IBC Tech Review: Blackmagic DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K

Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini
Neal Romanek
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September 23rd 2016 at 10:23AM : By Neal Romanek

The new DeckLink Mini Monitor and Mini Recorder PCIe include the features of Blackmagic's HD models with new Ultra HD and HDR features

Blackmagic Design released its new DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K PCIe at IBC2016. The two new capture cards include all the features of the HD models but also now include Ultra HD and HDR (high dynamic range) features.

The new cards both models support all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p30. DeckLink Mini 4K models are available from Blackmagic Design resellers for $195 each.

The new DeckLink Mini 4K models are low profile four lane generation 2 PCI Express cards that include 6G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a connections. The connections support broadcast quality 10-bit YUV and 12-bit RGB video, along with the latest Rec. 2020 color and support for high dynamic range (HDR) formats and HDR metadata. Both DeckLink Mini 4K models are compatible with the Blackmagic Desktop Video SDK.

DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K delivers SDI and HDMI monitoring and playback in all formats up to 2160p30 abnd also features support for HDR playback. It lets customers capture broadcast quality video directly from SDI and HDMI sources like decks and cameras to their computer.

Both models work with uncompressed and compressed video in open standard file formats such as QuickTime and DPX and are compatible with virtually all professional editing, color correction and visual effects software. 

Both DeckLink Mini 4K models also include both a full height and a half height PCI shield so the user can install into either a standard computer PCIe slot or into systems with low profile slots such as rack mount server style computers.

“Customers have been asking for an Ultra HD version of our incredibly popular DeckLink Mini Monitor and Recorder cards,” said Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty. “We are very excited that we’ve been able to add Ultra HD as well as high dynamic range support in our popular PCIe cards. Now customers can work with the latest equipment more affordably than ever before, which means that it’s possible for every editing and color correction workstation to monitor or record Ultra HD and even HDR!”