The update, available for download from the Blackmagic Design web site, lets customers take advantage of Blackmagic RAW workflows and allows improved quality in the post production process.
Blackmagic Design has announced Blackmagic Video Assist 3.1 and Blackmagic RAW 1.7 which add support for Blackmagic RAW recording from Panasonic EVA1 and Canon C300 MK II cameras on the new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G models.
Blackmagic Video Assist 3.1 also adds support for metadata entry allowing shots to be logged and tagged on set for better management of media for large productions.
The new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR adds professional monitoring and recording to any SDI or HDMI camera in all HD, Ultra HD, 2K and 4K DCI formats. The new improved design includes innovations such as brighter screens for HDR work, tally indicator, 4 built-in scopes, enhanced focus assist features, 3D LUTs and native Blackmagic RAW recording from supported cameras. With 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 on both 5″ and 7″ models, customers get support for recording from virtually any device in all formats up to 2160p60.
The new design also features upgraded batteries and supports two standard Sony L-Series batteries.
Video Assist records using standard open file formats so customers don’t have to waste time transcoding media. Recording works in industry-standard 10-bit ProRes or DNx files in all formats and from all HDMI or SDI cameras, as well as 12-bit Blackmagic RAW when connected to supported cameras.
Blackmagic RAW is a new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from cameras. Video Assist supports Blackmagic RAW recording from popular cameras such as Panasonic EVA1 and Canon C300 MK II.
This aims to eliminate the problems with camera formats such as H.264, which are highly compressed resulting in noise and processing artefacts. It also saves camera settings and digital slate information as metadata, giving customers greater control of colour and exposure during editing, all without any loss of quality.
Blackmagic RAW files are also small and fast to use making them easy to work with. Only Blackmagic RAW gives customers the highest quality, smallest files and fastest performance.
Commenting on the new releases, Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO, said: “The new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G monitors and recorders are very popular and have become a great way to upgrade the monitoring and recording quality from a wide range of cameras. This new Blackmagic RAW recording feature will be welcomed by customers and will dramatically improve the quality of these cameras. We think it will also greatly assist the post production pipeline when used with editing and colour correction in DaVinci Resolve.”