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News: Blackmagic Design Releases Avid DNxHD Public Beta Update for HyperDeck Studio
on Dec 21, 2011 at 7:18:00 pm

Now Blackmagic Design’s revolutionary new SSD based broadcast deck lets you record and playback industry standard 10 bit compressed video to native Avid DNxHD MXF format files!

(Milpitas, California--December 21, 2011) Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of HyperDeck Software Update 2.0 Public Beta, a new software update for its popular HyperDeck Studio that adds broadcast quality compressed 10 bit recording and playback to the Avid® DNxHD® format.

DNxHD is a broadcast industry standard for media files and adding native support for this compressed video format into HyperDeck Studio will allow dramatically longer recording times, lower media storage costs and full file format compatibility with Avid Media Composer® systems. All media is recorded in MXF format, so it’s available in Media Composer without any time consuming import processing.

HyperDeck Software Update 2.0 public beta is available now, and will allow customers to update their HyperDeck Studio free of charge simply by connecting to their Mac OS X or Windows computer via USB. The release of this software will allow customers to get the immediate benefit of this new compressed video mode, and to help check compatibility with various third party software products while the format certification process is underway.

HyperDeck Studio still includes support for perfect quality uncompressed 10 bit video, for the ultimate in high quality, mathematically perfect recording and playback. With this new software update, customers will now be able to choose between uncompressed or DNxHD formats any time they need, depending on the work they are doing. DNxHD recording allows dramatically longer record durations from the same size Solid State Disk (SSD), and even the smallest size 64 GB disk that has a record duration of 6 minutes uncompressed can record for more than 40 minutes when used with DNxHD compressed video. This reduces the cost of using SSDs to a little more than $2 per minute, which is much lower cost than other high end videotape formats, while customers have the added benefit that the SSD can be mounted on their computer desktop for editing direct from the SSD itself.

As HyperDeck Studio records direct to SSDs it offers incredibly fast read and write speeds, so they have the high bandwidth required for full SD or HD recording and playback in both uncompressed and DNxHD compressed video formats. SSDs have the advantage of being used in regular laptop and desktop computers, so are constantly increasing in size, while purchase prices have been dropping dramatically over the last few years. The result is the cost per minute of recording is lower than other broadcast formats, and decreasing more each day.

HyperDeck Studio is the perfect solution to replace aging broadcast decks due to its higher quality, direct file format compatibility with NLE software and easy to use broadcast deck features. HyperDeck Studio allows recording and playback from SDI and HDMI sources, and includes support for RS-422 deck control. Unlike broadcast decks, HyperDeck Studio can record forever because it includes dual SSD slots. This allows a new blank disk to be inserted while recording, and when the current recording disk is full, HyperDeck Studio will seamlessly continue to record across onto the new blank disk. Disks can be swapped constantly for continuous recording!

“This is a very exciting update because it allows much longer recording duration on customers disks, and DNxHD is one of the most common high end broadcast file formats, so quality is not compromised!” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “Now customers get great 10 bit quality and in the MXF format that allows all files to be loaded into Avid Media Composer without any import processing. That’s the fastest and most efficient workflow possible, vitally important in fast moving broadcast stations.”

HyperDeck Studio Features
  • Selectable record and playback to 10 bit uncompressed QuickTime or Avid DNxHD MXF media files.
  • Uses high speed off the shelf Solid State Disks (SSDs) available from computer resellers at low cost.
  • Includes dual SSD slots allowing disks to be changed while recording for unlimited record duration.
  • 3 Gb/s SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs, including SDI loop through and monitoring outputs.
  • Familiar broadcast deck VTR design and functionality, including jog/shuttle wheel and RS-422 deck control.
  • QuickTime and MXF file formats are compatible with Avid Media Composer and other editing applications.
  • 1 rack unit design saves valuable rack space when mounting multiple units.

Availability and Price
HyperDeck Software Update 2.0 public beta with DNxHD recording and playback features is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design web site for all HyperDeck Studio users. Customers simply need to connect their Mac OS X or Windows computer via USB to upgrade their HyperDeck Studio after downloading and installing this update. HyperDeck Studio is available now from Blackmagic Design Resellers Worldwide for only $995.

About Avid
Avid creates the digital audio and video technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, television shows, live concert tours and news broadcasts, to music and movies made at home. Some of Avid’s most influential and pioneering solutions include Media Composer, Pro Tools®, Interplay®, ISIS®, VENUE, Sibelius®, System 5, and Avid Studio. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit

Avid, Avid DNxHD, Avid Studio, Interplay, ISIS, Media Composer, NewsCutter, Pro Tools, Symphony, and Sibelius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. The Interplay name is used with the permission of the Interplay Entertainment Corp. which bears no responsibility for Avid products. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, 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 DaVinci Emmy™ award winning 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, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check


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Bob Zelin
Re: News: Blackmagic Design Releases Avid DNxHD Public Beta Update for HyperDeck Studio
on Dec 22, 2011 at 2:32:59 am

wow - this changes everything, doesn't it.

Bob Zelin

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Tim Wilson
Re: News: Blackmagic Design Releases Avid DNxHD Public Beta Update for HyperDeck Studio
on Dec 22, 2011 at 4:43:30 pm

It certainly answers your initial objection to HyperDeck that nobody needs an uncompressed recorder.

Isn't that funny? Remember when we were coming up in the 90s and uncompressed was the Holy Grail, because compressed video looked "bad"...well yeah, if it was AVR 27 or something, but not if it was 2:1 DigiBeta. Now, even 2:1 is ridiculous. Who would waste the space and reduce performance by recording as "high" as 2:1? Now it's a race to see who has the best compression!

People like Codex and CineDeck are always going to have a sophisticated feature set with lots of advanced controls, but for somebody who just needs a bucket to pile footage in while they record, you ain't kidding: wow.

Worth noting to the folks who missed it: ARRI Alexa has also released a free software update to enable DNxHD recording.

Avid DNxHD was introduced FOUR YEARS BEFORE ProRes, but took much, much longer to gain traction. Certainly being approved by SMPTE as part of the VC-3 family of standards helped....but hey, Apple, thanks for helping make ProRes irrelevant by shooting FCP in the head!

And now, Blackmagic has done it again: taken a category (at NAB, switchers, last week, standards converters, and now, disk recorders) that was taking its own sweet time to evolve and lit it on fire.

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Bouke Vahl
Re: News: Blackmagic Design Releases Avid DNxHD Public Beta Update for HyperDeck Studio
on Dec 24, 2011 at 3:14:30 pm

I still think it isn't a complete product, since it has no decent audio inputs. So you need an extra embedder, means, more cabling, another box and wall wart.
How hard could it be to equip this thing with an AES and analogue sound input board.

This way i can bring an Avid to record, cheaper and more versitile...

smart tools for video pros

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Fabiano Waewell
Re: News: Blackmagic Design Releases Avid DNxHD Public Beta Update for HyperDeck Studio
on Feb 24, 2012 at 2:15:35 pm

Hi there!
We just received our Hyperdeck studio and we are trying to use it with our smoke and flame stations...

anyone had success with autodesk products?


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