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Our PN: BMDN5010038
Manufacturer: Blackmagic Design
Platform(s): Mac & Win

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The world's smallest SDI capture and playback solution for USB 3.0 computers.



Manufacturer Part Number: BDLKULSASDI

The world's first 10 bit USB 3.0 editing solution for $395!
Introducing the world's smallest and most affordable SDI capture and playback solution for USB 3.0 computers! UltraStudio SDI simply plugs in to add 10 bit SDI capture and playback, plus HDMI monitoring to your computer! Because it powers from the USB connection, it's a snap to install! With high quality SDI and HDMI monitoring, plus genlock and RS-422 deck control built in, you get the the highest quality solution for editing, effects, paint and design! Only $395

Broadcast Quality SDI for USB 3.0
UltraStudio SDI is so compact it fits right into your hand! UltraStudio SDI can be hidden under desks or taken on location. With an attractive machined aluminum design, it looks great on your desk or on location shoots. UltraStudio SDI includes a built in HDMI 1.4 output so you can even use a low cost television as a broadcast monitor! We also include Photoshop plug-ins, NLE drivers and our award winning Media Express deck control software! Perfect with laptops for SDI acquisition on location, or in large creative groups so all computers can be connected to broadcast routing infrastructure, UltraStudio SDI is the perfect low cost solution!

Compact Design
UltraStudio SDI is an attractive and compact design thats machined out of a solid block of aluminum for incredible strength. That means you get a beautifully finished uni-body design that looks great on your desk. UltraStudio SDI includes a mounting bracket that lets you mount it under desks or on walls for added security. UltraStudio SDI eliminates messy power supplies because it powers from the USB 3.0 connection, plus there are no switches or adjustments because it automatically switches between SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI video formats.

Compact Size
With a compact size thats also attractive, UltraStudio SDI has been designed to look great on your desktop, or to be totally hidden from view! UltraStudio SDI features a beautiful machined aluminum design with full silicon rubber base that grips to desk surfaces. When you want to mount under desks or in cable ducts, just screw on the mounting bracket and attach it anywhere! UltraStudio SDI is so small and lightweight, its perfect for your laptop bag, so you can take it everywhere! Because its USB powered, its truly a portable solution!

What's new in Desktop Video 9.0

  • Certified by Avid for Avid Media Composer 6, Avid Symphony, Avid NewsCutter.
  • Uncompressed and DNxHD capture and playback in Avid Media Composer 6.
  • RealTime effects in Avid Media Composer 6.
  • Advanced dual stream 3D workflow capturing left and right eye to separate files in Avid Media Composer 6.


Take a closer look at UltraStudio SDI
UltraStudio SDI adds 10 bit SDI capture and playback, plus HDMI monitoring to your Windows computer! Because it powers from the USB 3.0 connection, it's a snap to install!

World's Highest Quality Connections
UltraStudio SDI includes the highest quality low jitter SDI connections that instantly switch between all SD and HD video formats. Connect to decks such as Digital Betacam, HDCAM, HDCAM-SR, Panasonic D5, Sony PMW-F3 and more! UltraStudio SDI includes HDMI 1.4 out, so you can use any television as a broadcast monitor, dramatically lowering the overall cost of editing systems. HDMI out even lets you connect to video projectors for the most amazing theater style environments! UltraStudio SDI includes deck control, genlock and fully powers via USB 3.0!

Advanced USB 3.0
For an advanced future proof design, UltraStudio SDI features built in USB 3.0 for a high speed 4.8 Gb/s connection thats up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 or FireWire. USB 3.0 is built into the latest computers and is more than 3 times the speed of HD video. This means you get a direct high speed connection to your editing softwares real-time effects processing! This means you wont waste CPU time compressing video just to play back, so you get more HD real-time effects than any other product! Unlike older USB 2.0 and FireWire products, youre not restricted to a single, slow rendering, compressed video format. Choose compressed or uncompressed video formats based on the job youre doing!

Everything Included!
UltraStudio SDI includes everything you need for editing, paint or broadcast design. We include a full set of drivers for capture and playback with real-time effects in Premiere Pro! Also included is Media Express for batch capture and output to tape with frame accurate deck control using AVI, Quicktime and DPX files! Only Media Express lets you use virtually any software for video work! Adobe Photoshop is the world standard for paint and image design, and UltraStudio SDI includes Photoshop plug-ins so you can grab frames from the video input, or send frames to the video output, directly from within Photoshop itself! UltraStudio SDI also supports real-time RAM preview in Adobe After Effects!

Incredible Quality
Now high quality broadcast electronics dont need to be ugly and expensive! UltraStudio SDI features super low jitter 3 Gb/s SDI connections plus the latest HDMI 1.4 output for local monitoring. You get both compressed and uncompressed video capture and playback in the highest 10-bit 4:2:2 YUV. Only uncompressed video captures every bit of every pixel in the SDI video connection for an exact mirror image between capture and playback. Thats the highest quality possible from the SDI specification! Connect to broadcast routers or decks such as HDCAM SR, Digital Betacam, HDCAM, D5, DVCPRO HD and many more!

Compatible with Everything!
Blackmagic Design is the worlds biggest capture card manufacturer, so you get more third party software compatability! Edit on your favorite NLE software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas. For compositing and broadcast design, UltraStudio SDI works with After Effects, Nuke, Fusion and Photoshop. Audio engineers will love using UltraStudio SDI with Avid Pro Tools and Steinberg Nuendo. All UltraStudio SDI files are open standard AVI, DPX and QuickTime format so are compatible with all software. UltraStudio SDI even includes a developer SDK so you can develop your own custom solutions!


  • Connections
    • SDI Video Input 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.
    • SDI Video Output 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable.
    • HDMI Video Output 1 x HDMI type A connector
    • SDI Audio Input 8 Channels embedded in SD and HD
    • SDI Audio Output 8 Channels embedded in SD and HD
    • HDMI Audio Output 2 Channels embedded in SD and HD.
    • Computer Interface USB 3.0
    • Sync Input Blackburst in SD, 720p50, 720p59.94, 1080i50 and 1080i59.94 formats or Tri-Sync in any HD format.
    • Device Control Sony compatible RS422 deck control ports. Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control.
  • Standards
    • SD Format Support
      • 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC and 525/23.98 NTSC
    • HD Format Support
      • 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, and 1080i60.
    • SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M and SMPTE 292M.
    • 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.
    • Video Sampling 4:2:2
    • Audio Sampling Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit.
    • Color Precision 10-bit
    • Color Space REC 601, REC 709
    • HDMI Color Precision 10 bit
    • HDMI Resolution Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device.
    • HDMI Configuration HDMI automatically configures to connected display.
    • Multiple Rate support SDI and HDMI video connections are switchable between standard definition and high definition. SDI switches between 270 Mb/s standard definition SDI and 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI.
    • Copy Protection For legal reasons HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.
  • Processing
    • Colorspace Conversion Hardware based real-time.
    • HD Down Conversion Software based down conversion during video playback.
    • HD Up Conversion Real-time standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture.
    • HD Cross Conversion Real-time 720HD to 1080HD during video capture.
    • Real Time Effects Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects in DV, MJPEG, DVCPRO HD, DSLR, AVCHD, XDCAM, XDCAM HD and uncompressed.
  • Extras
    • Software Included Media Express, Disk Speed Test, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic driver on Windows.
    • Firmware Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software.
    • Product Warranty 3 Year Limited Manufacturerft s Warranty.


  • Installation
    • Requires a computer with onboard USB 3.0, or a USB 3.0 PCI Express 2.0 card.
    • Does not support USB 2.0 capture and playback.
  • Please check the Support pages to see the full system requirements.
  • Operating System Compatibility Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7.
  • Mac BETA drivers now available.


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