Exporting Videos from Adobe Premiere Pro to the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Mini

In this video we will debunk the myth that you can't use the Hyperdeck Mini to playback your own videos and graphics. We'll use Adobe Premiere Pro to export a video and play it back on the Hyperdeck Mini through our ATEM switcher.


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Video Transcript

Hey, content creators, welcome to One Man Video. It is David Tucker here with you today. Today we're going to be walking through how you use your Blackmagic HyperDeck Mini to playback videos that you've exported from Adobe Premiere Pro. Now, you've already seen how I'm using this in my setup, because you've seen my intro video, you've seen the lower third. All of those are actually played back by the HyperDeck Mini through my ATEM switcher. I'm going to show you how I export videos to get them properly onto my actual HyperDeck Mini.

Now, just a quick note on this. A lot of people use the HyperDecks for recording, and I do, as well. I use a HyperDeck Studio for my recording. The final video of this goes out to that. But I use the other as a playback device, my HyperDeck Mini, and I think it does a really good job at that. However, it's a little tricky to get the video on the device in the right way, onto one of those SD cards, on the device. We're going to walk through all of that today, from beginning to end, using Premier Pro.

Now, let me give you a quick note on this. If you're using After Effects we've already done a video on that. You can go find the link in the show notes. But, also, the way I figured out how to do some of this, and really adjust some of these settings comes from a video that John Barker did on to record. I'll also put a link to that in the show notes. If you find any of this interesting, let me just encourage you, subscribe to this channel so you can be the first to know of new stuff that we put out there. But, let's go ahead and let's dive into Premier.

If we look here, at Premier, I've got a couple of assets that I've already pulled in, just an image and an After Effects composition. Let's go ahead, let's create a new one here. We're just going to call this, Main Video. Actually, let's just call this, Premier Demo. From here, I'm going to select a setting that I already have for pro res 1080P. Now, a couple notes on this. This is going to be, obviously 1080P, 190 by 1080 with a 29-97 frame rate. Now, this is critical, because your HyperDeck Mini only works in one frame rate at a time. If you drop in a video that is a different frame rate, it's only going to pick that frame rate up, and it will forget all the other videos, or it will pick one of the other videos up and forget about the one you just put on there.

First of all, if your HyperDeck ever doesn't see all of the videos on that SD card, just go ahead and assume that it looks at some of those frame rates differently. This could also be that, for example, if you actually have your fields set differently. If you're not using progressive scan, it's going to actually return a different frame rate than the one that the video is actually encoded with. There's a reason that I have these settings included, and we're going to walk back through some of these in just a second, when we go to export. Let's go ahead and hit "Okay."

One other quick note to talk about is that, while I'm just dropping some of these things in here to create just a sample video, is if you can't see your video playing back on your ATEM switcher, it is entirely possible that, that is because your HyperDeck Mini is not talking in the same frame rate as your switcher. If that's the case for you, you just need to be sure that they're configured to use the same frame rate, and that's the frame rate of the video that you're using. So, just a couple quick notes on that.

Now, I've just included ... This is about as simple as you can get. We've just put this image in here, then I'm throwing a lower third in on top of it. This is actually a lower third that I use for my work, and just to show you something different here. I've got my video ready to go, and I'm just ready to go ahead and dive into here, and export. So, I'm going to hit "Command N," and that's going to bring up my export window here. Now, let's go ahead and select Adobe Pro Res 4444 with alpha. Now, even if you're using a video that doesn't have an alpha channel, there can be some advantages to go ahead and exporting it with the alpha channel included. But let's go ahead and look at some of the other settings that we have here.

First of all, again, you can see our codec listed here. We have our settings for just the basic video settings set to match source. You can see, yet again, 1920, 1080, frame rate 29-97, field order progressive, and the aspect is square pixels. We have what we need there. You also can see here that we're using eight bit for our color depth and we're exporting the alpha channel. I'm just going to to ahead, now, with those specific settings, and I'm going to uncheck audio, because we don't have audio, and just hit "Export." It'll take it just a second to export this video.

Now, as we're doing this, let's talk about how we get the video over. The HyperDeck Mini uses SD cards to actually store video either, that you've recorded or that you're going to be playing back. Now, I actually have, in this case, connected with it to actually use the FTP connection. If you notice, here, if we look at this, we're in a folder called, One. This corresponds to the first SD card in the unit. I've just connected to it using its IP address, here, on the local network that I have.

If I refresh this directory, we're going to see our Premier Demo video. I'm going to go ahead and just drag this over, and we'll actually upload this, and you can see all the other videos that I have here, things like the One Man Video lower third, the Logo Sting, all that, actually, plays back from this device. Once that's in place, we can see here, it's uploading. Let's go ahead and switch over to ATEM's software control.

I've actually had a ... I was doing a test right before this and I had a video called, Main Video One. That's why you're still seeing it here. This does bring up an important point. I've noticed that, when you FTP something up here, the HyperDeck Mini doesn't automatically refresh its lists in its communication with the ATEM software control. So, we're probably going to have to run over there real quick and just actually push in and out that specific SD card to get it to reread it. We can see here, now, that it's done uploading. And, yeah, we don't see it here, so let me just go ahead ... You're not going to be able to see it, because you're not looking at the camera, but I'm actually walking off screen. I'm just going to push that SD card out and back in, and we're going to see it refresh the list of videos.

Couple things to point out. First is, we still see all of our videos, so it's looking at the correct frame rate. I'm going to go ahead and select that. Now, let's talk really quick about how this is configured. If I go here, under my upstream key one, you'll notice that I have Luma selected, camera seven is set as our fill, camera eight is the key. That's what's coming out of the HyperDeck Mini. Then I have it set to pre-multiplied key, which means it's reading the alpha channel that is coming through in that key source, and it will actually use that. That's, for example, when I do the lower third, that's how they're configured, but I export those lower thirds from After Effects, drop them in here, on the HyperDeck Mini, and play them back.

Now, we don't have to play it back in this way using the upstream key, because, in this case, there is no alpha that we're concerned with. So we actually can just fire up cam seven and actually see it play. What I'm going to do, really quick, is I'm going to switch over to cam seven and you, of course, you're not going to see the software control anymore. But I'm going to go ahead and select that, and actually hit "Play." What you're going to notice is, in just a second, you're going to actually see, there comes in that lower third. Then we're going to see it go out. Then we're going to see the video fade out. Then, with that being done, we'll have completed our video. And we've actually shown the complete cycle of how to get it from going from Premier into our software control.

Really quickly, just bouncing back over here, a couple things to point out is you need to be sure, first of all, in your export settings you're using pro res 4444. You want to be sure you have an alpha channel, and you also want to be sure you're using the correct frame rate, and you're actually using progressive scan on your video. If you have those settings in place, it should be sufficient for you to actually export and play your videos back on your HyperDeck Mini.

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