Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express Thunderbolt

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The Blackmagic-Design UltraStudio Express is a capture and playback device that supports resolutions up to 1080p30. It captures saved footage or a live feed from a camera and passes it to your computer in formats ready to be edited. It can also up/down/cross convert the resolution of the footage as the footage is being passed to the computer. The third function of the Express is HDMI monitoring -- you can connect a top-quality HDMI monitor and monitor the footage you captured in the best resolution possible so to perform color correction in minute precision.

UltraStudio Express features built-in SD/HD SDI, HDMI and Thunderbolt connections. It comes with two breakout cables via which it expands to composite, component, S-Video, RCA audio, AES/EBU audio on XLRs, sync input, genlock for bi and tri-level sync, and RS422 connections. Connection to a camera would be by SDI or HDMI where possible and to a computer by Thunderbolt.


  • Thunderbolt Powered I/O Device

  • SD/HD SDI Input and Output

  • HDMI Input and Output

  • 2 Breakout Cables (RCA vs. BNCs / XLRs)

  • Component / Composite / S-Video

  • Sync / Genlock / RS422

  • Captures in DPX and QuickTime

  • Real-Time Up / Down / Cross Conversion

  • HDMI Monitoring