Blackmagic Design Video Assist 2.2 Update

The new Video Assist 2.2 update from Blackmagic Design lets you save DNxHD and DNxHR files in MXF containers—a major boon for Avid systems running on Windows

At IBC, Blackmagic Design announced the upcoming release of Video Assist 4K update with Avid systems on Windows and frees them from dependency on .mov files.

“We introduced the Video Assist 4K recorder/monitor at April’s NAB and as usual have taken customer feedback for this major update,” Dan May, president of Blackmagic Design, U. S. told The Broadcast Bridge. “In addition to now being able to save DNxHD and DNxHR files in MXF containers, shooters now can choose between DNxHD 220, 145 and 45 bit rates, or either DNxHR HQ, SQ and LB formats when recording”

This update also offers a variety of false colors to assist in setting exposure by highlighting specific color ranges of luminance with a solid color overlay. With 2.2, green indicates neutral grey, while pink tones are good references for skin, typically one stop over neutral grey.

Blackmagic Design's Video Assist 4K offers both HDMI and SDI I/O

Blackmagic Design's Video Assist 4K offers both HDMI and SDI I/O

“In addition to traditional focus peaking indicators, the 2.2 update also gives you red, green, blue, black, white which can be very handy when, for example, shooting against a green screen,” May said. “And you will now be able to manually control the screen orientation, even turn off the auto rotate feature if you are using Blackmagic Video Assist 4K with handheld gimbals or other free moving rigs.”

With the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, even less capable SDI or HDMI cameras can record high quality video files and get the benefits of advanced features usually reserved for top of the line systems. Older cameras often feature custom and hard to use file or tape formats, while lower cost consumer cameras often have poor quality file formats and small screens, limiting their professional use. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is designed to work with every type of camera from DSLRs to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras.

The Video Assist 4K 2.2 Update will be available free from the Blackmagic Design site by the end of September.

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