UltraStudio for Thunderbolt

Supports your favourite software!

UltraStudio for Thunderbolt™

UltraStudio supports more editing, design and video software than any other capture product, freeing you to work with your favorite creative software. UltraStudio also supports any Mac OS X and Windows video software and because they connect via a simple Thunderbolt connection you can move your UltraStudio between computers as you need! Get full editing compatibility with Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer and Premiere Pro CC and more! Create stunning visual effects with After Effects CC and Photoshop CC. Perform unparalleled color correction using DaVinci Resolve. Work seamlessly with ProTools for audio production. With such a wide range of software support, UltraStudio is perfect for every part of your workflow!

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DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve for Mac and Windows is the world’s most advanced color correction software solution compatible with high performance GPU cards and off the shelf control panels including Tangent Devices Element, JL Cooper Eclipse CX and the Avid Artist Color control panels. It includes 32 bit float YRGB processing for all effects, power windows, tracking, primaries and secondaries and 3D object tracking. It's a great first color correction solution when you are working heavily in SD, HD and Ultra HD 4K! UltraStudio 4K was developed to be the perfect solution for DaVinci color grading and have been designed to perfectly match the powerful features in the latest DaVinci Resolve 12!
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Final Cut Pro X

UltraStudio is qualified by Apple for Final Cut Pro compatibility so you can edit in Final Cut Pro while using the highest quality video connections to any SD, HD or Ultra HD devices including HDCAM SR, HDCAM, HD-D5 and DVCPRO HD, as well as SD decks such as Digital Betacam. UltraStudio supports playback of the timeline with absolute sample accurate AV sync. The included Media Express lets you manage capture from external devices such as decks with wide metadata support. UltraStudio supports advanced Final Cut Pro features such as 10 bit rendering, 16 channel audio, deck control, support for JPEG, DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO HD, 8 & 10 bit uncompressed video!

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Adobe Premiere Pro CC

UltraStudio is the highest quality editing solution for Premiere Pro CC with full support for the Mercury Playback engine for massive range of RT effects. Included are a full suite of Premiere plug-ins with deck control and full support for 8 and 10 bit uncompressed AVI and QuickTime files, as well as Motion JPEG and DVCPRO HD which can all be played back on the same Premiere Pro CC timeline without rendering. QuickTime uncompressed files from Mac OS X systems can also be played back for cross platform media sharing! You can even play back AVCHD, DSLR and XDCAM HD. UltraStudio has full support for Premiere Pro CC's 8 channels of audio capture and playback via SD/HD-SDI, which is great for 5.1 surround sound editing.

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Avid Media Composer

The Avid Media Composer 8 family of software, including Avid Symphony and Avid NewsCutter, provide fully integrated support for UltraStudio. Capture and playback in full 10 bit uncompressed 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 quality, or directly in Avid DNxHD or other popular compressed video formats. Media Composer 8 has fast and familiar operation and its new 64 bit architecture plays back complex layered effects in real time. UltraStudio is the perfect choice for professionals looking for the best possible Avid workflow on Mac OS X and Windows 10.

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WDM Driver for Windows

UltraStudio supports WDM and DirectShow so you can capture high quality video straight into your Windows NLE workflow! With WDM and DirectShow compatibility, UltraStudio allows your acquisition, editing and post processing workflow to be entirely configured on the Windows platform and works with hundreds of post production and broadcast software utilities such as Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC, Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony, Avid NewsCutter, Steinberg Cubase and many more! With WDM and DirectShow support, UltraStudio gives you the freedom to configure your Windows system exactly the way you want!

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Includes Media Express and More!

Includes Media Express and More!

Blackmagic Media Express software comes free with every UltraStudio model. Media Express lets you batch capture and playback 2D or even dual stream stereoscopic 3D in uncompressed YUV 4:2:2 and RGB 4:4:4 QuickTime, AVI and DPX, or compressed DVCPRO and MJPEG files. UltraStudio models also include Blackmagic LiveKey and Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. LiveKey lets you insert logos and other graphics in real time using SDI outputs. Disk Speed Test checks your disk array and gives you an easy to understand speed test with the results in video frames per second!

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Compatible with leading Broadcast design tools

Add amazing effects and graphics to your work

Compatible with leading Broadcast design tools

Broadcast Design

Feature film and TVC post production of today demands the highest quality compositing technology, so UltraStudio works with Fusion, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC and Smoke. For powerful digital compositing use Fusion which allows you to mix dozens of live action, matte paintings, 2D and 3D CGI layers! Because After Effects CC is QuickTime based, it works with all Blackmagic Design media, so you can integrate UltraStudio effortlessly into your After Effects CC and Photoshop CC post production workflow!

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Audio Post

UltraStudio is fully compatible with the world’s best NLE software systems so you can take your edit from any system and do your audio mastering in ProTools! By adding an UltraStudio to your ProTools system, you can confidently play video and audio together while mixing to avoid dropped audio and lip sync misalignments. Windows audio software support allows you to use Steinberg Nuendo for audio re-recording and multitrack mastering and in Cubase you can score music to a separate video track!

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Pro Tools

Broadcast Automation

Support for a wide range of broadcast automation tools

When you need to run your broadcast programming remotely, for either a broadcast network, radio station or a television station, UltraStudio can be easily combined within your broadcast automation workflow. On Mac you can use the Tools On Air just: Broadcast Suite, Softron OnTheAir, MovieRecorder and OnTheAir CG. On Windows, you get compatibility with Vidcaster Pro, Studio and Broadcast, Uniplay and Playbox AirBox.

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VJ Tools

Resolume software supports all UltraStudio capture and playback products straight out of the box! With UltraStudio and Resolume you can capture and play back any QuickTime and AVI video files, as well as Flash animations and text overlays with your WAV and AIFF audio files. With Resolume Arena you can even use SMPTE timecode captured by UltraStudio to synchronize clips with lasers, lights, fireworks displays or anything you can imagine for the most mind blowing VJ performances!


UltraStudio is fully compatible with popular video and audio streaming software so you can get your live stream to millions of online viewers! On Mac, stream live video with Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast and Livestream Producer. When streaming on Windows, you get compatibility with Flash Media Encoder, Xsplit Broadcaster, Wirecast and Livestream Producer. Stream high quality video of live events, webcasts, educational seminars, sales presentations, concerts or even video gameplay with UltraStudio!

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Developer SDK

Developer SDK

Available free with all UltraStudio models is an advanced developer SDK free of charge for Mac and Windows. Develop your own custom solutions to use in house or even sell! UltraStudio also includes DirectShow filters, a WDM Windows Driver and QuickTime API that lets UltraStudio models integrate seamlessly with an unbelievably wide range of applications and codecs. Develop your solutions with confidence because UltraStudio is a flexible, proven foundation that free you to work without limitations. The UltraStudio SDK provides both low level control of hardware and high level interfaces which allow you to easily perform common tasks. It even lets you develop once and then easily deploy your solution across the entire range of UltraStudio capture and playback solutions from Blackmagic Design.

UltraStudio for Thunderbolt

UltraStudio Mini Recorder

UltraStudio Mini Recorder

Ultra small pocket sized Thunderbolt powered recording from SDI and HDMI.

UltraStudio Mini Monitor

UltraStudio Mini Monitor

Ultra small pocket sized Thunderbolt powered playback for SDI and HDMI.

UltraStudio Express

UltraStudio Express

Thunderbolt powered capture and playback with SDI, HDMI, analog, with pro and consumer cables.

UltraStudio 4K

UltraStudio 4K

Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 solution, Dual Link 6G-SDI, HDMI, Analog, 4:4:4, 3D, Ultra HD and 4K.

UltraStudio 4K Extreme

UltraStudio 4K Extreme

Thunderbolt and PCIe solution, with 12G SDI, HDMI 2.0, Analog, 4:4:4, Ultra HD and 4K up to 2160p60 and hardware encoder for H.265.

UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3

UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3

Advanced 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe solution with 12G SDI, HDMI 2.0, Analog, 4:4:4, Ultra HD and 4K up to 2160p60 and hardware encoder for H.265.

Blackmagic PCIe Cable Kit

Blackmagic PCIe Cable Kit

High speed Generation 3 PCI Express plug-in card and cable for connecting computers to products such as UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3, when you need higher speeds than Thunderbolt.