Product Highlights
  • 4K/HD/SD Supported Formats
  • 2x 10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD/4K Input
  • 2x 10-bit SD/HD/3G/Ultra HD/4K Output
  • 48.2 x 14.2 x 4.4 cm (19 x 5.59 x 1.73") Dimensions
  • 1.68 kg (3.7 lbs) Weight
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Overview

UltraStudio for Thunderbolt™

The highest quality capture and playback solutions for your Thunderbolt™ computer

Built with blazingly fast Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 technology, UltraStudio lets you work with the highest quality video resolutions all the way up to Ultra HD 4K. Choose from a range of rack mount and portable UltraStudio for Thunderbolt models featuring SDI, HDMI and analog video connections. UltraStudio works with all your favorite video software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Creative Suite. UltraStudio are QuickTime and WDM based and work with any Mac OS X and Windows video software.

Advanced Workflow

UltraStudio for Thunderbolt models are perfect for high performance work that demands the highest quality. Using a single Thunderbolt cable, you can easily connect any Thunderbolt computer or laptop for amazing on set color correction, editing, visual effects and video streaming. Lightweight and compact, UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models are extremely portable, easily moving from one computer to another. UltraStudio 4K is a high performance 'break out box' style capture and playback device for highest quality Ultra HD 60p editing as well as DCI 4K resolutions.

Built In Hardware Video Encoding

The UltraStudio 4K Extreme model features a built in multi format hardware encoder that lets you capture to H.265 and ProRes files. H.265 is quickly becoming the compression standard for distributing Ultra HD content online, and ProRes is the world’s most popular post production format. When selected for ProRes on Mac OS X, the built in hardware encoder encodes the video in real time allowing you to go beyond the speed of Thunderbolt because high resolution and high frame rate video can be compressed internally and then only the lower data rate ProRes data is transferred over the Thunderbolt connection. Realtime ProRes encoding also means you can capture higher resolution formats on slower computers, like laptops, that normally wouldn’t be able to handle them, dramatically lowering the cost and speed requirements of your workstations.

                                                           

 

 

The Power of Thunderbolt™

Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt™ technology, UltraStudio uses a blazingly fast single cable connection to your computer that has the bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily! Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization for the highest quality capture and playback. UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models are powered via the Thunderbolt connection so they are extremely portable. The high performance UltraStudio 4K and UltraStudio 4K Extreme models feature double speed Thunderbolt 2 with loop thru and 6G-SDI or 12G-SDI, making them ideal for demanding 3D stereoscopic workflows, Ultra HD and DCI 4K.

 

Unmatched Quality

Amazing 4K resolutions in compressed or uncompressed

UltraStudio 4K supports popular compressed video formats such as ProRes and DNxHD as well as 10-bit uncompressed video, so you’re not locked into a single file format. When working with uncompressed video all captured images are a perfect pixel-for-pixel clone of the source without any quality loss, so you have the confidence you’re working at the absolute highest quality possible. Get the sharpest keying with green screens, cleanest compositions, superior color correction and more! Ultra HD 4K has 4 times the resolution of 1080HD for amazing looking images.

Attractive Design

Elegant styling and exceptional durability

UltraStudio 4K’s elegant front panel has an integrated color LCD and fast to use video and audio input buttons, all with built in video and audio connections using standard BNC, HDMI and XLR connectors. UltraStudio Express is machined from a solid block of aluminum to provide fantastic strength and portability. For flexibility the design includes breakout cables with professional BNC and XLR connections or consumer RCA connections. UltraStudio Mini models fit into the palm of your hand and feature SDI and HDMI connections at one end and a Thunderbolt connection at the other.

Mac OS X

Use your Favorite Software

UltraStudio is supported by a huge range of software applications for Mac OS X. Get drivers that work with fantastic editing software such as Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony and Avid News Cutter. For visual effects get full compatibility with Fusion, After Effects CC and Photoshop CC. For audio get compatibility with ProTools, Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase. For streaming use Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster.

Windows

Unrivalled compatibility

For Windows you get access to a massive range of software because UltraStudio supports WDM, DirectShow and QuickTime! For editing you can use Avid Media Composer, Avid News Cutter, Premiere Pro CC, Sony Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio, CyberLink Power Director and MAGIX Video Pro. For visual effects use Fusion, After Effects CC and Photoshop CC. Audio software supported includes Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase. When streaming you get compatibility with Flash Media Encoder, Xsplit Broadcaster, Wirecast and Livestream Procaster.

What's Included

UltraStudio 4K Thunderbolt 2

Software CD

  • Media Express
  • Disk Speed Test 
  • LiveKey 
  • Blackmagic System Preferences
  • Blackmagic Driver on Mac OS X

3-Year Limited Warranty

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Product Specifications

UltraStudio 4K Thunderbolt 2

SDI Video Input

2x 10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD/4K (2D/3D switchable)
Supports 3 Gb/s and 6 Gb/s dual link 4:2:2/4:4:4 

4K and 1080p formats supported:
DCI / UHD 4K 4:2:2 by single-link 6G-SDI 
1080p RGB 4:4:4 by single-link 3G-SDI 
1080p 4:2:2 by single-link HD-SDI 
1080p 4:4:4 by dual-link HD-SDI

SDI Video Loop 2x reclocked, 10-bit SD, HD, 3G-SDI, 6G-SDI
SDI Video Output

2x 10-bit SD/HD/3G/Ultra HD/4K (2D/3D switchable) 
Supports 3 Gb/s and 6 Gb/s dual link 4:2:2/4:4:4 

4K and 1080p formats supported: 
DCI / UHD 4K 4:2:2 by single-link 6G-SDI 
1080p RGB 4:4:4 by single-link 3G-SDI 
1080p 4:2:2 by single-link HD-SDI 
1080p 4:4:4 by dual-link HD-SDI

Analog Video Input 1x Component YUV on 3 BNCs 
1x Composite on 1 BNC
Analog Video Output 1x Component YUV on 3 BNCs 
1x composite on 1 BNC
HDMI Video Input

1x HDMI type A connector including 3D frame packing, Ultra HD, and 4K support 

4K format supported:
DCI 4K 4:2:2 by HDMI

HDMI Video Output

1x HDMI type A connector including 3D frame packing, Ultra HD, and 4K support 

4K format supported: 
DCI 4K 4:2:2 by HDMI

Analog Audio Input 2 channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors and 2 channels of consumer unbalanced via RCA connections
Analog Audio Output 2 channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors
AES/EBU Audio Input 2 channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connectors
AES/EBU Audio Output 2 channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector
SDI Audio Input 8 channels embedded in SD 
16 channels embedded in HD 
16 channels embedded in Ultra HD and 4K
SDI Audio Output 8 channels embedded in SD 
16 channels embedded in HD 
16 channels embedded in Ultra HD and 4K
HDMI Audio Input 8 channels embedded in SD, HD, 2K, Ultra HD, and 4K
HDMI Audio Output 8 channels embedded in SD, HD, 2K, Ultra HD, and 4K
Timecode Input 1x XLR for LTC input
Timecode Output 1x XLR for LTC output
Sync Input Blackburst in SD or Tri-Sync in HD
Device Control Sony compatible RS-422 deck control port 
Serial ports Tx/Rx direction reversible under software control
Computer Interface 2x Thunderbolt 2
Supported Codecs AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:4:4
Supported Applications Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Nuke - The Foundry, DaVinci Resolve, Avid Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, Steinberg Nuendo, Adobe Photoshop, Avid Symphony, Avid News Cutter, Tools On Air just:in / live:cut / just:play / just:live, Softron OnTheAir Video/ MovieRecorder / OnTheAir CG, Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster, Resolume Avenue 4, Sony Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio Pro X4, CyberLink Power Director, MAGIX Video Pro X4, Vidcaster Pro / Studio / Broadcast, Uniplay, Playbox AirBox, CasparCG, Magicsoft CG, Xsplit Broadcaster, Harris Infocaster
Internal Software Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software.
4K Format Support

SDI:
3840x2160p/23.98, 3840x2160p/24, 3840x2160p/25, 3840x2160p29.97, 3840x2160p30, 3840x2160p50, 3840x2160p59.94, 3840x2160p60, 4096x2160p23.98, 4096x2160p24, 4096x2160p25, 4096x2160p29.97, 4096x2160p30, 4096x2160p50, 4096x2160p59.94, 4096x2160p60 

HDMI:
3840x2160p/23.98, 3840x2160p/24, 3840x2160p/25, 3840x2160p29.97, 3840x2160p30, 4096x2160p23.98, 4096x2160p24

HD Format Support

SDI:
720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080p50, 1080i59.94, 1080p59.94, 1080i60, and 1080p60 

HDMI: 
720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080p50, 1080i59.94, 1080p59.94, 1080i60, and 1080p60

SD Format Support

SDI: 
625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC 

HDMI:
625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC

Compliance

SDI:
SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M, SMPTE 425M level B, ITU-R BT.656 and ITU-R BT.601 

HDMI:
HDMI 1.4b

SDI Video Sampling HD and 4K at up to 30p at 4:2:2 and 4:4:4
(anything above 30p in either HD or UHD will be sampled at 4:2:2)
Color Precision SDI / HDMI: 10-bit
SDI Color Space REC 601, REC 709
SDI Audio Sampling Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit
SDI Metadata Support VITC read for 3:2 pulldown removal 
VANC capture and playback using up to 3 lines of video in file 
HD RP188 
Closed captioning
HDMI Resolution Pixel for pixel up to 4K resolutions
HDMI Copy Protection HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.
Colorspace Conversion Hardware based real-time
3D Processing Dual stream and frame packed capture and playback
HD Down Conversion Built in, high quality hardware down converter outputs HD-SDI on SDI A output, SD-SDI on SDI B output, and Composite and S-Video when working in HD video formats on playback. Switch analog video to Component and choose HD or SD output. Selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9, and center cut 4:3 styles.
HD Up Conversion Built-in, high quality hardware up conversion from SD to 720HD or 1080HD on playback. Selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 pillarbox, and 16:9 zoom. HD outputs via HD-SDI, HDMI, and component analog.
HD Cross Conversion Built in, high quality hardware cross conversion from 720HD to 1080HD and 1080HD to 720HD on playback.
Real Time Effects Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects 
Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects 
Avid Media Composer internal effects
System Requirements Mac with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, or later
Power 1x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet 120-240 V, 50-60 Hz
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (5 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4° to 113°F (-20 to 45°C)
Relative Humidity 0 to 90% non-condensing
Safety Compliance FCC, CE, C-Tick
Dimensions 48.2 x 14.2 x 4.4 cm (19 x 5.59 x 1.73")
Weight

1.68 kg (3.7 lbs)

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