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Blackmagic UltraStudio Recorder 3G


Great for streaming and capture from any HDMI or SDI broadcast quality video source, UltraStudio Recorder includes 3G-SDI and HDMI in all formats up to 1080p60.


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UltraStudio Recorder 3G

Get the world’s smallest pocket sized SDI and HDMI video capture for your Thunderbolt 3 laptop or desktop computer! UltraStudio Recorder 3G features the highest quality 10 bit uncompressed and compressed video capture that’s compatible with all popular video software including DaVinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and hundreds more!

Live Streaming made easy

UltraStudio models are fully compatible with popular video streaming software so you can broadcast your media live to millions of online viewers! Capture direct from cameras or live production switchers using UltraStudio and then integrate the captured high quality video into your live streaming workflow. With UltraStudio the first compression pass can be the streaming codec format so the quality is amazing! UltraStudio supports common streaming software such as Flash Media Live Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Producer and Resolume Avenue. With UltraStudio it's easy to create high quality live or on‑demand web broadcasts of sporting events, podcasts or concerts!

The UltraStudio for Thunderbolt™ Range

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

Built with blazingly fast Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 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!

Advanced Workflow

UltraStudio for Thunderbolt models are perfect for high performance work that demands the highest quality. Using a single Thunderbolt cable, you can easily connect any Thunderbolt computer or laptop for amazing on set color correction, editing, visual effects and video streaming. Lightweight and compact, UltraStudio Express and UltraStudio Mini models are extremely portable, easily moving from one computer to another. UltraStudio 4K is a high performance 'break out box' style capture and playback device for highest quality Ultra HD 60p editing as well as DCI 4K resolutions.

Connecting to Decks and Monitors

With UltraStudio you can be assured you have every kind of connection, quality, file format and software compatibility you need for any task! Connect virtually any professional or consumer analog video device or deck. Simply plug into the SDI connections for digital decks such as HDCAM, HD‑D5, HDCAM SR and even standard definition Digital Betacam! If you're connecting to older decks such as Betacam SP, then you can use the component analog connections on UltraStudio to plug in direct using the component analog video connections and balanced analog audio. You even get composite for connecting to old VHS decks! UltraStudio has both SDI and HDMI connections, so it's perfect for connecting to broadcast monitors and video projectors for massive cinema style monitoring!

Connecting to Routers

UltraStudio is perfect for use with routers because they include support for video, multi channel audio, timecode and closed caption data all down the single SDI cable. This saves costs on installing multiple routers because a single SDI router can handle all of the signal types. UltraStudio supports built in down conversion so you can send feeds to systems that run separate SD and HD routers. The multi rate SDI connections also support newer router designs such as Blackmagic Design's Videohub range that allows multiple video formats on the same router at the same time.

Connecting to Live Production Switchers

Connecting to live production switchers is easy. If you're using UltraStudio as a media player then you can run title software or animations in RGB using the UltraStudio 4K model and output fill and key on the dual link SDI outputs. Each link can be connected to two switcher inputs and the server can use the fill and key internally to key these graphics live. The included Photoshop CC plug-in also supports RGB graphics and alpha channels in your Photoshop CC graphics so you can update titles instantly for urgent on air graphics. UltraStudio is perfect for live streaming production switcher program outputs, simply connect the switcher program or aux output to the UltraStudio input and run your favorite streaming software.

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® CC, Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony and Avid News Cutter. For visual effects get full compatibility with After Effects® CC, The Foundry Nuke and Adobe Photoshop® CC. For audio get compatibility with ProTools, Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase. For streaming use Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster.


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® CC, Sony Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio, CyberLink Power Director and MAGIX Video Pro. For visual effects use After Effects® CC, The Foundry Nuke and Adobe Photoshop® CC. 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 Inputs 1
SDI Rates 270Mb, 1.5G, 3G
SDI Audio Inputs 16 Channels embedded in SD/HD
HDMI Video Inputs 1
HDMI Audio Inputs 8 Channels embedded in SD/HD
Computer Interface Thunderbolt™ 3 (Mac OS, Windows and Linux)
Supported Codecs AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, HEVC, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, DNxHR & DNxHD, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 LT, Apple ProRes 422 Proxy, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:4:4.
Software Included Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility and Blackmagic driver on Mac OS and Windows. Media Express, Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility and Blackmagic driver on Linux.
Internal Software Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software.
Software Applications DaVinci Resolve
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Adobe Photoshop CC
Other supported applications include: Sony Catalyst Production Suite, Grass Valley Edius, Tools On Air Just In, Softron MovieRecorder and Mreplay, Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, Metus Ingest, Cinegy Capture Pro, Glookast Capturer, Burst Video [REC]Marker and Webclip2Go, Telestream Wirecast, Resolume Arena, Vegas Creative Software Vegas Pro, VidblasterX Studio and Broadcast, Unimedia Technologies UniplayOne and Uniplay-CG, CasparCG Server, Magicsoft CG, Xsplit Broadcaster, DevTek Easy Media Suite, Boinx Software MimoLive, StudioCoast vMix, Renewed Vision ProPresenter, Ventuz Director, Class X Liveboard and CoralCG, Open Broadcaster Software Studio, Nautilus Studio Nemo3D, Derivative TouchDesigner, Assimilate Scratch and Live Assist, NewBlue Title Live and Titler Pro, SGO Mistika.
SDI Video Standards
SD Video Standards 525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL
HD Video Standards 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60
2K Video Standards 2Kp23.98 DCI, 2Kp24 DCI, 2Kp25 DCI, 2Kp29.97 DCI, 2Kp30 DCI, 2Kp50 DCI, 2Kp59.94 DCI, 2Kp60 DCI
2KPsF23.98 DCI, 2KPsF24 DCI, 2KPsF25 DCI, 2KPsF29.97 DCI, 2KPsF30 DCI
SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 274M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 424M and SMPTE 425M A/B
SDI Metadata Support RP 188/SMPTE 12M-2 and closed captioning.
SDI Audio Sampling Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit.
SDI Video Sampling 4:2:2, 4:4:4
SDI Color Precision 8, 10, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 up to 1080p30, and 8, 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 in all standards.
SDI Color Space REC 601, REC 709 and REC 2020
Multiple Rate Support SDI video connection is switchable between SD and HD.
HDMI Video Standards
SD Video Standards 525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL
HD Video Standards 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60
HDMI Audio Sampling Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit.
HDMI Video Sampling 4:2:2 and 4:4:4
HDMI Color Precision 8-bit RGB 4:4:4, 8-bit YUV 4:4:4 and 12-bit YUV 4:2:2 in all standards.
HDMI Configuration HDMI 2.0a supports Deep Color.
HDMI Color Space REC 601, REC 709 and REC 2020
Multiple Rate Support HDMI video connection is switchable between SD and HD.
Copy Protection HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.
Hardware Frame Buffer v210 (10 bit YUV), 2vuy (8 bit YUV), ARGB, BGRA (8 bit RGB), r210 (10 bit RGB), R12B, R12L (12 bit RGB).
Colorspace Conversion Hardware based real time.
Physical Installation Requires computer with a Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C port. Please check support pages to see the full system requirements.
Physical Specifications
Operating Systems
Mac 10.14 Mojave,
Mac 10.15 Catalina or later.
Windows 8.1 and 10, both 64-bit.
Power Requirements Powered by Thunderbolt cable. Requires computer with a Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C port.
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