The Blackmagic Duplicator 4K features 25 SD card slots along the front panel with record controls located on the right hand side. There is also an LCD for monitoring input video and audio levels. On the back panel there’s a 12G-SDI input, with loop thru output, plus power and remote connections. The remote out lets you daisy chain duplicators so you can keep adding extra capacity and start them all recording at the same time.
The Blackmagic Duplicator 4K is packed with powerful features such as its H.265 hardware encoder. Ultra HD has 4 times as many pixels than HD, so if you try and use the older H.264 compression format, the files would become 4 times as large and the storage cost would be much more. To deal with the higher resolutions of Ultra HD video, the new H.265 compression was developed specifically for Ultra HD distribution.
What this means is that we can save Ultra HD, even at high frame rates, into files that are not much bigger than HD files in H.264. The SDI connections on the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K are the latest 12G-SDI so the duplicator supports recording into all SD, HD or Ultra HD formats and even high frame rate Ultra HD up to 2160p60. But to help with compatibility we are also working on adding a H.264 codec into the duplicator for HD and that will be available later in the year as a software update.
Another powerful feature is the append record feature lets you start recording onto the end of the previous recording so customers get a single file thats easy to watch. Append record is vital to make sure you don’t pass customers a mess of separate recordings. Instead they get one nice single media file.
The SD cards are very thin so each duplicator can fit more of them across the front panel, plus you can make them look professional to customers by presenting them in a printed wallet. SD cards are very compatible as virtually all modern computers have SD card storage slots built in.
The Blackmagic Duplicator 4K is available today for $1,995.