Blackmagic’s UltraStudio range is the ideal companion for anyone needing both monitor and capture capabilities in their workflow, whether on a DIT cart on set or in the office, surrounded by your dearest kit. Replacing the regular UltraStudio 4K, the 4K Mini takes a similar form to Teranex and other Blackmagic Design boxes that can be rackmounted or simply placed on the desk.
The UltraStudio is an all in one, hardware encoder/decoder and recorder, so you can bring in footage straight onto it or use it in the same capacity as Blackmagic’s DeckLink capture cards.
The UltraStudio 4K Mini features Thunderbolt 3, SDI and HDMI in, along with outputs respectively. This not only allows it to support studio or cinema level cameras, but consumer or prosumer level too, plus, with the 12G connection and HDMI 2.0 I/O, you’ll find support for up to 2160p60 in 8 and 10-bit high dynamic range capture or 30fps in 12-bit.
With HDR being a major component in all grading processes now, it’s incredibly handy to have access to 10-bit or above footage, which the UltraStudio 4K Mini will let you view via any HDR enabled monitor so you can get an accurate grade via HDMI, even on a consumer grade TV!
When working with 10-bit video, the UltraStudio won’t compress the footage, giving you the pure confidence to work with keying, compositions and colour correction.
The Thunderbolt 3 ports allow you to daisy chain the box into your workflow, alleviating you from losing a precious port and if you’re on a laptop, you’ll find a trickle-charge via the 45W power supply via the cable.
With an XLR port available, you’ll be able to bring in direct audio from whatever you’re capturing and the dedicated headphone jack allows you to monitor audio on the fly