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Blackmagic Design Ships UltraStudio 3D With Thunderbolt Technology

August 30, 2011 07:35 | By

Blackmagic Design's new UltraStudio3D.

Blackmagic Design announced that its UltraStudio 3D is now shipping. Based on Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology, the UltraStudio 3D portable I/O device supports capture and playback of full-resolution, dual-stream 3D via dual-link 3 Gbps SDI, 1080p60 in SDI and component analog as well as HDMI 1.4a connections.

UltraStudio 3D is a compact I/O box that relies on the Thunderbolt interface for dual link 3 Gbps SDI, HDMI 1.4a and analog component/s-video/composite, as well as balanced analog and AES/EBU digital audio capture and playback. UltraStudio 3D is ideal for 3D workflows as it features interleaved, side-by-side, frame-packed and dual-stream capture and playback.

Dual-stream 3D allows customers to use the UltraStudio 3D dual-link SDI connections to capture and play back two streams – one for the left eye and one for the right eye. The two streams are recorded into two separate media files. Dual-stream 3D is higher quality because full-resolution data is captured for each eye, but it’s also less compatible with current editing software. To solve this problem, Blackmagic Design’s Media Express 3 has been upgraded to handle both interleaved and dual-stream 3D for capture and playback of 3D media.

With SDI, HDMI and analog video capture and playback, (combined with balanced analog and AES/EBU digital audio), UltraStudio 3D lets customers connect to almost any deck, camera or monitor. The system instantly switches between SD, HD and 2K, making it an ideal solution for postproduction and broadcast users working on design, editing, paint and effects tasks.

UltraStudio 3D is also based on a new internal hardware design that supports 10-bit SDI video and video rates up to 1080p60 via SDI, HDMI and analog component. Thunderbolt technology easily handles this quality, and allows for high-end post features in a portable design.

“We are so excited to release the world’s first film quality Thunderbolt-based capture and playback device. Working closely with Intel and Apple on this project, I cannot believe how many advanced industry leading features are packed into this single product,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “UltraStudio 3D has finally provided a real, portable high-quality solution at a price anyone can afford.”

“Thunderbolt technology is a game-changer for media creators,” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt marketing, “Enthusiasts can now work with multiple streams of full-resolution video with extreme portability.”