Blackmagic Video Assist 12G Monitors Enable RAW Recording

New Blackmagic Video Assist 12G update features BRAW recording up to 4K/60 in 5 inch and 7 inch models, unlocking RAW recording for a range of cameras.

The Blackmagic Video Assist 12G has received a big update and is now capable of recording Blackmagic RAW up to 4K 60p from a number of video sources, and displaying HDR video.

Available in 5 inch and 7 inch models, both devices have 2 x 12G SDI inputs to receive up to DCI 4K/60p signals, as well as 2 x HDMI inputs up to 4K/60p too. It is possible to hot swap between the Sony type L series batteries during operation, and can record RAW onto SD cards too.

For extended recording, the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G  has a USB-C connector to record onto external SSD drives or flash drives too. Ideal for recording in uncompressed RAW formats or for extended periods of time.

Both monitors are rated at 2500 nit high brightness, with a wide colour gamut HDR display, custom scopes and picture in picture modes. 3D LUT support is built in, and it is now possible to scrub through recordings on the timeline, and jog through footage by sliding left and right across the footage.

Like previous models, it’s possible to record in ProRes and DNx flavours too. The chassis is stronger, with multiple mounting points.

There are some small differences between the two sized monitor-recorders;

Blackmagic Video Assist 12G 7 inch model outline specs:

2 x full size 12G SDI inputs

2 x HDMI inputs

2 x SD card inputs

2 x mini-XLR inputs

Blackmagic RAW recording

USB-C connector for external recording

Blackmagic Video Assist 12G 5 inch model outline specs:

2 x micro 12G SDI inputs

2 x HDMI inputs

1 x SD card input

No mini XLR inputs.

Blackmagic RAW recording

USB-C connector for external recording

With the latest BRAW 1.5 update, the Video Assist devices expand the recording possibilities outside of compressed formats. However at present, this is only possible over SDI. Blackmagic Design are currently working to bring this over HDMI too, as opening this up to cameras using a HDMI output would be extremely popular.

Does a monitor recorder capable of recording RAW expand your creativity in production and in post? Will you be upgrading your Video Assist to the new models? Let us know in the comments.

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Do we have the camera compatibility list?

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As an EVA1 owner, I’m really interested in this product. However, I wonder if BND will release it half-baked, with the critical features missing, like the RAW recording months AFTER it’s release. Unfortunately, Blackmagic Design is notorious for releasing products with missing features. Consequently, I won’t pre-order this and risk being stuck with a product that doesn’t deliver as advertised while my warranty coverage runs out. Time will tell.

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It’s raw, not “RAW.”

Or, in the case of BlackMagic, “fake raw.”

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