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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express

Blackmagic Design
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Thunderbolt powered capture and playback device with SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs, and (2) breakout cables for connecting to professional and consumer analog equipment.
Key Highlights
  • Capture/Playback Device
  • Thunderbolt powered
  • SDI & HDMI I/O
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The Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express allows you to connect to virtually any video device, including cameras, monitors and broadcast decks for frame accurate editing and recording. Features integrated 3G-SDI and HDMI connections, and includes consumer RCA and professional BNC/XLR breakout cables for analog component/S-video and composite, analog audio, genlock, AES/EBU audio, RS- 422 deck control and more. The UltraStudio Express is powered via the Thunderbolt connection, which makes it extremely portable.

UltraStudio supports popular compressed video formats such as ProRes and DNxHD as well as 10-bit uncompressed video, so you’re not locked into a single file format. When working with uncompressed video all captured images are a perfect pixel-for-pixel clone of the source without any quality loss, so you have the confidence you’re working at the absolute highest quality possible. Get the sharpest keying with green screens, cleanest compositions, superior color correction and more.

UltraStudio is compatible with all your favorite video software, such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Adobe Creative Suite. UltraStudio is QuickTime and WDM based and works with any Mac OS X or Windows video software.





What's in the Box

  • Disk Speed Test
  • Media Express Software
  • Blackmagic Driver
  • Blackmagic System Preferences
  • Intensity Pro Breakout Cable
  • DeckLink HD Extreme / Studio Breakout Cable
  • Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express


Key Highlights

  • Capture/Playback Device
  • Thunderbolt powered
  • SDI & HDMI I/O
  • (2) Analog Breakout Cables


Color Sampling:
Video - 4:2:2


Computer I/O Ports:
1 x Thunderbolt - Data & Power
Operating System:
Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later

Inputs & Outputs

Audio I/O:
Audio Input - via Breakout Cable, SDI: 16 CH embedded HD / 8 CH embedded SD
Audio Output - Same as Audio Input

Media Conversion

Video Input:
1 x Component YUV - via Breakout Cable (3 BNC or RCA connectors), HD/SD, S-Video/Composite switchable
1 x HDMI (Type A)
1 x SDI - 10-bit SD/HD switchable
Video Output:
1 x Component YUV - via Breakout Cable (3 BNC or RCA connectors), HD/SD, S-Video/Composite switchable
1 x HDMI (Type A)
1 x SDI - 10-bit SD/HD switchable
Sig Conversion Features:
Up Converter - HD: real time SD to 720 to 1080 HD during video capture
Down Converter - HD: software-based during video playback
Cross-Converter - HD: real time 720 to 1808 HD during video capture


Sampling Rate:
24 bit / 48 kHz

Software / Apps / Plugins

Software/App Notes:
Driver upgrades loaded at system start or via updater software

Special Features

General Notes:
Color Precision - 10-bit
Color Space Conversion - Hardware-based real time
Color Space - Rec 601, Rec 709
Control - Sony-compatible RS-422 deck control port, Serial Ports TxRx direction-reversible via software control
Copy Protection - HDMI input cannot capture from copy protected sources
HDMI Configuration - Automatic
HDMI Resolution - Pixel for pixel HD input to connected device
Multi-Rate Support - SDI & HDMI video connections switchable between SD & HD; SDI switches between 270 Mb/s SD SDI, 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI, and 3 Gb/s HD
Real Time Effects - Apple Final Cut Pro (internal), Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine, Avid Media Composer 6 (internal)
SDI Compliance - SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M & 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
Supported Formats - SD: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC
Supported Formats - SD: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC
Sync Input - Blackburst in SD, 720p50, 720p59.95, 1080i50, 1080i59.95 formats; Tri-Sync in all HD formats


5.4 in
3.1 in
8.1 in
2.5 lb


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