NAB Show NY: Blackmagic unveils new Ultimatte 12 processors


Blackmagic Design will offer four new models of its Ultimatte 12 real-time compositing processors that are designed at a lower cost while maintaining the company’s processing standard for edge management, better color separation, color fidelity and better spill suppression.

There are four new models, starting with the Ultimatte 12 HD, Ultimatte 12 4K and Ultimatte 12 8K models. This allows users to get an Ultimatte 12 for the television standard they use. The fourth model is a lower cost Ultimatte 12 HD Mini model with HDMI connections priced at just US$495. The Ultimatte 12 HD Mini has been designed to allow ATEM Mini customers to benefit from broadcast-quality keying to create fixed-camera virtual sets.

All Ultimatte 12 models include built-in frame stores so users can use still images for backgrounds, eliminating the cost of external equipment. This means that all composition can be done in the Ultimatte itself.

The company claims that all Ultimatte 12 models, including the Ultimatte 12 HD Mini, have the same advanced image processing algorithms and huge internal color space. This means that all models produce compositions of identical quality. Processing automatically generates internal mattes so that different parts of the image are processed separately based on the colors of each area. This means clients get sharp edge detail where it’s needed and smoother transitions between colors or other objects in the scene. It’s all handled by new math and sub-pixel processing designed for quality and clarity.

The company is also introducing a new Ultimatte Software Control app for Mac and Windows, available as a free download. This software allows the user to control all Ultimatte 12 models without the added cost of a hardware control panel.

Visit Blackmagic Design at booth 703.


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