Blackmagicdesign UltraStudio Pro Instruction manual

Operation Manual
Desktop Video
Mac OS X™
Windows™
Linux™
October 2011
2 Welcome
Welcome to Desktop Video!
We hope you share our dream for the television industry to become a truly creative industry by allowing
anyone to have access to the highest quality video.
Previously high end television and post production required investment in millions of dollars of hardware,
however with Blackmagic video hardware, even 10 bit uncompressed is now easily affordable. We hope
you get years of use from your new UltraStudio, DeckLink, Multibridge or Intensity and have fun working
with some of the world’s hottest television and design software!
This instruction manual should contain all the information you’ll need on installing your Blackmagic video
hardware. If you're installing a PCI Express card, it’s always a good idea to ask a technical assistant for
help if you have not installed hardware cards into computers before. As Blackmagic video hardware uses
uncompressed video and the data rates are quite high, you’ll need fast disk storage and a high-end
computer.
We think it should take you approximately 10 minutes to complete installation. Before you install Blackmagic
video hardware, please check our website at www.blackmagic-design.com and click the support page to
download the latest updates to this manual and Desktop Video driver software. Lastly, please register your
Blackmagic video hardware when downloading software updates. We would love to keep you updated
on new software updates and new features. Perhaps you can even send us your latest show reel of work
completed on your Blackmagic video hardware and any suggestions for improvements to the software. We
are constantly working on new features and improvements, so we would love to hear from you!
Grant Petty
CEO Blackmagic Design
Contents
Desktop Video
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Getting Started
Introducing Desktop Video
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What is Media Express?
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Your Computer's System Requirements
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Capturing Video and Audio files
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How to Install your Blackmagic Video Hardware
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Playing back Video and Audio files
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Installing a Blackmagic PCIe card
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Browsing Media
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Before connecting USB 3.0 hardware to your computer
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Editing Video and Audio files to Tape
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Connecting to your Windows USB 3.0 computer
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Connecting to your Mac computer with Thunderbolt™06
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Blackmagic Media Express
Install the Blackmagic Design Software
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Installing Desktop Video Drivers on Mac OS X
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Installing Desktop Video Drivers on Windows 7
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Installing Desktop Video Drivers on Linux
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Using Blackmagic System Preferences
Capturing and Playing back Video
Video Playback test using Blackmagic Media Express
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Video Capture test using Blackmagic Media Express
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Using your Favorite Editing Software
Adobe After Effects CS5 and CS5.5
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS5.5
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Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and CS5.5
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Apple Final Cut Pro 7
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Apple Final Cut Pro X
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Avid Media Composer 6
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Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
Help
Developer Information
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Blackmagic 2K Format
Connection Reference Guide
Warranty Information
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4 Getting Started
Introducing Desktop Video
Blackmagic Design's Desktop Video software includes drivers, plug-ins and applications for your UltraStudio,
DeckLink, Multibridge or Intensity. You can use Desktop Video software by itself or else work directly within
video software from companies including Adobe, Apple and Avid.
This manual takes you through the computer system requirements, how to install your video hardware and
software, and how to use it with software from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, Apple and Avid. Connection
diagrams and reference information for developers can be found at the back of the manual.
Your Computer's System Requirements
UltraStudio, DeckLink, Multibridge and Intensity are all designed to work with the highest quality
uncompressed video. This high quality is exciting but also very demanding for your computer and disk
storage. We recommend the following minimum computer system configurations.
All platforms require a minimum of 4 GB or RAM for SD, HD and 2K video. PCIe x1 lane cards should work
in any slot. PCIe x4 lane cards require a x4 lane or faster PCI Express slot.
Mac OS X
Desktop Video software runs on the latest Snow Leopard and Lion versions of Mac OS X.
An Intel-based Mac Pro computer is required if your Blackmagic video hardware connects to the computer
via a PCI Express slot.
An Intel-based Mac computer with a Thunderbolt™ port and cable are required if your Blackmagic video
hardware connects to the computer via Thunderbolt.
Windows
Desktop Video runs exclusively on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 with the latest service pack installed.
A USB 3.0 port using a Renesas chipset is required if your Blackmagic video hardware connects to the
computer via USB 3.0.
Linux
Desktop Video runs on 32-bit and 64-bit x86 computers running Linux 2.6.23 or higher. Please refer to the
release notes for the latest list of supported Linux distributions, package formats and software dependencies.
5 Getting Started
How to Install your Blackmagic video hardware
This section guides you through how to install your Blackmagic video hardware in to your computer.
Installing a card with a fiber optic module can be a little fiddly so we also include some tips on how to do
it easily.
If your Blackmagic video hardware connects via USB 3.0, then skip past the "Installing a Blackmagic PCIe
card" instructions and go straight to the USB 3.0 section. Blackmagic's USB 3.0 video products require
something called "isochronous USB 3.0 support" which is only available on Windows so you won't find
instructions for Mac or Linux.
If your Blackmagic video hardware connects via Thunderbolt™, then skip past the "Installing a Blackmagic
PCIe card" instructions and go straight to the Thunderbolt section. As Thunderbolt is only found on the
latest Apple Mac computers, Blackmagic Design's Thunderbolt™ products are only available on Mac OS X.
Installing a Blackmagic PCIe card
Please review the Adding PCI Express Cards section in your computer user manual for information on how
to safely install PCI Express cards, including your DeckLink, Multibridge or Intensity card.
Step 1. Remove the power plug from the back of your computer and ensure that you are statically
discharged by using an anti-static strap.
Step 2. Remove the side cover or chassis cover of your computer to gain access to the PCIe slots.
Step 3. Remove your Blackmagic PCIe card from the protective static bag making sure you don’t touch
the gold connectors on the base of the card. These precautions should be taken when handling
any PCI card. If you have a DeckLink Optical Fiber card, the fiber optic module needs to be
temporarily removed to allow the card to be manoeuvred into its slot.
Step 4. The product box or website should tell you if your Blackmagic PCIe card requires a x1, x4 or x8
lane PCIe slot. Locate a slot in your computer which is this speed or faster.
Step 5. Remove the metal port access cover from the desired PCIe slot.
Install any model of Blackmagic PCIe card in a spare slot as
shown in the above picture. Some cards include an HDMI
bracket, which installs in any spare port, and connects to the rear
of the card with the supplied HDMI cables.
Step 6. Insert your Blackmagic PCIe card and ensure that it clicks firmly into place.
Step 7. If your Blackmagic PCIe card includes an HDMI bracket, insert the bracket in to a spare PCIe slot.
If your computer doesn't have a spare PCIe slot but does have a single-width graphics card, you
should be able to insert the HDMI bracket into the spare port usually reserved for a double-width
graphics card.
Step 8. Secure the card and HDMI bracket with the screws, bracket or clamp.
6 Getting Started
Step 9. If you have installed an HDMI bracket, loop the included HDMI cables around any other installed
cards and plug them into the rear of the DeckLink card.
Step 10. If you have a DeckLink Optical Fiber card, reinsert the fiber optic module into the card.
Step 11. Replace the cover of your computer and connect the breakout cable if one is supplied with your
model of Blackmagic card.
Step 12. Reconnect the power and start up the computer.
Before connecting Blackmagic Design USB 3.0 hardware to your computer
It is very important you have installed the latest USB 3.0 software drivers and firmware for your computer
before installing your Blackmagic Design hardware. Please visit the computer vendor’s website.
Connect the breakout cable if one is supplied with your model of
Blackmagic card. Some card models also include a HDMI bracket
as pictured above.
Connecting Blackmagic video hardware to your Windows USB 3.0 computer
Step 1. If your Blackmagic video hardware includes an external power supply, connect it to the unit and
switch on the power.
Step 2. Connect a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 cable between the unit and a dedicated USB 3.0 port on your
computer.
Step 3. If Desktop Video software has previously been installed and offers to update the internal software,
click Update and follow any onscreen instructions.
Step 4. Connect the breakout cable if one is supplied with your model of Blackmagic video hardware.
The connectors plug in to almost any kind of broadcast and professional video equipment.
Connecting Blackmagic video hardware to your Mac computer with Thunderbolt™
Step 1. If your Blackmagic video hardware includes an external power supply, connect it to the unit and
switch on the power.
Step 2. Connect a Thunderbolt cable between the unit and a Thunderbolt port on your computer, or to
a Thunderbolt disk array which is attached to your computer.
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt™ products connect to your computer
with a single USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt cable.
Step 3. If Desktop Video software has previously been installed and offers to update the internal software,
click Update and follow any onscreen instructions.
Step 4. Connect the breakout cable if one is supplied with your model of Blackmagic video hardware.
The connectors plug in to almost any kind of broadcast and professional video equipment.
7 Getting Started
Install the Blackmagic Design Software
After installing your hardware, the next step is to install the Blackmagic Design Desktop Video software.
Please jump to the installation instructions for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux in this section.
Installing Blackmagic Desktop Video Drivers on Mac OS X
Before installing any software you will need administrator privileges.
Step 1. Ensure you have the very latest driver. Visit www.blackmagic-design.com/support
Step 2. Open the “Desktop Video Installer” folder from the disc or downloaded disk image and launch
the “Desktop Video Installer” installer.
Step 3. Click Continue, Agree and Install buttons and the software will be installed on your system.
Step 4. Now restart your computer to enable the new software drivers.
Plugins and Applications that are installed
The Desktop Video software installs the following components:
Follow install prompts.
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Blackmagic Design system preference
Blackmagic Design LiveKey
Blackmagic Media Express
Blackmagic Multibridge Utility
Blackmagic QuickTime™ codecs
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
Adobe® Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop presets and plug-ins
Apple Final Cut Pro™ 7 Easy Setups, presets and enablers
Avid Media Composer 6 plug-ins
Automatic Updates
After your Mac has restarted, the software will check the Blackmagic video hardware to see what internal
software the hardware contains. If the internal software version does not match the driver version, Desktop
Video will offer to update the internal software. This is automatic and all you need to do is click OK to start
the update. After the internal software has updated, restart your Mac to complete the process.
Select Destination.
8 Getting Started
Installing Blackmagic Desktop Video Drivers on Windows 7
Step 1. Ensure you have the very latest driver. Visit www.blackmagic-design.com/support
Step 2. Open the “Desktop Video” folder and launch the “Desktop Video” installer.
Step 3. The drivers will now be installed on your system. An alert will appear: “Do you want to allow the
following program to install software on this computer?” Click Yes to continue.
Step 4. You will see a dialog bubble saying “found new hardware” and the hardware wizard will appear.
Select “install automatically” and the system will find the required Desktop Video drivers. You will
then receive another dialog bubble saying “your new hardware is ready for use.”
Step 5. Now restart your computer to enable the new software drivers.
Desktop Video Setup Wizard
Plugins and applications that are installed
The Desktop Video software installer installs the following components:
Click “Yes”.
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Blackmagic Desktop Video drivers
Blackmagic Design Control Panel
Blackmagic Design LiveKey
Blackmagic Media Express
Blackmagic Multibridge Utility
Blackmagic AVI and QuickTime™ codecs
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
Adobe® Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop presets and plug-ins
Avid Media Composer 6 plug-ins
Automatic updates
After your computer has restarted, the software will check the Blackmagic video hardware to see what
internal software the hardware contains. If the internal software version does not match the driver version,
Desktop Video will offer to update the internal software. This is automatic and all you need to do is click OK
to start the update. After the internal software has updated, restart your computer to complete the process.
Restart your PC!
9 Getting Started
Installing Blackmagic Desktop Video Drivers on Linux
Step 1. Download the latest Desktop Video software for Linux from www.blackmagic-design.com/
support
Step 2. Open the “Desktop Video” folder and locate and open the “Desktop Video” package for your
Linux distribution. Refer to the ReadMe file for the latest list of Linux distributions for which can be
installed from a graphical user interface.
Step 3. Click the "Install" button and wait for the progress bar to complete.
Desktop Video software ready to be installed from the
Ubuntu Software Center
Step 4. If there are messages about missing dependencies, ensure they are installed first and then rerun
the Desktop Video installer.
Step 5. When finished, the installer will return to the same screen.
Step 6. Restart the computer to enable the drivers or type the following command:
# modprobe blackmagic
If you cannot find a native Desktop Video package for your Linux distribution, or if you prefer to install from
a command line, refer to the ReadMe file for detailed installation instructions.
If you encounter any errors during the installation, refer to the ReadMe file for help.
Plugins and Applications that are installed
Desktop Video software installs the following components:
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Blackmagic Desktop Video drivers
Blackmagic Design Control Panel
Blackmagic Media Express
Blackmagic AVI codecs
10 Getting Started
Updates
After your computer has restarted, the drivers will check the Blackmagic video hardware to see what internal
software the hardware contains. If the internal software version does not match the driver version, Desktop
Video will prompt you to update. Type the following command in terminal to find out the card ID of any
cards that need updating:
# BlackmagicFirmwareUpdater status
A message similar to the following will appear:
/dev/blackmagic/card0
[DeckLink HD Extreme 3] UPDATED
/dev/blackmagic/card1
[DeckLink HD Extreme 3] NEEDS_UPDATE
Note the ID of the card that needs to be updated and then update the firmware by typing:
# BlackmagicFirmwareUpdater update <card_id> (1 in this case)
11 Getting Started
Using Blackmagic System Preferences
Blackmagic system preferences provide a central location so you don't need to configure the same settings
in each video application that you use, for example down conversion.
‚‚ On Mac OS X, open the System Preferences and look in the “Other” category to locate the
Blackmagic Design icon. Click the Blackmagic Design icon to gain access to the settings.
‚‚ On Windows 7, open the system Control Panel and click on “Hardware and Sound” to reveal the
Blackmagic Design Control Panel. Click the Blackmagic Design Control Panel to gain access to the
settings.
‚‚ On Linux, go to "Applications" and then "Sound and Video" to locate the Blackmagic Control
Panel. Double-click on the Blackmagic Control Panel to gain access to the settings. All features can
be controlled by your own software using the Blackmagic SDK.
Different Blackmagic video hardware models have different features. Only those system preferences
supported by your hardware model will be active and available to change.
The following section takes you through the Blackmagic system preferences you might see when using
Blackmagic video hardware.
Blackmagic Design system preferences in Mac OS X
Blackmagic Design Control Panel in Windows 7
Blackmagic Design Control Panel in Ubuntu Linux
12 Getting Started
Video and Audio Output connections
All of the video and audio outputs of Blackmagic video hardware are active all of the time. On some models
you can choose between component analog video, S-Video or composite analog video.
The SDI, Optical Fiber SDI, HDMI and component analog video outputs support HD and SD video. S-Video
and composite analog video do not support high definition video. S-video may require the use of an
inexpensive S-video adapter cable.
Video and Audio output connections.
Switchable Audio Output
Some models have switchable audio outputs. You can choose to output:
‚‚ 4 analog and 2 AES/EBU audio channels, or
‚‚ 2 analog and 6 AES/EBU audio channels
Video and Audio Input connections
Your Blackmagic video hardware may support some or all of the following combinations:
Video and Audio input connections.
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SDI Video & AES/EBU Audio
SDI Video & Analog XLR Audio
Optical SDI Video & Optical SDI Audio
HDMI Video & HDMI Audio
HDMI Video & AES/EBU Audio
HDMI Video & Analog XLR Audio
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Component Video & Analog XLR Audio
Composite & AES/EBU Audio
Composite & Analog XLR Audio
S-Video & AES/EBU Audio
S-Video & Analog XLR Audio
13 Getting Started
NTSC setup
The NTSC composite video used in the USA, and some other countries, uses 7.5 IRE setup. If you’re working
in Japan and countries that don’t use this setup, leave this set to 0 IRE setup. PAL and high definition
standards do not use this setup.
Output 4:4:4 color mode
NTSC Setup.
While most users work with 4:2:2 video, you will need to Select 4:4:4 on video output if you wish to play out
4:4:4 video, otherwise the video will show weird pink and green colors. 1080p50/60 video will always be
output as 4:2:2.
When 4:4:4 video output is enabled, the following features are not available:
‚‚ simultaneous HD and down converted SD video output
‚‚ down converted analog video output.
Single Link/Dual Link switch
Output 4:4:4 color mode
When working with high bandwidth video formats such as 1080p60 or any 4:4:4 format, choose between
dual-link HD-SDI and single-link 3 Gb/s SDI.
Progressive HD1080 video playback switch
Choose between 1080PsF and 1080p on playback.
Single Link/Dual Link switch
Progressive HD1080 video playback switch
14 Getting Started
Remove Field Jitter
When interlaced video is paused on old CRT monitors, eliminate field flicker by only displaying a single field.
We do not recommend using this option with modern flat screens.
Frame output switch
Video Output Behavior.
If you have switched out of a video application and video is no longer being played, this setting determines
whether your Blackmagic video hardware will output black or the last played frame of video or an extended
desktop.
If you are adjusting LUTs on some Blackmagic models, set this option to Last Played Frame so you can
observe the effect of any adjustment to LUTs.
The extended desktop feature is supported on some Blackmagic models. Enabling or disabling the feature
requires a restart of the computer. It's important that you set the extended desktop to the same standard
as your video capture and playback, or you will get slower switching between capture and playback modes,
as the monitors need to re-lock.
Frame output switch
HDMI monitoring formats in 3D mode
When monitoring 3D stereoscopic video, select a format which is supported by your HDMI display: Frame
Packing, Side by Side, Line by Line, Top and Bottom, Left Eye or Right Eye.
Reference Output Timing
A reference signal may also be known as genlock, black burst, house sync or tri-sync. If you have reference
connected but your picture is rolling, adjust the "Set reference output timing" until the picture locks and is
no longer rolling on the Blackmagic video output.
HDMI 3D monitoring formats
Genlock timing adjustment.
15 Getting Started
Up/Down/Cross Conversion
The Desktop Video drivers can be used to downconvert high definition to NTSC or PAL video in real time
during capture or playback. They also provide upconversion on capture. Select the desired option from the
output or input processing menus.
Some Blackmagic video hardware models support simultaneous down conversion on output such as HD &
SD or 2K & SD. Simultaneous down conversion introduces a 2 frame delay on the SD-SDI output. To ensure
accuracy, adjust the playback/timecode offset options when performing an insert or assemble edit to tape with
Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro or Blackmagic Media Express.
HDTV Up/Down Converter output processing.
Analog video outputs are also down converted so you can always see video on an S-Video or composite
analog monitor. Component analog video can be switched between HD or SD output. Choose to
Enable Conversion on Analog Output, if you wish to view component analog standard definition video
output, when simultaneous down conversion is enabled.
Output HD 23.98PsF at HD 59.94i (Windows only)
23.98 fps is a common film frame rate but support for this frame rate in SDI and analog monitors is rare.
Enabling this option will apply 3:2 pulldown processing so that HD 23.98 PsF video is output as HD 59.94i.
Almost all HD monitors support HD 59.94i.
VITC Reader A Frame - Reverse 3:2 Pulldown
Output HD 23.98PsF at HD 59.94i
Set the A-Frame VITC Reference when performing 3:2 pulldown.
This option decodes the VITC and uses it to correctly locate the A-frame when performing reverse 3:2
pulldown while capturing video at 23.98fps. Carefully set the correct A-frame VITC reference to match the
timecode on tape. Selecting the wrong A-frame will generate incorrect presentation of fields and frames.
16 Getting Started
Preserving Blanking Data or VANC
This feature lets you use up to 3 video lines at the top of a captured movie file to store any 3 lines from
vertical blanking. This allows 3 line timecode, VITC (vertical interval test signals) subtitle info or any other
VANC data to be preserved during capture. These lines are then inserted back into the video blanking when
the file is played back.
VANC preferences.
To preserve VANC data, select the VANC and 3:2 Pulldown tab and tick the On check box for video line 1, 2
or 3 depending on how many blanking lines you want to capture.
Video file line 1 needs to be enabled for lines 2 and 3 to work.
Because these lines can be passed to the application, a developer could write software to read the VANC
data and use it for various purposes, e.g. 3-line timecode and audio chasing, or other uses.
An example of VANC data is 3-line timecode, which uses lines 18, 19, and 20 in NTSC or lines 19, 20 and
21 in PAL. 3-line timecode, as used in AATON™ equipped telecine suites, featuring audio timecode and
keycode information along with the normal timecode numbers.
How to use Lookup Tables in Multibridge
Multibridge Eclipse and Multibridge Pro can use either 1D or 3D LUTs during playback.
Under the Settings tab, set the Frame output switch to “Last Played Frame” and then restart the computer.
Open your preferred video software application, play some video, open the Blackmagic system preferences
and click on the Processing tab. The last played frame of video will remain on your broadcast monitor.
Ensure that output processing is set to "Off" and then click on the corresponding Lookup Table button.
After selecting the Enable Lookup Tables checkbox, the lookup table interface can be adjusted using a
method similar to the Curves feature in Adobe Photoshop™.
Changes are saved to the Blackmagic system preferences by clicking the OK button. Lookup tables can
be reset to original values by clicking the Reset Unity button. Lookup table processing can be disabled by
deselecting the Enable Lookup Tables checkbox. Lookup tables can be imported and exported using the
Load Table and Save Table buttons.
Enable Lookup Tables.
17 Getting Started
Video Levels
The video processing amplifier (Video Proc Amp) is used to adjust analog video and chroma levels and
ideally should always be used in conjunction with a waveform monitor. The option to Calibrate Analog
Video In is only available if the Set Input option in the Settings tab is set to analog video input.
By default, Blackmagic products use SMPTE component analog levels as almost all analog video monitors
and modern video equipment use SMPTE levels. Enable the checkbox "Use Betacam YUV Levels" if working
with Sony Betacam SP decks. If in doubt, try a test capture and you should see a very noticeable brightness
shift if you choose the wrong levels.
Audio Levels
The audio processing amplifier (Audio Proc Amp) is used to raise or lower audio signals. Analog audio
channels can be adjusted independently from each other. AES/EBU audio channels are raised or lowered
together.
Video levels
Audio levels
Professional analog audio levels and XLR audio connectors are standard on UltraStudio, DeckLink and
Multibridge models. If you need to connect to consumer audio equipment with analog RCA inputs,
enable the option to Use HiFi Audio Levels and use an inexpensive XLR to RCA adapter for each audio
connection. Intensity models always have this option enabled as they exclusively use HiFi audio levels and
RCA connections for analog audio.
18 Capturing and Playing back Video
Camera Outputs
It's a good idea to run a quick test to ensure you can capture and play back video before you need to use
your Blackmagic video hardware for anything important:
• Connect a video monitor or TV to the video output of your Blackmagic video hardware. An HDMI TV
is very convenient for this test as both video and audio can be monitored without needing external
audio connections.
• Connect a video source to the video input of your Blackmagic video hardware, especially a camera or
deck. DVD players shouldn't be used for this test as they typically have copy protection on their HDMI
and analog outputs so you won't be able to capture from them even if you're using home-made DVD's.
• Use the Blackmagic system preferences to set your video and audio connections for input and output.
See the previous "Using Blackmagic System Preferences" section for details.
HDTV
Connect a video monitor and source to your Blackmagic video
hardware
• Locate Blackmagic Media Express and open it:
‚‚ on Mac OS X, look in the Applications folder.
‚‚ on Windows 7, go to the Start menu and choose Programs>Blackmagic Design>Media Express.
‚‚ on Linux, go to Applications and look in the Sound and Video folder.
Video Playback test using Blackmagic Media Express
Import a test clip in to Media Express. If you see a message that the selected video format is not compatible
with the current project, click "Don't save" to discard the current project and create a new project for
the test clip.
Double-click the test clip and you should see the video on the monitor connected to the output of your
Blackmagic video hardware. Audio output can also be monitored.
Video Capture test using Blackmagic Media Express
• Go to Media Express>Preferences on Mac OS X or Edit>Preferences on Windows or Linux.
• Select a project format which matches your video source and choose a capture file format.
• Set the storage location for your captured video and audio and choose whether to stop capture or
playback if dropped frames are detected. Choose a compressed capture file format so you can capture
to any disk.
• Close the Preferences and click on the Log and Capture tab. You should immediately see your video
source in the video preview pane of Media Express.
Click the "Capture" button to commence recording
• Click Capture to perform the capture test. Click Capture again to finish the test. Double-click on the
captured clip in the Media List to play it back on screen and on the outputs of your Blackmagic video
hardware.
19 Using your Favourite Editing Software
Adobe After Effects CS5 and CS5.5
How to use Blackmagic as a preview output frame buffer
Launching After Effects
To allow your Adobe After Effects composition to be displayed in real-time through your Blackmagic video
hardware, go to Preferences > Video Preview. Select Blackmagic Video Output and the appropriate Output
Mode. This lets you view your Adobe After Effects compositions in the correct video colorspace on your
broadcast monitor as you work. You will always see the correct color and interlace when working, and you
don’t have to wait until your composition is rendered to see what it looks like when output as video.
Rendering
When you have completed your composition, you will need to render to a pixel format supported by your
Blackmagic video hardware. You can render to a DPX image sequence or any of the following supported
codecs:
QuickTime codecs on Mac OS X
‚‚ Blackmagic RGB 10 bit (uncompressed)
‚‚ Apple Uncompressed YUV 10 bit 4:2:2
‚‚ Apple Uncompressed YUV 8 bit 4:2:2
‚‚ Apple Photo - JPEG (compressed)
‚‚ Apple DV - NTSC (compressed)
‚‚ Apple DV - PAL (compressed)
Other codecs including ProRes and DVCPRO HD will be available if Final Cut Pro 7 is installed on the same
computer.
“Composition Settings” options
AVI codecs on Windows
‚‚ Blackmagic 10 bit 4:4:4 (uncompressed)
‚‚ Blackmagic 10 bit 4:2:2 (uncompressed)
‚‚ Blackmagic HD 8 bit 4:2:2 (uncompressed)
‚‚ Blackmagic SD 8 bit 4:2:2 (uncompressed)
‚‚ Blackmagic 8 bit MJPEG (compressed)
Other codecs including DVCPRO HD and DVCPRO50 will be available if Premiere Pro CS5.5 is installed on
the same computer.
QuickTime codecs on Windows
‚‚ Blackmagic RGB 10 bit (uncompressed)
‚‚ Blackmagic 10 bit (uncompressed)
‚‚ Blackmagic 8 bit (uncompressed)
“Video Preview” preferences
‚‚ Apple Photo-JPEG (compressed)
‚‚ Apple DV - NTSC (compressed)
‚‚ Apple DV - PAL (compressed)
20 Using your Favourite Editing Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS5.5
How to grab and output video frames
Import an image into Photoshop
Step 1. From Photoshop select File > Import > Blackmagic Image Capture
Step 2. Select the “Video Input Format” and the “Image Bit Depth” and then click Capture Image
Launching Adobe Photoshop
Export an image from Photoshop
Step 1. Select File > Export > Blackmagic Image Export
Step 2. Select Video Output Format and then click Output Image
Once you have set the options in the “Import” or “Export” windows, each subsequent Import and Export
will not display the window, so you can grab and output frames much faster. However if you would like to
change your import or export formats, hold the Option [Mac] or Ctrl [Win] key, when selecting import or
export.
Image Capture
Image Export
21 Using your Favourite Editing Software
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and CS5.5
Setting up a Blackmagic Design project
Step 1. Launch Premiere Pro.
Step 2. Create a New Project and click on the Scratch Disks tab.
Adobe Premiere Pro
Step 3. Set the desired Location and Name for your project at the bottom of this window.
Step 4. Set the locations for your captured video, captured audio, video previews and audio previews.
Step 5. Click on the General tab and review the Video Rendering and Playback settings. If your graphics
card is supported by Premiere Pro's Mercury Playback Engine, the Renderer option will be
available and you should switch it to "Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration".
Step 6. Set the Capture Format to Blackmagic Capture and click on the Settings [Mac] or Properties [Win]
button to reveal the Blackmagic Capture Settings for your project. The Video Standard can be set
to NTSC, PAL, HD720, HD1080 or 2K. The Video Format can be uncompressed or compressed.
Now click OK.
Step 7. The New Sequence window will appear. Select the desired Blackmagic preset, give the sequence
a name and then click OK.
Audio
New Sequence
Blackmagic audio hardware is automatically chosen when a new project is created and the capture format
is set to Blackmagic Capture. Go to Preferences > Audio Hardware and verify that the Default Device is set
to Blackmagic Audio.
You may also wish to visit Preferences > Audio Output Mapping to select the mix of the multi-channel audio.
Set Map Output for to Blackmagic Audio.
Audio Output Mapping
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Device Control
UltraStudio, DeckLink and Multibridge include RS-422 device control for controlling decks.
Blackmagic Device Control is automatically chosen when a new project is created and the capture
format is set to Blackmagic Capture. The choice of device control can also be configured through
Preferences > Device Control.
The Options button is disabled as the settings are automatically detected and configured when you choose
Blackmagic Device Control.
Player Settings
The default player should be switched from Adobe Player to Blackmagic Playback. The choice of player
settings can be configured through Preferences > Player Settings.
Device Control
Playback
As a quick test to make sure everything is connected correctly, use the Premiere Pro test media (Bars and
Tone or Universal Counter Leader). Drag your test media from within the Premiere Pro project and drop it
on to the timeline. You should now see the image on both your computer desktop and the output of your
Blackmagic video hardware. If you can’t see any video on your Blackmagic output, check the connections
again and ensure you have the correct output settings configured in the Blackmagic Design system
preference. SDI, HDMI and analog outputs are always active.
Capture
To capture choose: File > Capture [F5]
To immediately capture, or to capture from a non-controllable device, click the red record button [G].
If you wish to log the clip using RS-422 deck control with UltraStudio, DeckLink or Multibridge, enter the
desired In and Out points using either the Set In and Set Out buttons, or manually by typing the timecode
and clicking Log Clip. The empty clip will now appear in the Project window. Repeat this until you have
logged all of the clips you wish to batch capture.
To change the capture format, click on the Settings tab and then the Edit button. Ensure the Capture Format
is set to Blackmagic Capture, click on the Settings [Mac] or Properties [Win] button and then change the
Blackmagic Capture Settings as desired.
Capture
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Batch Capture
If you wish to batch capture using RS-422 deck control, select the clips you wish to capture by drag-selecting
or shift-clicking each clip. Then choose: File > Batch Capture [F6]. To set handles on the clips, enable the
option to Capture with handles and type the number of additional frames you require at the start and end
of each clip.
Export to Tape
To export to tape via RS-422 deck control, select the sequence you require and then choose File >
Export > Tape
Insert editing requires unbroken timecode over the full length of the project which is to be laid to tape.
In assemble mode the tape needs only to be “blacked” until a point just beyond the start time of the
project. As assemble editing erases the tape ahead of the record heads, it should not be used where other
projects already exist on the tape after the out point of your edit.
When editing to tape, the software waits at the first frame of your project for the deck to drop into record
at the predetermined timecode. Should you find that either the first frame of your program is repeated or
lost, during the edit to tape procedure, you will need to adjust the playback offset to bring the deck and
computer in sync. You should only need to do this once with any combination of deck and computer and
the correct setting will be retained.
Now, simply enter the desired in point and offsets if required, and click OK [Mac] or Export [Win].
Export to Tape
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Apple Final Cut Pro 7
“Easy Setups” for Final Cut Pro 7 are automatically installed if Final Cut Pro is installed before the Desktop
Video software. Blackmagic video hardware is fully compatible with Apple’s RT Extreme™ real time effects.
Setting up
Step 1. Launch Final Cut Pro 7 and the Easy Setup window will appear.
Step 2. Click on the popup menu and select the desired Blackmagic Easy Setup. For each video format
(NTSC, PAL, HDTV and 2K) you will find a range of Blackmagic compressed and uncompressed
file formats you can choose.
Final Cut Pro
Step 3. Click on the popup menu named Primary Scratch Disk and select your disk array from the popup
menu.
Step 4. Click OK and the Final Cut Pro interface will appear.
Playback
As a quick test to make sure everything is connected correctly, use the Blackmagic test media (bars and
tone) which can be found on the installer CD or disk image. Find a test clip which matches the format of
your project, e.g. NTSC 8 bit, and copy it to your disk array. Import this clip into your Final Cut Pro project
and drop it into the timeline. You should now see the image on both your computer desktop and your
Blackmagic output.
If you can’t see any video on your Blackmagic output, check the connections again and ensure you have the
correct output settings configured within Final Cut Pro by going to the View > Video Devices In the same
menu, make sure “External Video” is set to “All Frames”.
Select a Blackmagic Easy Setup
Capture from Non-Controllable devices
Many video sources including all kinds of modern cameras and disk recorders, as well as old cameras and
VHS tape players, do not have any device control. For this reason, after selecting a Blackmagic Easy Setup,
Final Cut Pro will sometimes warn that device control has been set to “non-controllable device”. This is as
expected. Click OK and then create a project with these settings.
To capture video from a non-controllable device, choose File > Log & Capture. (Command + 8). Press play
on your video source and then press the Now button in the Log and Capture window. Final Cut Pro will
show you a preview of the video you are capturing. Press the ‘esc’ key at the top left of your keyboard to
stop capturing.
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Capture from controllable devices with UltraStudio, DeckLink and Multibridge
To capture with RS-422 deck control, choose File > Log & Capture. (Command + 8)
Your video deck will respond in the same way as a clip in the timeline, via the “<spacebar>”, “j”, “k” and
“l” keys.
To immediately capture, click the Capture Now button.
To log the clip, enter the desired “in” and “out” points using either the “i” and “o” keys on your keyboard,
or manually by typing in the timecode and clicking Log Clip. The clip will appear in your browser with a
diagonal red line indicating that it’s “offline”. Repeat this until you have logged all of the clips you wish to
capture in a batch.
Naming a clip in the Log and Capture window
Batch Capture with UltraStudio, DeckLink and Multibridge
Select the clips you wish to capture by drag selecting or shift-click. Select File > Batch Capture or click on
the Batch button in the “Logging” tab of the “Log & Capture“ window. (Control + C)
Enable the “Add Handles” box if you wish to capture additional frames (“handles”) before and after the
“In” and “Out” points of a clip.
Recording to Tape with UltraStudio, DeckLink and Multibridge
Once you have captured your clips, edited them and applied any effects, you will want to record the
completed project to tape.
One easy method is to select File > Print to Video (Control + M).
If you want to perform precise insert and assemble edits onto a timecode striped tape, select File > Edit
to Tape.
Batch Capture
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Apple Final Cut Pro X
If you want to use Final Cut Pro X to play back video on an external video monitor or TV, you can use the
Extended Desktop feature of Desktop Video as your second display.
Setting up
Step 1. Final Cut Pro X supports a maximum of 2 monitors so make sure your Mac is only using one
monitor.
Final Cut Pro
Step 2. Open the System Preferences and click on Blackmagic Design. Set the preferences to show,
"When not playing video, send Extended Desktop" and then restart your Mac.
Step 3. Open the System Preferences and click on Displays. A "Television" window should appear on
your broadcast video monitor or TV.
Step 4. Set the Resolution and Refresh Rate to match the video format of your clips. For example, use
720 x 576 and 25 Hz for PAL video, or 1920 x 1080 and 29 Hz for HD1080i59.94 video.
Step 5. Launch Final Cut Pro X and create a new project.
Step 6. Type a name and choose a location for the new project.
Step 7. Set the Video Properties to Custom and then set the format, resolution and frame rate to match
the video format of your clips.
Step 8. Set the Audio and Render Properties to Custom. Set the audio channels to Stereo or else you can
choose Surround for 6 audio channels. Set the audio sample rate to the television rate of 48kHz.
Set the render format to the same format as your video clips. Final Cut Pro X defaults to using
ProRes but you can switch this to Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 to avoid compression. Click OK to
complete the creation of your new project.
Step 8. Set the Audio and Render Properties to Custom.
Step 9. Go to the Window menu and choose Show Viewer on Second Display.
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Playback
Step 1. Import some clips in to your new project.
Step 2. You can now use the Final Cut Pro X timeline on your computer monitor and view the video
preview on the monitor or TV connected to the output of your Blackmagic Design video hardware.
Capturing Video and Audio
You can use Blackmagic Media Express to capture video and audio with your Blackmagic Design video
hardware. Once you have captured the clips, you can import them in to Final Cut Pro X for editing.
When capturing clips with Media Express, make sure you choose one of the video formats which is also
supported by Final Cut Pro X, i.e.: Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 or
Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2.
Editing to Tape
Once you have completed a project in Final Cut Pro X, you can render the project to a movie file and then
use Blackmagic Media Express to master the movie to tape with your Blackmagic Design video hardware.
Step 1. Select your clips from the timeline in Final Cut Pro X.
Step 2. Go to the Share menu and choose Export Movie.
Step 3. In the Export Movie window, leave Export on "Current Settings" and also set Include to "Video
and Audio". Click "Next".
Step 4. Open Media Express and import the clip that was exported from Final Cut Pro X.
Step 5. Refer to the Blackmagic Media Express section of this manual for "Editing video and audio files
to tape".
Step 2. Go to the Share menu and choose Export Movie.
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Avid Media Composer 6
Avid Media Composer 6 captures and plays back standard definition and high definition video and audio
with Blackmagic video hardware, and also supports RS-422 deck control. Blackmagic plug-ins for Media
Composer are automatically installed if Media Composer is installed before the Desktop Video software.
You can use the Blackmagic Design system preferences to select your video and audio connections
including SDI, analog and HDMI, as well as other settings such as up, down and cross conversion, reference
clocking and HD progressive frame type. If only using a single computer monitor with Media Composer,
disable the Extended Desktop feature by setting "When not playing video, send" to "Black" and then
restart the computer. This will avoid the software interface extending on to your video monitor.
Media Composer
Setting up
Step 1. Launch Media Composer and the Select Project dialog box will appear.
Step 2. Choose your preferred User Profile if you have previously created one.
Step 3. Select the folder in which you want to create the project: Private, Shared or External.
Step 4. Click the New Project button.
If using a single computer monitor with Media Composer, open
the Blackmagic Design system preferences and choose to send
Black when not playing video.
Step 5. Type a project name and set the project options including Format, Color Space and Stereoscopic.
Click OK. Once the project has been created, the frame rate and raster cannot be changed. The
color space and stereoscopic settings can be changed later in the Format tab of the project.
Step 6. Double-click the project name in the Select Project dialog box. The Media Composer interface
will appear along with the project window for your new project. You have completed setting up
your project.
Playback
As a quick test to make sure everything is connected correctly, go to the Media Composer Editing Guide
and follow the section entitled "Importing Color Bars and Other Test Patterns". Double-click the imported
file to play it in a pop-up monitor. You should now see the image on both your computer monitor and your
Blackmagic output.
If you can’t see any video on your Blackmagic output, check the connections again and ensure you have the
correct output settings configured within the Blackmagic Design system preferences by choosing Tools >
Hardware Setup from within Media Composer.
Step 5. Type a project name and set the project options.
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Capture from Non-Controllable devices
Many video sources including all kinds of modern cameras and disk recorders, as well as old cameras and
VHS tape players, do not have any device control. To capture video without deck control:
Step 1. Choose Tools > Capture to open the Capture Tool.
Step 2. Click the Toggle Source button so that the button's icon of a deck shows a red circle-slash symbol.
This symbol indicates that deck control has been disabled.
Step 3. Set the Video and Audio input menus to "Blackmagic".
Step 4. Select the video source track (V) and the audio source tracks (A1, A2, ...) you wish to capture.
Step 5. Use the Bin menu to select a Target Bin from the list of open bins.
Step 6. From the Res (resolution) menu, choose which compressed or uncompressed codec you wish
to use for your captured clips. For maximum quality uncompressed video, choose "1:1" for 8-bit
video capture or "1:1 10b" for 10-bit video capture.
Step 7. Select the disk storage for your captured video and audio. Use the Single/Dual Drive Mode
button to determine if video and audio will be stored together on a single drive or video on one
drive and audio on another drive. Select the target drive(s) for your captured media from the
Target Drives menu(s).
Step 8. Click the "Tape Name?" button at the bottom of the window to open the Select Tape dialog box.
Select the desired tape, or add a new one, and then click OK.
Step 2. Set up the Capture Tool to capture video without deck
control by clicking the Toggle Source button.
Step 9. Ensure your video and audio source is ready or playing and then click the Capture button or press
the F4 key. The Capture button will flash red while recording. Click the Capture button again or
press the Escape button on your keyboard to end the capture.
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Capture from Controllable devices with UltraStudio, DeckLink and Multibridge
If you have a deck which connects via RS-422, you will need to configure the deck settings before performing
a capture with deck control:
Step 1. From your project window, click the Settings tab and double-click on Deck Configuration.
Step 2. In the Deck Configuration dialog box, click Add Channel and then set the Channel Type to Direct
and the Port to RS-422 Deck Control. Click OK and choose "No" when asked, "Do you want to
autoconfigure the channel now?"
Step 3. Click Add Deck and then select your brand and model of deck from the Device menus and also
set the desired preroll. Click OK and then Apply.
Step 6. In the Deck Preferences, enable the option to "Relax
coincidence point detection".
Step 4. Under the Settings tab, double-click on Deck Preferences.
Step 5. If you plan to make assemble edits to tape, enable the option to "Allow assemble edit & crash
record for digital cut". If this option is left unchecked, you will only be able to perform insert edits.
Step 6. Enable the option to "Relax coincidence point detection" and set other settings as needed. Click
OK. You have completed setting up the RS-422 connection to your deck.
To test the RS-422 connection, ensure an RS-422 serial cable is connected between your Blackmagic video
hardware and the deck. The Remote/Local switch must be set to Remote on the deck so you can use the
transport controls in Media Composer. Open the Capture Tool and use the standard j, k, l shortcut keys to
shuttle backwards, pause and shuttle forwards on the deck. If a deck name appears in italics in the Deck
Selection menu, or "NO DECK" is displayed, click the menu and select Check Decks one or more times,
until the deck is listed without italics, to reestablish deck control.
To capture with deck control on-the-fly:
Step 1. Choose Tools > Capture to open the Capture Tool.
Step 2. The Capture/Log Mode button should show the CAP icon. If this button displays a LOG icon, click
the button to switch to capture mode and the CAP icon should appear.
Step 3. The Toggle Source button should show the icon of a deck. If a red circle-slash symbol is present,
click the button to enable deck control and make the red symbol disappear.
Step 4. Configure video and audio input, video and audio source tracks, target bin, res, target drive and
tape name the same way as in "Capture from non-controllable devices".
Step 5. Use the Deck Controller Window in the Capture Tool to cue the tape and start playing.
Set the CAP and Toggle Source buttons to use deck control. Use
the Deck Controller Window to cue the tape and start playing.
Step 6. Click the Capture button or press the F4 key. The Capture button will flash red while recording.
Click the Capture button again or press the Escape button on your keyboard to end the capture.
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Batch Capture with UltraStudio, DeckLink and Multibridge
To log clips for batch capture:
Step 1. Choose Tools > Capture to open the Capture Tool.
Step 2. Click on the Capture/Log Mode button so it displays the LOG icon.
Step 3. Configure video and audio input, video and audio source tracks, target bin, res, target drive and
tape name the same way as in "Capture from non-controllable devices".
Step 4. Use the Deck Controller Window, or use the standard j, k, l shortcut keys, to shuttle backwards,
pause and shuttle forwards on the deck and locate the video you want to capture.
Step 5. Click the Mark IN/OUT button, to the left of the LOG button. The icon will alternate between IN
and OUT so you only have to click the one button to mark all your in and out points. This can be
more convenient that using the separate Mark IN and Mark OUT buttons in the Deck Controller
Window. Alternatively use the "i" and "o" keys on the keyboard to mark in and out points.
Step 6. When you have finished logging in and out points, open the logging bin, select the clips you want
to capture.
Step 7. Choose Clip > Batch Capture, select the desired options in the resulting dialog box and click OK.
Recording to Tape with UltraStudio, DeckLink and Multibridge
Step 5. Click on the Mark IN/OUT button or use the "i" and "o"
keys on the keyboard to mark in and out points.
Once you have captured your clips, dragged them in to the timeline, edited them and applied and rendered
any effects, you will want to record the completed project to tape.
Step 1. Double-click on a sequence, in your project bin, to open it into the Timeline window.
Step 2. Choose Output > Digital Cut to open the Digital Cut Tool.
Step 3. Set Output Mode to Real-Time, Bit Depth to 10-bit, and Deck Control to Remote.
Step 4. From the Edit Menu, choose to Insert Edit or Assemble Edit for precise edits onto a timecode
striped tape. Alternatively choose Crash Record for an easy way to record. If Insert Edit is the
only option, go to the Settings tab in your project, double-click on Deck Preferences and enable
"Allow assemble edit & crash record for digital cut".
Step 5. If a deck name appears in italics in the Deck Selection menu, or "NO DECK" is displayed, click
the menu and select Check Decks one or more times, until the deck is listed without italics, to
reestablish deck control.
Step 6. Press the Play Digital Cut button (red triangle icon) to record your sequence to tape.
The Digital Cut Tool is used for recording to tape.
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What is Media Express?
Blackmagic Media Express software is included with every UltraStudio, DeckLink, Multibridge and Intensity.
Depending on your hardware model and platform, Media Express 3 lets you batch capture and play back 2D
and dual stream stereoscopic 3D in DPX, ProRes, uncompressed YUV and RGB, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD and
MJPEG files.
Media Express 3 also supports CMX EDL import, frame accurate deck control via RS-422, and will even insert
and assemble to tape! Media Express is fast, accurate, easy to use and works on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
You can even grab still frames directly from your deck and save them as perfect digital quality still images. That's
a complete solution for capture and playback!
Blackmagic Media Express 3 is a great tool when you don’t need the complexity of NLE software but simply
want to capture, play back and output clips to tape, especially when working with video compositing software.
The User Interface
Media Express can easily be scaled for different sizes of monitors or even small notebook screens. When
you open Media Express, you'll notice the log and capture, playback and edit to tape views are color-coded
so you will know at a glance which mode is being used.
Media List
The left "media list" always displays the scratch, any bins you have created and also any media you have
imported, captured or logged for capture. Media can be displayed in Timecode List view or Thumbnail
view and you can even filter media by favorites. The Search field makes it easy to find media by name or
by attributes captured in the media metadata. The project name and format are shown in the bottom-left
corner of the Media Express window.
The top-right pane always displays the video preview. Timecode is displayed at the top of the video preview
pane and NO REMOTE will be indicated if no RS-422 device control is connected.
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Log and Capture
Click on the red Log and Capture tab. The video preview pane shows the source video from your camera or
deck. Here you can enter metadata for the clips you will capture including name, description, reel number,
favorite and more. You can capture with or without device control, log clips with in and out points, and
batch capture. Double-clicking a captured clip in the media list will automatically switch Media Express to
Playback view.
Playback
In the green Playback view, the video preview pane shows the video of the clip being played. Click the
favorites button to add to your favorites in the media list.
Edit to Tape
After clicking the blue Edit to Tape tab, select clips from the media list to be mastered to tape using RS-422
device control. Set the In/Out points for your edit and choose between Assemble or Insert edit. You can
even preview before mastering to tape. The video preview pane shows the clips being sent to tape.
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Capturing Video and Audio files
Setting up a Project
Before capturing any clips in Media Express, you will need to select the settings for your project. Go to
Media Express>Preferences on Mac OS X or Edit>Preferences on Windows or Linux.
The project formats listed will vary depending upon whether your Blackmagic video hardware supports
features including 1080p and 2K video or even stereoscopic 3D video.
Select from a range of professional compressed and uncompressed capture file formats or even a DPX
image sequence.
Set the storage location for your captured video and audio and choose whether to stop capture or playback
if dropped frames are detected.
Standard definition projects are set to the 4:3 aspect ratio unless you enable the Anamorphic SD 16:9
checkbox.
Usually video applications stop playing video if you send them to the background. If you want Media Express
to keep playing video through your Blackmagic video hardware, even if you open another application in the
foreground, enable the checkbox to "Continue playback when in the background".
The final options relate to tape decks with RS-422 deck control.
Your tape deck requires a pre-roll of a few seconds before performing an edit so the tape speed is stable by
the time it is used for an edit.
Timecode offsets can also be set to calibrate the timecode to the video.
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Media List
Project name, video format
and frame rate
Timecode List, Thumbnail and Favorites view
Clip Bins
Mark In /
Mark Out
Search Field
Grab Still
Frame
Logging
Information
VTR / deck timecode
Capture
options
Transport
Controls
Audio channel
enable/disable
Video Preview
Audio Meters
Remote
indicator
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Capture
Capturing video is easy and all you need to do is connect a video source, set the Media Express preferences
and press the Capture button.
Start by connecting your video source to an input of your Blackmagic video hardware and check that the
Blackmagic system preferences are set to the same video input, e.g. SDI, HDMI or analog.
Open Media Express and set its preferences to the desired project video format and capture file format.
The project video format must be set correctly otherwise you will not see your video in the preview pane.
Click the red Log and Capture tab and enter a description for your video into the Description field of the
logging information area.
Enter a description for your video
Click the "+" button next to the Description to add it to the automatic Name field. Click the "+" button next
to any of the other fields that you wish to add to the Name field.
You can increment the value in each of these fields by clicking on the corresponding clapper board
icon. Alternatively you can type directly in to any field to customize its name and number.
The text in the automatic Name field will be applied to the clip(s) which are about to be captured.
Set the desired number of audio channels to be captured
Click the "star" icon next to the Name field if you want to log the clip as a favorite.
Click the "!" icon next to the Name field if you wish a clip name confirmation prompt to appear
before every capture. This will provide you with the chance to change the clip name.
Set the desired number of audio channels to be captured and then click the “Capture” button to start
recording.
To end capture, click the “Capture” button again to automatically keep the clip. Alternatively press the
“Esc” key if you want to be prompted to delete or save the clip.
The captured clips will be added to the Media List.
Logging clips
Ensure an RS-422 serial cable is connected between your Blackmagic video hardware and the deck.
The Remote/Local switch must be set to Remote on the deck so you can use the transport controls in Media
Express. Use the standard j, k, l shortcut keys to shuttle backwards, pause and shuttle forwards on the deck.
Click the "Capture" button to commence recording
Click the Mark In button to mark the In point, or use the shortcut key i.
Click the Mark Out button to mark the Out point, or use the shortcut key o.
Click the Log Clip button to log the clip, or use the shortcut key p. The entry should now appear in the
Media List with a red X in its icon to indicate the media is offline.
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Batch Capture
After logging a clip, you can click the Clip button if you just want to capture a single clip.
If you want to capture multiple clips, continue logging all the clips that you wish to batch capture.
When logging is completed, select the logged clips in the Media List and:
• click the Batch button, or
• right-click on the selection and select ‘Batch Capture’, or
• go to the File menu and choose Batch Capture.
Media Express will cue the tape and precisely capture the clip from the In to the Out timecode points,
including any handles specified in the Media Express preferences.
DPX Capture
If you want to capture a DPX image sequence rather than a movie file, open the Media Express preferences
and set the Capture File Format to DPX 10-Bit RGB. You will need a fast disk array to cope with the
uncompressed, 10-bit RGB format.
• Create a DPX project by setting the capture file format to DPX.
• Capture.
DPX capture preferences
When the capture has been completed, a single thumbnail will appear in the Media List representing the
entire frame sequence. The sequence of DPX frames will be stored in its own folder in your disk storage.
Audio will be stored in a .wav file in the same folder.
By default, DPX captures are assumed to be from YUV sources. If you need to capture from an RGB source,
disable the "Capture to DPX from a YUV source" option otherwise your DPX files will show weird pink and
green colors.
If you want the DPX frame numbers to be based on the timecode of the captured video, rather than just
starting from zero, enable the option to "Use absolute frame numbering when capturing DPX".
If you aren't performing long DPX captures, you may wish to reduce the number of zeroes in the frame
numbers by changing the option, "When capturing DPX files, use (2-8) digit numbers in the frame count.
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3D Capture
When Media Express is used with a Blackmagic video hardware model which supports dual-stream 3D,
you can create left and right eye 3D video clips by capturing 2 streams of HD-SDI video simultaneously.
• Create a 3D project which matches the frame rate of your dual stream 3D video source.
• Ensure you have 2 discrete HD-SDI video inputs to the Blackmagic video hardware.
Select a project video format with "3D" in its name to capture
dual-stream stereoscopic 3D video clips
• Capture.
When capturing and logging dual stream 3D in Media Express, the clip name will be applied to the left eye video.
The right eye video will be appended with ‘_right’ text. For example, if you name the stereo clip “Clip 1”, the
left eye clip will be called “Clip 1.mov” and the right eye clip will be called “Clip 1_right.mov”.
The Media List presents an eye-catching indication that the captured clip is a 3D clip:
• In Thumbnail view, the left and right eye clips are connected by a 3D indicator and presented as a
single, large icon.
• In Timecode List view, the left and right eye clips are listed on two lines and linked together by a 3D
indicator.
In Thumbnail view, the left and right eye clips are connected by a
3D indicator and presented as a single, large icon.
In Timecode List view, the left and right eye clips are listed on two
lines and linked together by a 3D indicator.
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Media List
Project name, video format
and frame rate
Timecode List, Thumbnail and Favorites view
Clip Bins
Mark In /
Mark Out
Search Field
Clip
Information
Grab Still
Frame
VTR / deck timecode
Favorites
Selection
Transport
Controls
Audio channel
enable/disable
Video Preview
Audio Meters
Remote
indicator
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Playing back Video and Audio Files
Importing clips
You can play back your video and audio files after importing media in to Media Express in any of the
following ways:
• Double-click an empty area of the Media List.
• Right-click an empty area of the Media List and select Import Clip from the contextual menu.
• Go to the File menu, select Import and then Media Files.
Then select the clip(s) you wish to import from the Open Video Clip dialog box. The clips will appear in the
Scratch area of the Media List. If you have created your own bins in the Media List, you can drag the clips in
to the desired bin.
If you want to import media directly to a bin, right-click within the desired bin and select Import Clip from
the contextual menu.
If the files being imported do not match the frame rate and size of existing clips in the Media List, you will
be prompted to create a new project and to save the current project.
Another way to import media is to use an XML file which has been exported from Final Cut Pro 7. Go to the
File menu, select Import and then Final Cut Pro XML. Open the desired XML and all the bins and media
from the Final Cut Pro project will appear in the Media List.
There are three ways to import clips in to Media Express
You can use the transport controls to play, stop, jump to the next
or previous clip and loop playback of your clips.
Media Express also supports the import of CMX EDL files to batch capture clips using EDL files from other
video software. Go to the File menu, select Import and then CMX EDL. Select the EDL and open it. The
logging information will appear in the Media List. Select the logged clips and perform a batch capture to
import the clips from your deck.
Playing back single and multiple clips
To play back a single clip, double-click the clip in the Media List. Alternatively select the clip in the Media List
and press the space bar on your keyboard or the play button in the transport controls.
To play back multiple clips, select the clips in the Media List and then press the space bar on your keyboard
or the play button in the transport controls.
Your video will play back in the video preview pane of Media Express and on all the video outputs of your
Blackmagic video hardware. During playback, the audio channels being monitored can be switched on or
off via the track enable/disable buttons.
41 Blackmagic Media Express
Browsing Media
In the Media List, you can view your clips in Thumbnail view or Timecode List view by clicking on the desired
view button at the top-right of the Media List.
In the Media List, choose to view your clips in Timecode List view
or Thumbnail view.
Thumbnail view
Thumbnails are the most intuitive way to display your clips. To get information for a clip, hover your mouse
over the clip's thumbnail and then click on the popup info icon which will appear at the bottom-right of the
thumbnail. Click the info bubble to hide it.
List view
You can view your clips in Timecode List view by clicking on the Timecode List button at the top-right
of the Media List. Use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the Media List to view all the columns of
information for your clips including: in and out points, video format, audio channels, field dominance and
logging information.
Creating and using bins
To create a bin for your clips, right click an empty spot in the Media List and select "Create Bin". Type in a
name for the new bin.
You can move clips from the Scratch, or from one bin to another, by dragging the clip icons to the desired
bin. If you want a clip to appear in more than one bin, import the same clip again by right-clicking on the
bin and choosing "Import Clip".
By default, logged clips appear in the Scratch. If you want to log clips and have them appear in a new bin,
right-click the new bin and choose "Select As Log Bin".
Click the popup info icon on a thumbnail to view its info bubble.
Creating and using favorites
In the Log and Capture tab, click the "star" icon next to the Name field if you want to log a clip as a favorite.
In the Playback tab, clicking the "star" icon will make the clip a favorite if it is selected in the Media List. Click the
"star" icon again to deselect it as a favorite.
Clips marked as favorites will show a yellow star in their icon in Timecode List view and Thumbnail view.
Clips marked as favorites are easily identified by the yellow star in
their icon.
42 Blackmagic Media Express
Once you have marked clips as favorites, click on the gray, Favorites, star button at the top of the Media
list and it will turn yellow. All clips in your Media List will be hidden except for those marked as favorites.
This is similar to creating a playlist and makes it easy to only play back your favorite clips and even master
them to tape.
Creating a 3D clip
To add a stereoscopic 3D clip to the Media List:
• select a 3D project video format that is the same frame rate as your 3D media
• import the ‘left eye’ file into the Media List
In the Log and Capture tab, click the "star" icon next to the
Name field if you want to log the clip as a favorite.
In the Playback tab, clicking the "star" icon will mark a clip as a
favorite if it is selected in the Media List.
Click the Favorites button at the top of the Media List to only
show your favorite clips.
• right-click on the ‘left eye’ file and select ‘Set Right Eye Clip’ from the contextual menu. If the right eye
clip was previously captured by Media Express, the right eye video will be appended with ‘_right’ text.
For example, if the left eye clip is named “Clip 1.mov”, the right eye clip will be called
“Clip 1_right.mov”.
43 Blackmagic Media Express
The Media List presents a highly visible indication that the imported clip is a 3D clip. The left and right
eye clips will be displayed side by side in the Video Preview window to indicate you are working with a 3D
video project.
If you find the left and right eyes of a 3D stereo clip have been loaded the wrong way around:
• right-click the 3D clip in the Media List
Select a 3D project video format
• select ‘Swap Eyes’ from the contextual menu
Deleting clips and bins
To delete clips, select the unwanted clips and press the forward delete button on your keyboard. This will
only delete the clips from the Media List and they will safely remain on your disk storage.
To delete bins, right-click within a bin and choose "Delete Bin". This action will delete the bin and any clips it
contained. This will only delete the clips from the Media List and they will safely remain on your disk storage.
Searching the Media List
Clips can easily be found in a project by typing the name of your clips in the Search field at the top of the
Media List. When used in conjunction with the favorites feature, the search will be confined to your favorite
clips so you will see a shorter list of found clips.
The Media List presents a highly visible indication that the
imported clip is a 3D clip.
Type in the Search field to find clips.
44 Blackmagic Media Express
Mark In /
Mark Out
Record
Modes
Master to
Tape
Audio channel
enable/disable
45 Blackmagic Media Express
Editing Video and Audio Files to Tape
Mastering your clips to a deck is easy. While we usually talk about mastering or editing to "tape", it doesn't
matter if your deck uses tapes or disks. To master your clips:
• Select the clips you want to send to tape.
• Click the blue Edit to Tape tab.
• Set the In point and type of edit.
• Master to tape.
Click the favorite (star) icon at the top of the Media List to only
show your favorites
Selecting clips to master
From the Media List, select the clips you wish to master to tape. If you only want to send your favorite clips
to tape, click the favorite (star) icon at the top of the Media List to show your favorites and hide all other clips.
Then select the favorite clips you wish to send to tape.
Insert and Assemble to tape
Click the blue Edit to Tape tab. If "No Remote" appears in the video preview pane, check that an RS-422
serial cable is connected between your Blackmagic video hardware and the deck. The Remote/Local switch
needs to be set to Remote on the deck so you can use the transport controls in Media Express.
Enter the In point of the tape by entering timecode into the In point field, or by cueing the tape to the
desired point via the transport control and then clicking the Mark In button, or use the shortcut key i.
If no Out point is entered, Media Express will set the duration of the edit to the total length of the clips in
the Media List. If an out point is defined, Media Express will stop recording once the Out point timecode is
reached, even if some clips have not been output.
The Assemble and Insert buttons are mutually exclusive and only one mode can be selected at a time.
Choose to master to tape using Assemble or Insert edit. Then press the Master button.
This picture shows that 2 clips have been selected to be sent
to tape
The Preview and Master buttons are also mutually exclusive. Preview mode mimics the edit process but
does not record to tape. This mode lets you check the edit point is correct. Preview edit operations should
always be checked on monitors connected directly to the output of the deck. This lets you view the video
already on tape and the new video.
If Record Inhibit is enabled either on the deck or on the tape, Media Express will display a dialog box, that
Record Inhibit is enabled when you click the Master button. Check the deck and tape. Disable Record
Inhibit before trying again.
Set the desired number of audio channels to be mastered
Before mastering, the audio channels to be put to tape can be selected on or off via the track enable/
disable buttons.
46 Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
What is Blackmagic Design Disk Speed Test?
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is a beautiful and fun to use application that measures the read and write
performance of storage media in video frame sizes. The use of video frame sizes provides accurate
measurement of how the disk storage will perform with video related applications.
If you have ever wondered whether your hard drive is suitable for playback (“read”) of a particular video
format, you can use Disk Speed Test to find out. With its easy to understand layout, it is now simple to
understand what performance you can get out of your media drives with a single click of the Start button!
Disk Speed Test will even show you how many streams of video your storage is capable of handling!
Disk Speed Test is included free with any Blackmagic Design product installation on Mac OS X and Windows
and can also be downloaded from our website free of charge.
Disk Speed Test takes the guess work out of configuring your storage system for optimal performance for
any job you will be doing.
Disk Speed Test settings are accessed by clicking on the Settings button, just above the Start button.
On Mac OS X, the same settings are also available from the Menu Bar at the top of your computer display.
Select Target Drive…
Click Select Target Drive to choose the storage volume you wish to test. Ensure you have Read and Write
permissions for the selected volume as Disk Speed Test will write a temporary file to it. This file will be
automatically deleted when you quit Disk Speed Test.
Save Screenshot
After testing your disk storage, click Save Screenshot to save a screenshot of the results to a chosen location.
Stress
Lower stress settings may be chosen if you want to demonstrate the speed of disk storage quickly. The
1 GB option would be a good choice on a trade show booth to rapidly show the read and write performance
of a disk array even though the results might not be quite as accurate as when the 5 GB option is selected.
Disk Speed Test limits each write operation to a maximum of 8 seconds and each read operation to a
maximum of 8 seconds so you do not have to wait long to obtain results.
Disk Speed Test Help
Click Disk Speed Test Help to launch the PDF manual for Disk Speed Test.
Settings menu
About Disk Speed Test
About Disk Speed Test displays which version of the Disk Speed Test you are running.
47 Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
Settings
Click this button to
access the settings before
running a disk speed test
START
Click this button once to
start the disk speed test.
Click again to stop the test
Will it Work?
How Fast?
This panel shows which
video formats can be
supported by your disk
storage
This panel shows results
in frames per second (fps)
48 Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
Start
Once you have chosen the desired settings, click the Start button to commence the disk speed test.
Disk Speed Test will write a temporary file to the selected target drive. When the file has finished writing,
or when 8 seconds has elapsed, Disk Speed Test will stop writing and start reading back the temporary file
from the drive.
Disk Speed Test will continue writing and reading the nominated size of stress file until you stop the test by
clicking the Start button again.
Will it Work?
The “Will it Work?” panel can help to identify video formats where the Read performance might be
significantly different to the Write performance. These differences might mean that you can capture a video
format but not play it back in real time or else you can play back a video format but not capture it in real time.
The “Will it Work?” panel shows common video formats and instantly displays a check mark or cross to show
if the disk performance will be adequate for the desired video format. We suggest you allow Disk Speed
Test to perform several test cycles to help reveal any video formats for which the disk storage performance
might be marginal. If you observe a check mark and a cross switching between each other for a video
format, this would indicate that the disk storage cannot reliably support the video format.
Disk Speed Test interface during a test
The “How Fast?” results panel shows the frame rates your drive can achieve in frames per second and
should be read in conjunction with the “Will it Work?” panel. If the “Will it Work?” panel shows a green
check mark for 2K 1556@25fps in 10 Bit YUV 4:2:2, but the “How Fast?” panel shows that a maximum of
25fps will be supported, the disk storage performance is too marginal to be reliable.
How Fast?
After each Read or Write test, the results will be displayed in the “How Fast?” panel. The “How Fast?”
results panel also enables you to see how many streams of video can be supported by your disk storage. If
the result for “HD 1080” is 70, you can run up to 70 frames of HD 1080 video per second.
This storage speed is capable of supporting the following video formats:
‚‚ 2 simultaneous streams of 1080i50 video at 25 fps per stream
‚‚ 1 stream of 1080p50 video at 50 fps per stream
‚‚ 1 stream of 1080p59.94 video at 59.94 fps per stream
49 Help
Getting Help
The fastest way to obtain help is to go to the Blackmagic Design online support pages and check the latest
support material available for your Blackmagic Design video hardware.
Blackmagic Design online support pages
The latest manual, software and support notes can be found at the Blackmagic Support Center at
www.blackmagic-design.com/support.
Contacting Blackmagic Design support
If you can't find the help you need in our support material, please use the "Send request" button, on
the support page for your hardware model, to email a support request. Alternatively call your nearest
Blackmagic Design support office at www.blackmagic-design.com/company.
Checking the version currently installed
To check which version of Desktop Video software is installed on your computer, open the Blackmagic
Design Desktop Video system preferences. The version number appears prominently in the title bar.
• On Mac OS X, open the System Preferences and look in the “Other” category to locate the Blackmagic
Design icon. Click the Blackmagic Design icon to reveal the version number.
• On Windows 7, open the system Control Panel and click on “Hardware and Sound” to reveal the
Blackmagic Design Control Panel. Click the Blackmagic Design Control Panel to reveal the version
number.
• On Linux, go to "Applications" and then "Sound and Video" to locate the Blackmagic Control Panel.
Open the control panel to reveal the version number.
How to get the latest updates
After checking the version of Desktop Video installed on your computer, please visit the Blackmagic Support
Center at www.blackmagic-design.com/support to check for the latest updates. While it is usually a good
idea to run the latest updates, it is a wise practice to avoid updating any software if you are in the middle of
an important project.
50 Developer Information
Developing custom software using Blackmagic Design hardware
The DeckLink SDK is available to developers who wish to programmatically control Blackmagic video
hardware with their own custom software. The DeckLink SDK supports the UltraStudio, DeckLink, Multibridge
and Intensity families of products.
The DeckLink SDK provides both low-level control of hardware and high-level interfaces to allow developers
to easily perform common tasks. The DeckLink SDK supports technologies including:
• Apple QuickTime
• Microsoft DirectShow
• Apple Core Media
• DeckLink API
Downloading the free Blackmagic Design SDK
The DeckLink SDK is free and can be downloaded from
http://www.blackmagic-design.com/support/sdks/
Joining the Blackmagic Design developer list
The Blackmagic Developer mailing list is designed for technical questions regarding technologies used by
Blackmagic Design, eg QuickTime, Core Media, DirectShow, codecs, APIs, SDKs, etc. The free mailing list
is a forum where developers can discuss ideas and problems with other developers. Any subscriber may
reply and the Blackmagic Design engineers may also respond when appropriate. You can subscribe to the
mailing list at: http://lists.blackmagic-design.com/mailman/listinfo/bmd-developer
In some cases, we might request a brief outline of the software you are developing if it is not immediately
obvious from your domain name that your organization develops video software. Please don't take offence
as we're simply trying to keep the list free of spam and viruses as well as end-user customers asking
non-development questions, employment agents or sales people trying to promote products on the list.
The list is just for developers.
Contacting Blackmagic Design developer assistance
You can also contact us via developer@blackmagic-design.com if you have any developer related questions
or wish to ask questions off the list.
51 Developer Information
Blackmagic 2K Format – Overview
The latest Blackmagic Design products use the new
3 Gb/s SDI video, which allows twice the data rate of
traditional HD-SDI video. We thought it would be
a really nice idea to add 2K film support, via this new
3 Gb/s SDI technology, so we could simplify feature film
workflows. With the popularity of Blackmagic Design
editing systems worldwide, now thousands of people
can benefit from a feature film workflow revolution.
This information includes everything product developers
need to know for building native 2K SDI equipment. Of
course, all Blackmagic products can be updated, so if
the television industry adopts an alternative SDI-based
film standard, we can add support for that too!
Frame Structure
‚‚ Transmitted at 23.98, 24 or 25 frames per second as a Progressive Segmented Frame.
‚‚ Active video is 2048 pixels wide by 1556 lines deep.
‚‚ Total lines per frame : 1650
‚‚ Active words per line are 1535. One word consists of a 10-bit sample for each of the four data
streams, i.e. a total of 40 bits. See the diagram named Blackmagic 2K Format - Data Stream Format.
‚‚ Total active lines : 1556
‚‚ Total words per line : 1875 for 23.98/24Hz and 1800 for 25Hz.
‚‚ Fields per frame : 2, 825 lines each
‚‚ Active lines located on lines 16-793 (field 1) and 841-1618 (field 2).
Transport Structure
‚‚ Based on SMPTE 372M Dual Link mapping and SMPTE 425M-B support for mapping SMPTE
372M into a single 3 Gb/s link.
‚‚ Timing reference signals, line number and line CRC insertion is the same as above.
‚‚ Optional ancillary data is inserted into both virtual interfaces.
‚‚ At present, only audio data is included: as per standard HD audio insertion (SMPTE S299M) the
audio data packets are carried on data stream two and audio control packets are carried on data
stream one.
‚‚ During active video, 10-bit Red, Green and Blue data is sent in the following sequence:
Data stream 1: Green_1, Green_2, Green_3, Green_5...Green_2047
Data stream 2:
Blue_1, Blue_2, Green_4, Blue_5...Green_2048.
Data stream 3:
Red_1, Blue_3, Blue_4, Red_5...Blue_2048.
Data stream 4:
Red_2, Red_3, Red_4, Red_6...Red_2048.
The diagram, Vertical Timing Reference, shows the vertical timing details with line numbers and Field,
Vertical and Horizontal bits for the Timing Reference Signal codes.
The diagram, Data Stream Format, shows the data stream formats around the optional ancillary data section
of the horizontal line. Note that each active pixel takes up three samples.
52 Developer Information
Blackmagic 2K Format – Vertical Timing Reference
FIELD 1
ACTIVE
F
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
V
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
LINE #
1650
1
2
…
14
15
16
…
792
793
…
825
FIELD 2
ACTIVE
F
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
V
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
LINE #
825
826
827
…
839
840
841
…
1617
1618
…
1650
1872
1873
1874
1875
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
…
335
336
337
338
339
340
341
342
343
1798
1799
1800
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
…
260
261
262
263
264
265
266
267
268
25 PsF
1797
WORD#
1871
23.98/24
PsF
1796
WORD#
R6
R4
R3
R2
SAV(XYZh)
SAV(000h)
SAV(000h)
R5
B4
B3
R1
SAV(XYZh)
SAV(000h)
SAV(000h)
G2046
G2047
EAV(3FFh)
EAV(000h)
EAV(000h)
EAV(XYZh)
B2045
B2046
G2048
EAV(3FFh)
EAV(000h)
EAV(000h)
EAV(XYZh)
CRC1
CRC1
B5
G4
B2
B1
SAV(XYZh)
SAV(000h)
SAV(000h)
G5
G3
G2
G1
SAV(XYZh)
SAV(000h)
SAV(000h)
SAV(3FFh)
CRC0
CRC0
SAV(3FFh)
LN1
LN1
ANC/AUDIO
DATA
SAV(3FFh)
040
…
040
CRC1
CRC0
LN1
G2045
G2044
ANC/AUDIO
DATA
SAV(3FFh)
200
…
200
CRC1
CRC0
LN1
G2043
B2042
LN0
G2042
B2041
LN0
G2041
DATA
STREAM
2
LN0
EAV(XYZh)
EAV(000h)
EAV(000h)
EAV(3FFh)
B2048
B2047
R2045
B2044
B2043
R2041
DATA
STREAM
1
LN0
EAV(XYZh)
EAV(000h)
EAV(000h)
EAV(3FFh)
R2048
R2047
R2046
R2044
R2043
R2042
DATA
STREAM
4
1870
DATA
STREAM
3
1795
53 Developer Information
Blackmagic 2K Format – Data Stream Format
54 Connection Reference Guide
DeckLink Duo
HD/SD-SDI Output
DeckLink SDI 2
HD/SD-SDI Input
HD/SD-SDI Output
DeckLink SDI 1
HD/SD-SDI Input
Reference In
55 Connection Reference Guide
DeckLink HD Extreme 3D+
All SDI inputs and outputs support 3 Gb/s SDI and 2K.
4
4
4. Y In
3
3
3. R-Y In
2
2
2. Deck Control
5. B-Y In
5
6. Ref In
6
DeckLink HD Extreme 3
Breakout Cable
7
7
8
8
8. Y Out
6
7. R-Y Out
5
SD/HD-SDI Out Ch A
9. B-Y Out
9
10. AES/EBU Out
10
10
SD/HD-SDI In Ch A
11. AES/EBU In
11
11
HD-SDI In Ch B
12. Audio Out Left
12
12
13. Audio Out Right
13
13
14. Audio In Left
14
14
15. Audio In Right
15
9
SD/HD-SDI Out Ch B
Downconverted HD, external key out
15
HDMI Output
HDMI Input
56 Connection Reference Guide
DeckLink Optical Fiber
Optical Fiber
HD/SD-SDI In & Out
Deck Control RS-422
HD/SD-SDI Output (to deck)
HD/SD-SDI Input (from deck)
Reference In
57 Connection Reference Guide
DeckLink Quad
DeckLink Quad uses DIN 1.0/2.3 rather than larger BNC type connectors.
DeckLink SDI 4
DeckLink SDI 3
DeckLink SDI 2
DeckLink SDI 1
HD/SD-SDI Out
HD/SD-SDI In
HD/SD-SDI Out
HD/SD-SDI In
HD/SD-SDI Out
HD/SD-SDI In
HD/SD-SDI Out
HD/SD-SDI In
Ref In
58 Connection Reference Guide
DeckLink SDI
Deck Control RS-422
HD/SD-SDI Output (to deck)
HD/SD-SDI Input (from deck)
Ref In
59 Connection Reference Guide
DeckLink Studio 2
2. RS-422 Deck Control
02
3. R-Y Out
03
4. Y Out
04
5. B-Y Out
05
6. Ref In
06
7. R-Y In
07
8. Y In
08
9. B-Y In
09
10. AES / EBU Out CH1&2
10
HD/SD-SDI Output
11. AES / EBU In CH1&2
11
HD/SD-SDI Input
12. Analog Audio Out 1
12
13. Analog Audio Out 2
13
14. Analog Audio In 1
14
15. Analog Audio In 2
15
16. Analog Audio In 3
16
17. Analog Audio In 4
17
18. Analog Audio Out 3 or AES/EBU CH3&4 Out
18
19. Analog Audio Out 4 or AES/EBU CH5&6 Out
19
20. Composite In
20
21. Composite Out
21
22. S-Video In
22
23. S-Video Out
23
24. Standard Definition SDI Out
24
DeckLink Studio
Breakout Cable
HDMI Output
HDMI Input
60 Connection Reference Guide
Intensity Pro
Analog video output
Analog video input
Digital audio output
3. R-Y Out
3
4. Y Out
4
5. B-Y Out
5
7. R-Y In
7
8. Y In
8
9. B-Y In
9
10. AES/SPDIF Out
10
Intensity Pro
Breakout Cable
HDMI 4:2:2 Output
Analog audio output
Analog audio input
12. Audio Out Left
12
13. Audio Out Right
13
14. Audio In Left
14
15. Audio In Right
15
HDMI 4:2:2 Input
61 Connection Reference Guide
Intensity Shuttle
HDMI
Component analog video
S-Video
Composite analog video
Left & Right
analog audio
USB 3.0
62 Connection Reference Guide
Multibridge Eclipse
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 3
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 4
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 3
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 4
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 1
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 2
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 1
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 2
Digital
Audio
IN
CH 1/2
Digital
Audio
IN
CH 3/4
Digital
Audio
IN
CH 5/6
Digital
Audio
IN
CH 7/8
Digital
Digital
Audio
Audio
IN
IN
CH 9/10 CH 11/12
Analog Analog Analog Analog
Video Video Video Video
NTSC/PAL Y
B-Y
R-Y
OUT
OUT
OUT
OUT
Monitor
Audio
Left
OUT
Analog Analog Analog
Video Video
Video
R-Y
Y/NTSC/ B-Y
IN
IN
PAL
IN
Monitor
Audio
Right
OUT
REF
IN
HDMI
IN
HDMI
OUT
Digital
Audio
OUT
CH 1/2
Remote
IN/OUT
Digital
Audio
OUT
CH 3/4
Digital
Audio
OUT
CH 5/6
Digital
Audio
OUT
CH 7/8
Digital
Digital
Audio
Audio
OUT
OUT
CH 9/10 CH 11/12
SD/
SD/
SD/
SD/
HD-SDI HD-SDI HD-SDI HD-SDI
IN
IN
OUT
OUT
CH-A CH-B CH-A CH-B
PCI
Express
USB
63 Connection Reference Guide
Multibridge Pro
DB-25 pin outs also compatible
with Yamaha™, Mackie™, Sony™
and Apogee™ connectors.
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 1
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 1
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 2
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 2
Analog Analog Analog Analog
Video Video Video Video
NTSC/PAL Y
B-Y
R-Y
OUT
OUT
OUT
OUT
REF IN Analog Analog Analog
Video Video Video
Y/NTSC/ B-Y
R-Y
PAL
IN
IN
IN
Monitor
Audio
Left
HDMI
OUT
IN
Monitor
Audio
Right
OUT
HDMI
OUT
AES/EBU
Digital Audio
IN & OUT
(8 Channels)
Remote
IN/OUT
PCI
Express
SD/
SD/
SD/
SD/
HD-SDI HD-SDI HD-SDI HD-SDI
IN
IN
OUT OUT
CH-A CH-B CH-A CH-B
USB
64 Connection Reference Guide
UltraStudio 3D
4
4
4. Y In
3
3
3. R-Y In
2
2
2. Deck Control
5. B-Y In
5
6. Ref In
6
7
7
8
8
8. Y Out
6
7. R-Y Out
5
9. B-Y Out
9
10. AES/EBU Out
10
10
11. AES/EBU In
11
11
12. Audio Out Left
12
12
13. Audio Out Right
13
13
14. Audio In Left
14
14
15. Audio In Right
15
9
Thunderbolt™
15
+12 volt power
supply connection
SD/HD-SDI
In Ch A
SD/HD-SDI
Out Ch A
SD/HD-SDI
In Ch B
HDMI
In
SD/HD-SDI
Out Ch B
Downconverted HD,
external key out
UltraStudio 3D Breakout Cable
HDMI
Out
65 Connection Reference Guide
UltraStudio Pro
2. RS-422 Deck Control
2
3. R-Y Out
3
4. Y Out
4
5. B-Y Out
5
6. Ref In
6
7. R-Y In
7
8. Y In
8
9. B-Y In
9
10. AES / EBU Out CH1&2
10
11. AES / EBU In CH1&2
11
12. Analog Audio Out 1
12
13. Analog Audio Out 2
13
14. Analog Audio In 1
14
15. Analog Audio In 2
15
16. Analog Audio In 3
16
17. Analog Audio In 4
17
18. Analog Audio Out 3 or AES/EBU CH3&4 Out
18
19. Analog Audio Out 4 or AES/EBU CH5&6 Out
19
20. Composite In
20
21. Composite Out
21
22. S-Video In
22
23. S-Video Out
23
24. Standard Definition SDI Out
24
HDMI Input
HDMI Output
3G/HD/SD-SDI Output
USB 3.0
3G/HD/SD-SDI Input
Power
Breakout cable
connector
UltraStudio Pro Breakout Cable
66 Connection Reference Guide
UltraStudio SDI
Ref
In
HD/SD-SDI
Input and Output
HDMI
Output
Deck Control
RS-422
USB 3.0
67 Warranty
Limited Warranty
Blackmagic Design warrants that UltraStudio, DeckLink and Multibridge family products will be free from
defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 36 months from the date of purchase excluding
connectors, cables, cooling fans, fiber optic modules, fuses, keyboards and batteries which will be free from
defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase. Blackmagic
Design warrants that Intensity family products will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for
a period of 12 months from the date of purchase. If a product proves to be defective during this warranty
period, Blackmagic Design, at its option, either will repair the defective product without charge for parts
and labor, or will provide a replacement in exchange for the defective product.
In order to obtain service under this warranty, you the Customer, must notify Blackmagic Design of the
defect before the expiration of the warranty period and make suitable arrangements for the performance
of service. The Customer shall be responsible for packaging and shipping the defective product to a
designated service center nominated by Blackmagic Design, with shipping charges pre paid. Customer
shall be responsible for paying all shipping changes, insurance, duties, taxes, and any other charges for
products returned to us for any reason.
This warranty shall not apply to any defect, failure or damage caused by improper use or improper or
inadequate maintenance and care. Blackmagic Design shall not be obligated to furnish service under
this warranty: a) to repair damage resulting from attempts by personnel other than Blackmagic Design
representatives to install, repair or service the product, b) to repair damage resulting from improper
use or connection to incompatible equipment, c) to repair any damage or malfunction caused by the
use of non Blackmagic Design parts or supplies, or d) to service a product that has been modified or
integrated with other products when the effect of such a modification or integration increases the time or
difficulty of servicing the product. THIS WARRANTY IS GIVEN BY BLACKMAGIC DESIGN IN LIEU OF ANY
OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. BLACKMAGIC DESIGN AND ITS VENDORS DISCLAIM
ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
BLACKMAGIC DESIGN’S RESPONSIBILITY TO REPAIR OR REPLACE DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS IS THE
WHOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY PROVIDED TO THE CUSTOMER FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL,
INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER BLACKMAGIC DESIGN
OR THE VENDOR HAS ADVANCE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. BLACKMAGIC
DESIGN IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY ILLEGAL USE OF EQUIPMENT BY CUSTOMER. BLACKMAGIC IS
NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM USE OF THIS PRODUCT. USER OPERATES THIS
PRODUCT AT OWN RISK.
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‘Intensity’ and ‘Leading the creative video revolution’ are registered trademarks in the US and other countries. All other company and product
names may be trade marks of their respective companies with which they are associated.
Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.