Tue, 17 Apr 2012 Blackmagic Ultrastudio 3D review
Thunderbolt and 3D capabilities bring video I/O bang up to date
- Manufacturer: Blackmagic Design
- Pros: Thunderbolt connection, bandwidth up to 10 Gb/s, Stereoscopic 3D Capture and Playback, HDMI 1.4a Input/Output, Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI Input/Output, wide software support, 3-year warranty.
- Cons: Fan a bit noisy, unit can get hot, update to bundled Desktop Video software is recommended for smooth running, broadcast standard equipment required to realise full potential
- Price: £738 inc VAT ($995)
- Star rating:
Macworld Buying Advice
It’s unforgiving of mismatched setups, can run hot and a bit noisy - and the software needs regular updates, but this is a very useful box of tricks. With a top transfer rate of 10GB/s, Thunderbolt ensures real-time video processing tasks, while the ability to handle dual 1080p HD video streams makes the Ultrastudio 3D ideal for getting into stereoscopic workflows.