AMSTERDAM — Blackmagic Design introduced Ultimatte 12 at IBC2017, a new realtime hardware compositing processor that’s well suited for broadcast quality keying, adding augmented reality elements into shots, and working with virtual sets. Ultimatte 12 is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for $9,995.
The all new Ultimatte 12 is not only a powerful keyer, it’s also an advanced realtime compositing processor designed for the next generation of broadcast graphics. Ultimatte 12 features entirely new algorithms and color science, powerful edge handling, great color separation, high color fidelity and better spill suppression than before.
The advanced 12G-SDI design gives Ultimatte 12 customers the flexibility to work in HD today and switch to Ultra HD when they are ready. Customers get sub pixel processing for high image quality and textures in both HD and Ultra HD. Plus it’s compatible with most SD, HD and Ultra HD equipment.
Ultimatte 12 can create life like composites and place talent into any scene, working with both fixed cameras and static backgrounds, or automated virtual set systems. Ultimatte 12 is also well suited for on-set pre-visualization in television and film production because it lets actors and directors see the virtual sets they’re interacting with while shooting against a greenscreen.
The new product features one touch keying technology that analyzes a scene and automatically sets over a 100 parameters, so pulling great keys is easy without having to do a lot of extra work. One touch keying is dramatically faster and helps accurately pull a key with minimum effort, leaving operators free to focus on the program with less distractions.
Ultimatte 12 is controlled via Ultimatte Smart Remote 4, which is a touch-screen remote that connects via Ethernet. Up to eight Ultimatte 12 units can be daisy chained together and connected to the same Smart Remote, so customers don’t have worry about adding a video router or hub. Smart Remote 4 features physical buttons for switching and controlling any attached Ultimatte 12. There are also buttons for quickly loading and saving presets, along with a touch screen that provides total control over every parameter. Customers can also create their own custom control solutions because Ultimatte 12 uses a simple, open text based protocol.
“Ultimatte has been the world’s highest quality broadcast keyer for 40 years,” says Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “We’re excited about taking this incredible technology to the next level! Ultimatte 12 is no longer just a simple keyer, it’s an Ultra HD realtime compositing engine designed specifically for the needs of today’s live broadcast, television and film production needs!”
Ultimatte 12 is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for $9,995. Ultimatte Smart Remote 4 is also available now for $3,855.