New Blackmagic Design products from IBC 2019

Last night (Friday 13th Sep 2019) Blackmagic Design announced a slew of new products at IBC 2019 held annually in the Netherlands.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Video Assist 12G

Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Video Assist 12G which are new models of the company’s popular combined monitoring and recording solutions. These new models feature brighter HDR screens, built in scopes, upgraded batteries, 12G-SDI and much more. Blackmagic Video Assist 12G will be available in September 2019 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide from AU$1,315.

The Blackmagic Video Assist 12G will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2019 booth #7.B45.

The new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR adds professional monitoring and recording to any SDI or HDMI camera in all HD, Ultra HD, 2K and 4K DCI formats. The new improved design includes innovations such as brighter screens for HDR work, tally indicator, 4 built in scopes, enhanced focus assist features, 3D LUTs and native Blackmagic RAW recording from supported cameras. With 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 on both 5″ and 7″ models, customers get support for recording from virtually any device in all formats up to 2160p60. A brighter touch screen ensures a better view of their recording when shooting HDR digital film, or when shooting outdoors in sunlight.

The new design also features upgraded batteries and supports two standard Sony L-Series batteries. This means Blackmagic Video Assist 12G is incredibly versatile and is the perfect solution for the next generation of digital cinema shoots, live production mastering, broadcast testing and measurement.

There are two models of Blackmagic Video Assist 12G, with each model including an innovative touch screen user interface with deck controls, as well as a large screen to view recordings. The Blackmagic Video Assist 7″ 12G model also includes 2 media slots, while both the 5″ and 7″ models include 12G-SDI for high frame rate Ultra HD, analog inputs for audio, USB-C external disk recording, plus a front panel speaker and side mounted headphone jack.

Customers also get 2 rear battery slots for mounting Sony L-Series batteries, so customers have enough power for the brighter HDR screens and higher speed Ultra HD electronics. A 12v universal power supply is included for studio or on location use.

Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR is an ideal upgrade for cameras, as it’s super bright 2500nit display is bigger than the tiny displays found on consumer cameras, plus users are also adding professional focus assist features and better quality file formats. Video Assist is also a great solution for professional cameras because customers can use it to upgrade older broadcast cameras to modern file formats used on the latest editing software. No matter what editing software customers use, Video Assist lets customers support them all, as customers can record in Apple ProRes, Avid DNx and Blackmagic RAW. With both HDMI and 12G-SDI inputs customers can connect it to any consumer camera, broadcast camera or even DSLR cameras. Then, on supported cameras, customers can even upgrade to RAW style workflows with Blackmagic RAW.

The innovative touchscreen LCD user interface provides incredible control. On screen, there are dedicated buttons for play, stop and record, plus a mini timeline for scrolling through their recordings. Customers can even image swipe to jog. The LCD includes a heads up display of timecode, video standard, media status as well as audio meters. Scopes can be enabled via the touch screen as well as focus and exposure assist. Plus customers can load and save 3D LUTs.

Video Assist uses commonly available SD card media, so customers can record to flash memory cards that are easy to obtain. The files are small enough to allow long recordings on standard SD cards or the faster UHS-II cards. The larger Video Assist 12G 7″ model even includes 2 SD card slots so customers can swap out any full cards even during recording, allowing infinite length recording. Standard SD cards or the faster UHS-II cards are perfect for broadcast because they are small, high speed and affordable.

If recording to other media types is required, then the USB-C Expansion port lets customers plug in an external flash disk for recording. Imagine adding a Blackmagic MultiDock 10G for easy SSD compatibility with other recorders such as Blackmagic HyperDeck models. Customers even get on screen menus for managing external disks using the touch screen.

Video Assist features a wide range of video and audio connections such as multi-rate 12G-SDI for SD, HD, and Ultra HD SDI devices. HDMI is included for HDMI cameras and monitoring to consumer televisions and video projectors. The 7 inch model features Mini XLR inputs which are provided for audio input from microphones and external audio mixers. Video Assist even includes a 12V DC power connection with locking power connector.

Customers will be ready for the latest HDR workflows with support for the latest HDR standards and an extremely bright screen with a wide color gamut. Plus the high brightness screen makes outdoor shooting in bright sunlight possible. The built in scopes even change to HDR scopes when working in HDR formats. Files are tagged with the correct HDR information then SDI and HDMI inputs will also automatically detect HDR video standards. Static metadata PQ and HLG formats are handled according to the ST2084 standard. The bright LCD has a wider color gamut so it can handle both Rec. 2020 and Rec. 709 colorspaces. The built in Video Assist LCD color gamut can even handle 100% of the DCI-P3 format.

Video Assist features full internal waveform monitoring so customers can ensure compliance to broadcast standards and it also works great as a portable waveform monitoring solution. The waveform display provides a traditional luminance (brightness) levels view of the video inputs or the playback signal. The vectorscope display allows customers to see the intensity of color at 100% SDI reference levels. Customers also get an RGB parade display which is ideal for color correction and checking for illegal levels. Histogram shows the distribution of white to black detail in their images and highlights or shadows clipping.

The built in scopes can even be overlaid on live video, or as a small picture in picture view at the top right of the scope.

The SDI and HDMI connections are multi-rate, so handle SD, HD, and Ultra HD. SD formats include NTSC and PAL. 720p HD standards include 720p50 and 59.94p. 1080i HD interlaced formats include 1080i50 and 59.94. 1080p HD formats include 1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60p. Customers can even do 1080 PsF formats. Ultra HD is supported up to 2160p59.94. Customers can even record 2K and 4K DCI rates up to 25p for digital film work.

Video Assist works with industry standard 17 and 33 point 3D LUT files, or customers can work with the built in LUTs such as Extended Video, Film to Video, Film to Rec.2020 and more.

Video Assist records using standard open file formats so customers don’t have to waste time transcoding media. Recording works in industry standard 10-bit ProRes or DNx files in all formats and from all HDMI or SDI cameras, as well as 12-bit Blackmagic RAW when connected to supported cameras. Best of all media files work on all operating systems.

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from cameras. Video Assist supports Blackmagic RAW recording from popular cameras such as Panasonic EVA1 and Canon C300 MK II. This eliminates the problems with popular camera formats such as H.264, which are highly compressed resulting in noise and processing artifacts. It also saves camera settings as metadata so customers can set ISO, white balance and exposure, then override them later while editing, all without any loss of quality. Blackmagic RAW files are also small and fast to use making them easy to work with.

Blackmagic Video Assist 12G includes a built in professional audio recorder thats much better quality than the audio quality found in most cameras, eliminating the need to carry around extra audio equipment. When working in SDI formats, customers can record 2, 4, 8 or 16 channels of audio in real time. For connecting microphones the Video Assist 7″ model has two XLR analog audio inputs with phantom power that support the high definition audio sample rate of 192 kHz at uncompressed 16 and 24 bit per sample. Customers can monitor using on screen audio meters with user selectable VU or PPM ballistics.

Multiple languages are fully supported so customers don’t need to learn another language to use it. Support is included for English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.

The files from Blackmagic Video Assist 12G are common and are compatible with all operating systems or in most video software. Media can be formatted using ExFAT or HFS+ so customers can easily access the media on computers and access the files like regular disks. DaVinci Resolve is perfect for use with Video Assist because it features editing, color correction, audio post production and visual effects all in one software application.

“The original Blackmagic Video Assist monitors and recorders were very popular and a fantastic way to upgrade older cameras, as well as for use in general broadcast areas of the television industry,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “These new models are an incredible improvement and incorporate all the lessons we have learnt from our customers in Hollywood. They have brighter LCD screens, 12G-SDI, Blackmagic RAW, better focus assist tools, presets, 3D LUTS and much more! They are so nice and it’s very exciting!”

Blackmagic Video Assist 12G Features

• Supports live production, digital signage and archive use.
• Modern design with fast to use touch screen controls.
• Upgrades cameras to better monitoring and better record codecs.
• Large LCD screen for with digital film style focus assist tools.
• SD/USH-II card support for commonly available media.
• Records direct to external USB-C media disks.
• 12G-SDI and HDMI for recording in SD, HD and Ultra HD.
• Advanced HDR support with bright 2500nits wide gamut LCD.
• Built in scopes include waveform, vector, parade and histogram.
• Latest Multi Rate 12G-SDI technology for SD, HD and Ultra HD.
• 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.
• Standard open file formats compatible with popular software.
• Records Blackmagic RAW from supported third party cameras.
• Professional multi channel digital and analog audio.
• Localized for 11 popular international languages.
• Works with popular NLE software such as DaVinci Resolve.

Availability and Price
Blackmagic Video Assist 12G will be available in September 2019 from AU$1,315, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic RAW 1.5

 

Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic RAW 1.5 a new software update with support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer, plus Blackmagic RAW Speed test for Mac, PC and Linux, so customers can work on a wider range of platforms and editing software with their Blackmagic RAW files. Blackmagic RAW 1.5 is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design website.

Blackmagic RAW 1.5 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2019 booth #7.B45.

The new Blackmagic RAW 1.5 update includes Blackmagic RAW Speed Test which is now available on Windows and Linux for the first time. Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is a CPU and GPU benchmarking tool for testing the speed of decoding full resolution Blackmagic RAW frames on their system. Multiple CPU cores and GPUs are automatically detected and used during the test so that customers get accurate and realistic results. Simply select Blackmagic RAW constant bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 or 12:1 and the desired resolution to perform the test. Results are displayed in an easy to read table that shows how many frames per second the computer can decode for all supported resolutions.

Editors working in Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer can now work with Blackmagic RAW files using the free plug-ins found in Blackmagic RAW 1.5. These new plug-ins enable editors to work with Blackmagic RAW directly, so they no longer have to transcode files. That means camera original Blackmagic RAW files can be used throughout the entire workflow. There is no longer a need to create proxy files and conform edits for finishing. These plug-ins bring the quality of RAW in small, modern, GPU and CPU accelerated files that are faster and easier to work with than any other video format.

Best of all, when projects are moved from Premiere Pro or Media Composer into DaVinci Resolve for color correction and finishing, all of the camera RAW metadata and image quality is still there.

“Blackmagic RAW is now available for editors working on all major professional NLEs,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s exciting because you can now edit native Blackmagic RAW files in Premiere Pro and Media Composer and then finish them in DaVinci Resolve without needing to create proxy files, all without every losing quality!”

Blackmagic RAW 1.5 Features
• Includes Blackmagic RAW Speed Test for Mac, Windows and Linux.
• Adds support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer.
• Performance improvements and minor bug fixes.

Availability and Price
Blackmagic RAW 1.5 is available now for download from the Blackmagic Design website.


Blackmagic Design Announces New ATEM Mini

Blackmagic Design today announced ATEM Mini a new low cost live production switcher specifically designed to allow live streaming to YouTube and business presentations via Skype. ATEM Mini will be available in November 2019 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for AU$495.

The ATEM Mini will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2019 booth #7.B45.

The new ATEM Mini makes it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube or innovative business presentations using Skype. Simply connect ATEM Mini and customers can switch live between 4 high quality video camera inputs in dramatically better quality images. Customers can even connect to a computer to present PowerPoint slides or add a gaming console. The built in DVE allows exciting picture in picture effects, perfect for live commentary. There’s loads of video effects too. To live stream, ATEM Mini has a USB output that works like a webcam, so customers can connect to any video software. There’s also HDMI video out for projectors. Microphone inputs allow high quality desktop and lapel mics for interviews and presentations.

ATEM Mini features a compact control panel based design with all video, audio and control connections on the rear panel. The front panel includes easy to use buttons for selecting sources, adjusting audio inputs, as well as selecting video effects and transitions. The rear panel includes HDMI inputs for connecting cameras or computers, plus additional microphone inputs. The ATEM Mini program is output via an HDMI video out as well as a USB for webcam output. The front panel buttons are large and easy to use by feel, so its even possible to use the switcher while presenting. Customers also get audio mixer buttons for live audio mixing.

ATEM Mini is very easy to use, as customers simply press any of the input buttons labelled 1 to 4 on the front panel to change or cut between video sources. Customers can choose between cut transitions or effects transitions by selecting the cut or auto buttons on the panel. Unlike cut, the auto button tells ATEM Mini to use a selected video effect when switching between inputs. Customers can select from exciting transitions such as a commonly used dissolve, or more dramatic effects such as dip to color, DVE squeeze and DVE push. The DVE is perfect for picture in picture effects and customers can instantly set up different picture positions from the buttons on the control panel. There is even a still store for titles and graphics accessible via external software control.

With 4 independent HDMI inputs, customers can connect up to 4 high quality consumer video cameras. All connected sources will re-sync to the switcher if they operate at different video standards, which means all inputs just work and customers can handle unknown equipment if customers are visiting new venues or locations. Imagine using the low light capability of professional cameras for theater production and music videos.

To ensure the maximum compatibility possible, ATEM Mini features a USB connection that operates as a simple webcam source. That means customers can plug in and instantly get working with any video software. The software is tricked into thinking the ATEM Mini is a common webcam, but it’s really a live production switcher. That guarantees full compatibility with all software in full resolution 1080HD quality. Choose any software customers like, such as Open Broadcaster for live streaming, or Skype for point to point presentations. ATEM Mini works with software and platforms such as Open Broadcaster, XSplit Broadcaster, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Skype, Twitch TV, Periscope, Livestream, Wirecast and more.

The HDMI program output is perfect for connecting ATEM Mini into an external recorder or monitor. ATEM Mini supports recorders such as the HyperDeck Studio Mini and Blackmagic Video Assist. Customers get a high quality output with switcher program video, plus live audio from the internal audio mixer. The HDMI output can even be connected to video projectors in large venues. If customers connect the ATEM Software Panel customers can even change the HDMI output direct from any of the video inputs. There’s also a low latency setting allowing output of connected gaming consoles on the HDMI output. If customers enable broadcast style mix effects switching, the HDMI output can be used to preview sources before a transition.

With two independent 3.5mm stereo audio inputs, customers can connect desktop and lapel microphones. With 2 extra stereo audio inputs, customers can ensure a host and guest both have lapel microphones when doing interviews. All audio inputs to ATEM Mini include buttons on the panel for adjusting audio level and enabling inputs into the audio mixer.

The ATEM Software Control app unlocks the hidden power of the ATEM Mini as customers get total control over the switcher features, plus the software is included free for Mac and Windows. ATEM Software Control features a visual switcher user interface with parameter palettes for making quick adjustments. Although customers can normally connect via USB, if customers connect using Ethernet it’s possible for multiple users to connect to ATEM Mini using separate copies of ATEM Software Control on different computers. Customers can even save the switcher state as XML files. If customers need clip playback, customers can even control HyperDeck disk recorders via Ethernet.

The built in “media pool” allows loading of up to 20 separate broadcast quality RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos. Customers can even use still frames for complex effects such as graphic wipes. ATEM Mini can even grab stills from the video output and add them to the internal media pool. Customers can easily manage the still store graphic using the included ATEM Software Control app, or customers can download directly from Photoshop software using the ATEM Photoshop plug-in. The Photoshop Plug-in is perfect for graphics that need to change often, such as scoreboards, as customers can update the text and download directly into the switcher, allowing graphics to get on-air fast.

For news or on-set presentation work, ATEM Mini is the perfect choice as it features an ATEM Advanced Chroma Key for high quality chroma or luminance keying, plus an additional downstream linear keyer. Customers can even use it for title overlays simply by using PowerPoint or other software with a green or blue background and the keyer will knock out the green and make the background transparent.

With a built in Fairlight audio mixer, the ATEM Mini makes it possible to do extremely complex live sound mixing. The internal mixer features a total of 12 channels so customers get the ability to mix audio from all sources. 8 mixer channels are de-embedded from the HDMI inputs, while an extra two stereo audio channels are input via the 3.5mm microphone connections on the rear panel. Each input channel features the highest quality 6 band parametric EQ and compressor, limiter, expander and noise gate as well as full panning.

The HDMI output is a true “aux” output so customers can clean switch each of the 4 HDMI inputs or the program feed to this output. Customers can even “direct” switch input 1 to the HDMI output for low latency for eSport. If customers select broadcast style mix effects switching, customers can also output a preview feed, allowing verification of the source before transitioning to it.

“The new ATEM Mini is a perfect example of the spirit of Blackmagic Design,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It looks like an easy to use low cost live production switcher, however it has professional broadcast features hidden inside so customers won’t be creatively limited and using their creativity they can use it the exact same way all as high end switchers found in the broadcast television industry. What this means is even though it’s low cost, there is no glass ceiling with ATEM Mini!”

ATEM Mini Features

• Features miniaturized control panel based design.
• Supports streaming live to all media platforms such as YouTube.
• Works with Skype for multi camera business presentations.
• Supports connecting up to 4 cameras or computers.
• USB output operates as a webcam and supports all video software.
• Wide range of professional video effects included.
• HDMI video output allows direct recording of programs.
• Two stereo audio inputs for connecting desktop or lapel microphones.
• Includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows.
• Includes full HD DVE for picture in picture effects and DVE transitions.
• Broadcast quality transitions including mix, dip and wipe.
• Internal media for 20 RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos.
• Includes ATEM Advanced Chroma Key for green/blue screen work.
• Operates in cut-bus or professional mix effects switching styles.
• Audio mixer supports limiter, compressor, 6 band EQ and more!
• Automatically standards converts and re-syncs all HDMI inputs.
• Built in Ethernet control and SDK allows customer developer solutions.
• Compatible with all professional ATEM hardware control panels.

Availability and Price
ATEM Mini will be available in November 2019 for AU$495, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Update

 

Blackmagic Design today announced a major new software update for Blackmagic URSA Broadcast cameras that adds Blackmagic RAW support as well as a whole new image processing design for improved quality. Also added is better lens control, updated on screen user controls and much more. Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Update will be available for download in November from the Blackmagic Design website.

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Update will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2019 booth #7.B45.

Blackmagic Camera 6.7 Update features a new de-mosaic algorithm that dramatically improves sensor response on URSA Broadcast cameras, resulting in better color fidelity and cleaner images. In addition, new sensor recalibration features improve the overall image quality by compensating for stuck pixels. Image gain controls can now be adjusted in ⅓ stop increments which gives customers finer control so they get cleaner images with less noise.

Blackmagic RAW support has been added to URSA Broadcast. Blackmagic engineers have created a specific sensor profile for the image sensor used in URSA Broadcast so Blackmagic RAW understands how the camera sees images. Blackmagic RAW combines the high end image quality of RAW with the ease of use, speed and file sizes of traditional video formats. Noise management, sensor profiling and edge reconstruction algorithms are used to produce high quality, visually lossless images. Plus, the files are small and all processing is GPU and CPU accelerated, making them fast to use and easy to work with.

Because everything is saved in the Blackmagic RAW file, customers can change camera settings such as gain, white balance, exposure, contrast and saturation after the shoot, all without any loss of quality. Blackmagic RAW also includes non-destructive LUTs that can be applied and saved as metadata in the file while users are shooting. That means customers get broadcast quality images with incredible color that can go straight to air. Best of all, the files still contain all of the camera’s RAW sensor data so customers can always edit them later too.

URSA Broadcast now supports 11 different languages so it can be used internationally. The camera can be set to English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese or Korean. It’s easy to switch to another language so customers can share their camera with other crew when traveling to locations worldwide. When customers switch languages, all on screen overlays, setup menus and monitoring information will be displayed in the selected language.

In addition, this update features image adjustment controls to compensate for B4 lens distortion such as chromatic aberration, along with the ability to remap the VTR and Return buttons on B4 lenses. Press and hold focus controls have also been enabled on the built in touch screen making it faster and easier to accurately focus shots. Plus, URSA Broadcast now supports an even wider range of B4 broadcast and Canon EF lenses than ever before.

This new update also adds new features that broadcast customers have requested such as 720p support on both SDI output and input. Customers also get sidetone adjustments for talkback so camera operators can speak loudly in noisy environments while keeping their voice mixed down in their earpiece. Live level microphone inputs can now also be adjusted. In addition, customers can now lock timecode to the SDI input and jam sync accuracy is greatly improved so that timecode sync is maintained between power cycles.

Support has also been added for HDR metadata HLG and PQ transfer characteristics (ST2082-10) via SDI. Customers can now disable or remap the camera’s function buttons, as well as disable the HFR button to prevent accidentally changing the frame rate between shots. For audio, customers using URSA Broadcast now choose between -18 or -20dB audio alignment levels.

Blackmagic OS has also been updated and now adds ⅓ stop gain increments to the gain slider, the ability to quickly switch media from the heads up display, and new PRE and LUT status icons for pre-set timecode and LUT usage. In addition, new 2:1, 1:1 and 5:4 frame guides have been added, along with the option for custom frame guides. The media formatting interface has been improved, making it more intuitive so users are less likely to accidentally format a card.

The display of audio meters has also been improved with better ballistics and the ability to set -18 or -20dB reference levels.

Blackmagic Camera 6.7 Update also adds general performance improvements and greater reliability when using external reference and when working with sources that have embedded audio. In addition, thermal management has been improved as has auto focus and auto exposure performance. Playback for clips that have been renamed is also improved.

“Blackmagic RAW brings high end digital film image quality with incredibly small file sizes to URSA Broadcast,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s exciting because broadcasters can now get dramatically better image quality in files that are smaller and faster to work with than other video formats. Plus, you can use metadata to apply a non-destructive broadcast video look to the images so you can even go straight to air!”

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Update Features

• New image processing pipeline including new de-bayer algorithm.
• Adds support for Blackmagic RAW for cinematic workflows.
• Support for 11 popular languages.
• Improved B4, PL and EF lens support.
• New features for broadcasters including 720p support.
• Updates to BlackmagicOS including audio metering improvements.
• Bug fixes and stability improvements with third party equipment.

Availability and Price
Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Update will be available in November for download from the Blackmagic Design website.

Blackmagic Design Announces Videohub Master Control Pro

Blackmagic Design today announced Videohub Master Control Pro, a newly designed router control panel that allows spin knob scrolling of all router sources and destinations as well as direct button entry of any router crosspoint. The new Videohub Master Control Pro provides a built in LCD with easy to read anti aliased graphic labels for full access to every single cross point on the largest 288 x 288 Videohub routers. Videohub Master Control Pro will retail for AU$1,155.

Videohub Master Control Pro will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2019 booth 7.B45.

Videohub Master Control Pro allows for very flexible control because it has two main methods for changing cross points on Videohub routers. The simplest way to use Videohub Master Control Pro is for customers to simply select either destination or source and then scroll through all the cross points in the router using the larger knob on the right side of the panel. The built in LCD shows cross points as the user scrolls using large easy to read labels, and scroll order is based on alphabetical order of crosspoint labels so it’s easy to scroll to the crosspoint the customer requires even on a very large router.

Videohub Master Control Pro also includes direct entry of cross point labels via built in buttons. These buttons are a combination of customizable buttons as well as numeric buttons. Customers can easily set the customizable buttons to labels such as “Monitor”, “Deck” or “Edit” etc, and then router cross points can be entered in by simply pressing the custom button followed by the number. For example if a customer wanted to enter in the destination “Monitor 3” then they only need to select the customized Monitor button followed by the 3 button. This means Videohub Master Control Pro gives customers full access to very large routers, but is still very fast to use.

Direct entry buttons also allow limiting the scroll list when using the spin knob. For the above example, if the user presses the Monitor button, then the list available to the spin knob would be limited to any cross point labeled Monitor. The user can then type in 3 to select monitor 3 as in the example above, or just scroll through all the monitor labels and select Monitor 3 via the spin knob.

Videohub Master Control Pro is still low cost enough so every user in a facility can afford to install one, and they can be positioned anywhere needed so everyone has easy access to changing router cross points.

Videohub Master Control Pro features a new machined metal design with attractive RGB illuminated crystal look buttons combined with an attractive color LCD for status and machined aluminum knob for scrolling cross points. This makes Videohub Master Control Pro one of the most attractive router control panels on the market. Blackmagic Design believes that even though routers are technical by nature, there is no reason why they have to be ugly. We believe that with the new Videohub Master Control Pro customers will see a dramatic improvement in ease of routing and a more pleasant user experience.

Videohub Master Control Pro has been designed to be easy for customers to self install. It uses standard ethernet networking and simply plugs into the existing computer network. If used in mission critical environments, Videohub Master Control Pro could be connected to a dedicated switch. Videohub Master Control Pro can be powered via power over ethernet (PoE) without the need for a power supply.

Because Videohub Master Control Pro has been designed to fit into creative post production facilities, it includes attractive crystal look buttons that are designed for high reliability. The button caps can be removed from the front to allow custom labeling of the buttons. For world’s best illumination quality, all buttons are illuminated by RGB LEDs so that a wider range of rich and clean colors can be displayed. When used in dark rooms, all buttons can be backlit, so button labels can be clearly seen.

“We have been asked for a new more stylish designed router control panel for our popular Videohub routers, We think we have a fantastic solution that will make all of our customers extremely happy!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “It looks wonderful and I am so excited by its clean, simple and attractive design, plus the best part is Videohub Master Control Pro is low cost so we can place them everywhere. You have to see this working to really understand how fast that makes router control. It’s incredible and it’s fun too!”

Videohub Master Control Pro Features

• Ethernet connection with Power over Ethernet and non powered loop through.
• 110-240V volt power connection included for use with not powered by Ethernet.
• Full access to every cross point on routers via direct entry or spin knob scrolling.
• Spin knob allows customers to scroll through router labels in alphabetical order.
• Direct button entry allows router labels to be typed in, or to limit to a scrolling list.
• Supports optional “take” button set via software configuration.
• Includes Mac and Windows software for control panel programming.
• Button caps can be removed for easy labeling.
• Buttons are illuminated by RGB LEDs for highest illumination quality.
• Compact 1 rack unit size, less than three inches deep.
• Works with all Videohub models.

Availability and Price
Videohub Master Control Pro will be available in November 2019 for AU$1,155, excluding local duties and taxes, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Blackmagic Design Announces Videohub Smart Control Pro

 

Blackmagic Design today announced Videohub Smart Control Pro, a new elegantly designed router control panel that’s designed to be the fastest way to switch router crosspoints. Videohub Smart Control Pro will retail for only AU$1,155.

Videohub Smart Control Pro will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2019 booth 7.B45.

Videohub Smart Control Pro is different to traditional hardware router control panels that cost thousands of dollars and are limited to being installed in small numbers and then shared by all router users. Videohub Smart Control Pro is low cost, and features 40 RGB illuminated crystal look buttons that can be set to any router output. Videohub Smart Control Pro can be installed under each deck and monitor in a facility, so the router output to that monitor can be set with a single button press. This is a much faster way of working, because all routing only requires a single button press.

For example, if a Videohub Smart Control Pro is installed under a monitor, then the router output connected to that monitor can be set to a different router source with each button press. Videohub Smart Control Pro includes a USB connection and easy to use Mac and Windows software to set each button. Buttons are illuminated brilliant white.

Videohub Smart Control Pro can also be used with multiple destinations, and customers can select to have a single destination for the whole control panel, or multiple destinations. When working with multiple destinations, buttons on the front panel become gold colored and customers can select as many destinations as they need. Videohub Smart Control Pro also allows the use of a “take” button, and when enabled, the take button is the lower right button, and illuminated red. Multiple destinations and the take button feature allow a single panel to be used for multiple devices connected to the router, and dramatically lowers the cost in large facilities.

Videohub Smart Control Pro has been designed to be easy for customers to self install. Videohub Smart Control Pro uses standard ethernet networking and simply plugs into the existing computer network. If used in mission critical environments, Videohub Smart Control Pro could be connected to a dedicated switch. Videohub Smart Control Pro can be powered via power over ethernet (PoE) without the need for a power supply.

Because Videohub Smart Control Pro has been designed to fit into creative post production facilities, it includes attractive crystal look buttons that are designed for high reliability. The button caps can be removed to allow labeling of buttons. For world’s best illumination quality, all buttons are illuminated by RGB LEDs so that a wider range of rich and clean colors can be displayed. When used in dark rooms, all buttons can be backlit, so button labels can be clearly seen.

“We have been asked for a router control panel for our popular Videohub routers, and we think we have a fantastic solution that will make all our customers extremely happy!”, said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design, “It looks wonderful and I am so excited by its clean, simple and attractive design, plus the best part is Videohub Smart Control Pro is low cost so we can place them everywhere. Now every device in our facility has buttons underneath so we can just select its input with a single button press. You have to see this working to really understand how fast that makes router control. It’s incredible!”

Videohub Smart Control Pro Features

• Ethernet connection with Power over Ethernet and non powered loop through.
• 110-240V volt AC powered for use with non powered ethernet.
• Single or multiple destinations supported.
• Supports optional “take” button set via software configuration.
• Includes Mac and Windows software for control panel programming.
• Button caps can be removed for easy labeling.
• Buttons are illuminated by RGB for highest illumination quality.
• Compact 1 rack unit size, less than three inches deep.
• Works with all Videohub models.

Availability and Price
Videohub Smart Control Pro will be available in November 2019 for AU$1,155, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.


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