Friday, March 15, 2013

Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle 2

With the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 you get a very nice external recorder. The Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 offers filmmakers a great option for recording 10bit uncompressesed or in ProRes.

Lets start the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 review!

 Hyperdeck Shuttle 2
Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle 2

Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 base plate
Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 base plate
The video recording options of the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 will give you more room to work with when color correcting and grading. It will give your software more information about the colors and thus reduce noise created by the program's adjustments. 

The Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck shuttle 2 ssd video recorder is like most Blackmagic Design products very stylish, sturdy and effective. As an extra option you could choose the base plate, which I highly recommend because it will allow you to easily place the hyperdeck shuttle 2 video recorder on your rig or any other equipment that you are using.

One thing that should be noted is that even though the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 is capable of recording in ProRes it needs an firmware update before it can do so. Make sure you check this before shooting, I didn't and suffered the consequences (went through 120GB of video recording in about 15 min).

Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 & Windows Users

An additional note is specific to windows users, which is that before you can use the ssd for your Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 you need to format it to Exfat. Since windows is not able to do this you need an third party application to do this for you. You could use something like MacDrive to access the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 ssd.

Operating the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 is very straight forward like operating an old school video recorder. Just, slide the SSD in the socket and check if the ssd light is green. If this is the case then you can start recording. If not either your SSD is not properfly formatted or you ssd controller is not fast enough for proper uncompressed recording so make sure you check the list of supported SSDs. Make sure you test your ssd before you arrive on set!

Overall the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 review showed us that Blackmagic Design has created another fine product which is easy to work with. It is a bit pricy for the average independent filmmaker, however if you are looking to upgrade your production the aspect of uncompressed recording should certainly not be overlooked. 


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