We don't know why we thought Blackmagic Design would be slightly quieter at IBC this year after a massive NAB that caused their webserver to creak on the opening day. We were wrong, new products for 4K capture and a micro four thirds option on the Cinema Camera just as the original model starts being delivered to customers!
We are a site about FCP, but let us get the the Cinema Camera out of the way first as this announcement will surely light up the internet today.
At 9:00 AM sharp Amsterdam time, the news came through that Blackmagic Design had announced a second version of their Cinema Camera, the MFT. Vitually identical to the original model, the micro four thirds version allows more flexibility with lenses.
If you don't want a standalone box and prefer to have a capture card in your Mac, then the Decklink 4K Extreme also priced at $1,295 and available in November might fit the bill. We would be slightly nervous with this card as at the moment we have no idea about the architecture of the new Mac Pro, so maybe the Thunderbolted UltraStudio makes more sense. However, nice to see the Blackmagic site having Final Cut Pro X demoing the product. Do people make anything but car videos these days?
“DaVinci Resolve customers have been asking for a 4K solution for color grading, and we are so excited to be able to include that in such a feature rich capture card. With DeckLink 4K Extreme, we have an all in one solution to allow everyone to have access to the highest quality 4K and 3D workflows. I cannot believe how many advanced industry leading features are packed into this single product!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “DeckLink 4K Extreme is the only way to get 4K, 3D, 4:4:4 and 2K capture and playback, combined with conventional SD and HD in the one card and at a price everyone can afford. It is really amazing!”
DeckLink 4K Extreme Key Features
Blackmagic also announced a few more products, the last two of real interest to us being the UltraStudio Mini Monitor and the UltraStudio Mini Recorder.
At NAB 2012 Blackmagic announced the Thunderbolt powered UltraStudio Express that has SDI, HDMI and analog connections with dual break out cables for both professional and consumer analog. They thought they could go smaller and cheaper and the two new devices have only one function, the UltraStudio Mini Recorder records and UltraStudio Mini Monitor lets you play back. Priced at $145 each they will be available in Q4.
UltraStudio Mini Monitor and UltraStudio Mini Recorder Key Features