Blackmagic Design has announced a new family of Studio Cameras for live production. The new compact all-in-one units are designed to help a wider range of live productions that require professional features that are also fast to setup on location. Features include a carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate body and large integrated 7″ viewfinders to make the cameras durable, yet light weight for easier transport and setup compared to large traditional studio cameras. The touchscreen has menus for camera settings, and there are knobs for brightness, contrast and focus peaking. Plus a tripod mount with mounting plate is included for fast setup. Blackmagic Studio Cameras have the same features as large studio cameras miniaturized into a single compact and portable design. Advanced features include a 4K sensor combined with Blackmagic generation 5 color science for 13 stops of dynamic range, talkback, tally, camera control, built in color corrector, Blackmagic RAW recording to USB disks and much more. Plus, all models support from 23.98 fps up to 60 fps.
The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro model supports connecting cameras via a single Ethernet cable. Traditional broadcast studio cameras use SMPTE fiber to communicate and power cameras, however SMPTE fiber is very expensive. The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro model has 10G Ethernet as an alternative to SMPTE fiber so it’s much lower cost. The Ethernet includes all camera video, program return feeds, tally, talkback, camera control and also power. The Blackmagic Studio Converter handles all video conversions at the switcher end plus adds power to the Ethernet cable. That means customers don’t need to connect power to the camera. They are available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide from $1,295US.
New HyperDeck Studio Models
Blackmagic Design has also announced a new family of HyperDeck Studio models that feature better design, upgraded codecs and support for more media types. All models now support record and playback to H.264, ProRes and DNx files, as well as PCM or AAC audio. Plus, all models support SD Cards and UHS-II cards, with the Pro models adding extra SSD support. For ISO recording, there is even built-in timecode and reference generators for syncing multiple units. There are four different models of HyperDeck Studio, perfect for all types of work. The 3G-SDI based HD Mini model records and plays H.264, ProRes or DNxHD files onto SD cards, UHS-II cards or external USB disks in SD and HD formats up to 1080p60. The larger HD Plus model adds better transport controls, front panel headphone and speaker, 6G-SDI with fill and key out, SDI monitoring and records H.264 up to 1080p60 or ProRes and DNxHD up to 2160p30. The full rack HD Pro model is the same as the HD Plus model but adds two SSD slots and a machined metal search dial with clutch. The 4K Pro model records H.264, H.265, ProRes or DNx in SD, HD and Ultra HD in standards up to 2160p60. HyperDeck Studios are available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide from $495USs.