Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle HD

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle HD

The Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle HD is a new desktop recorder/player for ATEM Mini switchers that includes H.264, ProRes and DNx video formats.

There is a large search dial for scrolling through lots of media to find the clip you want to play. You also get support for ProRes, DNx and H.264 files in NTSC, PAL, 720p and 1080p video formats. The HDMI connections allow connection to switchers, cameras and monitors. Plus SD cards, UHS-II cards and USB-C external disks can be used for recording and playing media. HyperDeck Shuttle HD uses the same design as ATEM Mini Extreme, so it’s a perfect combination to use as a media player. It even features a built-in teleprompter which looks interesting.

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The HyperDeck Shuttle also supports recording to common SD cards and UHS-II cards so you don’t need to use expensive custom media. You also have the option to record to external USB disks.

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When using USB disks, if you use a USB hub, or Blackmagic MultiDock, you can even record on multiple disks for nonstop recording. When using H.264, the files are so nice and small so you get very long recordings even on smaller low-cost cards. This means you can record up to 157 hours of H.264 in 1080p59.94 on a 1 TB card. That’s over 6 days of recording in HD using a single 1 TB card.

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If you are required to record to other types of media, the USB-C expansion port lets you plug in an external flash disk for recording. You can even add a Blackmagic MultiDock 10G that has 4 separate SSD media slots, so you can add compatibility with SSD media to the HyperDeck Shuttle. There are also options for managing external disks in the settings menu.

Built-In Teleprompter

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With the large search dial, you can use the HyperDeck Shuttle HD as a teleprompter. All you need to do is select the teleprompter in the record menu and it will read standard RTF text files as scripts. You don’t need weird custom software as scripts can be written in simple text editors such as TextEdit. You can move between multiple scripts with the previous and next clip buttons. If you press both jog and scroll buttons, you can live scroll the script like a traditional teleprompter. What is nice is that the size, color, font, weight, and alignment will be read from the RTF script file. Best of all, you can write your scripts in standard 12-point size and HyperDeck will scale them up for the prompter display automatically.

Network File Transfers

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HyperDeck Shuttle allows media files to be uploaded remotely, using FTP client software. With 1G Ethernet built into the HyperDeck Shuttle, file transfers are claimed to be fast. For remote deck control, all models use an easy-to-learn text-based protocol, so you can use a simple terminal app like Telnet to test control commands. Simply log into the HyperDeck and then type “play” or “record” and it will execute the command. If you combine the control protocol and file transfers with a HyperDeck connected to a large USB-C disk array, you get a broadcast server for ingest, media management and play out.

Price & Availability

The Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle HD is now shipping for $495 USD.

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