Every once in awhile, our curiosity gets the better of us.
Such was the case when we decided to take apart a Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Studio Mini.
You might know it as a miniaturized broadcast deck, and it does indeed serve its intended purpouse well. But what we wanted to see was the tech behind a unit that’s so compact and portable you can use it almost anywhere.
Even at this incredibly tiny size, you get a professional deck that records and plays back broadcast quality 10-bit video as ProRes files on commonly available SD and UHS-II cards. It’s packed with features like 6G-SDI for working with all formats up to 2160p30, HDMI 2.0 for monitoring, dual SD card slots for non-stop recording and a reference output with built in sync generator that lets you daisy chain and synchronize multiple decks together.
So take a look inside the guts of what makes this truly incredible piece of gear go: