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Harvard University Builds New Sports Broadcast Workflow Around ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K

Fremont, CA – February 4, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced that Harvard University installed six ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switchers as part of a new production workflow supporting the broadcast of Harvard athletics to the Ivy League Digital Network. These switchers join other Blackmagic Design products at Harvard, including the Compact Videohub, Micro Videohub, ATEM Television Studio and several Mini Converters.

Initially, the new workflow is being used to broadcast and stream the Harvard tennis season, with an ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K installed at each of the six indoor tennis courts located at Harvard. Each match is streamed directly to the Ivy League Digital Network, a new nine channel network that includes live and on demand content from a variety of sports across all eight United States Ivy League schools.

Imry Halevi, Harvard’s Director of Multimedia and Production for the Department of Athletics, built and maintains the broadcast workflow. “The tennis coach approached me about streaming matches online, and while I knew we could do it, I did a lot of research to figure out the best way to go about it,” said Imry. “I needed something with a DVE channel, something that added audio, and I needed it to be affordable. The ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K was by far the best solution for us.”

Each of the six tennis courts has a camera at one end for a wide angle shot, which is fed into an ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K. Audio input for the commentators’ feed is fed into the switchers, as well as a second video input for a shot of the scoreboard, which is then used in the wide angle shot for the DVE effect.

Imry is even able to link the ATEMs to share scoreboard shots. The tennis center houses two scoreboards, one scoreboard for each set of three tennis courts, and during matches, scoreboard feeds are input into an ATEM switcher, then connected to the other switchers via an auxiliary output. HDMI feeds from the switchers are outputted to a Teradek VidiU online streaming box for streaming directly to the web. Imry controls everything remotely with the ATEM Software Control Panel.

“The ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K does everything I need it to do at such an affordable price,” said Imry. “We’ve done a few test runs with this setup for scrimmages, and everything has worked great. The switcher has been very easy to use and reliable.

“It is also very powerful and has a lot of scalability,” Imry continued. “It will even prepare us to stream in 4K down the line, which I am very happy about. I’m excited to expand on what we are doing now as the seasons go on.”

Imry plans to implement the same setup for Harvard’s six outdoor tennis courts to continue streaming matches after they move outdoors in the warmer months.

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Product photos of the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Blackmagic Design Announces New Low Price for SmartView Duo

Fremont, CA – January 16, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price on its popular dual rack monitor SmartView Duo to US$495, as well as a free software update SmartView 3.0.1 which adds support for DCI 2K video monitoring. SmartView 3.0.1 software update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

SmartView Duo features two large 8 inch LCD screens in a compact rack mount design that’s less than an inch thick. SmartView Duo handles all SD, HD and 3G-SDI video standards and all screens can be remotely adjusted via your Ethernet network from a single computer. The fully digital design with high quality SDI inputs ensures precise color that’s easy to manage across multiple displays. SmartView Duo can be installed into equipment racks for local monitoring in post production, or for multi-monitor video walls in master control rooms and broadcast vehicles for camera or production switcher monitoring!

Only SmartView Duo is compatible with the widest range of SD and HD-SDI video formats for broadcast and post production monitoring, as well as the latest 2K DCI support for feature film workflows. SmartView Duo also features network remote control and integrated tally support making it the perfect solution to install anywhere customers need high quality rack mount video monitoring.

“We designed the SmartView Duo with high quality filtering and scaling for the highest end broadcast quality monitoring,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Now, with this new affordable price, SmartView Duo is now available to smaller studios on the tightest budgets. You can never have enough monitoring, and now with SmartView Duo it’s possible! SmartView Duo customers get all the professional features they need without any limitations!”

SmartView Duo Key Features:
2 independent 8 inch LCD displays in a 3 rack unit size chassis, less than 1 inch thick.
SDI/HD-SDI/3G-SDI input for each monitor, with re-clocked loop outputs.
Ethernet input with loop output for connecting to computers for central adjustments.
Tally input for each monitor allowing red, green or blue tally indication.
Control software panel included free for Windows and Mac OS X.
Full 10 bit data path and image scaling for high quality displays.
Ideal for use in broadcast, post production and camera monitoring for switchers.

Availability and Price
SmartView Duo is available now for US$495 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide, and the new SmartView 3.0.1 software update is available free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

Press Photography
Product photos of the SmartView Duo, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Blackmagic Design Announces New Apple ProRes™ formats for HyperDeck Studio

Fremont, CA, USA – December 2, 2013 – Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of HyperDeck 4.1 software which adds three new Apple ProRes™ file formats for the HyperDeck Studio broadcast recorder. HyperDeck 4.1 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

HyperDeck Studio customers can already record and playback in uncompressed, or compressed ProRes 422 (HQ) and DNxHD formats. This new software update adds three additional Apple ProRes™ file formats, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes (Proxy) which provides customers with significantly reduced video file sizes while preserving full frame 10-bit 4:2:2 quality.

This update allows customers to get longer recording times for the same file size so they can use low cost SSD drives while still recording high quality video in all SD and HD resolutions. Using ProRes 422 (Proxy) it is possible to record over 24 hours of 1080HD video in a single 480GB SSD drive. Selecting the type of ProRes format for recording can be set via the built in on screen menus and all ProRes types can be played back automatically.

The Apple ProRes 422 formats are designed specifically for multi-stream non linear editing, minimal generation loss and fast export, making them very popular video file formats for post production and broadcast. All ProRes files recorded with HyperDeck Studio can be opened directly in Apple Final Cut Pro X™ for immediate editing.

“We are extremely excited to be delivering yet another amazing free update for all HyperDeck Studio customers,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “HyperDeck Studio was originally launched as a 10-bit uncompressed SSD based broadcast deck for rack mount recording and playback. Since launch, we have delivered multiple free software updates that have given our customers incredible new features including DNxHD recording and playback, enhanced built in menus, ProRes 422 (HQ) recording and playback, new Ethernet protocol for deck control, timecode run triggered recording and we also launched the advanced HyperDeck Studio Pro model featuring Ultra HD formats and 6G-SDI technology. Now with the addition of 3 ProRes formats, HyperDeck Studio is the ideal replacement for aging broadcast decks and is perfect for fast paced broadcast and live production environments.”

About HyperDeck

HyperDeck Studio is a broadcast deck SSD recorder, that lets customers record and play back the highest quality uncompressed and compressed video formats using fast 2.5” SSD’s. HyperDeck Studio records and plays back uncompressed, compressed ProRes or DNxHD formats. HyperDeck Studio features dual SSD slots and a beautiful user friendly VTR style design with function buttons, a control wheel for jog and shuttle, plus external RS-422 emulated control.

The high resolution LCD screen displays timecode and transport information, plus a full color thumbnail preview of the current clip in record and playback. Crystal look buttons give customers full transport control just like a broadcast deck. HyperDeck Studio features SDI and HDMI connections giving customers the highest quality SD or HD recording and playback from a single SSD!

Availability and Price

HyperDeck 4.1 software update is available now for download free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website for HyperDeck Studio customers.

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About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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