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Our PN: BMDN5290006
Manufacturer: Blackmagic Design
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Add professional monitoring and broadcast quality recording for any camera or DSLR Includes 5" full HD touchscreen monitor with built in ProRes and DNxHD recorder.



Manufacturer Part Number: HYPERD/AVIDAS5HD

Now its easy to add professional monitoring and recording to your camera with the Blackmagic Video Assist! With a bright 5 inch high resolution 1920 x 1080 monitor, Blackmagic Video Assist can be added to any camera to ensure perfect focus and framing. The built in recorder uses high speed SD cards to record professional ProRes and DNxHD files with incredible quality and 10 bit color depth! Blackmagic Video Assist works with any camera where you need better monitoring and more professional high quality file recording.

See and capture every detail with confidence!
Whether its a wedding, an indie film, or a television commercial, you need to make sure your images are perfectly sharp and captured at the highest possible quality, no matter what type of camera you use. The Blackmagic Video Assist works with everything from DSLRs to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras. When youre shooting a wedding, theres only one chance to get it right and if youre an indie filmmaker, you want your film to look as good as a Hollywood movie when projected at festivals. The Blackmagic Video Assist helps you make sure every shot is in focus and gives you professional images with the quality used by major motion pictures and prime time TV shows!

10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD recording
The Blackmagic Video Assist records your video at the highest 10-bit 4:2:2 quality, which means that you get incredible color, clarity and detail. Files are recorded on fast, inexpensive and readily available SD cards and saved as standard ProRes HQ or DNxHD files so you can start editing immediately without having to convert the files. Recording is automatically triggered on your Blackmagic Video Assist using your video cameras start/stop button, so you can remain focused on getting the shot without having to worry about operating additional gear!

Super bright and clear HD display
The Blackmagic Video Assist has a bright 5 inch 1920 x 1080 high resolution display so you dont have to carry extra on set monitors and scopes. You can mount it on cameras as a large monitor for the crew, hand it to the cinematographer for composing the shot, or set it in front of the director to review each take. The screen has a wide 135 viewing angle, which means its easy to see, even when several crew members are watching. Plus, the image auto rotates so no matter which way you set it up your cables always plug into the side you need them to. You can view any SD or HD format and, since it includes a 6G-SDI connection, you can even monitor Ultra HD!

Use simple tap and swipe gestures to make adjustments!
The built in monitor is also an interactive touchscreen that makes setting up the Blackmagic Video Assist incredibly intuitive. All of the functions are at your fingertips allowing you to use simple swipe gestures to display camera information, change settings and evaluate audio and video levels. The elegant heads up display is a semi transparent overlay that lets you change recording formats or view the current input frame rate, histogram, audio meters, timecode, and more, all while still keeping your eyes on the shot!

Integrated on set monitoring and recording
Designed to be durable and light weight, Video Assist is incredibly small yet still incorporates a bright 5 inch 1920 x 1080 LCD monitor and touchscreen. It includes a built in high speed SD recorder and space for two rechargeable batteries which are hot swappable so you always have a battery to keep the shoot going. You can use the mounting points to attach it to the top of a camera or use the built in kick stand to set it up on a table. Its even comfortable enough to hold in your hands so you can pass it around to crew members, letting everyone from the cinematographer to the boom operator see the shot!

Connect to professional cameras, camcorders and DSLRs
The compact design of the Blackmagic Video Assist includes HDMI and 6G-SDI inputs so you can record from virtually any video camera or DSLR. The loop through output lets you monitor on larger HD broadcast displays or HDMI projectors. Audio can be monitored from the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and for studio shoots, the 12V universal power supply gives you continuous operation. When youre on location the two side by side LP-E6 battery slots let you go completely mobile and give you enough power for longer shoots!

Low cost, high performance storage
The built in recorder uses SD memory cards which are even fast enough to capture and playback high frame rate 1080 HD video at 60 frames per second! That means you can use low cost removable media thats less than $1 per GB. SD cards are readily available and allow you to record up to 3 hrs of 1080p24 ProRes HQ on a single 256GB card! By connecting the Blackmagic Video Assist to your existing camera, you can eliminate proprietary and expensive media such as XDCAM, P2 and SxS. SD cards can even be mounted directly on your computer, so you dont have to deal with external card readers or docking units!

Record files that are ready for editing and grading
The Blackmagic Video Assist captures ProRes 422 HQ and Avid DNxHD MXF files which are the most widely accepted post production video formats in the world. If you are working with popular editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer, you can start editing and color correcting without having to transcode or convert the files. Since it comes bundled with DaVinci Resolve Lite, you can begin editing and creating looks on set! Even motion graphics and visual effects artists using software like Fusion and After Effects, or sound editors using ProTools can easily work with the files for fantastic collaboration!


The Blackmagic Video Assist is the perfect accessory for any camera because it gives you everything you need to properly frame, focus and capture your shots! Any production using a DVCPRO, HDCAM or even a brand new full frame DSLR camera will instantly benefit from the larger high resolution screen and can use it to record professional quality ProRes or DNxHD video with full 10 bit quality. If youre using a true digital film camera, like the Blackmagic URSA, you can use the Video Assist to record HD while your camera simultaneously records RAW, allowing you to future proof every production and still quickly deliver incredible quality HD today.

Improve the quality of your DSLR shots!
The latest full frame DSLR cameras used with high quality photo lenses can shoot incredible stills but the quality of the video recorded is limited by the heavily compressed formats they use. The Blackmagic Video Assist takes HDMI directly out of your DSLR and bypasses the cameras compression to record professional broadcast quality high definition video. The built in 5 inch LCD screen gives you a much larger monitor than the DSLRs small Live View display so you can evaluate framing and focus with greater accuracy. The Blackmagic Video Assist will help you get the best possible quality from your DSLR!

Update aging HD cameras with ProRes and DNxHD recording!
The Blackmagic Video Assist breathes new life into your aging HD production gear. All you have to do is mount it to your camera and connect it via SDI. Now your HDCAM, XDCAM or DVCPRO cameras can record full 10-bit quality to ProRes and DNxHD files that are optimized for post production. Because the Blackmagic Video Assist records to standard, off the shelf, readily available and inexpensive SD cards, you no longer have to use expensive HDCAM tapes or strange custom media such as P2 cards and XDCAM discs!

The monitor thats perfect for the entire crew!
Most documentaries and indie films often operate on tight budgets, which means the crew is smaller and there isnt extra money for a lot of expensive equipment. The Blackmagic Video Assist combines several pieces of production gear into a single lightweight, portable package that the entire crew can use. The 5 inch touchscreen display can be used by the camera operator as a large viewfinder and to change settings. Its a live on set monitor for the DOP to check framing, and the Director can use it to review each take to make sure they captured the perfect performance!

Add a monitor to your Micro Studio Camera
Turn your remote Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera into a full blown studio rig that you can operate manually simply by adding a Video Assist! You get a brilliant 5 inch HD touchscreen that camera operators can use as a viewfinder for checking focus and framing and to adjust your shot as needed. When used with the HDMI connection, youll also be able to see the cameras interface on the touchscreen so you can change camera settings, monitor audio levels, see the histogram and more!

The fastest way to set up and check your action shots!
The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is the worlds smallest Super 16 digital film camera and can be used absolutely anywhere from quadcopters to crash cars, mounted on hang gliders, or even strapped to your body for unique point of view shots. The Blackmagic Video Assist gives you a quick and easy way to adjust the Micro Cinema Cameras settings, check focus and more. Just plug it in, set up the camera, unplug it and go! With the Micro Cinema Camera and Video Assist, youll be able to capture extreme action shots and have the confidence to know that the camera is set up properly and perfectly focused!

Take control of your digital imaging process
Digital Imaging Technicians often have to transport, operate and troubleshoot complex video assist systems that include multiple monitors, recorders and format converters. The Blackmagic Video Assist takes a complete DIT system and shrinks it down into a single, simple design thats perfect for indie films, documentaries, solo videographers and other small crews. You get an on set monitor, a ProRes and DNxHD recorder and a playback VTR for reviewing shots. The SD cards can be cloned on set using DaVinci Resolve running on a laptop. You can even speed up post production by using Resolve to create looks live on set that can be later used during editing and color grading!

Add a large camera viewfinder that everyone can see!
The Blackmagic Video Assist is the perfect companion for productions being shot with URSA Mini. You get an extra 5 inch monitor thats large enough for the entire crew to see. Now multiple people on set can see the shot and all of the critical camera information they need! It can be mounted to the side of the camera, held in your hand, or placed anywhere on set using 6G-SDI. The Video Assist shows intelligent, automatic overlays from the camera so you can see clip name, timecode, lens settings and other important metadata while still recording clean 10-bit ProRes or DNxHD video!

Record 10-bit 4:2:2 high definition video!
With its incredible compact size, the Blackmagic Video Assist securely mounts on any Ultra HD camera and gives film, television and commercial productions a professional recorder that can capture video in the popular ProRes and DNxHD formats. You can simultaneously record full 10-bit 4:2:2 HD files on the Video Assist and capture full resolution 4K RAW digital negatives on your camera! Both sets of files will have perfectly matched timecode so you can finish your program using the HD files from the Video Assist and you still have the camera original RAW files for visual effects and color grading if needed.

Reliable HD playback at trade shows and retail stores
Every company needs a reliable way to playback video at trade shows or on digital signs. Highly compressed H.264 or MP4 web formats dont look good when projected on large screens and digital signs. Video Assist uses high quality DNxHD and ProRes video formats so theres no temporal compression and you get hours of broadcast quality HD video playback! Connections are simple and straightforward and the large buttons emulate traditional deck controls so they are easy to use.


The Blackmagic Video Assist is jam packed with features in a small, lightweight package that can be connected to virtually any camera. The front features a 5 inch HD touchscreen, there are video connections and an SDHC card slot on the side, and space for 2 LP-E6 batteries on the back. The outer frame is made out of durable aluminum and features standard ' mount points on the top and bottom for attaching it to cameras and rigs. The Blackmagic Video Assist is completely self contained and made to be light weight so its easy to hold in your hands, sit on a table using the built in kick stand, or mounted to the camera.

Light weight, durable construction
The frame of the Blackmagic Video Assist is made from aircraft grade aluminum which means you get an incredibly sturdy metal that barely adds any weight to your camera. The aluminum is precision machined into the intricate shape needed to house the connections and touchscreen display. Its also extremely strong, which makes it perfect for bracing the mounting points. You get a heavy duty metal that is comfortable enough to hold in your hand and still light enough to be mounted on even the smallest rig.

Bright and vivid 1920 x 1080 display
The entire front of the the Blackmagic Video Assist features the built in display, giving you a big bright monitor for clearly evaluating every shot. The on screen controls allow you to vary the brightness and contrast so its perfect for shooting indoors or out. The wide 135 viewing angle makes it easy for multiple members of the crew to watch it at the same time. It even auto rotates so no matter which way you set it up the picture is always displayed correctly.

Modern and intuitive user interface
The built in display is also an incredibly intuitive and responsive capacitive touchscreen, which is used to configure and control the Video Assist. Swipe gestures make it simple and quick to show or hide settings for the capture resolution and format as well as brightness and contrast of the screen. Swipe in another direction and youll have access to transport controls, recording status, histogram, audio level, timecode, battery status, and more. Best of all, the controls are overlaid using a semi transparent heads up display, which allows you to always keep an eye on your shot!

Plug into cameras, projectors and more.
Video and audio are captured using 6G-SDI and HDMI 1.4, allowing you to record from almost every professional camera, camcorder and DSLR. Since the inputs loop through to the 6G-SDI and HDMI outputs you can simultaneously display the live video or recorded clips on larger screens like HD broadcast monitors or HDMI projectors. Audio is embedded in the output or you can also monitor audio using the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.

Attach to cameras, equipment carts or hang it anywhere
There are 6 mounting points located on the top and bottom of the Video Assist. Using the bottom inch holes, you can securely attach it to the top of your camera as the ultimate HD viewfinder! The three ' holes on top allow you to hang it from rigs and use it as a monitor for the entire crew. The standard sized mounting points make it easy to mount and are compatible with third party rigging equipment.

Plug it in or go mobile
The Blackmagic Video Assist includes a universal 110V - 240V power supply so you can use it anywhere. When connected to the 12V DC input you get continuous power or you can run it off of dual Canon compatible LP-E6 rechargeable batteries. Intelligent battery management will use the battery with less charge first, then immediately switch to the other battery without interrupting recording. When connected to AC power, the batteries can be charged in parallel while the Video Assist is still being used. That means you never have to turn the Video Assist monitor off while youre on a shoot!


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