Write-up of new Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio Mini recorder and playback system


HyperDeck Studio Mini is a miniaturized broadcast deck that’s so compact and portable you can use it anywhere! Even at this incredibly tiny size, you get a professional deck that records and plays back broadcast quality 10-bit video as ProRes files on commonly available SD and UHS-II cards. It’s packed with features like 6G-SDI for working with all formats up to 2160p30, HDMI 2.0 for monitoring, dual SD card slots for non-stop recording and a reference output with built in sync generator that lets you daisy chain and synchronize multiple decks together! The Dual Link 6G-SDI out can even be used to playback 720 and 1080 HD 4:4:4:4 files to separate fill and key outputs! HyperDeck Studio Mini includes industry standard RS-422 deck control, a built in power supply and ethernet with PoE+ for custom control solutions and uploading media via FTP!

HyperDeck Studio Mini is perfect for use as a master program recorder during live multi camera production, or as an ISO recorder from your cameras so you can edit the final program later. HyperDeck Studio Mini is also a powerful clip player for playback directly to air, or even as a client preview deck in a conference room with a large HDMI television. Because you can lock and sync the playback of multiple units together, it’s ideal for high resolution digital signs that use multiple screens. The separate fill and key SDI outputs let you use it to play animated broadcast graphics with an alpha channel for keying over live video with a live production switcher, all in real time!

HyperDeck Studio Mini features dual SD card recorders, professional connections, ethernet, built in power and much more, all miniaturized into an elegant 5.5 inch wide compact and modular design. You can rack mount it using the optional Teranex Mini Rack Shelf and combine it additional modules to create a customized deck! For example, if you need to work with analog material, you can combine it with a Teranex Mini Analog to SDI converter on the input and a Teranex Mini SDI to Analog converter on the output to create an analog deck! To create a deck with eight mirrored outputs, use it with a Teranex Mini SDI Distribution 12G. If you're not using it in a rack, HyperDeck Studio Mini’s elegant design also looks great when used on the desktop. It’s the world’s most sd-card professional deck!

HyperDeck Studio Mini features multi rate 6G-SDI connections so you can connect it to virtually any camera, monitor or SDI router and work with all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p30. You get an SDI input, reference input and two SDI outputs that can be used as dual link or fill and key outputs. The high quality HDMI connection lets you play back to big screen televisions, digital projectors and more! In addition, there’s an RS-422 deck control connection, ethernet for uploading files to it via FTP and a built in 110-240V AC power supply. There’s even an SDK and easy to use ethernet protocol documented in the instruction manual that lets you integrate HyperDeck Studio Mini into your custom systems and software!

HyperDeck Studio Mini features traditional deck style transport controls, including a jog button and shuttle wheel. The integrated high resolution LCD shows timecode and transport information, plus a full color thumbnail preview of the current clip in record or playback. It also displays information about each card’s recording status, along with video format, frame rate information and audio levels, all on the same display! The combination of familiar VTR style controls and the built in LCD screen makes it fast and easy to use!

SD cards are commonly available, inexpensive and extremely reliable, which makes them perfect for use as professional broadcast media storage. Best of all, they’re solid state so unlike disk or tape based systems, you get instantaneous transport ballistics so you never have to wait for media to cue. That means you can play back any frame from any card at any time! HyperDeck Studio Mini records to both regular SD cards and high performance UHS-II cards. You can use standard SD cards for SD and HD video, and UHS-II cards when you want to record in Ultra HD. In addition, SD cards don’t deteriorate over time and are incredibly tiny, so you can create an entire archival library of your content that takes up a fraction of the space required by older types of media!

HyperDeck Studio Mini features dual media slots for non stop recording. When the recording card becomes full, recording automatically continues onto the next card. That means you'll never have to worry about missing an important shot. That’s perfect when you’re recording at longer live events because the cards are also hot swappable, so you can swap out a full card for an empty one while recording continues in the other slot! Each slot has an indicator light that changes color to show status so you’ll instantly know which card is in use. Both recorders use individual internal PCB’s that can be replaced if the slot ever becomes worn out from heavy use. Plus, the second slot is perfect for redundancy so you can get out of trouble in the case of a fault!

Video formats supported: SD includes 525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL; HD includes 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60; Ultra HD includes 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30

Media: 2 x SD for SD, HD and UHD recording. UHS II and able to support ProRes 4444 playback and 422 recording. Can format discs to ExFAT (Windows/Mac) or OS X Extended (Mac) file systems.

Supported Codecs: Apple ProRes 422 HQ QuickTime, ProRes 422 QuickTime, ProRes 422 LT QuickTime, ProRes 422 Proxy QuickTime.

FTP Clients: Cyberduck, Transmit, FileZilla

Built-in Control Panel includes 8 buttons for menu control, 2.2" color display, and a rotary wheel.

Software: Media Express, Disk Speed Test, Blackmagic System Preferences and Blackmagic driver (Mac only).

Displays: Built-in LCD for video, audio and timecode monitoring and menu settings. 2 x LED indicator lights above the SD slots.

What's included: HyperDeck Studio Mini and SD card with software and user manual.

Optional accessory: Teranex Mini Rack Shelf (MSRP $85.00) for mounting up to three HyperDeck Studio Minis.

MRSP of $695.00 . . . contact Matt Drabick at mdrabick@mindspring.com or 919 790 5488 for our best price.