Although the big media hype is about Blackmagic’s new 12K camera with its amazing sensor, the other intriguing new device from the Australian innovator is the new US$115 UltraStudio 3G Recorder interface, which supersedes the prior UltraStudio Recorder, which is not 3G. It is so different that I requested one to review it soon. The 3G portion and the Thunderbolt 3 connection make the new version of the device have greater features, such as more video formats, greater selection of color space, RGB video formats and lower price of only US$115 instead of US$145. Ahead are more details and photos.
“UltraStudio Recorder 3G let you work anywhere because they are extremely compact and are powered from the Thunderbolt 3 connection,”
said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design.
“You can simply plug into any Thunderbolt 3 enabled laptop or a desktop computer and start working. With support for high bandwidth formats up to 1080p60 these are advanced video capture and playback solutions that are small enough to fit in your pocket. There is nothing more portable!”
Please note that although 1080p60 mentioned by Grant Petty is common among video gamers, the closest standard for conventional broadcast is ≈59.94 which is also supported by the UltraStudio Recorder 3G, as well as lower rates like (in descending order) 50p, ≈29.97, 25p, 24p and ≈23.976.
UltraStudio Recorder 3G features:
- Two models, UltraStudio Monitor 3G for playback and UltraStudio Recorder 3G for capture.
- High-speed Thunderbolt 3 port for high quality video processing.
- Built in 3G-SDI and HDMI connections on each model.
- Supports all common SD/HD video formats up to 1080p60 (as well as the broadcast-friendly ≈59.94p version).
- Uncompressed and compressed 10-bit 4:2:2 YUV or RGB quality.
- Supports DaVinci Resolve and all other video software.
- Developer SDK available to download free.
- Support for PsF formats including 1080PsF25 and 1080PsF≈29.97 via the SDI input, although not currently via the HDMI input.
I have interesting tests planned for my upcoming evaluation and review. Be sure to be on my free mailing list to be notified when I publish it.
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