Home » Workflows & Solutions » Acquisition & Ingest » Blackmagic Design UltraStudio for Thunderbolt™

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio for Thunderbolt™


The highest quality capture and playback solutions for your Thunderbolt™ computer!

Built with blazingly fast Thunderbolt technology, UltraStudio lets you work with the highest quality video resolutions all the way up to Ultra HD 4K! Choose from a range of rack mount and portable UltraStudio for Thunderbolt models featuring SDI, HDMI and analog video connections. UltraStudio works with all your favorite video software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Creative Suite. UltraStudio are QuickTime and WDM based and work with any Mac OS X and Windows video software!

Family -frontUltraStudio 4KUltraStudio ExpressUltraStudio Mini
Versatile -workflow

Advanced Workflow

UltraStudio for Thunderbolt models are perfect for high performance work that demands the highest quality. With UltraStudio 4K you can capture and playback dual stream 3D stereoscopic or work at the highest 4:4:4 RGB and Ultra HD 4K resolutions. When you need extreme portability, UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models can be used with a

workstation or your laptop for amazing on set color correction, editing, visual effects and video streaming. Moving your video connections from one computer to another has never been simpler as each model connects using a single Thunderbolt cable!

Choose the model that’s perfect for your needs!

Family -backUltraStudio 4KUltraStudio ExpressUltraStudio Mini

UltraStudio 4K has a rack based ‘breakout box‘ design with the latest high performance 6G-SDI video technology, and is perfect for equipment racks, post production suites or flyaway kits! UltraStudio Express has built in SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs, plus 2 breakout cables for connecting to professional

and consumer analog equipment. UltraStudio Mini Recorder and UltraStudio Mini Monitor include SDI and HDMI connections and are great when you require either capture or playback in SD or HD. UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models are Thunderbolt powered so you just plug in and go!

World’s Highest Quality Connections

With UltraStudio you can connect to virtually any video device, including cameras, monitors and broadcast decks for frame accurate editing and recording!
UltraStudio 4K has 6G-SDI, HDMI 4K, analog component video, 16 channels of SDI audio, 2 channels of balanced analog, 2 channels of unbalanced AES/EBU audio, timecode, up/down/cross conversion, reference and serial deck control.

UltraStudio Express has built in 3G-SDI and HDMI connections and includes consumer RCA and professional BNC/XLR breakout cables for analog component/S-video and composite, analog audio, genlock, AES/EBU audio, RS-422 deck control and more.

UltraStudio Mini models are ideal when space is tight and you require only capture or playback. UltraStudio Mini Recorder features 3G-SDI and HDMI input and UltraStudio Mini Monitor features 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs.


High speed data transfer comparison charts

Thunderbolt™10 Gb/s
USB 3.05 Gb/s
USB 2.0480 Mb/s

The Power of Thunderbolt™

Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt™ technology, UltraStudio has a blazingly fast 10 Gb/s connection that’s up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. That’s enough bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily! Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization, making UltraStudio 4K ideal for demanding 3D stereoscopic workflows and even Ultra HD 4K. UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models are powered via the Thunderbolt connection and your laptop battery so they are extremely portable!

Click and drag

Unmatched Quality

Amazing 4K resolutions in compressed or uncompressed

UltraStudio supports popular compressed video formats such as ProRes and DNxHD as well as 10-bit uncompressed video, so you’re not locked into a single file format. When working with uncompressed video all captured images are a perfect pixel-for-pixel clone of the source without any quality loss, so you

have the confidence you’re working at the absolute highest quality possible. Get the sharpest keying with green screens, cleanest compositions, superior color correction and more! Ultra HD 4K has 4 times the resolution of 1080HD for amazing looking images!


Advanced Video Technology

Work in 10 bit 4:4:4 for results that are simply beautiful.

UltraStudio 4K includes some of the most advanced video technologies available! The built in 6G-SDI operates at 4 times the speed of a regular HD-SDI connection, which means you get Ultra HD 4K with only 1 BNC cable instead of the 4 BNC cables required in the past! This high bandwidth connection is perfect

for full color resolution 4:4:4 video that’s great for video effects and high frame rate video up to 1080p60. UltraStudio 4K also supports dual stream 3D with capture and playback of 2 independent channels.

Attractive Design

Elegant styling and exceptional durability



UltraStudio 4K’s elegant front panel has an integrated color LCD and fast to use video and audio input buttons, all with built in video and audio connections using standard BNC, HDMI and XLR connectors. UltraStudio Express is machined from a solid block of aluminum to provide fantastic strength and portability.

For flexibility the design includes breakout cables with professional BNC and XLR connections or consumer RCA connections. UltraStudio Mini models fit into the palm of your hand and feature SDI and HDMI connections at one end and a Thunderbolt connection at the other!

Icn -mac -os -x

Mac OS X

Use your Favorite Software

UltraStudio is supported by a huge range of software applications for Mac OS X. Get drivers that work with fantastic editing software such as Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony and Avid News Cutter. For visual effects get full compatibility with Adobe After Effects, The Foundry Nuke and Adobe Photoshop. For audio get compatibility with ProTools, Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase. For streaming use Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster.

Icn -windows


Unrivalled compatibility

For Windows you get access to a massive range of software because UltraStudio supports WDM, DirectShow and QuickTime! For editing you can use Avid Media Composer, Avid News Cutter, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio, CyberLink Power Director and MAGIX Video Pro. For visual effects use After Effects, The Foundry Nuke, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop. Audio software supported includes Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase. When streaming you get compatibility with Flash Media Encoder, Xsplit Broadcaster, Wirecast and Livestream Procaster.

Ultrastudio -thunderbolt -desk
Icn -design
Advanced Design

UltraStudio for Thunderbolt models feature elegant and advanced technical designs for the ultimate Thunderbolt video workflows.

Icn -third -party -software
Software Support

Get support for all popular video software for editing, compositing and design on Mac OS X and Windows.

Icn -connect
Connect to Anything

Connect UltraStudio to cameras, decks, monitors, projectors and more with a choice of models for digital and analog video connection.

Icn -uses
Blazing Fast Workflow

Ideal Thunderbolt capture and playback solutions for editing, on set acquisition and audio post.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s



%d bloggers like this: