Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express Thunderbolt Powered Video I/O Device

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Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express is a capture and playback device that connects to a camera on one end and to a computer on the other. It captures saved footage or a live feed from the camera and passes it to the computer in formats ready to be edited. It can also up/down/cross convert the resolution of the footage as the footage is being passed to the computer. The third function of the Express is HDMI monitoring - you can connect a top-quality HDMI monitor and monitor the footage you captured in the best resolution possible so to perform color correction in minute precision.
UltraStudio Express features built-in SD/HD SDI, HDMI and Thunderbolt connections. It comes with two breakout cables via which it expands to composite, component, S-Video, RCA audio, AES/EBU audio on XLRs, sync input, genlock for bi and tri-level sync, and RS422 connections. Connection to a camera would be by SDI or HDMI where possible and to a computer by Thunderbolt.
The formats the unit captures in are open standard DPX and QuickTime, which are compatible with all of the most common and popular software. UltraStudio Express can seamlessly be used with Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7, Media Composer 6, Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects, Nuke, Photoshop, and DaVinci Resolve.


  • Real-time, hardware-based up / down / cross conversion


  • Captures in edit-friendly open standard DPX and QuickTime formats
  • Connect to a quality HDMI monitor for precise color correction
  • HD SDI, HDMI, Thunderbolt and 2 breakout cables
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Audio Sampling:Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit
Breakout cables feature:composite, component, S-Video, RCA audio, AES/EBU on XLRs, sync input, genlock and RS422
Color Precision:10-bit
Color Space:REC 601, REC 709
Colorspace Conversion:Hardware based real time
Computer Interface:Thunderbolt x1
Copy Protection:HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources / always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content
Device Control:Sony compatible RS-422 deck control port Serial ports TxRx direction-reversible under software control
HD Cross Conversion:Real time 720HD to 1080HD during video capture
HD Down Conversion:Software based down conversion during video playback
HD Up Conversion:Real time standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture
HDMI Color Precision:10-bit
HDMI Configuration:HDMI automatically configures to connected display
HDMI Resolution:Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device
Real Time Effects:Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects, Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects, Avid Media Composer 6 internal effects
SD Format Support:625/25, 625p PAL and 525/29.97, 525p NTSC, 480p
SDI Compliance:SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M and SMPTE 296M
SDI Metadata Support:VITC read for 3:2 pulldown removal. VANC capture and playback using up to 3 lines of video in file. HD RP188. Closed captioning.
Software Upgrade:Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software
Sync Input:Blackburst in SD, 720p50, 720p59.94, 1080i50 and 1080i59.94 formats or Tri-Sync in any HD format
System Compatibility:Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later, and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later
Video Sampling:4:2:2

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