The Blackmagic Design Ultimatte 12 with Smart Remote 4 Bundle is a cost effective HD/SD broadcast quality realtime blue and green screen removal hardware that is used in studios around the world to seamlessly composite reporters and talk show hosts into virtual sets. Ultimatte has been the industry standard hardware and software used to key these people in front of weather maps, stock charts, and other info graphics. In fact, many broadcasters use Ultimatte to place entire news teams, weather reporters, talk show hosts, sports commentators and more into completely virtual sets. Almost every newscaster and weather reporter stands in front of a green or blue screen while delivering the news and weather.
The included Ultimatte Smart Remote 4 is designed for use with Ultimatte-12 system. This Ultimatte Smart Remote 4 controls up to 8 unit id numbers of Ultimatte-12 via Ethernet or up to 8 unit id numbers of Ultimatte-11/Ultimatte-500 via RS485. Its larger display area and adjustable stand, along with brightness controls for both display and button illuminations, makes the operation user-friendly. With "Monitor Out Views" accessible from every menu, Smart Remote 4 provides the fastest and easiest navigation for every operator.
Ultimatte 12 is an excellent alternative to constructing expensive physical sets that will withstand the scrutiny of high definition, the virtual studio has evolved into a realistic alternative to the practical set. High definition video though also presents challenges to the high definition virtual studios. The increased clarity makes it more evident than ever that a virtual set is just that, virtual. The Ultimatte 12 addresses this challenge of the virtual studio with the introduction of a new feature set that transforms a virtual set into a Living Set.
The Ultimatte 12 has been designed to address the needs of virtual studios. With enhanced Matte controls, streamlined Ambiance controls, in addition to complete FG and BG RGB color controls, the Ultimatte 12 "places" the FG subject in the new environment in a very natural and realistic way.
Create life-like composites and place talent into any scene, working with both fixed cameras and static backgrounds, or automated virtual set systems. Imagine presenting the weather, sports, news, and entertainment in a cinematic quality environment, all composited in real time. Perfect for on set pre visualization in television and film production because it lets actors and directors see the virtual sets they’re interacting with while shooting against a green screen.
The system is designed to be affordable, so you can use it on even more cameras to increase production quality. For example, when working on live shoots with multiple cameras shooting from different angles, it’s common for the green or blue screen to suffer from variations. The keyers built into live production switchers use the same keying parameters for all cameras, which complicates keying and image quality because each camera sees the green screen a little differently. Ultimatte 12 eliminates this problem with incredible new technology at an affordable price so it’s now possible to add keyers to every camera for the highest possible quality keys. With the power of a dedicated keyer on every camera, Ultimatte 12 is ideal for live broadcast news, weather, sports, virtual studios and more.
Augmented reality is becoming more and more popular. On-air talent now interacts with glass-like computer-generated charts, graphs, displays and other objects with colored translucency on virtually every broadcast television show. Adding tinted translucent objects is virtually impossible with a traditional keyer and the results customers see on television don’t look realistic. That’s because when blue or green is subtracted out of a semi-transparent tinted object, it changes the object’s original color. Now, with Ultimatte 12, customers get a new “realistic” layer compositing mode that can add tinted objects on top of the foreground image and key them correctly. This means that the object properly transmits the colors seen through it. Talent can even walk behind it and the tinted colors are accurately preserved, making the shot look realistic.
Ultimatte 12 also features one touch keying technology that analyzes a scene and automatically sets over a 100 parameters so pulling great keys is easy without having to do a lot of extra work. Of course, customers still have to ensure the scene is well lit and the cameras are properly white balanced. One touch keying is dramatically faster and helps accurately pull a key with minimum effort, leaving operators free to focus on the program with less distractions, while Ultimatte 12 takes care of the rest.
The incredible new image processing algorithms, huge internal color space, and automatic internal matte generation lets Ultimatte 12 work on different parts of the image separately. It’s like having the power of multiple Ultimatte keyers all working together on the same image. Fine edge detail is preserved where it’s needed the most, like on hair, and transitions between colors or other objects in the scene is completely smooth. Everything is handled by new math and sub pixel processing that’s designed for incredible quality and clarity in both HD and Ultra HD.
When it comes to color handling, Ultimatte 12, has new flare, edge, and transition processing to remove backgrounds, without affecting other colors. The improved flare algorithms can remove green tinting and spill from anything, even dark shadow areas or through transparent objects. This means Ultimatte 12 can retain and faithfully reproduce colors that are impossible on other keyers, such as a bright yellow dress in front of a green screen. Ultimatte 12 delivers crisp clear, photorealistic images with vibrant colors that pop.
Ultimatte 12 is controlled via Ultimatte Smart Remote 4, which is a touch-screen remote that connects via Ethernet. Up to eight Ultimatte 12 units can be daisy-chained together and connected to the same Smart Remote, so you don’t have worry about adding a video router or hub. Smart Remote 4 features physical buttons for switching and controlling any attached Ultimatte 12. There are also buttons for quickly loading and saving presets, along with a touch screen that provides total control over every parameter. You can also create your own custom control solutions because Ultimatte 12 uses a simple, open text based protocol. Simply Telnet into Ultimatte 12, to start developing and testing custom solutions.