Blackmagic Design Debuts New Ultimatte 12 Models at IBC 2022
Blackmagic Design is releasing four new models of Ultimatte 12 real time compositing processors that are all designed for creating the next generation of broadcast graphics at IBC 2022. The four new models—Ultimatte 12 HD Mini, Ultimatte 12 HD, Ultimatte 12 4K, and a massive Ultimatte 12 8K model—allow customers to get an Ultimatte 12 for the television standard they are using.
Blackmagic Design says the new Ultimatte 12 models are “designed at lower cost while retaining the same high quality processing for incredible edge handling, greater color separation, amazing color fidelity and better spill suppression”.
Even at new, lower prices, all Ultimatte 12 models have the same advanced image processing algorithms and a large internal color space, meaning 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. Blackmagic Design says this means customers 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 incredible quality and clarity.
The company also announced a new Ultimatte Software Control app for Mac and Windows that’s available for download free of charge; this software lets users control all Ultimatte 12 models without the additional cost of a hardware control panel. The main window has menus arranged in sections that perform different functions. The interface features a variety buttons and settings, but Blackmagic Design insists it won’t take long to master—and says customers will quickly learn to move between settings instinctively as customers build their composition.
“Ultimatte has been the world’s most powerful broadcast keyer for over 40 years,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design’s CEO. “We’re excited to be able to bring the power of this incredible technology to more customers in HD, Ultra HD and up to 8K with the Ultimatte 12 Generation 2 models. From the Ultimatte 12 HD Mini model up to Ultimatte 12 8K, all models feature the same advanced processing and algorithms for amazing broadcast composites and even cinematic virtual sets. I can’t wait to see what our customers, especially those who are new to keying, can do with the new Ultimatte!”
Ultimatte 12 models will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2022 Stand 7.C49. All new Ultimatte 12 models are available now. The Ultimatte 12 HD Mini will be priced at $495, Ultimatte 12 HD is $895, Ultimatte 12 4K is $2,495 and the Ultimatte 12 8K is $6,995; prices exclude local duties and taxes.