLR Assist
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.

Touchscreen Control
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!

Mounting Points
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.

Uninterruptible Power
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!

Will this record proress 10bit 4:2:2 from Fs700(non R)
Asked on 03/05/2017 | 1 Answers
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I believe your camera is only outputting 8bit 4:2:2 (unless you have the AXS-R5 and IFR5 units bolted to it) so a 10 bit recorder will right the files in the expanded colour space but they won't look any better for it.
Answered on 2017-05-03 12:47:43 CVP Staff
Does the Blackmagic video assist include battery?
Asked on 12/12/2016 | 1 Answers
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No batteries or chargers are included. what is included is:-

1x Blackmagic Video Assist 4K
1x SD card with software and manual
1x +12V universal power supply included with international socket adapters for all countries
Answered on 2016-12-12 08:08:39 CVP Staff
Is it compatible with panasonic AG-HMC151E?
Asked on 15/09/2016 | 1 Answers
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That camera has an HDMI output which could be connected to the Video assist 4K. Obviously the VA won't record 4K but there's no reason why you couldnt use it in HD.
Answered on 2016-09-15 07:53:17 CVP Staff
What is the difference between the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K and the Atomos version with a similar screen size?
Asked on 23/06/2016 | 1 Answers
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The video assist records to SD card, the atomos records to SSD.
Answered on 2016-06-23 17:17:16 CVP Staff
Is the 'Blackmagic Video Assist 4K' compatible with the Sony FS700 via either HDMI or SDI?
Asked on 05/05/2016 | 1 Answers
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In HD, yes. for 4K no. You'd need either the sony HXR-IFR5 back end or something like an odyssey 7Q+ or Atomos shogun to record the raw data (not 4K video) coming out the FS700 SDI port.
Answered on 2016-05-05 10:20:02 CVP Staff
Is there a way to enable dual recording to both slots at once for a back up copy or the option to record pro-res to one and dnxhd to the other?
Asked on 26/04/2016 | 1 Answers
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Currently this is designed for sequential recording. When one slot is full it will change over to the empty card. I suppose they could add that feature in a firmware update to perform dual recording but depending on the processing power of the unit, dual recording of two different formats may be a stretch.
Answered on 2016-04-26 07:49:52 CVP Staff
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Very quick delivery, well packed. Perfect as usual.
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Radek Ignatowicz on 2017-07-11


Excellent piece of equipment and value for money. Well designed and easy to use. Also provides really good audio recording. One could criticise the weight but this reflects the quality of construction.
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Daniel Quill on 2017-01-31


A bit concern with the XLR F to mini XLR M cable to fit in the box... an excellent recorder, easy to manage SDI is compatible with everything Menu simple and clear
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Reverend Jpr Kraffe on 2016-05-09


Frequently Asked Questions

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Will this record proress 10bit 4:2:2 from Fs700(non R)

fraser 03-05-2017

I believe your camera is only outputting 8bit 4:2:2 (unless you have the AXS-R5 and IFR5 units bolted to it) so a 10 bit recorder will right the files in the expanded colour space but they won't look any better for it.

Does the Blackmagic video assist include battery?

Erica 12-12-2016

No batteries or chargers are included. what is included is:-1x Blackmagic Video Assist 4K1x SD card with software and manual1x +12V universal power supply included with international socket adapters for all countries

Is it compatible with panasonic AG-HMC151E?

andre 15-09-2016

That camera has an HDMI output which could be connected to the Video assist 4K. Obviously the VA won't record 4K but there's no reason why you couldnt use it in HD.

What is the difference between the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K and the Atomos version with a similar screen size?

Mick Fitch 23-06-2016

The video assist records to SD card, the atomos records to SSD.

Is the 'Blackmagic Video Assist 4K' compatible with the Sony FS700 via either HDMI or SDI?

Tim 05-05-2016

In HD, yes. for 4K no. You'd need either the sony HXR-IFR5 back end or something like an odyssey 7Q+ or Atomos shogun to record the raw data (not 4K video) coming out the FS700 SDI port.

Is there a way to enable dual recording to both slots at once for a back up copy or the option to record pro-res to one and dnxhd to the other?

Luke Wheldon 26-04-2016

Currently this is designed for sequential recording. When one slot is full it will change over to the empty card. I suppose they could add that feature in a firmware update to perform dual recording but depending on the processing power of the unit, dual recording of two different formats may be a stretch.

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