The team over at Blackmagic Design must read our blog, because less than a month after my HyperDeck Shuttle video, they’ve announced a new mounting plate that’s admittedly a bit more elegant than using dual lock. Offering multiple 1/4″ 20 and 3/8″ 16 threads, the mounting plate is also threaded for Anton Bauer Gold Mount and V-Lock style battery plates and is machined to match the contours of the HyperDeck Shuttle perfectly. Expected to ship early Q4, the mount plate will retail for $99.
Blackmagic has also announced a new line of heavy-duty mini converters that supplement the existing Mini Converter line. Made from a solid block of aluminum with recessed connectors, the new heavy-duty Mini Converters are so tough that Blackmagic thought it’d be fit to test them by running them over with a 54-ton tank (click for video). There are currently four Mini Converter Heavy Duty models available – the Analog to SDI, SDI to Analog, HDMI to SDI, and SDI to HDMI. The heavy-duty adaptors have started to ship now and have an MSRP of $595.
We currently use a SmartView Duo in our New York Learning Lab, so we were particularly excited to see the SmartView HD, a rack mountable 17″ LCD monitor. With a 3G/HD-SDI input and output, the SmartView is designed to be controlled via ethernet using the included Mac or PC software, so there are no external controls or access panels. Three different tally light colors can be selected, which makes this a great option for multi-monitor or control room installations. The SmartView HD will be available in Q4 2011 with an MSRP of $895.
Adding to their Thunderbolt product portfolio, Blackmagic has revealed the Intensity Extreme capture and playback device. With HDMI and component video input and output, the Intensity Extreme is a cost-effective capture or monitor solution for those with a Thunderbolt capable machine. There’s only one Thunderbolt port, so this will have to be the last device on your Thunderbolt chain. The Intensity Extreme will be available Q4 with an MSRP of $299.
For more IBC announcements, visit Blackmagic’s press page.