NEWS: Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Video Assist 12G Monitor/Recorders
17 September 2019 | Category: Motion
Blackmagic Design has announced Blackmagic Video Assist 12G at IBC 2019, which are two new models of the company's popular combined monitoring and recording solutions. These new models feature brighter HDR screens, built-in scopes, upgraded batteries, 12G-SDI and much more.
The new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR adds professional monitoring and recording to any SDI or HDMI camera in all HD, Ultra HD, 2K and 4K DCI formats. The new improved design includes innovations such as brighter screens for HDR work, tally indicator, 4 built-in scopes, enhanced focus assist features, 3D LUTs and native Blackmagic RAW recording from supported cameras. With 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 on both 5- and 7-inch models, users get support for recording from virtually any device in all formats up to 2160p60. A brighter touch screen ensures a better view of their recording when shooting HDR digital film, or when shooting outdoors in sunlight. The new design also features upgraded batteries and supports two standard Sony L-Series batteries. This means Blackmagic Video Assist 12G is incredibly versatile and is the perfect solution for the next generation of digital cinema shoots, live production mastering, broadcast testing and measurement.
There are two models of Blackmagic Video Assist 12G, with each model including an innovative touch screen user interface with deck controls, as well as a large screen to view recordings. The Blackmagic Video Assist 7-inch 12G model also includes 2 media slots, while both the 5-inch and 7-inch models include 12G-SDI for high frame rate Ultra HD, analogue inputs for audio, USB-C external disk recording, plus a front panel speaker and side mounted headphone jack. Users also get 2 rear battery slots for mounting Sony L-Series batteries, so users have enough power for the brighter HDR screens and higher speed Ultra HD electronics.
Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR is an ideal upgrade for cameras, as its super bright 2500nit display is bigger than the displays found on consumer cameras, plus users are also adding professional focus assist features and better quality file formats. Video Assist is also a great solution for professional cameras because users can use it to upgrade older broadcast cameras to modern file formats used on the latest editing software. No matter what editing software is being used, Video Assist lets supports them all, as users can record in Apple ProRes, Avid DNx and Blackmagic RAW. With both HDMI and 12G-SDI inputs users can connect to any consumer camera, broadcast camera or even DSLR cameras; then on supported cameras, users can even upgrade to RAW style workflows with Blackmagic RAW.
The innovative touchscreen LCD user interface provides incredible control. On screen, there are dedicated buttons for play, stop and record, plus a mini timeline for scrolling through their recordings. Users can even image swipe to jog. The LCD includes a heads-up display of timecode, video standard, media status as well as audio meters. Scopes can be enabled via the touch screen as well as focus and exposure assist. Plus, users can load and save 3D LUTs.
Video Assist uses commonly available SD card media, so users can record to flash memory cards that are easy to obtain. The files are small enough to allow long recordings on standard SD cards or the faster UHS-II cards. The larger Video Assist 12G 7-inch model even includes 2 SD card slots so users can swap out any full cards even during recording, allowing infinite length recording. Standard SD cards or the faster UHS-II cards are perfect for broadcast because they are small, high speed and affordable.
If recording to other media types is required, then the USB-C expansion port lets users plug in an external flash disk for recording, plus they can add a Blackmagic MultiDock 10G for easy SSD compatibility with other recorders such as Blackmagic HyperDeck models. Users even get on screen menus for managing external disks using the touch screen.
Video Assist features a wide range of video and audio connections such as multi-rate 12G-SDI for SD, HD, and Ultra HD SDI devices. HDMI is included for HDMI cameras and monitoring to consumer televisions and video projectors. The 7-inch model features Mini XLR inputs which are provided for audio input from microphones and external audio mixers. Video Assist even includes a 12V DC power connection with locking power connector.
Users will be ready for the latest HDR workflows with support for the latest HDR standards and an extremely bright screen with a wide colour gamut. Plus, the high brightness screen makes outdoor shooting in bright sunlight possible. The built-in scopes even change to HDR scopes when working in HDR formats. Files are tagged with the correct HDR information and SDI and HDMI inputs will also automatically detect HDR video standards. Static metadata PQ and HLG formats are handled according to the ST2084 standard. The bright LCD has a wider colour gamut so it can handle both Rec. 2020 and Rec. 709 colourspaces. The built-in Video Assist LCD colour gamut can even handle 100% of the DCI-P3 format.
Video Assist features full internal waveform monitoring so users can ensure compliance with broadcast standards and it also works great as a portable waveform monitoring solution. The waveform display provides a traditional luminance (brightness) levels view of the video inputs or the playback signal. The vectorscope display allows users to see the intensity of colour at 100% SDI reference levels. Users also get an RGB parade display which is ideal for colour correction and checking for illegal levels. The histogram shows the distribution of white to black detail in images and highlights or shadows clipping. The built-in scopes can even be overlaid on live video, or as a small picture in picture view at the top right of the scope.
The SDI and HDMI connections are multi-rate, so can handle SD, HD, and Ultra HD. SD formats include NTSC and PAL. 720p HD standards include 720p50 and 59.94p. 1080i HD interlaced formats include 1080i50 and 59.94. 1080p HD formats include 1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60p. Users can even use 1080 PsF formats. Ultra HD is supported up to 2160p59.94and users can record 2K and 4K DCI rates up to 25p for digital film work.
Blackmagic Video Assist 12G Monitors – Newsshooter at IBC 2019.