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Blackmagic Design Ultrastudio SDI

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Blackmagic Design Ultrastudio SDI


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Main Features:

  • HD/SD-SDI Input & Output

  • USB 3.0 Connection to PC

  • Uncompressed Video at 10-Bit 4:2:2 YUV

  • HDMI 1.4 Monitoring Output

  • Genlock Input

  • RS-422 Deck Control

  • Machined Aluminum with Compact Design

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The Blackmagic Design UltraStudio SDI is a Windows-compatible HD-SDI capture device that connects to your computer via USB 3.0. The compact, handsome, machined-aluminum device draws power through the USB 3.0 connection. UltraStudio SDI includes all necessary capture/playback software and drivers, so setup is a breeze.



UltraStudio for USB 3.0


UltraStudio Pro and UltraStudio SDI are the world’s first capture and playback solutions for USB 3.0. Get all the advantages of USB plug and play connectivity and the highest quality SDI connections that instantly switch between all SD and HD video formats. Work with full broadcast quality 10-bit video in compressed and uncompressed quality, perfect for editing, design and visual effects in the most demanding broadcast and post production environments.

Capture Video Anywhere!


UltraStudio is perfect where you need to capture and play back the highest quality uncompressed and compressed video. With support for all the major SD/HD video standards, UltraStudio is a true broadcast performance editing solution that is miniaturized into a choice of two incredibly small designs.

Capture from video cameras, live video feeds, decks and more! With UltraStudio’s built in HDMI output you can monitor in full resolution on LCD and plasma displays, or even with a HD projector.

Choose the model thats perfect for your needs


UltraStudio Pro includes the widest range of video and audio connections for USB 3.0 capture and playback. Advanced broadcast electronics are housed in an attractive ultra thin design that looks great on your desk. You also get high quality up, down and cross conversion, full 10-bit video and internal SD keying built in. UltraStudio Pro has everything you need for capturing and mastering with professional decks for amazing video quality.

UltraStudio SDI is an incredibly lightweight and portable SDI capture and playback solution with HDMI monitoring. Its sturdy and robust machined aluminum design weighs just 9 ounces and is small enough to fit in your pocket! Powered directly by its USB 3.0 connection, you can now capture and playback with professional SDI equipment in any location. UltraStudio SDI includes an HDMI output so you can use a low cost TV for broadcast monitoring.

World's Highest Quality Connections


With the highest quality 10-bit SDI video connections, UltraStudio SDI is perfect when all you need is capture and playback with professional SDI equipment. The HDMI output lets you connect to low cost monitors and the unit is powered by the USB 3.0 connection for true portability. UltraStudio Pro lets you connect to virtually any video device. Built-in SDI and HDMI input and outputs are combined with a long 7 foot 

breakout cable for analog component YUV, S-Video and composite video plus 2 channel AES/EBU, 4 channel XLR analog audio, down converted SD-SDI output, blackburst/tri-sync reference and deck control. Perfect for connecting to cameras, monitors, televisions, video projectors or broadcast decks such as HDCAM, HD-D5, HDCAM SR, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, and more!

SuperSpeed USB 3.0


UltraStudio SDI and UltraStudio Pro are designed to work with high performance SuperSpeed USB 3.0 laptop and workstation computers. Get all the advantages of USB plug and play connectivity with a 4.8 Gb/s connection. USB 3.0 SuperSpeed is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and 6 times faster than FireWire 800! Super Speed USB 3.0 has become the standard on most modern computers so there are hundreds of solutions to build your dream editing studio!

Broadcast Quality


UltraStudio features super low jitter 3G-SDI connections, so it’s become a popular choice by major broadcast networks. You get both compressed and uncompressed video capture at broadcast quality 10-bit 4:2:2 YUV. Only uncompressed video

captures every bit of every pixel for an exact mirror image between capture and playback. Working with the highest quality uncompressed video is perfect for editing, sharp keying with green screens, VFX compositing and color correction!

Use Your Favourite Software


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.


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

2 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

HDMI Audio Output

2 Channels embedded in SD and HD.

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.

Computer Interface

USB 3.0


USB 3.0 Bus Powered.

Ultrastudio -sdi



Supports: AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2.



Software Applications

Icn -premiere -pro Adobe Premiere Pro
Icn -media -composer Avid Media Composer
Icn -after -effects Adobe After Effects
Icn -nuke Nuke - The Foundry
Icn -davinci -resolve DaVinci Resolve
Icn -pro -tools Avid Pro Tools
Icn -cubase Cubase
Icn -vegas Sony Vegas Pro
Icn -photoshop Adobe Photoshop
icn-videostudio-pro Corel VideoStudio Pro X4

Other supported applications include: Avid Symphony, Avid News Cutter, CyberLink Power Director, MAGIX Video Pro X4, Vidcaster Pro & Studio & Broadcast, Uniplay, Playbox AirBox. CasparCG, Magicsoft CG, Steinberg Nuendo, Flash Media Encoder, Xsplit Broadcaster, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster, Harris Infocaster.

Video 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.

Audio Sampling

Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz at 24 bit.

Video Sampling


Color Precision


Color Space

REC 601, REC 709

HDMI Configuration

HDMI automatically configures to connected display.

HDMI Resolution

Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device.

HDMI Color Precision

10 bit

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

HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.


Colorspace Conversion

Hardware based real time.

HD Down Conversion

Software based down conversion during video playback.

HD Up Conversion

Real time 10 bit standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture.

HD Cross Conversion

Real time 10 bit 720HD to 1080HD during video capture.

Real Time Effects

Adobe® Premiere Pro® Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects.


Operating Systems

Icn -windows

Windows 7 or Windows 8.


Power Requirements

USB Bus Powered


Physical Specifications



Environmental Specifications

Operating Temperature

5° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)

Storage Temperature

-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)

Relative Humidity

0% to 90% non-condensing


What's Included

UltraStudio SDI

USB 3.0 cable

Software CD

Mounting Plate



Software Included

Media Express, Disk Speed Test, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic driver on Windows™.

Internal Software Upgrade

Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software.

Physical 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.



3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.


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