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Blackmagic Extends 4K Line with Converters, Scopes, and More

Resolve 10 Public Beta Debuts with Online Finishing and Enhanced Color Tools

Blackmagic Design came to IBC with a beefed-up line of 4K products that will soon include three new $495 4K Mini Converters, a 4K upgrade to the SmartScope Duo LCD rack monitor announced at NAB, and the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K live production switcher.
 
Also being shown by Blackmagic in Amsterdam are new versions of its HyperDeck Studio and HyperDeck Studio Pro broadcast disk recorders, an October Desktop Video software update for the UltraStudio 4K and the Decklink 4K Extreme, and the just announced public beta of DaVinci Resolve 10.
 
4K Mini Converters
The Mini Converter Optical Fiber 4K is a bi-directional unit that includes 6G-SDI and 6 Gb/sec optical fiber. The original 3G-SDI version will be reduced in price to $295. The Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K has four SDI inputs to support Ultra HD over a single 6G-SGI, dual 3G-SDI or quad HD-SDI connection. And the Mini Converter SDI Multiplex 4K has four SDI inputs and outputs to allow conversion to and from quad HD-, dual 3G- and single 6G-SDI connections. It can also perform single- and dual-link 4:4:4 conversions. All three are expected to ship in October.
 
SmartScope Duo 4K
The $995 SmartScope Duo 4K has two 8-inch LCD screens in a 3RU design less than one inch thick and 6G-SDI inputs. The two screens can be used to monitor video and waveforms (including vectorscope, RGB parade, YUV parade, histogram, and audio scopes) from SD, HD or Ultra HD sources. It can be controlled remotely via Ethernet on a Windows or Mac OS X system. 
 
ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K
The new ATEM 4K switcher offers 10 independent 6G-SDI inputs, built-in DVE, four upstream chroma keyers, three aux outputs with front panel control, and a "much larger" media pool (compared to the previously introduced ATEM Production Studio 4K) for up to 32 still-frame Ultra HD images with fill and key as well as 180 frames of Ultra HD motion video with fill and key. It's expected to ship for $2,495 next month, while its predecessor will be reduced in price to $1,695.
 
HyperDeck Studio/Studio Pro 2
Both new HyperDeck Studio Pro releases have machined-metal front panels and built-in AC power supplies. The new HyperDeck Studio Pro 2 ($1,995) has 6G-SDI and HDMI 4K connectors for Ultra HD recording and playback, as well as four-channel SD I/O, built in Thunderbolt connectivity, and other digital and analog audio and video connectors. A new software update to v4.0 adds support for ProRes 422, 422 (LT) and 422 (Proxy) recording, in addition to 422 (HQ) and DNxHD. It's a free download for HyperDeck Studio Pro users.
 
Desktop Video 10
Another free software update, Desktop Video 10, replaces the existing firmware and drivers for the UltraStudio 4K and DeckLink 4K Extreme capture and playback products. New features include simultaneous capture and playback in different video formats with almost no latency, depending on the GPU power of the host computer, allowing live video to be graded and sent to an on-set monitor in real time. Support for higher frame rates, 12-bit video, and the R10K RGB format is new in this version. 
 
DaVinci Resolve 10
Finally, that public beta of Resolve 10 allows live color-grading directly from the video input, and can be used as an online finishing tool for edits performed in standard NLEs (Blackmagic used Final Cut Pro X as an example in the official announcement) via XML, returning to camera raw files for maximum quality. The titling tool has been enhanced, and timelines now support compound clips with multiple elements. It also supports left- and right-eye clips in the media pool and on the timeline for stereo-3D workflow. Support has been added for OpenFX plug-ins, and a new Gradient PowerWindow allows users to quickly add gradients. Copy-and-paste now works with tracking deta, and new motion effects have been added, including noise reduction and motion-blur effects.
 
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