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Studio Build 2019 - Step 4 - Blackmagic Hyperdeck Studio 2

In this next step of the Studio Build project, I install the main recorder, the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Studio 2. We will walk through how this device will be used and talk about the types of SSD drives to use with it.

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN HYPERDECK STUDIO 2
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SANDISK ULTRA 3D NAND 500GB INTERNAL SSD
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Okay guys, our next piece here is going to be the HyperDeck Studio. This is what we're going to use as the primary recorder for the stack. A couple things about the HyperDeck. Just like with the HyperDeck Mini, one of the big advantages is, you can control the HyperDeck from the ATM switcher. This allows us to be able to have some integrated controls so when we program macros to do certain things like start off our recording as well as kick off other things, it enables us to do this without having to have somebody there push the record button.

It's a big part of my strategy here as mentioned to make as much of this as automated as possible. This is going to play a key in that. In addition, I've got two SSD drives that I'm going to be plugging into this. These are 500 gigs each. Just like if you heard me talk about the HyperDeck Studio Mini, what it does is it lets you use SD cards and you can plug them in and it'll use one at a time and then you can switch to the other one when you're recording. This one does the exact same thing with those SSD drives.

You can start recording on one and you'll notice here it'll show when one is recording and then it'll go to the next one automatically and then you can put another, you can switch out the first drive. This allows you a fair amount of recording capability.

Let's go ahead and open this up. Here we go.

Just like the others it's going to be coming expected at this point. We get instead of a manual, here we have the software and the manual that comes in an SD card actually as a part of the booklet that comes with it. We also have some notes here. This is probably a pretty solid note about you need to be careful about your SSD speeds that you use with this. There actually are some resources that Blackmagic Design provides to test disk speed. If you want to plug one of these SSDs to your computer, you can get a sense of what the speed is and if it's going to be sufficient for recording video. I believe these are going to be fine but I'll let you guys know after the testing as well just to be sure. But these were one of the ones I believe that were recommended when I was actually purchasing this.

Here we have this. Again, pretty solid in terms of construction. It's got some really nice tactile buttons. Really strong firm buttons that you want when you're doing something like this. We've got the two slots here for the drives. Got a little screen so you can see and then you've got a nice little jog wheel over here that again, just feels well made. Feels pretty solid.

If we look on the back, here's what we have. We have, same as before, same type of power outlet on the ATM switcher, on the HyperDeck Studio Mini. You need to be able to provide your own power plug for this. That's going to be important and you're going to be frustrated if you don't know that. Again, I've got a bunch of them over there in a drawer but again, you might need to grab some if you don't have any. If you're going to buy the setup, go ahead and buy five or six just so you have them.

Same thing, serial remote. But we also have ethernet. That's where our control of this is going to come from is we're going to be able to hook it up to the ATM switcher by telling the ATM switcher that it has a HyperDeck, it can connect with. And I'm going to set static IP addresses on all of these. I believe that's going to be the best approach. And in a little bit we'll talk about how we're wiring all this together.

We also have several SDI ports on the back. We've got our SEI in. We've got a loop out. We have two specific outs. We have a monitor out and then we have a ref in for time code. We also have an HDMI in and out so great thing is, you can record HDMI on this should you so desire. And then we actually have what looks like a USB micro plug on the back. The funny thing is, we've got now three different kinds of USB port inputs on the back. I've also got a huge drawer full of USB cables so I'm not concerned about that but this is something to note. They don't all use the same. You'd think they would. We've got USB-C, a standard USB-B and then we've got a USB micro here on the back of this. Just something to be cognizant of that they're all a little different.

But, again here, we've got this. We're going to take, we're going to throw this in the rack in the next slot in just minute. The next thing I'll point out here is just these SSD drives. And these are Sandisk Ultra 3D SSDs. Again, 500 gigabytes. And I'm doing a horrible job of opening these. Two of them are the same so I'm just going to open one for now. But again, really, really lightweight drives but these are the size and we will see these actually fit right in into the front. We've got two of these. And these should be sufficient but I'll certainly let you guys know as we test these out.

Let's throw this in the rack.