Video Assist 4K
- Blackmagic Design
Video Assist 4K is an integrated monitor and recorder designed as an essential tool in the workflows of professional film, commercial and documentary production. For $895, it is an affordable platform for recording and assessment of cinema-quality Ultra HD footage, expanding the potential of cinema cameras, DSLRs and tape-based camcorders.
Using high quality lenses the latest DSLRs are capable of producing high-end stills, but the quality of video they record is limited by heavily compressed output formats. Used on a range of TV productions such as ABC’s ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’, Video Assist takes HDMI signals directly from the camera, bypassing the DSLR’s compression to record professional broadcast quality Ultra HD video. By expanding the monitoring and recording capabilities of compact cinema cameras, DSLRs and even older tape-based camcorders, Video Assist enables creative teams and individuals to leverage existing production equipment to produce professional content for cinema and live broadcast.
High capital investment is one of the primary barriers for independent filmmakers and local broadcasters looking to produce high quality video content. For under $900, Video Assist provides an affordable means of recording and assessing cinematic quality Ultra HD footage. Powered by two consumer DSLR batteries in remote applications and recording faultless Ultra HD video footage to fast, inexpensive standard SD cards, Video Assist negates the need for further investment in high-end camera equipment and bulky, expensive storage media.
In unforgiving locations and hectic film sets, resilience is key. Video Assist 4K’s no-fuss, minimal enclosure is CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminium, free of all but essential details for optimal performance and reliability. Highly compact, it balances tactical durability with portability, requiring little more than off-the-shelf DSLR batteries for continuous use in the harshest of locations.
Video Assist 4K’s rational design ensures distraction-free, accurate monitoring and easy adjustment of critical settings on its intuitive HD touchscreen. A non-slip TPE rear and flip-out stand enable multiple desk mounted orientations, while stainless steel threads provide secure mounting on cameras and tripods.
The ability of camera operators to correctly capture a scene with sharp focus and immersive composition is critical to the success of any professional production. This can be problematic with compact cameras and DSLRs whose small, low resolution displays are difficult to confidently monitor and interrogate.
Video Assist 4K’s vivid 7” touchscreen monitor is significantly larger and sharper than typical DSLR displays, allowing far more accurate evaluation of framing and focus. With a 135° viewing angle, it is also ideal for large crews, with an auto-rotate feature to ensure correct orientation no matter how it is mounted.
In demanding production environments, fail-safe camera control and quick information access is critical. Video Assist 4K’s approachable GUI ensures an intuitive, reliable experience for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Gestural control allows fingertip manipulation of camera information, setting adjustments and evaluation of audio and video levels. Elegant, semi-transparent overlays provide comprehensive diagnostic information without distracting from the shot, while on-screen brightness control addresses the obvious challenges of indoor vs outdoor usage.