08 Feb 2016

Blackmagic releases new 1.2 Video Assist firmware

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Blackmagic announced a firmware update that brings Avid DnxHD to the package, along with some useful workflow tweaks.

Blackmagic has been hard at work, improving and adding features to its Video Assist monitor/recorder system. While the system itself was already very good value for money, as we suspected, BMD was not going remain idle, releasing a new 1.2 version of the firmware this week.

Inclusion of the Avid DNxHD codec is sure bring joy to many PC and Avid users. This was missing from release and was a bone of contention for some. Its quick release into this new firmware will be reassuring to many.

In addition, there is an extended zebra range and the ability to see how much recording time is left on the current SD card. There is also a new clip playback information panel. These are small, but very welcome changes.

One of the most useful new features of the firmware update is the ability to trigger the recording over HDMI. Such a feature will make using the device less convoluted.

All-in-all, this seems to be an incremental, yet highly useful firmware update. It will be interesting to see how far BMD take things in the future – LUT capabilities perhaps, even if just to allow a correction for the BMD cameras log gamma modes? I await with interest.

The new firmware can be downloaded over on the Blackmagic website HERE.


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Simon Wyndham

Simon Wyndham is a professional cameraman of over 15 years, video editor, and all round on set grunt. With a background in indy feature making, when he isn't producing bread and butter corporate videos he can be found hucking the gnar on rivers whitewater kayaking and adventure sports filming.  (Website: http:// www.5ep.co.uk)

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