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Blackmagic Studio Camera

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Integrating features commonly with large studio cameras, the Blackmagic Studio Cameras is a family of compact formats for live production applications. Enhancing portability, the chassis is made of a carbon fibre-reinforced polycarbonate. The cameras feature gain from –12dB (100 ISO) up to +36dB (25,600 ISO) to reduce grain and noise in images, while maintaining the full dynamic range of the sensor and overcoming difficult lighting conditions. Designed to easily track and frame shots, the integrated 7-inch resolution viewfinder overlays show status and record parameters, histogram, focus peaking indicators, levels and frame guides.

Advanced features include talkback, tally, camera control, built-in colour corrector and Blackmagic RAW recording to USB disks. Together with knobs for brightness, contrast and focus peaking, the touchscreen incorporates camera setting menus. When combined with Blackmagic generation 5 colour science, the 4K sensor provides the same imaging technology used in digital film cameras. The camera caters for colour correction with 13 stops of dynamic range, which can be controlled from the switcher. The sensor features a resolution of 4096x2160 for HD and UltraHD work and all models support 23.98–60fps.

Designed to record H.264, Apple ProRes and DNx video files to SD cards or SSD media with either PCM or AAC audio, the brand has added a new series of four HyperDeck Studio recorders. Intended for live production or multiscreen digital signage applications, ISO recording, timecode and reference generators are built in for syncing multiple units. The 3G-SDI-based HD Mini 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 HD Plus and full-rack HD Pro host added features. The 4K Pro model records H.264, H.265, ProRes or DNx in SD, HD and UltraHD in standards up to 2160p60. All four models incorporate dual media slots for non-stop recording and support recording to common SD or UHS-II cards. The DNx and ProRes file formats support H.264 up to full 10-bit 4:2:2 when recording in NTSC, PAL, 720p, 1080p and true 1080i interlaced formats.

Featuring an upgraded UltraHD resolution H.264 encoder for livestreaming in native UltraHD, a 4K model has been added to the Blackmagic Web Presenter family. A 12G-SDI input with down converter promotes livestreaming in 1080p HD or 2160p UltraHD resolutions direct to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. For remote location streaming, an Apple or Android phone can be plugged in to connect to the internet via mobile data. The USB connections of the compact unit simulate a webcam when connected to a PC with any streaming software. Designed for broadcast-quality livestreaming when connected to the internet, the self-contained solution works without dropped frames. The Web Presenter Utility software prompts the streaming platform and updates the streaming key. The monitoring output includes meters, trend graphs and SDI technical data.

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