Express capture and playback


With so many of its products now including Thunderbolt technology, BlackMagic Design wanted to create a compact and portable capture and playback product that’s powered from the Thunderbolt connector and has the flexibility to bridge between consumer and professional connectors.

Says Blackmagic Design’s Grant Petty: “We have achieved this with the new UltraStudio Express and being Thunderbolt-powered it’s more portable as it powers from the user’s computer’s battery.

“UltraStudio Express also includes two breakout cables – one has RCA connectors to allow capture and playback with consumer equipment, while the professional breakout cable includes BNC and XLR connectors plus genlock and deck control for connection to professional equipment.’

He notes that the UltraStudio Express is fully compatible with all popular software including Final Cut Pro X; Final Cut Pro 7; Adobe Premiere Pro CS6; Avid Media Composer 6; Adobe After Effects CS6; Adobe Photoshop CS6 and more, plus it includes BlackMagic Design’s Media Express software.

UltraStudio Express includes all the latest technology including 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI and analogue video in and out.

Blackmagic Design also recently announced a ProRes Software Update for HyperDeck Studio that adds Apple ProRes codec support for recording and playback.

The software can be downloaded and the user can select between 10 bit uncompressed, Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes. HyperDeck Studio records in the format of the user’s NLE software no matter what software is preferred.

This software is free of charge and can be downloaded from


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