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.
|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 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|