Create photorealistic composites with Blackmagic Design’s Ultimatte 12 models

The company offers new family of four new Ultimatte keyers.

New models of Ultimatte 12 keyers help customers build photorealistic composites and virtual sets in real time. (Source: Business Wire)

Blackmagic Design has announced the availability of four new models of Ultimatte 12 real-time compositing processors: Ultimatte 12 HD Mini, Ultimatte 12 HD, Ultimatte 12 4K, and Ultimatte 12 8K. Blackmagic Design describes Ultimatte 12 as an advanced real-time compositing processor that offers new algorithms and color science to deliver photorealistic composites designed for the next generation of broadcast graphics. It also helps in the previsualization of a film set and lets creators watch the shooting as it is happening.

The improved flare algorithms in Ultimatte 12 can remove green tinting and spill from anything to create true, realistic-looking virtual environments. Ultimatte 12 automatically samples the colors, creates seamless mattes for walls, floors, and other parts of the image, and then applies the necessary corrections.

A description and pricing for the four models are as follows:

  • Ultimatte 12 HD Mini (available now; $495): Specifically designed to let ATEM Mini customers get the benefits of broadcast-quality keying to build innovative fixed-camera virtual sets. The unique Ultimatte 12 HD Mini model has a special feature that allows conversion of SDI camera control to HDMI. This means an ATEM SDI switcher can control an HDMI-connected Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. All ATEM switchers send camera control over SDI, and this Ultimatte model can translate it to HDMI for the camera. By adding a camera number in the Ultimatte utility, users can obtain control of the camera color corrector, tally, and even the remote record trigger.
  • Ultimatte 12 HD (available now; $895): The high-performance 3G-SDI design offers the power to work in HD with sub-pixel processing for an amazing image quality.
  • Ultimatte 12 4K (available now; $2,495): The high-performance 12G-SDI design provides the ability to work in Ultra HD and HD with sub-pixel processing.
  • Ultimatte 12 8K (available now; $6,995): The high-performance Quad Link 12G-SDI design gives users the power to work in HD, Ultra HD, and i8K with sub-pixel processing.

At these new lower prices, all Ultimatte 12 models have the same advanced image processing algorithms and a huge internal color space. This means all models produce identical-quality compositions. The processing automatically generates internal mattes so different parts of the image are processed separately based on the colors in each area. Therefore, a user can get fine-edge detail where it’s needed the most, like on hair, and smoother transitions between colors or other objects in the scene. Everything is handled by new math and sub-pixel processing that’s designed for quality and clarity.

All Ultimatte 12 models include the free Ultimatte Software Control app for Mac and Windows. The main window has menus arranged in sections that perform different functions. The software lets a user control all Ultimatte 12 models without the additional cost of a hardware control panel.