Company's InterBEE Announcements Also Include New DeckLink 8K Pro and HDMI/6G SDI Mini Converters
At InterBEE 2017 this week in Chiba City, Japan, Blackmagic Design released a new v4.7 update for its Micro Studio Camera 4K that it said adds two stops of sensitivity to the camera’s latitude by improving image processing techniques and enables 720p at 50, 59.94 and 60fps. Raw 12-bit output has also been enabled via SDI, and the camera now supports remote-control PTZ signals via the VISCA protocol.
Both the Micro Studio Camera 4K and the Micro Cinema Camera now support S.Bus commands including frame rate, autofocus on and off, and recording start and stop. The Micro Studio Camera 4K now passes remote recording commands through to trigger recording over SDI and HDMI, eliminating the need to start and stop external recording devices separately. The Micro Cinema Camera now supports timecode as well as record start and stop via HDMI, allowing in-camera raw recording simultaneously with timecode-matched proxy recording to an external device.
Also new from Blackmagic Design at InterBEE are new HDMI/6G SDI mini-converters that replace the existing 3G models, allowing conversion of SDI and HDMI signals at resolutions up to 2160p30. The HDMI to SDI 6G converter is $145, while the SDI to HDMI 6G converter, which includes HDMI instant lock (for clean switching between sources of the same format and frame rate) and 33-point 3D LUT support, runs $185. Both units support embedding and de-embedding SDI audio to and from HDMI, AES/EBU and balanced analog interfaces.
Blackmagic has also repackaged USB-powered Micro Converters without power supplies and marked the units down in price — the HDMI to SDI Micro Converter is $39 and the SDI to HDMI Micro Converter is $45. With power supplies, the units have been reduced to $55 and $59, respectively.
Blackmagic also previewed a new DeckLink card designed for 8K workflow — the DeckLink 8K Pro supports 8K DCI and 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 workflow, including Rec. 2020 color, via bi-directional quad-link 12G-SDI. 64 channels of audio are supported along with stereo 3D and HFR, the company said. It’s expected to ship early in January for $645.
The price of the existing DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G card, which also supports optical fiber and HDMI IO, has been lowered to $895.