Now it’s easy to add professional monitoring and recording to any SDI or HDMI camera with Blackmagic Video Assist! You get a super bright touch screen display that’s much larger than the displays found on DSLR cameras. The monitor supports 3D LUTs and includes powerful focus assist and exposure tools that make it easier to accurately set focus, expose and frame shots. Blackmagic Video Assist features high speed SD card recorders for HD or Ultra HD recording in incredible 10-bit 4:2:2 quality ProRes, DNxHD and DNxHR files in Quicktime and MXF formats. With both 7” Ultra HD and 5” HD models, Blackmagic Video Assist works with any camera that needs better quality monitoring and professional format file recording!
Shoot Better Video
See and capture every detail with confidence!
Whether it’s a wedding, an indie film, or a television commercial, you need to make sure your images are perfectly sharp and captured at the highest possible quality, no matter what type of camera you use. Blackmagic Video Assist works with everything from DSLR’s to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras. When you’re shooting a wedding, there’s only one chance to get it right and if you’re an indie filmmaker, you want your film to look as good as a Hollywood movie when projected at festivals. Blackmagic Video Assist helps you make sure every shot is in focus and gives you professional images with the same recording quality used by major motion pictures and prime time TV shows!
Two Great Models
Choose between 5” or 7" models
Available in 2 exciting models, you can choose the Blackmagic Video Assist with a 5” screen and HD recorder, or the 7” Blackmagic Video Assist 4K with HD and Ultra HD recording, low noise balanced analog mini XLR mic inputs, a built in speaker and more! Both feature 3D LUTs, false color, focus peaking and 6G-SDI and HDMI connections so you can add professional monitoring and recording to any camera!
Blackmagic Video Assist
5” all-in-one monitor and HD recorder!
The 5” Video Assist features a 1920 x 1080 screen, HD recorder, and a down converter for monitoring and recording HD from Ultra HD cameras. The large screen makes it easier to focus and frame shots, and the recorder saves files that are far superior quality than the highly compressed files that DSLRs record! It’s also a fast and inexpensive way to add modern file based recording to your existing HD cameras! You get 10-bit 4:2:2 broadcast quality files that work with all major editing software, so you’ll never have to worry about tape, optical discs or other proprietary and slow media formats again!
Blackmagic Video Assist 4K
7” high resolution monitor with Ultra HD recorder!
Video Assist 4K features a 7” high resolution screen, two high speed recorders for non-stop Ultra HD recording, XLR mic inputs, a built in speaker and more! The larger screen is 1920 x 1200, so you can see a full 16:9 image without the status bar covering the picture. Video Assist 4K features the latest high speed UHS-II SD card recorders and can record 1080 HD as well as Ultra HD up to 2160p30 on low cost, readily available SD cards! You also get two extremely low noise professional analog mini XLR connections so you can bypass low quality DSLR audio and connect professional microphones directly.
Professional HD and Ultra HD Recorder
10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD recording!
The 5” Video Assist records all HD formats up to 1080p60, and the 7” Video Assist 4K records HD and Ultra HD up to 2160p30. You get incredible looking, broadcast quality 10-bit, 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHR in Quicktime or MXF files that work with all major editing software so you can start editing without having to convert them! Recording can be automatically triggered from SDI and HDMI so you can stay focussed on getting the shot, without having to worry about operating additional gear! The 7” Video Assist 4K also has two recorders so when one card is full, it automatically continues recording onto the next!
Records to High Speed SD Card
Low cost, high performance storage you can get anywhere!
Both models record HD video using standard SD memory cards and the 7” Video Assist 4K can also record to super high performance UHS-II cards which are fast enough to record Ultra HD! That means it’s now possible to record Ultra HD using low cost cards that cost less than $2 per GB. By connecting Video Assist to your existing camera, you can eliminate proprietary and expensive media such as XDCAM, P2 and SxS. UHS-II cards are fully backwards compatible with regular SD card slots so you can just insert them into your computer to start editing the media immediately.
Recording Times on 256GB SD Memory Card
ProRes 422 HQ
1080p24 on a U3 SD Card
ProRes 422 HQ
2160p24 on a U3 UHS-II SD Card
Super bright and clear display
Blackmagic Video Assist has a bright 5” or 7” display so you don’t have to carry extra monitors and scopes on set! The large screens make it easy to see focus peaking and overlays such as histogram, audio meters, controls and more! You can mount it on cameras as a large crew monitor, hand it to the cinematographer for composing shots, or set it in front of the director to review each take. The screen has a wide 135º viewing angle, which means it’s easy to see, even when several crew members are watching. The image also auto rotates, so you can even rig it upside down!
Focus and Exposure Tools
Accurately expose and focus every shot!
Blackmagic Video Assist features powerful focus and exposure tools that help you get the best shots! Focus peaking indicators can be displayed as red, green, blue or white overlays that indicate exactly which parts of the image are in focus. In addition, false color tools make it easy to properly set exposure. The false color tools work by highlighting specific color ranges of luminance with a solid color overlay. Green indicates neutral grey, while pink tones are good references for skin, which is typically one stop over neutral grey. Using false color helps you keep exposure consistent from shot to shot!
Use false color to easily set exposure and balance your shot.
Accurate professional scopes!
Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features built in professional scopes! You get a set of highly accurate tools such as waveform monitor, RGB parade, vectorscope and histogram that can be used to precisely evaluate signal quality. The scopes can be viewed full screen or as an overlay superimposed on the image. When using the vectorscope, it can be set at either 2x or 4x zoom to assist with more accurate color calibration. This makes Blackmagic Video Assist 4K perfect for live production monitoring, for use as a portable test scope, and even for balancing color when grading and viewing the RGB parade.
Monitor Using 3D LUTs
Use and store up to six 3D LUTs
Both models of Blackmagic Video Assist can store and recall up to six 3D LUTs instantly so you can properly monitor footage on set with the “look” you need! Digital films are often shot in logarithmic colorspace, which is great for post production and color correction, but looks flat and washed out when viewed on the monitor. 3D LUTs solve this problem because they transform the camera’s image so that everyone on set can see the footage with the final look as the director intends it. You can even load LUTs to simulate different types of look or to simulate specific film stocks. Best of all, LUTs are completely non destructive because the original camera footage remains untouched!
High Quality Audio
Better audio recording than most cameras!
Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is also an extremely high quality audio recorder! You get two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power so you can attach external microphones to record audio with Video Assist, instead of your camera. This totally eliminates the problems with auto gain controls on DSLR cameras! With an amazing equivalent input noise floor of -128dBV, you get high quality, crystal clear audio that sounds dramatically better than camera audio! Sound is recorded into the same file as the video so you don’t have to worry about AV sync between separate audio and video files!
Easy Touchscreen Controls
Use simple tap and swipe gestures to make adjustments!
The built in monitor is also an interactive touchscreen that makes setting up the Blackmagic Video Assist incredibly intuitive. All of the functions are at your fingertips, allowing you to use simple tap and swipe gestures to display camera information, change settings and evaluate audio and video levels. The elegant heads up display let’s you change recording formats or view the current input frame rate, histogram, audio meters, timecode, and more, all while still keeping your eyes on the shot!
Portable All-In-One Design
Integrated on set monitoring and recording
Designed to be durable and light weight, both models are incredibly small yet still incorporate large LCD monitors and touch screens. Both models include high speed SD card recorders and space for two rechargeable batteries, which are hot swappable so you never have to stop shooting. You can use the mounting points to attach it to the top of a camera, or use the built in kick stand to set it up on a table. It’s even comfortable enough to hold in your hands so you can pass it around to the crew. The 7” Video Assist 4K even features a built in speaker, making it easy for everyone to review shots!
Connect to professional cameras, camcorders and DSLR’s
Blackmagic Video Assist
Blackmagic Video Assist 4K
The compact design of the Blackmagic Video Assist includes HDMI and 6G-SDI so you can connect them to virtually any DSLR, prosumer or professional camera! The loop thru output lets you monitor on larger displays or projectors. The 12V universal power supply gives you continuous operation. When you’re on location, two side by side LP-E6 batteries give you enough power for longer shoots! The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K also features a LANC connector and two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power for connecting microphones, along with a built in speaker that automatically mutes while recording!