Blackmagic Design Unleashes a Torrent of Products
April 16, 2012, NAB, Las Vegas—Blackmagic Design introduced a host of new products for video capture and production.
The highlight was a cinema-quality camera for $2995. The Cinema Camera touts a 13 stop dynamic range, 2.5K sensor, built-in SSD recorder, and Canon EF or Zeiss ZF lens mounts. Other features include a Thunderbolt connection, and a touch screen LCD for metadata inputs. The camera comes with a full copy of DaVinci Resolve for color correction and UltraScope waveform monitoring software.
To complement the camera and provide other capabilities, they released DaVinci Resolve 9. This software will be available in July as a free upgrade for existing users and is $995 for new users. It features a new UI for easier import and selection, and many other new features and functions.
The Teranex 2D and 3D standards converter processors are replacements for the earlier VC100. The new boxes are 1-RU high and have HDMI, analog, SDI and Thunderbolt I/Os as well as various audio connectors. The 2D offers 4:2:2 for a single channel at $1,995, and the 3D can handle full 3-D as well as 4:4:4 image qualities for $3,995.
A number of software updates and releases added new functionality to existing products. The ATEM 2 M/E software enables full audio mixing in a production switcher. HyperDeck Update 3.0 adds support for ProRes 422 (HQ). This upgrade enables longer recording times, reduces the costs of SSDs, and allows direct editing from the SSD. Both upgrades will be a free for existing users.
Thunderbolt interfaces are showing up in many of the latest boxes. The new HyperDeck Studio Pro now includes 4 channels of 3Gb/s SDI for real-time 4K playback. It includes Thunderbolt, HDMI, and analog I/Os. The UltraStudio Express capture and playback device is powered by the Thunderbolt interface. It offers breakout cables with RCA, BNC, and XLR connectors, plus genlock and RS422 deck controls. The Universal Videohub Editing Interface features four Thunderbolt ports and four reference signal inputs on a single plug-in card.
Other announcements addressed other parts of the company's product lines. For full information and current pricing, go to their website at www.blackmagic-design.com