Blackmagic Updates Video Assist 4K, and Puts It On Sale

Blackmagic Video Assist 4KBy James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Last week, Blackmagic Design updated their camera firmware to open up Bluetooth on the URSA Mini Pro. Since the circuitry was there, we knew it was coming. And with that, they’re turning their attention to the Video Assist external monitor-recorders with a firmware update that’s giving them some cool new features, plus dropping the price so you’ll simply have to have one.

“Video Assist has become an indispensable part of everyone’s production kit. It’s the perfect portable field monitor and recorder, or now its even a portable monitoring and scope solution for broadcast engineers. The addition of fully featured professional scopes makes it even more exciting and useful for customers.” – Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO

Blackmagic Video Assist 4KThe Blackmagic Video Assist 2.5 update carries with it support for professional vector scope, waveform monitoring, RGB Parade and finally, a histogram feature for the Video Assist 4K. The features were showcased at Blackmagic’s presser last April at NAB, and BMD has finally fine-tuned the beta to the point where the update is locked and ready to download.

After updating, shooters can accomplish live production monitoring, conduct a portable test scope out in the field for a live broadcast, and even use the VA4K for color grading using the RGB Parade scope feature. Oh, and it can also record Professional 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes or DNxHD recording up to Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p30. Grab the update here.

Other key features of the Video Assist 4K include:

  1. 7-inch LCD touch screen with 1920 x 1200 high resolution monitor.
  2. Professional 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes or DNxHD recording up to Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p30
  3. Dual high speed UHS-II SDHC card recorders use readily available, inexpensive SD card media.
  4. Dual recorders allow non-stop recording and provide a backup if one fails.
  5. 2 mini XLR connectors with 48V phantom power for connecting microphones.
  6. -128dBV electrical noise floor for high quality audio recording.
  7. LANC connection for remote control.
  8. Auto start/stop recording using HDMI or SDI triggers.
  9. Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input.
  10. Full compatibility with editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid, and Premier Pro.
  11. All in one design, mount to cameras, hold in your hand or set up on a table with the included kickstand.
  12. Includes 6G-SDI input allowing it to be used as an Ultra HD monitor.

Blackmagic-video-assistBlackmagic is so excited about the new Video Assist 2.5 Update, that they’re putting both the 4K model, and the 5-inch  HD Video Assist on sale for the summer, or while supplies last. Sale price for the Video Assist 4K is $595, while the HD Video Assist is $200 less. That makes it an ideal production field monitor for shooting on location on a budget.

Key features of the 5-inch HD model include:

  1. LCD touch screen with 1080p high resolution monitor.
  2. Professional 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD recording in HD.
  3. Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input.
  4. Full compatibility with editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid, and Premiere Pro.
  5. All in one design, mount to cameras, hold in your hand or set up on a table with the included kickstand.
  6. Includes 6G-SDI input with downconverter allowing it to be used as an Ultra HD monitor.

I’ve reviewed both models (here and here), and found them to be extremely easy to set up and use, and thanks to the SD card slot, you can set up one, and then save your settings to apply them to other monitors you have in your kit. Or you can have select settings for cinema, broadcast, weddings, etc., and then just apply them on the fly.

Can’t beat the price right now, and those new features make it a steal. Buy the 7-inch Video Assist here, and the 5-inch Video Assist here [affiliate links].

 

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