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Our PN: BMDN5280001
Manufacturer: Blackmagic Design
Platform(s): Mac & Win

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The worlds first 3 Gb/s SDI and optical fiber SDI scopes designed for editors and colorists, with the technical accuracy broadcast engineers will love!



Manufacturer Part Number: TVTEUS/PCI

UltraScope 1.5.9

  • This update provides support for current suitable AMD and Nvidia graphics cards and drivers.

Older Updates

  • General performance and stability improvements
  • Error Logging
  • New 2-Up interface view to support 1280x800 resolution monitors.
  • New Zoom feature in Parade Display, Waveform Display, Vector Display and Picture Display.
  • Support for 1920x1080 resolution monitors.

Elegant and Engineering Accurate
If youre tired of hard to use and ugly waveform monitoring, then youll love Blackmagic UltraScope. We have included all the features you need when editing or color correcting, and then, combined it with an elegant user interface that looks great when added to your studio! Simply plug into any compatible Windows computer with a 24 inch monitor, and Blackmagic UltraScope will display 6 live scope views simultaneously! UltraScope is engineering accurate and includes 3 Gb/s SDI plus 3 Gb/s optical fiber SDI. UltraScope auto detects SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI inputs.

Parade Display for Colorists
When color correcting video, nothing beats the real-time RGB parade waveform view. You can see the color balance in blacks, mids and whites, so it's easy to balance colors and get your images looking perfect. RGB Parade is also perfect for checking for illegal colors because any video that drops below the black line, or above the 100% line is an illegal RGB color. Parade can also be switched to component so you can align equipment and decks.

Waveform Display for Alignments
When adjusting video levels or matching black background levels when keying, the waveform display is ideal for this task! Waveform view has a setting that's luminance only, or composite. Composite video is synthesized from the SDI input, and is a much better view for aligning traditional equipment such as decks. Thousands of editors know and understand composite waveform monitors, so even though UltraScope is all digital, the synthesized composite waveform makes like a lot easier!

Component Vectorscope View
A vectorscope is the only way to see what color you have. When color correcting video sometimes you need to know color has been removed or nulled out for accurate white balance, and vectorscope view is perfect. Sometimes when color correcting you also need to apply a tint, and vectorscope lets you see exactly how much tint your adding, and what color it is. Sometimes monitors cannot be trusted, but a vectorscope always shows the colors you have! Of course aligning hue on decks is always easy with vectorscope view!

Histogram for Location Shoots
Almost all video need to be color corrected at some point in the post production process, and so you never want to clip video whites or blacks when on a live shoot. If you clip the blacks and whites, you loose all detail later in post production when you try and adjust blacks up, or whites down. Histogram view lets you see where the pixels are in your video, and how they are distributed from black to white. You can see if video is clipping, and then it's easy to adjust the camera to keep all black and white detail in the image. Later in post production you then have the full contrast range of video for easy color correction that lets you keep all details no matter how extreme the color grade is!

Audio View for Monitoring Levels
Keep track of your audio levels at all times with 8 channels of audio metering, plus a stereo phase meter. The stereo phase meter plots left and right audio, as an XY scope display so you know exactly what your audio is at all times. Audio scope lets you see mono audio, as you see a 45 degree forward angled straight line, or when you have stereo audio you will see the scope puff out in all directions! Audio problems are easily seen such as clipping, and out of phase audio can be seen as a 45 degree back leaning display. If you don't get a perfect 45 degree forward leaning waveform, then you know you audio channel balance is out! No audio problem can hide from audio scopes!

Picture View with VITC Timecode
The picture view lets you keep track of the video input so you always know what's going on and what video input is connected into your Blackmagic UltraScope. Input video is selected automatically from either the optical fiber SDI or regular SDI inputs, and video standard is automatically detected and displayed above the video image. VITC timecode is also detected and read into a timecode counter on the top right of the video image.

High end post production and television engineers have known for decades the benefit of using waveform monitoring not just for engineering, but operationally in color correction and editing workflow. From color correction to matching black levels when keying and overlaying video, only waveform monitoring lets you keep track of what's going on, and helps you eliminate illegal colors, and other problems that could cause your work to be rejected by broadcasters.

Of course, waveform monitoring is the best way to impress your clients, and let them know that your keeping on top of quality in your work!

Go the Distance
SDI video connects long distances up to 300 feet or 100 meters, so you can connect everyone together in your facility. Cables are simple BNC coax cables so you can easily make cables to the perfect length for your needs.

Industry Standard Format
Connect to any SDI deck for all industry tape formats, from DV, Digital Betacam, D1, up to HDCAM SR and HD D-5. Using capture cards such as Blackmagic Design's DeckLink, you can capture to formats such as JPEG, DV to uncompressed 8 bit, 10 bit or RGB 10 bit.

Uncompressed Video Quality
SDI uses a higher data rate than DV, so its got the speed to handle full resolution video in standard definition or high definition completely uncompressed. That means you can preserve video quality until you need to compress the video - such as the final compression pass for streaming or broadcast.

Serial Digital Interface
For over a decade high end post production companies have used the Serial Digital Interface (SDI) to connect all kinds of equipment together for the highest quality possible. SDI is fully digital and has no video compression, so doesn't suffer from any image degradation. Unlike DV based consumer video standards, SDI uses 10 bit video quantizing which allows 1024 video levels - 4 times the quality of the 8 bit DV video, totally eliminating banding and contouring problems.

Standard Definition and HDTV
Most people run standard definition for 80% or more of their work, but need High Definition capability from time to time. You can immediately switch between SD or HD depending on the type of job that comes along. Full resolution video is supported from standard definition SDI using 720 x 486 for NTSC and 720 x 576 for PAL, up to the HDTV resolutions of 1280 x 720 for the 720p HD, and 1920 x 1080 for the 1080 HD standards. Now you can take on HD jobs as they come along, but keep your equipment productive with standard definition work.

Standard Interface Used Everywhere
Available now on most new computer motherboards. PCI Express is very easy for computer manufacturers to provide high speed slots at low cost. This means PCI Express is showing up everywhere! It's even becoming the future docking standard on notebook computers.

Industrial Strength Cabling
When your company becomes larger, SDI cabling is ideal. With SDI, its easy to find engineers who can custom make BNC cables that are strong enough to run under floors and up above in cable trays. SDI cables are fully shielded and able to withstand the rigors of large system construction.


  • Connections
    • SDI Video Input: 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable
    • SDI Video Output: 1 x 10 bit loop thru SD/HD switchable
    • Optical Fiber Video Input: 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable via LC connector
    • Optical Fiber Video Output: 1 x 10 bit loop thru SD/HD switchable via LC connector
    • Supported Video formats: 525i NTSC, 625i PAL, 720HD and 1080HD
    • SDI Audio Input: 8 channel embedded in SD and HD
    • SDI Audio Output: 8 channel embedded in SD and HD
    • Optical Fiber Audio Input: 8 channel embedded in SD and HD
    • Optical Fiber Audio Output: 8 channel embedded in SD and HD
    • Multiple Rate support: Standard definition SDI and high definition SDI
    • Updates: Firmware for cards built into software driver. Loaded at system start, or via updater software
  • Standards
    • HD Format Support: 1080p 23.98/24/50/59.94, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 720p50 and 720p59.94 (3 Gb/s RGB 4:4:4 and 2K not supported)
    • SD Format Support: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC and 525/23.98 NTSC
    • SDI Compliance: SMPTE 424M, 259M and 292/296M
    • Video Sampling: 4:2:2
    • Color Precision: 4:2:2 10-bit
    • Color Space: 4:2:2 YUV
    • 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
    • Audio Sampling: Television rate of 48kHz at 24 bit
    • Card type: PCI Express 1 lane, compatible with 1, 4, 8 and 16 PCIe slots
  • Processing
    • Colorspace Conversion: Hardware based real time
  • Extras
    • Software Included: Blackmagic UltraScope
    • Firmware Upgrade: Firmware for cards built into software driver. Loaded at system start, or via updater software
    • Product Warranty: 3 Year Limited Manufacturerft s Warranty


  • MAC
    • Mac Pro with nVidia graphics card.
    • Mac OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard.
    • A suitable PCIe slot - PCIe slot 4 is recommended for UltraScope but any PCIe slot should work.
    • 4 GB of system memory recommended.
  • PC
    • Minimum system requirements for 32-bit editions of Windows
      • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3, Windows Vista and Windows 7
      • A suitable PCIe slot - PCIe x1 lane cards should work in any slot.
      • A suitable USB 3.0 port for use with Pocket UltraScope
      • 4 GB of system memory recommended for Windows Vista and Windows 7
    • Minimum system requirements for 64-bit editions of Windows
      • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 SP2 , Windows Vista x64, Windows 7 x64
      • A suitable PCIe slot - PCIe x1 lane cards should work in any slot.
      • A suitable USB 3.0 port for use with Pocket UltraScope
      • 4 GB of system memory recommended for Windows Vista x64.

Please refer to recommended system specifications on the Blackmagic Design support page.


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