Blackmagic Design Announces Video Assist Webcam Update

Blackmagic Design has announced Blackmagic Video Assist 3.3 update which adds webcam support from the USB‑C connection for Blackmagic Video Assist 3G and Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR models. Now customers can connect to computers and stream live video using any major streaming software or platform in full HD resolution 1080p quality. The software is tricked into thinking video assist is a common webcam which works with Open Broadcaster, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Skype, Zoom, Twitch and more. Blackmagic Video Assist 3.3 update also adds audio monitoring channel selection for Blackmagic Video Assist 3G models and XLR audio mapping for Blackmagic Video Assist 7" 3G.


Blackmagic Video Assist is a portable monitor, a professional recorder, a portable scope and a fantastic camera viewfinder solution. Customers can also add better quality record codecs and a larger monitor to any SDI or HDMI camera. The new design has innovations such as 4 built in scopes, enhanced focus assist features, a tally indicator and built in 3D LUTs. The 3G models support formats up to 1080p60 and the 12G HDR models up to 2160p60. The 12G HDR models have a brighter touch screen for shooting HDR digital film and for outdoor shooting in sunlight. Plus the 12G HDR models support Blackmagic RAW recording from supported cameras. Blackmagic Video Assist really is 5 products in one.


Blackmagic Video Assist is so versatile it can be used for hundreds of tasks. It's possible to add it onto the camera rig to get a large screen viewfinder with modern record codecs, focus assist features and 3D LUTS. Video Assist is also an ultra portable scope that lets customers test equipment in broadcast and live production to ensure their video levels are correct and all their gear is working correctly. If users are doing live production then Video Assist is just like a large screen HyperDeck so it can be used as a mastering recorder, or as a clip player for inserting ads or promos into live programs. Customers can even use it as an ISO recorder with each camera having a dedicated monitor and recorder.


With large and bright 5" and 7" touchscreens, Video Assist makes it incredibly easy to frame shots and accurately focus. The touchscreen displays critical information while users are shooting including the timecode, transport control, audio meters and a histogram for exposure. Customers can also customize the LCD to add or remove overlays such as current filename, focus peaking, zebra, false color, frame guides, 3D LUTs and more. 3D LUTs support allows monitoring shots with the desired color and look, plus customers can even "bake in" the LUT if customers want to record it into the file.


Blackmagic Video Assist is an ideal upgrade for cameras, as its bright display is bigger than the tiny displays found on consumer cameras, plus users are also adding professional focus assist features and better quality file formats. Video Assist is also a great solution for professional cameras because customers can use it to upgrade older broadcast cameras to modern file formats used on the latest editing software. Customers get support for all editing software as customers can record in Apple ProRes and Avid DNx. With both HDMI and SDI inputs customers can connect it to any consumer camera, broadcast camera or even DSLR cameras.


Blackmagic Video Assist includes a built in professional audio recorder that’s much better quality than the audio found in most cameras, eliminating the need to carry around extra audio equipment. When working in SDI formats, customers can record 2, 4, 8 or 16 channels of audio. For connecting microphones the 7" models have 2 XLR analog audio inputs with phantom power and high definition audio sample rates of 192 kHz at 16 and 24 bit per sample. The audio meters can even be changed between VU or PPM ballistics.


"Adding webcam support to the USB connection on Blackmagic Video Assist is an extremely powerful update because now you can live stream your shoot to your clients! Imagine using Skype or Zoom to live stream to your clients from a remote location, anywhere in the world!" said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. "Plus, Blackmagic Video Assist is now a powerful streaming interface for connecting SDI and HDMI equipment to computers, as well as built in video monitoring and waveform monitoring! It’s an amazing update and it’s free of charge."


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