Blackmagic Design Announces New Video Assist 3G

Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Video Assist 3G which are lower cost versions of the company’s portable monitoring and recording solutions. These new models feature built in scopes, upgraded batteries, 3G-SDI and HDMI for all SD and HD formats, all at a more affordable price.

All Video Assist models are dominated by a large touchscreen with all controls for recording, playback of clips, viewing scopes and setting focus assist features. Both 7" models are large enough to include analog inputs for audio and two SD card slots so customers get continuous recording, with automatic recording to the second card. All models include a rear tally light, a front panel speaker for clip playback and a headphone jack. Video Assist uses Sony L-Series batteries, and with 2 battery slots, customers can change batteries without interrupting recording.

With large and bright 5 and 7" touchscreens, Video Assist makes it incredibly easy to frame shots and accurately focus. The touchscreen displays critical information while users are shooting including the timecode, transport control, audio meters and a histogram for exposure. Customers can also customize the LCD to add or remove overlays such as current filename, focus peaking, zebra, false color, frame guides, 3D LUTs and more. 3D LUTs support allows monitoring shots with the desired color and look, plus customers can even "bake in" the LUT if customers want to record it into the file.

Video Assist uses commonly available SD card media, so customers 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 7" models include 2 SD card slots so customers 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.

Blackmagic Video Assist is an ideal upgrade for cameras, as its bright display is bigger than the tiny 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 customers can use it to upgrade older broadcast cameras to modern file formats used on the latest editing software. Customers get support for all editing software as customers can record in Apple ProRes and Avid DNx. With both HDMI and SDI inputs customers can connect it to any consumer camera, broadcast camera or even DSLR cameras.

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. Customers can even swipe the image 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 touchscreen as well as focus and exposure assist. Plus customers can load and save 3D LUTs.

"The Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR monitors have been received very well by our customers because they have so many features." said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. "However many customers don't need HDR screens and Ultra HD, so we have produced new HD models that include most of the powerful features at a much lower price. Plus these new models still include built in scopes, 3D LUTS, powerful focus assist tools, presets, upgraded L-Series batteries, record tally light, built in speakers and more!"

BLACKMAGIC VIDEO ASSIST 3G FEATURES

  • Modern design with fast to use touchscreen controls.
  • LCD features can be customized by the user.
  • SD/USH-II card support for commonly available media.
  • Upgrades cameras to better monitoring and better record codecs.
  • Large LCD screen with digital film style focus assist tools.
  • 3G-SDI and HDMI for recording in SD and HD up to 1080p60.
  • Standard open file formats compatible with popular software.
  • Built in scopes include waveform, vector, parade and histogram.
  • 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.
  • Professional multi channel digital and analog audio.
  • Localized for 11 popular international languages.
  • Works with popular NLE software such as DaVinci Resolve.

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