Blackmagic Design took it upon themselves to create multiple different product announcements at this year’s NAB Show.
NAB is known as the biggest show for new product announcements in the media production industry, and this year for sure was no different. Blackmagic Design announced a brand-new cinema camera, a new addition to their ATEM lineup, a new capture card for live production, and a few software upgrades for both DaVinci Resolve and one of their popular cameras. First off, lets take a look at the camera that caught everybody’s eyes.
This camera is a Netflix-approved new model of digital film camera with a 12K Super 35 image sensor and a high-performance optical low-pass filter (OLPF). OLPF reduces artifacts such as moiré and aliasing while preserving the color and important image details you get with the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K.
Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K features a 12K Super 35 sensor with 12288 x 6480 resolution and 14 stops of dynamic range in the award-winning design of URSA Mini. The combination of 80 megapixels per frame, new color science and the flexibility of Blackmagic RAW makes 12K work a reality.
This camera can shoot up to 60fps at 12K, 120fps at 8K, and 240fps at 4K Super 16. URSA Mini Pro 12K features an interchangeable PL mount, built-in ND filters, dual CFast and UHS-II SD card recorders, SuperSpeed USB-C expansion port and more.
URSA Mini Pro 12K OLPF adds a high performance optical low pass filter precisely matched to the 12K sensor. The URSA Mini Pro 12K OLPF also has an improved IR filter for better far-red color response. This, combined with the URSA Mini Pro 12K OLPF’s Blackmagic RAW processing, preserves important details in colors and images for superior image fidelity.
The high resolution of URSA Mini Pro 12K brings the benefits of film photography to digital film, including details, wide dynamic range and rich deep colors, making it ideal for feature films, TV shows and immersive big screen IMAX productions. there is The edge resolution of objects is extremely high, making it ideal for green screen work and VFX such as live action and CGI compositing.
Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty said:
Since the introduction of Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K, we have been working to develop cameras that are better suited for new production methods such as virtual production with LED video walls.
For this reason, we have spent a great deal of time and effort developing an optical low-pass filter that perfectly matches the sensor. This optical low pass filter not only reduces artifacts such as moiré, but also preserves and enhances detail and color in your URSA Mini Pro 12K. We can’t wait to see what cinematographers do with this high-resolution camera in virtual production!
Blackmagic Design announces the “Blackmagic 2110 IP Converter 3x3G”
Blackmagic Design will release the new “Blackmagic 2110 IP Converter 3x3G” rack-mount converter that supports conversion from 3G-SDI to ST 2110 based IP broadcast system from June 2023. The suggested retail price is $595 including tax.
The Blackmagic 2110 IP Converter 3x3G is designed to integrate any 3G-SDI equipment into an ST 2110 based IP broadcast system. The rack mount design allows you to install it in your equipment rack and place it next to the equipment you are converting. Up to three Blackmagic 2110 IP Converters 3x3G can be placed side by side on the Universal Rack Shelf for a total of nine separate input and output channels in a 1U rack. In addition, remote management via Ethernet is also possible. Conversion from 3G-SDI to and from 3G-SDI can be performed simultaneously on the same unit, so various types of equipment can be handled. All you need to do is add a Blackmagic 2110 IP Converter 3x3G to your live production switchers, disk recorders, playback servers, distribution processors and more. Using multiple small converters can lead to messy wiring, but the Blackmagic 2110 IP Converter 3x3G is rack mountable and has an LCD on the front panel so you can change settings from the panel at any time. A front panel LCD lets you monitor live video for all input and output channels. The LCD also supports network diagnostic tools to help diagnose problems in complex ST 2110-based IP broadcast systems. The Blackmagic 2110 IP Converter 3x3G features 3 3G-SDI outputs and 3 3G-SDI inputs with loop output. Moreover, the 10G Ethernet connection supports 3 input and 3 output channels simultaneously. It also has a 100-240V AC power supply and PoE+ on the 10G Ethernet port, so you don’t need a power brick.
The Blackmagic 2110 IP Converter 3x3G is compliant with the IP video standard SMPTE ST 2110. SMPTE ST 2110 is a standard that defines the transmission, synchronization and definition of video, audio and ancillary data broadcast over IP networks. In addition, the SDI input can be resynchronized to the PTP clock.
The Blackmagic 2110 IP Converter 3x3G’s 3G-SDI connection supports both SD and HD video formats. This allows existing SDI broadcast equipment to be connected to the new IP-based infrastructure. SD supports both 525i59.94 and 625i50 formats. HD supports any 720p video up to 720p60, any 1080 interlaced format up to 1080i60, and any 1080p format up to 1080p60. Each converter channel is completely independent and instantly switches to a new video format, no complicated switching required.
Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty commented:
Equipped with 10G Ethernet, each converter supports a total of 3 input and 3 output channels. That means you can have up to 9 independent input/output channels in a 1U rack with 3 in a rack shelf.
The SDI loop output makes it easy to integrate IP video into your existing SDI system, so you can use SDI and IP systems at the same time!
DeckLink IP HD
Blackmagic Design will launch DeckLink IP, a new series of PCIe cards in June 2023 that will enable direct capture and playback of 10-bit uncompressed broadcast quality video on ST 2110 based IP broadcast systems. The lineup and suggested retail prices are as follows.
DeckLink IP HD : $345
DeckLink IP HD Optical : $345
DeckLink IP/SDI HD : $395
The DeckLink IP card is the easiest solution for direct video capture and playback on ST 2110-based IP broadcast systems. It supports the same functions as other DeckLinks, so it can be used with existing software. It can generate broadcast graphics and virtual sets, build server racks for GPU-based AI image processing, and integrate directly into ST 2110-based IP broadcast infrastructure.
DaVinci Resolve can also be used as an editing workstation for ST 2110-based IP broadcast. DeckLink IP supports high-speed PCIe connections so it can be used with the latest Mac Pro, Windows and Linux computers.
DeckLink IP cards comply with the IP video standard SMPTE ST 2110. SMPTE ST 2110 is a standard that defines the transmission, synchronization and definition of video, audio and ancillary data broadcast over IP networks. DeckLink IP supports SMPTE-2110-20 uncompressed video, SMPTE-2110-21 traffic shaping/timing, SMPTE-2110-30 audio and SMPTE-2110-40 ancillary data. A big advantage of SMPTE 2110 is that all video, audio and ancillary data are transmitted separately over the network.
DeckLink IP also supports multicast. This makes it a highly efficient way to send video, audio and ancillary data from a single source to multiple destinations.
DeckLink IP cards are designed for the highest quality video. In addition to widely used video formats such as Apple ProRes and DNxHD, it also supports 10-bit uncompressed capture and playback, so you are not limited to one file format. 10-bit is the most widely used format for television because it can represent colors with four times the accuracy of 8-bit video. With 10-bit uncompressed video, every image is a pixel-perfect copy of the source, so you always work with the highest quality. This means razor-sharp green screen keying, seamless VFX compositing, and superior color correction.
Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty said:
Many developers have requested a solution that allows them to directly capture and play back 10-bit uncompressed video on ST 2110 based IP broadcast systems.
A very exciting feature of DeckLink IP is that it provides a secure video network. The framebuffer acts like a firewall for your video, protecting your network from malicious software and hackers. In short, DeckLink IP enables developers to build highly secure ST 2110-based IP video networks.
ATEM 4 M/E Constellation 4K
Blackmagic Design will also release a new Ultra HD model of the ATEM Constellation series, called the “ATEM 4 M/E Constellation 4K.” It is due to be released in June 2023. The suggested retail price is $8,995.
The ATEM Constellation switcher series features a built-in control panel in a compact rackmount size, allowing you to operate the switcher during setup or in an emergency. Equipped with a large screen LCD, you can check the program output and change the switcher settings with the on-screen menu. It is compact and ideal for mobile live production.
The ATEM Constellation switcher series is ideal for concerts and music festivals, allowing you to place cameras anywhere on stage to capture stunning footage. Even live sporting events can benefit from the multitude of inputs and the DVE allows you to create multi-layered compositions that cover the full action. Live broadcasting is the fastest way to produce a program, and the ATEM Constellation has built-in graphics and a host of ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers to give you the power you need to create complex programs.
The ATEM Constellation series features a large number of completely independent outputs. Conveniently, each SDI output can be individually routed to any SDI input or internal source. This allows separate feeds to be sent to stage screens, master recorders, distribution processors, etc. The SDI outputs can also be used for individual recording, sending re-synced and timecode matched switcher inputs to each deck. All SDI outputs support program audio, RP-188 timecode, SDI camera control, tally and talkback.
Built-in multiview is a feature that allows you to monitor multiple sources on a single monitor. The ATEM 4 M/E Constellation series features 4 independent multiviews. All external SDI inputs and all internal video sources can be routed to any view. All multiviews are fully customizable and can be set to 4, 7, 10, 13 and 16 views respectively. Tally borders, source labels and VU meters can also be added as overlays to each view. Also, since you can check the red and green tally borders in each view, you can understand the source that is on air.
Vertical Video Support for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras
Finally, Blackmagic Design announced the Blackmagic Camera 8.1 update. The Blackmagic Camera 8.1 update is available for download from the company’s website.
Blackmagic Camera 8.1 update makes it easy to create cinematic content via Blackmagic cameras for TikTok, YouTube Shorts and more. Simply turn your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera horizontally to shoot in vertical aspect ratios such as 9:16 and 4:5. The on-screen HUD also rotates with it, so you can easily see important information such as frame rate, shutter angle and frame guides, even if the camera is upside down. The video file will be written in that aspect ratio automatically.
With professional features and the same ‘look’ as Hollywood movies, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is better than a simple camcorder. With high dynamic range, excellent performance in low light conditions, and support for Blackmagic RAW, you get feature film quality images with accurate skin tones and rich, natural colors.
Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty said:
The great cinematic look of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a huge hit with users creating content for distribution platforms like YouTube.
We’ve heard a lot of requests from these users for the ability to shoot vertical videos for TikTok and YouTube Shorts, and we’ve implemented this feature with this update. Not only can you easily shoot vertical video, but new presets in DaVinci Resolve make editing a breeze. Capture vertical videos by simply rotating the camera!
We are excited to bring this update to users of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras. We can’t wait to see how it can help your workflow!