The Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio 4K Pro is an updated 1 RU file-based deck that features the same functionality and control of professional tape decks in a digital design. This model updates the previous HyperDeck Studio models with several features including 12G-SDI support, two added SD card slots, USB Type-C recording output, timecode input and output, Ref input and output, a redesigned jog/shuttle wheel, 10G Ethernet, and a speaker on the front. The Studio 4K Pro records uncompressed video with 10-bit 4:2:2 color using either ProRes or DNxHD codecs, as well as the H.264 and H.265 compression formats. With two SSD slots and two SD card slots, you can record almost endlessly as one SSD becomes full, recording automatically continues on to the other, and the SD card slots are also hot-swappable. The Studio 4K Pro features one 12G-SDI input, two 12G-SDI outputs, a loop-through 12G-SDI output, a dedicated SDI monitor output, and there's also one HDMI input and one HDMI output that can all output up to DCI 4K. The 4K Pro can even play ProRes 4444 files in true UHD for fill and key outputs. The ports autodetect the signal and will adjust to the SD, HD, 6G-SDI, or 12G-SDI format input. The 3-pin XLR timecode input and output allow you to sync timecode with other devices, and it also allows you to daisy-chain with other devices to create a timecode sync chain. The Studio 4K Pro is a 1 RU rack-mountable unit, with built-in rack mount ears. It features illuminated front panel button control and a heavy jog/shuttle wheel for analog scrubbing. RS-422 control is supported for external control using the Ref input and output ports. The USB Type-C port allows you to record to external disks, and you can also use it to plug into a computer to use as a source for a web stream. An integrated LCD on the front panel allows you to monitor the video and display timecode and transport information.
The new HyperDeck Studio recorders have been totally redesigned with dozens of new features. The advanced models have new broadcast-style front panel controls and more connections on the rear panel. The LCD screen supports both light and dark modes, plus the transport control buttons are stronger with a firm professional feel. The Pro models feature a machined metal search dial with increased mass and a soft rubber surface that feels nice to the touch. Plus the search dial features an active clutch, just like a traditional broadcast dec. With dual media slots, you can change cards without interrupting recording. The advanced models even include a front headphone connection and speaker. All models record to H.264, ProRes, and DNx files, so are perfect for recording broadcast masters, plus the 4K model adds H.265 when recording to UHD files. You can even use PCM or AAC audio. You get everything you need to send shows to broadcasters and for uploading to YouTube. All models feature timecode and reference generators, with outputs to loop to other HyperDecks. This means you can build a rack of HyperDeck Studios for ISO camera recording, allowing multi-cam editing after live events. You can even sync cameras to the SDI output and the SDI input has frame sync. HyperDeck Studio is perfect for digital signage as all models have HDMI output for connecting to large screen TVs and projectors. The built-in sync generator lets you combine multiple HyperDecks for large multiscreen video walls. There's even FTP for file upload and a protocol for remote control.
HyperDeck Studio supports all SD and HD standards so it's ideal for archiving old television shows from broadcast decks such as Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, 1", U-matic, and VHS. You can even record directly to H.264 to maximize storage. For analog decks, just add a Mini Converter Analog to SDI. HyperDeck Studio features traditional deck-style transport controls, including a search dial for jog, shuttle, and scroll. The compact 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 LCD includes monitoring for video, plus audio level meters, selectable between technically accurate VU or PPM ballistics. The combination of familiar VTR style controls with the built-in LCD screen makes HyperDeck Studio incredibly fast to use and very easy to learn. HyperDeck Studio includes a traditional broadcast-style control panel that's very fast to use. Simply press the record button and you instantly start recording the video input to a file. You can also change the record file format from the menu. There are transport control buttons for playback, rewind, fast forward, previous clip, next clip, and more. The Pro models have a machined metal search dial that supports shuttle, jog, and scroll so you can find clips fast. Any button pressed on the front panel is sent to the rear RS-422 remote output for looping control to multiple HyperDecks. The Plus and Pro models also include a front panel speaker and headphone socket for live audio monitoring.
All HyperDeck Studio models support recording to common SD cards and UHS-II cards so you don't need expensive custom media. However, the Pro models also add two SSD slots so you can use two different types of media. SD cards and SSDs are the perfect choices for broadcast media because they are small and very affordable. When using H.264, the files are so incredibly small you get very long recordings even on smaller low-cost cards. Plus, you can even record to external USB disks. With H.265, you can record up to 58 hours in 2160p60 Ultra HD or up to 157 hours of H.264 recording in 1080p59.94 on a 1TB card. That's over 6 days of recording in HD using a single 1TB card. All HyperDeck Studio models feature dual media slots for nonstop recording. When the recording card becomes full, recording automatically continues onto the next card. That's perfect when recording long live events because you can "hot swap" a full card for an empty card while recording continues in the other slot. Each slot has a status indicator to show which card is being used, either red for record or green for playback. Plus all models now feature very long file recordings to a single file for easy file distribution. HyperDeck Studio is easily repairable with each card slot using an individual PCB assembly that can be replaced if it ever becomes worn out from heavy use.
If recording to other types of media is required, the USB Type-C expansion port lets you plug in an external flash disk for recording. USB Type-C flash disks have unlimited capacity because they can be physically larger than an SD card or SSD. Plus, it's even possible to record to a disk array you'll use for editing, so you don't need to waste time copying files before starting post-production. Just move the disk over to a computer and instantly start editing. You can even add a Blackmagic MultiDock 10G that has 4 separate SSD media slots, so you can add compatibility with SSD media to the HyperDeck Studio Mini and Plus models. There are also menus for managing external disks on the built-in LCD. HyperDeck supports the most popular codecs in use today. All models include DNx and ProRes file formats. However, all models also include H.264 in quality levels up to full 10 bit 4:2:2 when recording in NTSC, PAL, 720p, 1080p, and true 1080i interlaced formats. While the 4K model adds H.265 when recording in Ultra HD. That means you get tight 60:1 to 285:1 compression ratios for very small files at full broadcast quality. Plus you can choose uncompressed PCM audio, or even AAC audio when uploading files to YouTube. All models support both ExFAT and HFS+ disk formats and long-duration single file recordings. The Plus and Pro models even support ProRes 4444 allowing fill and key playback.
In the Box
- 1 RU File-Based Video Recorder
- Uncompressed & H.264/H.265 10-Bit 4:2:2
- Records Compressed in ProRes / DNxHD
- 1 x 12G-SDI Input, 2 x 12G-SDI Outputs
- 2 x 2.5" SSD Slots & 2 x SD Card Slots
- 1 x HDMI Input, 1 HDMI Output
- 1 x SDI Loop Output, 1 x USB Type-C Out
- Speaker, Remote, 10G Ethernet Port
- Front-Panel Buttons, Jog Wheel, LCD
- Timecode, Reference & RS-422 In/Out
- Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio 4K Pro
- Limited 1-Year Warranty