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Blackmagic Video Assist 3G 5-inch and 7-inch Announced

The new Video Assist 3G monitor/recorders start at $495

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Images by Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design has announced new and more affordable Blackmagic Video Assist 3G monitor/recorders. 

Just like the 12G HDR versions, the company is offering two models in the same form factor – one with a 5-inch display and another with a larger 7-inch display. Furthermore, the new Video Assist 3G models are basically stripped-down, more budget-friendly versions of the 12G HDR Video Assist.

The new models were announced during the Blackmagic Camera Update live stream event yesterday. Of course, the big news is the 12K URSA Mini Pro, which you can explore further in our post here.

More Affordable, But Less Features

And as such, in order to keep the cost lower, Blackamgic Design engineers have had to remove some features. The new models loose the 12G connectivity, are limited to 1080p60 recording in ProRes/DNx, and also there is no Blackmagic RAW option. In addition, the displays are not HDR, making them more power efficient.

The new models also do not have a USB port for external recording to a hard drive. However, you can still record on SD cards; the 7-inch mode has 2 x SD card slots, while the smaller unit gets a single card slot.

However, the new Video Assist 3G models feature the same excellent built in scopes, and monitoring tools you have in the 12G versions. 

Blackmagic Video Assist 3G Features

  • Touchscreen Display 1920 x 1080 (5-inch and 7 inch)
    • 300 nits brightness – 5 inch model
    • 310 nits on the 7-inch
  • Records onto SD cards:
    • 5-inch Video Assist 3G has 1 x UHS-I slot
    • 7-inch Video Assist 3G has 2 x UHS-I slots
  • Recording codecs:
    • 1080p/60 maximum frame rate/resolution
    • ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy, 
    • DNxHD 220x, DNxHD 145, 
    • DNxHD 45, DNxHD 220x MXF, 
    • DNxHD 145 MXF, DNxHD 45 MXF.
  • 2 x Mini BNC SDI on 5-inch
  • 2 x Full BNC SDI In/Out on 7-inch
  • 3G-SDI and HDMI I/O
  • Built in scopes include waveform, vector, parade and histogram.
  • 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.
  • Professional multi channel digital and analog audio:
    • 2 x mini XLR on 7-inch
  • Localized for 11 popular international languages.
  • Works with popular NLE software such as DaVinci Resolve.
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Images by Blackmagic Design

Familiar Design and Functionality

As with the other Video Assist models in the range, the new 3G versions have touchscreen displays providing full control for recording, playback of clips, viewing scopes and setting focus assist features.

The 7-inch model also includes analog inputs for audio and 2 x SD card slots allowing for continuous recording, with automatic recording to the second card. Both models include a rear tally light, a front panel speaker for clip playback and a headphone jack. Video Assist uses Sony L-Series batteries, and with 2 battery slots, customers can change batteries without interrupting recording.

Full Set of Monitoring Tools and 3D LUT Support

Those familiar with the Video Assist family know how awesome the touchscreen displays are. The user interface is easy to understand and displays everything you need from timecode, transport controls, audio meters and a histogram for exposure. 

Furthermore, the Video Assist 3G’s touchscreen display can be customized to add or remove overlays such as current filename, focus peaking, zebra, false color, frame guides, 3D LUTs and more.

Moreover, Blackamgic Video Assist 3G works with industry standard 17 and 33 point 3D LUT files, or alternatively you can work with the built in LUTs such as Extended Video, Film to Video and more.

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Images by Blackmagic Design

Up to 16 Channels of Audio

Blackmagic Video Assist includes a built in professional audio recorder that’s much better quality than the audio found in most cameras. Furthermore, working in SDI formats, users can record 2, 4, 8 or 16 channels of audio.

However, it is worth to note that only the 7″ models has 2 XLR mini analog audio inputs. However, Blackmagic Design has an adapter cable from mini XLR to full (or you can use a 3rd party cable adapter of course). The audio input supports phantom power and high definition audio sample rates of 192 kHz at 16 and 24 bit per sample. 

Pricing and Availability

Blackmagic Video Assist 3G is now shipping at $495 USD for the 5-inch model, and $695 for the 7-inch version. 

Explore the Video Assist family over at Blackmagic Design here.

Learn all about the new URSA Mini Pro 12K here!

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