Blackmagic Design adds ExFAT Disk Compatibility to HyperDeck Studio and HyperDeck Shuttle

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Blackmagic Design today announced HyperDeck Software Update 3.5, a new software update for it's popular HyperDeck Studio that adds support for the industry standard ExFAT file system so Windows formatted ExFAT disks can simply be inserted for recording and playback. ExFAT is also supported on Mac OS X, so this means disks can be natively mounted on both Windows and Mac OS X without any third party software required.

ExFAT is a Windows based operating file system that features state of the art technology, including large sized disk and file support, wide compatibility and high performance. All modern Windows computers include support for ExFAT and can format disks. In addition, Mac OS X also supports ExFAT disks, so ExFAT formatted disks can be plugged into both Windows and Mac OS X machines without any third party software required.

Support for ExFAT on Blackmagic Design's HyperDeck broadcast recorders is transparent to the user as there is no settings for this feature and the HyperDeck will detect the format of the disk and automatically record and playback from that disk. This means the customer can format disks for ExFAT or HFS+ and mix and match those disks on the same HyperDeck automatically without changing any settings.

This HyperDeck Software Update 3.5 will be available in September 2012 free of charge for all HyperDeck Shuttle, HyperDeck Studio and HyperDeck Studio Pro customers.

HyperDeck Shuttle, HyperDeck Studio and HyperDeck Studio Pro record direct to Solid State Disks, (SSDs) which offer incredibly fast read and write speeds, so they have the high bandwidth required for full SD or HD recording and playback. Unlike tape, or any other broadcast storage device, SSDs are used in regular laptop and desktop computers, so are constantly increasing in size, while purchase prices have been dropping dramatically over the last few years. This means the cost per minute of recording is now much less any any other broadcast format, and getting cheaper every day.

HyperDeck Studio is the perfect solution to replace ageing broadcast decks due to it's higher quality, direct file format compatibility with NLE software, and easy to use deck style design with broadcast desk features. HyperDeck Studio allows recording and playback from SDI and HDMI sources, and includes support for RS-422 deck control. Unlike broadcast decks, HyperDeck Studio can record forever because it includes dual SSD slots. This allows a new blank disk to be inserted while recording, and when the current recording disk is full, HyperDeck Studio will seamlessly continue to record across onto the new blank disk. Disks can be swapped constantly for continuous recording virtually forever!

“This is a very exciting update because it lets our customers use their HyperDeck with Windows computers and there is no need for any third party utility, as ExFAT is native to Windows machines,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “Ever since HyperDeck broadcast recorders were announced we have been asked by customers for better Windows support. We think this new ExFAT support in HyperDeck will be very well received by our broadcast and Hollywood post production customers! And it's a free update!”

HyperDeck Family Features

Record and playback to standard 10-bit uncompressed QuickTime and compressed media files.

Uses high speed off the shelf Solid State Disks (SSDs) available from computer resellers at low cost.

Supports both HFS+ for Mac OS X, and ExFAT for Windows and Mac OS X file systems.

3 Gb/s SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs.

QuickTime and MXF file formats are compatible with Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and more.

Availability and Price

HyperDeck Software Update 3.5 with ExFAT support will be available in September 2012 free of charge from the Blackmagic Design web site for all HyperDeck users. HyperDeck Studio is available now from Blackmagic Design Resellers Worldwide for only US$995 and HyperDeck Shuttle for only US$345.

Press Photography

Product photos of HyperDeck broadcast recorders are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world's highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design's DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company's DaVinci Emmyâ„¢ award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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