At this year’s IBC, Blackmagic Design hasn’t announced a whole bunch of new cameras, that’s the first surprise. The other surprise is the aquisition of two more companies, namely Fairlight and Ultimatte. And there’s some updates on the Video Assist 4K and DaVinci Resolve as well as on shipping status of the URSA cameras. Blackmagic Design is Getting Bigger Two more companies are now part of the Blackmagic Design family. One of them is Fairlight, a major manufacturer of professional audio products for live broadcast, film and television post production. This is what Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design, has to say about this aquisition: The exciting part about this acquisition is that it will add incredibly high end professional audio technology to Blackmagic Design’s amazing video products. We look forward to working with the Fairlight team to build even more exciting new products for our customers! A full blown Fairlight audio editing suite Alright then, we’ll be keeping an eye on that one for sure. The other company which has been aquired might be of even bigger interest for the majority of us video shooters. Most likely, you’re already familiar with Ultimatte as it is the solution when it comes to keying a blue or greenscreen. As Stuart Ashton, Director EMEA at Blackmagic Design, puts it: When you look in the dictionary and it says chroma key, next to it is says the word Ultimatte. Ultimatte hardware keyer That sems to be a really nice addition to Blackmagic Design’s lineup, as it can be tightly integrated in their other software, such as DaVinci Resolve. Updates to Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve and Video Assist Speaking of DaVinci Resolve and tightly integrated workflows, the next 12.5.2 update of DaVinci is exactly about that. In features Fusion Connect, which acts like a pipeline between DaVinci and Fusion in order to streamline the process how to work on certain footage in both applications without the need of render/export/import the given clip every time. Next up, there’s a significant software update for the Video Assist line of monitor/recorders. It’s now capable of displaying things like false color, expanded focus aids and you can lock the screen so it won’t flip in situations you just don’t want it to flip, such as on a Steadicam. Avid DNxHD working on a Video Assist 4K Blackmagic Design also is giving Avid users have a reason to cheer up, as the Video Assist is now capable of recording all flavours of the DNxHD codec with everything from proxy all the way up to HQX. The newest 2.2 version for Video Assit comes as a free download and it will be available from next week. You can find the download on their website. sources: Fairlight aquisition / Ultimatte aquisition / DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2 / Video Assist 2.2Read more
Blackmagic Design just introduced their first 4K disk recorder / monitor, challenging the Atomos Shogun recorders with a high resolution 1080p display and SDI / HDMI connectivity at an impressive pricepoint of just $895. Blackmagic Design Video Assist 4K After Atomos surprised us with yet another version of their high end HDR disk recorder, the Atomos Shogun Inferno, Blackmagic seems to be right at their heels with the new Blackmagic Video Assist 4K. What is interesting about this 4K SDI / HDMI recorder is mainly its price of $895. In comparison, the original Atomos Shogun is still $1495. At this point, I should also mention that the while the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K shares the SDI and HDMI connectivity of the Shogun, the Atomos has gone through a year’s worth of numerous firmware updates that have made it a very feature-rich tool. Just like the original HD Video Assist, I presume the Video Assist 4K is still very basic in terms of its features. If you’re searching for basic functionality though, the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K looks like a pretty interesting deal. It also offers a few nice features: it records directly to affordable and compact UHS-II SDHC Media and can even record to both simultaneously for a quick backup solution. Also when one card is full it switches over to the next card for continuous recording. There are also 2 mini XLR connectors for audio, including 48V phantom power for microphones and last but not least LANC control and HDMI and SDI rec-trigger: a very important feature when you’re working in the field and want to be quick as a single operator shooter. The 6G SDI input will enable recording from some of Blackmagic’s new cameras for a higher data rate. In comparison, most other camera manufacturers still use 3G-SDI that cause problems when working with 4K footage, degrading external recordings like on the FS7. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K Key Features 7 inch LCD touch screen with 1920 x 1200 high resolution monitor. 10-bit 4:2:2 HD ProRes or DNxHD recording. Dual high speed UHS-II SDHC card slots. Dual recorders allow non-stop recording. 2 mini XLR connectors with 48V phantom power. -128dBV electrical noise floor. LANC connection for remote control. Auto start/stop recording using HDMI or SDI triggers. Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input. Included kickstand. Includes 6G-SDI input. The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is available now and retails for $895.Read more
Blackmagic Design has announced an update to the Blackmagic Video Assist. Firmware 1.2 brings a few new features, most notably DNxHD codec support, HDMI start/stop trigger & SD record time remaining. For those who don’t know, the Blackmagic Video Assist is a very affordable field monitor/recorder. It accepts HDMI and SDI (via mini inputs) recording ProRes to cheap SD cards. This latest update adds DNxHD to the mix allowing for a wider variety of codec options in post. Adding to that, firmware 1.2 brings a couple of fundamental features such as record time remaining on the SD card and clip info on play back as well as start/trigger via HDMI and extended Zebra range. What’s new in Blackmagic Video Assist 1.2 Adds DNxHD codec Adds extended Zebra range Adds SD card record time remaining on status overlays Adds clip playback information panel Adds HDMI record trigger Click here to download Firmware 1.2 for the Blackmagic Video Assist.Read more
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