Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3

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40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 & PCIe I/O

Advanced 4K 60p RGB/Stereoscopic Ingest

12G-SDI, HDMI 2.0, Analog Connections

4-Ch XLR and 2-Ch AES/EBU Audio

Reference, Timecode, RS-422 Ports

4:4:4 Sampling

Real-Time H.265 Encoding

LCD Preview Screen

Wide Mac/Windows Software Compatibility

2 RU Form Factor; Dual Built-In PSUs

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.

12G-SDI

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.

Software Compatibility

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.

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Blackmagic Design 4K Extreme 3 Specs

SDI Video Input2 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 Loop4 x reclocked SD/HD/2K/4K linked to corresponding inputs
SDI Video Output2 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 Output2 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/OutputUpgradeable to optional 2 x 12 Gbps Optical Fiber
HDMI Video InputHDMI 2.0 type A connector with support for 2160p60
HDMI Video OutputHDMI 2.0 type A connector with support for 2160p60
Analog Video Input1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs, 1 x Composite NTSC/PAL on 1 BNC
Analog Video Output1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs, 1 x Composite NTSC/PAL on 1 BNC
SDI Audio Input16 channels embedded in SD/HD/2K/4K
SDI Audio Output16 channels embedded in SD/HD/2K/4K
HDMI Audio Input8 channels embedded in SD/HD/4K
HDMI Audio Output8 channels embedded in SD/HD/4K
Analog Audio Input4 channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors and 2 channels of consumer unbalanced via RCA connectors
Analog Audio Output4 channels of professional balanced analog audio via XLR connectors
AES/EBU Audio Input2 channels unbalanced with sample rate converter on BNC connector
AES/EBU Audio Output2 channels unbalanced on BNC connector
Mic Input1 x 48 V microphone input via XLR connector
Phantom power switchable via software control
Timecode Input1 x XLR input
Timecode Output1 x XLR output
Sync Input1 x Reference input
Blackburst in SD or Tri-Sync in HD
Sync Output1 x Reference loop output
Blackburst in SD or Tri-Sync in HD
Device Control2 x Sony compatible RS-422 deck control ports
Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control
Computer InterfaceThunderbolt 3, PCI Express
Power2 x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet
120-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
CodecsSupports:
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 UpgradeFirmware built into software driver
Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software
SD Format SupportSDI:
525/29.97 NTSC, 625/25 PAL

HDMI:
525/29.97 NTSC, 625/25 PAL
HD Format SupportSDI:
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 SupportSDI:
2048 x 1080PsF23.98, 2048 x 1080PsF24, 2048 x 1080PsF25, 2048 x 1080p23.98, 2048 x 1080p24, 2048 x 1080p25
Ultra HD Format SupportSDI:
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 SupportSDI:
4096 x 2160p23.98, 4096 x 2160p24, 4096 x 2160p25

HDMI:
4096 x 2160p23.98, 4096 x 2160p24
SDI ComplianceSMPTE 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 SamplingTelevision standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit
SDI Video Sampling4:2:2, 4:4:4, and 4:4:4:4
SDI Color Precision8, 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 and 8, 10, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4.
SDI Color SpaceREC 601, REC 709
SDI ConfigurationSDI 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 SupportHD RP188
Closed captioning
HDMI Audio SamplingTelevision standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit
HDMI Video Sampling4:2:2 and 4:4:4
HDMI Color Precision10-bit RGB in HD, 10-bit YUV in 4K
HDMI ConfigurationHDMI 2.0 supports Deep Color and automatically configures to connected display
Multiple Rate SupportHDMI and SDI video connections are switchable between SD/HD/2K and 4K. Component analog video connections are switchable between SD and HD.
Copy ProtectionHDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.
EncodingHardware based real time H.265 encoder
Colorspace ConversionHardware based real time
3D ProcessingDual stream and frame packed capture and playback
Ultra HD Down ConversionBuilt-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 ConversionBuilt-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 ConversionBuilt-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.
HD Cross ConversionBuilt-in, high quality hardware cross conversion from 720p to 1080i and 1080i to 720p on playback.
Real Time EffectsDaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X internal effects. Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects.
Physical InstallationRequires 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 SystemsMac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan or later
Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
Power Requirements2 x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet
120-240 V, 50-60 Hz
Operating Temperature41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature-4 to 113°F (-20 to 45°C)
Relative Humidity0 to 90% non-condensing
Dimensions19 x 9.5 x 3.5" (48.3 x 24.1 x 8.9 cm)
Weight8.6 lb (3.9 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19.4 x 10.9 x 5.2"

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3

SD Card with Software and Manual

SD Card with DaVinci Resolve

Limited 3-Year Warranty

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3