Blackmagic surprises with new UltraStudio 4K Mini

Blackmagic this week announced the UltraStudio 4K Mini. It’s a new capture and playback system for Thunderbolt 3 computers.

The UltraStudio 4K Mini offers its users 12G‑SDI, HDMI, analog video and audio connections. That means you’ll be able to build solutions for editing, color grading, live broadcast graphics, archiving from traditional broadcast decks and live internet streaming.

Connect any kind of video equipment to Thunderbolt 3 computers

UltraStudio 4K Mini connects any kind of video equipment to Thunderbolt 3 computers
UltraStudio 4K Mini connects any kind of video equipment to Thunderbolt 3 computers

It doesn’t matter what kind of video equipment you have. You can connect your Thunderbolt 3 computers to any kind of video equipment for building your editing workstation. Once connected, your Thunderbolt 3 computer gets numerous video and audio connections that operate in all SD, HD, Ultra HD and 4K DCI formats up to 60 frames per second.

If you’re wondering if it’ll work with your preferred video editing software, chances are it will. The UltraStudio works with most popular video software on Mac, Windows and Linux. That software includes DaVinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and others.


It has a lot of the latest broadcast technology, like 12G‑SDI, HDMI 2.0 and analog connections, making it up-to-date on the broadcast front. When it comes to the quality of the steam, the UltraStudio 4K Mini broadcasts 8 and 10-bit high dynamic range video in all formats up to 4K DCI at 60p, and 12-bit high dynamic range capture in all formats up to 4K DCI at 30p.

UltraStudio 4K Mini's back
UltraStudio 4K Mini’s back

All the important specs

  • Thunderbolt 3 interface for 40 Gb/s capture and playback
  • 3 models available with both portable and rack mount options
  • Ideal for edit monitoring, live graphics, archive and streaming
  • 12G‑SDI, HDMI 2.0, YUV/NTSC/PAL video and balanced audio
  • Supports 45W trickle charging to connected computer
  • Supports all SD, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 2160p and 4K DCI formats
  • Front panel with LCD, mic input, headphone and SD card slot
  • Compatible with DaVinci Resolve for editing, color, VFX and audio
  • Supports DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid and others
  • Includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux

Pricing and availability

The UltraStudio 4K Mini is out now for $995.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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