Blackmagic Design – Ultimatte 12

Blackmagic Design

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Blackmagic Design – Ultimatte 12 – BMD-ULTMKEY12


Product Description

Ultimatte 12

The all-new Ultimatte 12 is more than the world’s best keyer, it’s an advanced real-time compositing processor designed for the next generation of broadcast graphics. Ultimatte 12 features entirely new algorithms and color science that deliver true photorealistic composites. You get incredible edge handling, greater color separation, amazing color fidelity and better spill suppression than ever before, even in dark shadow areas or through transparent objects such as windows! The high-performance 12G-SDI design gives you the power to work in Ultra HD and HD with sub-pixel processing for amazing image quality. Imagine presenting the weather, sports, news, and entertainment in a cinematic quality environment, all composited in real time.

Get better control when paired with the Ultimatte Smart Remote 4.

Add augmented reality and virtual environments to any broadcast

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! Ultimatte 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 real transparency that your talent can walk behind! Ultimatte 12 is also perfect for on 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.

Broadcast Quality Keyer

When you’re working live and have 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 these problems with incredible new technology at an affordable price so it’s now possible to add keyers to every camera. That ensures you always get the best possible key! With the power of a dedicated keyer on every camera, Ultimatte 12 is perfect for live broadcast news, weather, sports, virtual studios and more!

Realistic Augmented Reality

Incredible new realistic layer mode for compositing colored "glass look" objects!

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

Automatic scene analysis for incredibly fast keys!

When it comes to live production, you need to work fast. Ultimatte 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

New algorithms and expanded internal color space!

Ultimatte 12 features new, incredibly advanced image processing algorithms and a 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

Faithfully reproduce bright colors that were impossible before!

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

Key and composite images with 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. 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!

Highest Quality Connections

1. Redundant power: Dual independent 110-240V power supplies.

2. USB-C: Quickly update firmware via USB.

3.  Ethernet: Connect Smart Remote 4 or custom control devices.

4. GPI Trigger: Used for remote control of on-air tally indicators.

5.  Keying Sources: 7 SDI inputs and loop outs for background, foreground etc.

6. Program Outputs: SDI connections for the program, fill and matte outputs.

7. Talent Reference: Connect a talent monitor so actors can see their composite.

8. Preview Monitor: SDI outputs for connecting operator monitors.

Dedicated Compositing Inputs

Ultimatte 12 features 7 different input connections with loop outputs that are used to composite different elements together. These include foreground and background, along with holdout and garbage mattes, as well as additional layer inputs for superimposing additional images over the composited image. Ultimatte 12 even lets you use sources that are not synchronized when working with static shots!


SDI Video Inputs

  • 7, plus monitor 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.


  • 5 x GPI In; 1 x GPI Out; 1 x Tally In.
Ultimatte 12


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

Ultra HD Video Standards

  • 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60

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


Software Updates

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


  • Ultimatte IP address is set via the Ultimatte setup utility connected via USB.

Control System

Control Panel Required

  • Ultimatte Smart Remote 4

Power Requirements

Power Supply

  • 2 x Internal 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz

Power Usage

  • 100W

Physical Installation

  • 1 Rack Unit Size

Physical Specifications

Ultimatte 12

Environmental Specifications

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.

What's Included

  • Ultimatte 12 processorSD card contains software and manual


  • 12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

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