Currently Vuo can capture live video from some (or all?) BlackMagic devices using QuickTime. Adding direct support via the BlackMagic API may help reduce latency.

QC equivalent: 

Kineme VideoTools


Notes from Team Vuo

Vuo Pro: 

Yes — requires a Vuo Pro license


●●○○ — A few weeks of work


●○○ — Appeals to current community

Implemented in Vuo version: 


Does anybody know if QT Video

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Does anybody know if QT Video method Steve referred to brings the miniRecorder signal in? I have one and am about to buy a second device, prob another miniRecorder.

Apart from latency how would a native node help? Settings and config? I have votes ready to release on this if it's a significant improvement or needed.

The BlackSyphon read-me suggests that CPU use is reduced with hard coding thereby avoiding QT method. This feature would provide more functionality for compiled apps too i guess.

By the way, I don't remember

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I've had reasonable success with the Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder using the native "Receive Live Video" node. In testing it had 5frame of latency for a 29.97fps clip (so 167ish ms of latency), that was at 1080p over HDMI, not sure if SDI would be faster.

A native Blackmagic node might be nice if it could reduce it to 1-2frames.

Yay implementation!

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Yay implementation!

I now have two Ultrastudio Minirecorders Jaymie and one issue with them in mimoLive is that they don't have any MAC address or UUID far as I/Bonix know. So when you reopen a mimoLive file the Source assignments to each Minirecorder are essentially random. It's not ideal, as you have to go into the Sources tab in mimoLive and reassign them if they loaded in the wrong order.

It could be worth mentioning this fact to BlackMagic Design if you correspond with them. i.e. adding something in the Ultrastudio/Minirecorder Firmware to make them have a unique ID that Vuo can identify in the node and so find again if something drops out or the composition is restarted. Prob BMD will take more notice if it comes from Kosada than me!

Also Bonix say two is the limit of MiniRecorders you can use on one Mac, be interesting to get confirmation that this true (or just a mimoLive thing).

Greetings, people interested

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Greetings, people interested in Blackmagic. We're testing a small release that includes a new Blackmagic node set for capture and playback. Would you like to help test?

We're continuing to work on the next major release with a massive heap o' features, but wanted to make some fixes and improvements available to the community sooner. Hence this small release, Vuo 1.2.7. After several days of testing this 1.2.7 alpha version, and fixing whatever issues are found, we'll be releasing 1.2.7 for real.

If you have a Blackmagic device, it would be incredibly helpful to us and others in the community if you could test the new nodes! There is such a variety of Blackmagic devices and A/V hardware that can be attached to them, and we'd like to make sure we're supporting them well.

Supported product lines:

  • DeckLink
  • Intensity
  • UltraStudio
  • Teranex
  • Cinema Camera
  • HyperDeck Studio

If you notice any issues, please submit a bug report.

And finally, would anyone like to make a short video showing how to use Vuo with your Blackmagic device, to help others get started using the Blackmagic nodes?

I have a couple ignorant

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I have a couple of UltraStudio miniRecorders. Only have one on me ATM as I'm travelling. Can check it with one only this week sometime. If nobody has an UltraStudio Display I could probably borrow one for testing.

Great to see some Vuo activity come to the surface – especially this product feature request which will help pro users and tweakers alike enormously I expect. BMD products open up so anything possibilities previously beyond financial reach for many of us.

Jaymie (@jstrecker) I DL the

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Jaymie I DL the alpha and demo comps. My TB cable is tied up certifying disks ATM so I just took a look at the example comp that records a movie file to desktop. I used the FaceTime camera and recorded to desktop by QT doesn't want to open the file.

"QuickTime Player can't open " To see if additional software is available that will enable QuickTime Player to open the movie, click Tell Me More."

I got something happening

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I got something happening with one MiniRecorder, was a bit fickle about giving me a signal at first, especially when I turned camera on a off. Might be a BMD issue, it's sometimes a juggle getting mimoLive and other apps to see the MiniRecorders at first.

My usual fail safe is to open the Blackmagic video recording software Media Express, but I didn't need to do that which is great.

Still can't see file but didn't check with other apps just native QT app.

Feature status

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