Blackmagic’s Video Assist 4K is a More Approachable External Recorder

Posted by on Monday April 25, 2016 | Video


If you’ve been considering an external recorder for your filmmaking needs, but have been put off by the cost and complexity of some of the models on the market today, Blackmagic’s new Video Assist 4K, announced at NAB, might be worth a look.

It features a 7-inch touchscreen display (1900 x 1200) and connects to your camera via either an HDMI or SDI connection. It saves files to a pair of SD cards with an overflow function that automatically transfers recording from one card to another when the first card is maxed out. You’ll be saving a high quality 10-bit 422 file in either ProRes of DNxHD formats. It supports 4K resolutions at 24 or 30 fps.

In addition to video, it can also capture audio from external mics via a pair of mini XLR inputs with phantom power. Since the sound is captured with the video, you won’t have to mess with syncing separate source files in post.

The Video Assist is powered by a pair two standard LP-E6 battery slots that allow hot swapping of batteries while in use, and it can be powered using the 12V DC input. The batteries are discharged serially, so only one is used at a time. When there’s power, the batteries are charged in parallel.

It’s available now for $895.