Blackmagic Design Ultimatte 12

Blackmagic Design Ultimatte 12

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Blackmagic Design Ultimatte 12

  • Real-Time Compositing for Live-Action
  • 4 x SD/HD SDI Inputs with Loop Through
  • 4:4:4:4 Internal Image Processing
  • Spill Suppression Tools
  • Edge Artifact Controls
  • Ambiance Controls
  • Matte Correction and Sizing

The Blackmagic Design Ultimatte 12 is an advanced real-time compositing processor designed for keying live-action video with next-generation broadcast graphics, virtual sets, and more. Ultimate 12 features new algorithms and color science, incredible edge handling and color separation, amazing color fidelity, and better spill suppression than ever before. The high-performance 12G-SDI design gives you the power to work in Ultra HD and HD with sub pixel processing for amazing images.


Ultimatte 12 Features:

  • Real-Time Compositing for Live-Action
  • Use with Broadcast Graphics Virtual Sets
  • 4 x SD/HD SDI Inputs with Loop Through
  • 4:4:4:4 Internal Image Processing
  • Better Color Fidelity, Spill Suppression
  • Work in Ultra HD & HD with Sub Pixels
  • USB-C Software Updates, IP Configure
  • One Rack Size Unit
  • Realtime Chroma Keyer
  • Spill Suppression Tools
  • Edge Artifact Controls
  • Ambiance Controls
  • Matte Correction and Sizing

Live Broadcast, Television and Film Production
Whether you’re working in broadcast news, sports, traditional television and film production, or even magazine style entertainment programming, Ultimatte 12 has the quality for incredibly life-like composites that place your talent into any scene. The Ultimate 12 can work with both fixed cameras and static backgrounds, or automated virtual set systems. You can also use Ultimatte 12 to layer computer generated augmented reality objects into a scene, complete with realistic transparency that your talent can walk behind! Ultimate 12 is also perfect for set pre visualization in television and film production because it lets actors and directors see the virtual sets while they’re shooting against a green screen.

Realistic Augmented Reality
Adding translucent objects, such as colored or tinted glass and computer graphics, is virtually impossible with a traditional keyer. That’s because you can’t subtract a blue or green screen out of a semi-transparent colored object without changing the object’s original color. Now, with Ultimatte 12, you get a revolutionary new “realistic” layer compositing mode that lets you add tinted objects on top of the foreground image for a whole new generation of realistic translucent glass look broadcast graphics. This means that when you look through the object or your talent walks behind it, the tinted colors are accurately preserved, making the shot look completely realistic.

One-Touch Keying
When it comes to live production, you need to work fast. The Ultimate 12 features one-touch keying technology that analyzes a scene and automatically sets over 100 parameters so you get great keys without having to do a lot of extra work! The first step is to ensure your scene is well lit and that the cameras are properly white balanced, then you simply activate the auto key and Ultimatte will do all the work for you! One-touch keying is dramatically faster and helps you accurately pull a key with minimum effort. That leaves your operators free to focus on the overall program with fewer distractions, while Ultimatte 12 takes care of the rest.

Advanced Image Processing
The Ultimatte 12 features new, incredibly advanced image processing algorithms and huge internal color space. It automatically generates internal mattes so different parts of the image can be processed separately based on the colors in each area. It’s like having the power of multiple Ultimatte keyers all working together on the same image! You 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 in both HD and Ultra HD.

Incredible Color Fidelity
With Ultimatte 12, you get new advanced flare, edge, and transition processing so you can remove the background, without affecting the colors you want to keep! What this means is you’ll be able to 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 is smart enough to isolate and treat different parts of the image separately, while also keeping the color transitions between areas smooth. You get the highest quality compositing, so the final output looks photorealistic. Unlike other keyers, Ultimatte 12 delivers crisp clear images with vibrant colors that pop.

Shadows and Transparency
The improved flare algorithms in Ultimatte 12 can remove green tinting and spill from anything, which is one of the reasons why Ultimatte 12 creates true, realistic looking virtual environments! That also means you don’t have to worry about shadows or transparent objects with reflections. The Ultimatte 12 automatically samples the colors, creates seamless mattes for walls, floors, and other parts of the image, and then applies the necessary corrections. Shadows are properly mapped and composited onto the new background, the spill is removed, and transparent objects are handled with perfection.

In the box

Blackmagic Design Ultimatte 12  

SD card contains software and manual

Limited 1-year warranty

SDI Video Inputs 7, plus monitor in
SDI Video Outputs 9
SDI Video Loop 7 x reclocked SD, HD, Ultra HD for corresponding inputs.
SDI Rates 270Mb, 1.5G, 3G, 6G, 12G multi rate support
Reference Input

Tri-Sync or Black Burst

Reference Loop Output Tri-Sync or Black Burst
Control Panel Connection Ethernet supports 10/100Mbps. Allows direct connection between Ultimatte 12 and Ultimatte Smart Remote 4.
GPIO 5 x GPI In; 1 x GPI Out; 1 x Tally In.
Video Format  
SD Video Standards

625i50 PAL, 525i59.94 NTSC

HD Video Standards 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50,1080p59.94, 1080p60
1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60
SDI Compliance SMPTE 259, SMPTE 292, SMPTE 424, SMPTE 2081, SMPTE 2082
Video Sampling 4:2:2
Color Precision 10-bit
Color Space REC 601, REC 709, REC 2020
Software Updates

Using USB-C connection directly connected to Mac™ or Windows™ computers.

Configuration Ultimatte IP address is set via the Ultimatte setup utility connected via USB.
Control System  
Control Panel Required

Ultimatte Smart Remote 4

Custom Control Ethernet protocol included in the Ultimatte instruction manual.
Power Supply

2 x Internal 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz

Power Usage 100W
Physical Installation 1 Rack Unit Size
Dimensions ( l x w x h)

19.0 x 9.25 x 1.73"


Operating Temperature: 0° to: 40°C (32° to 104°F)

Storage Temperature: -20° to: 60°C (-4° to 140°F)

Relative Humidity: 0% to 90% non-condensing


5.84 lb

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