A faster upgrade to its predecessor, the UltraStudio 4K Extreme, Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 is built with a Thunderbolt 3 interface, which features a 40 Gbps transfer rate that better supports 4K ingest when working in RGB or stereoscopic formats. The super high speed of Thunderbolt 3 is fast enough for the highest bit depth HDR uncompressed RGB 4K and stereoscopic formats, such as those used for high end feature films. Like the previous model, UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 still offers PCIe, 12G-SDI, HDMI 2.0, and analog connections, 4:4:4 sampling, and real-time H.265 encoding. It supports 4K DCI and UHD footage in up to 60 fps.
UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 has a 2 RU rackmountable form factor with the primary connectivity on the back panel. For local monitoring, it offers an LCD preview screen and basic controls on the front panel.
UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 can be useful for non-linear editing applications, on-set acquisition, VFX, audio post-production, live-streaming, color-grading, live-production applications, and more.
Two SD cards are included with the device that feature the following Blackmagic applications: Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility and Blackmagic driver on Mac OS X/Windows 7, 8, and 10/Linux, and DaVinci Resolve (formerly known as DaVinci Resolve Lite).
40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface
UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 has all the same powerful features of UltraStudio 4K Extreme, but in addition has a Thunderbolt 3 interface capable of up to 40 Gbps transfer speeds over a single cable.
Advanced 4K 60p Capture & Playback
UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 features 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connections for working with large 60 fps, 12-bit, 4K files. A built-in hardware encoder can convert video in real-time to H.265, which is the distribution format for Ultra HD. Offering a very wide range of analog and digital connections, UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 can be used with virtually any camera, deck, router, or display.
Analog and Digital Connections
UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 features Thunderbolt 3, super-fast 12G-SDI with loop outputs, HDMI 2.0, analog component, 4-channel XLR audio, 2-channel AES/EBU audio, reference, timecode, and RS-422 serial deck control connections. It’s also designed with two optical fiber cages and a PCIe connection for expansion.
The fast speed of 12G-SDI means UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 can support both capture and playback of Ultra HD and 4K 60p over a single BNC cable. Because the 12G-SDI connections are multi-rate, you can still connect to all your existing equipment. UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 even supports dual link 12G-SDI so you can do stereoscopic and simultaneous fill and key all in real time.
Style and Durability
The elegant front panel has an integrated color LCD and easy-access video and audio input buttons.
UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 is supported by a huge range of software applications for Mac OS X. And for Windows you get access to a lot of software as well because UltraStudio supports WDM, DirectShow, and QuickTime. Supported applications include: DaVinci Resolve, Fusion Icon, Fusion 8, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, After Effects CC, Avid Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, Steinberg Nuendo, Photoshop CC, Nuke, Avid Symphony, Avid News Cutter, Softron OnTheAir, MovieRecorder and OnTheAir CG, Flash Media Live Encoder, Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster, Resolume Avenue 4, Sony Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio Pro X4, CyberLink Power Director, MAGIX Video Pro X4, Vidblaster Pro/Studio/Broadcast, Uniplay, Playbox AirBox, CasparCG, Magicsoft CG, Xsplit Broadcaster, Imagine Communications Velocity, and InfoCaster.
|Blackmagic Design Extreme 3 Specs|
|SDI Video Input||2 x 12 Gbps and 2 x 6 Gbps SD/HD/2K/4K Supports single/dual/quad link 4:2:2/4:4:4 2D/3D switchable|
|SDI Video Loop||4 x reclocked SD/HD/2K/4K linked to corresponding inputs|
|SDI Video Output||2 x 12 Gbps and 2 x 6 Gbps SD/HD/2K/4K Supports single/dual/quad link 4:2:2/4:4:4 2D/3D switchable|
|SDI Video Repeated Output||2 x 12 Gbps and 2 x 6 Gbps SD/HD/2K/4K Supports single/dual/quad link 4:2:2/4:4:4 2D/3D switchable|
|Optical Fiber Input/Output||Upgradeable to optional 2 x 12 Gbps Optical Fiber|
|HDMI Video Input||HDMI 2.0 type A connector with support for 2160p60|
|HDMI Video Output||HDMI 2.0 type A connector with support for 2160p60|
|Analog Video Input||1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs, 1 x Composite NTSC/PAL on 1 BNC|
|Analog Video Output||1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs, 1 x Composite NTSC/PAL on 1 BNC|
|SDI Audio Input||16 channels embedded in SD/HD/2K/4K|
|SDI Audio Output||16 channels embedded in SD/HD/2K/4K|
|HDMI Audio Input||8 channels embedded in SD/HD/4K|
|HDMI Audio Output||8 channels embedded in SD/HD/4K|
|Analog Audio Input||4 channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors and 2 channels of consumer unbalanced via RCA connectors|
|Analog Audio Output||4 channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors|
|AES/EBU Audio Input||2 channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector|
|AES/EBU Audio Output||2 channels unbalanced on BNC connector|
|Mic Input||1 x 48 V microphone input via XLR connector Phantom power switchable via software control|
|Timecode Input||1 x XLR input|
|Timecode Output||1 x XLR output|
|Sync Input||1 x Reference loop output|
|Sync Output||1 x Reference loop output|
|Device Control||2 x Sony compatible RS-422 deck control ports Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control|
|Computer Interface||Thunderbolt 3, PCI Express|
|Power||2 x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet 120-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz|
|Codecs||Supports: AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, HEVC, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes LT, Apple ProRes 422 Proxy, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:4:4|
|Internal Software Upgrade||Firmware built into software driver Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software|
|SD Format Support||SDI: 525/29.97 NTSC, 625/25 PAL HDMI: 525/29.97 NTSC, 625/25 PAL|
|HD Format Support||SDI: 1280 x 720p50, 1280 x 720p59.94, 1280 x 720p60, 1920 x 1080i50, 1920 x 1080i59.94, 1920 x 1080i60, 1920 x 1080PsF23.98, 1920 x 1080PsF24, 1920 x 1080PsF25, 1920 x 1080PsF29.97, 1920 x 1080PsF30, 1920 x 1080p23.98, 1920 x 1080p24, 1920 x 1080p25, 1920 x 1080p29.97, 1920 x 1080p30, 1920 x 1080p50, 1920 x 1080p59.94, 1920 x 1080p60 HDMI: 1280 x 720p50, 1280 x 720p59.94, 1280 x 720p60, 1920 x 1080i50, 1920 x 1080i59.94, 1920 x 1080i60, 1920 x 1080p23.98, 1920 x 1080p24, 1920 x 1080p25, 1920 x 1080p29.97, 1920 x 1080p30, 1920 x 1080p50, 1920 x 1080p59.94, 1920 x 1080p60|
|2K Format Support||SDI: 2048 x 1080PsF23.98, 2048 x 1080PsF24, 2048 x 1080PsF25, 2048 x 1080p23.98, 2048 x 1080p24, 2048 x 1080p25|
|Ultra HD Format Support||SDI: 3840 x 2160p23.98, 3840 x 2160p24, 3840 x 2160p25, 3840 x 2160p29.97, 3840 x 2160p30, 3840 x 2160p50, 3840 x 2160p59.94, 3840 x 2160p60 HDMI: 3840 x 2160p23.98, 3840 x 2160p24, 3840 x 2160p25, 3840 x 2160p29.97, 3840 x 2160p30, 3840 x 2160p50, 3840 x 2160p59.94, 3840 x 2160p60|
|4K Format Support||SDI: 4096 x 2160p23.98, 4096 x 2160p24, 4096 x 2160p25 HDMI: 4096 x 2160p23.98, 4096 x 2160p24|
|SDI Compliance||SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M, SMPTE 425M level A, SMPTE 425M level B, ITU-R BT.656, and ITU-R BT.601|
|SDI Audio Sampling||Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit|
|SDI Video Sampling||4:2:2, 4:4:4, and 4:4:4:4|
|SDI Color Precision||8, 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 and 8, 10, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4.|
|SDI Color Space||REC 601, REC 709|
|SDI Configuration||SDI output is configurable for Quad Link 3 Gbps via Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility. When using single link 12 Gbps on SDI A or dual link 6 Gbps on SDI A and B, SDI C and D will output down-converted HD.|
|SDI Metadata Support||HD RP188 Closed captioning|
|HDMI Audio Sampling||Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit|
|HDMI Video Sampling||4:2:2 and 4:4:4|
|HDMI Color Precision||10-bit RGB in HD, 10-bit YUV in 4K|
|HDMI Configuration||HDMI 2.0 supports Deep Color and automatically configures to connected display|
|Multiple Rate Support||HDMI and SDI video connections are switchable between SD/HD/2K and 4K. Component analog video connections are switchable between SD and HD.|
|Copy Protection||HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.|
|Encoding||Hardware based real time H.265 encoder|
|Colorspace Conversion||Hardware based real time|
|3D Processing||Dual stream and frame packed capture and playback|
|Ultra HD Down Conversion||Built-in, high quality hardware down converter outputs Ultra HD to HD with down-converted signal on SDI outputs C and D|
|HD to SD Down Conversion||Built-in, high quality hardware down converter outputs HD to SD with down-converted signal on SDI output B, Component, and Composite NTSC/PAL. SD output selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9, and center cut 4:3.|
|HD Up Conversion||Built-in, high quality hardware up conversion from SD to 720HD or 1080HD on playback. Selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 zoom, and 16:9 zoom.|
|Built-in, high quality hardware up conversion from SD to 720HD or 1080HD on playback. Selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 zoom, and 16:9 zoom.||Built-in, high quality hardware cross conversion from 720p to 1080i and 1080i to 720p on playback.|
|Real Time Effects||DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X internal effects. Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects.|
|Physical Installation||Requires computer with either a Thunderbolt port or available PCIe slot. PCIe cable and interface card available separately. Please check support pages to see the full system requirement.|
|Operating Systems||Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan or later Windows 8.1 or Windows 10|
|Power Requirements||2 x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet 120-240 V, 50-60 Hz|
|Operating Temperature||41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C)|
|Storage Temperature||-4 to 113°F (-20 to 45°C)|
|Relative Humidity||0 to 90% non-condensing|
|Dimensions||19 x 9.5 x 3.5" (48.3 x 24.1 x 8.9 cm)|
|Weight||8.6 lb (3.9 kg)|
|Package Weight||10.25 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||19.4 x 10.9 x 5.2"|
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