Tip #1842: Blackmagic Updates Studio Cameras

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Tip #1842: Blackmagic Updates Studio Cameras

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

New gear targeted at streaming and small studios.

The new Blackmagic Design Studio Camera (image courtesy: Blackmagic Design)

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Blackmagic Design updated their studio cameras, HyperDeck recorders, and Web Presenter, a small switcher designed for live streaming. According to their press release:

The new Blackmagic Studio Cameras include design features such as carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate and large integrated 7″ viewfinders so they are very light weight making them much easier to transport and setup than large traditional studio cameras. To eliminate the need to reach around to adjust the lens zoom and focus, the optional focus and zoom demands let customers adjust the lens from the tripod handles just like a large studio camera.

  • Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus (US$1,295): Designed as the perfect camera for ATEM Mini. It’s the same high quality broadcast camera, but the HDMI centric design removes all the expensive broadcast connections so it’s much lower cost. The HDMI is incredibly powerful as it connects video to the ATEM Mini, while at the same time camera control, tally and the remote record trigger is sent to the camera using the same HDMI connection. That makes it very fast to set up for a job.
  • Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro (US$1,795): Designed for powerful SDI switchers, Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro adds professional 12G-SDI and 10G Ethernet connections. That’s perfect when the camera is located a long distance from a switcher. There’s a 12G-SDI output and a 12G-SDI program return input that includes camera control, talkback and tally. You also get the same powerful HDMI output with control features. Plus the 10G Ethernet connection allows all connections on a single cable for a SMPTE style workflow that’s much lower cost.

Blackmagic also released a new family of HyperDeck Studio recorders (available immediately): Feature better design, upgraded codecs and support for more media types. All models now support record and playback to H.264, ProRes and DNx files, as well as PCM or AAC audio. Plus all models support SD Cards and UHS-II cards, with the Pro models adding extra SSD support.

There are four different models of HyperDeck Studio, perfect for all types of work:

  • The 3G-SDI based HyperDeck Studio HD Mini model (US$495) records and plays H.264, ProRes or DNxHD files onto SD cards, UHS-II cards or external USB disks in SD and HD formats up to 1080p60.
  • The larger HyperDeck Studio HD Plus model (US$695) adds better transport controls, front panel headphone and speaker, 6G-SDI with fill and key out, SDI monitoring and records H.264 up to 1080p60 or ProRes and DNxHD up to 2160p30.
  • The full rack HyperDeck Studio HD Pro model (US$995) is the same as the HD Plus model but adds two SSD slots and a machined metal search dial with clutch.
  • The incredibly powerful HyperDeck Studio 4K Pro model (US$1,495) records H.264, H.265, ProRes or DNx in SD, HD and Ultra HD in standards up to 2160p60.


Here’s the full press release.

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