Monitoring 1080p from UHD Sequence via BMD UltraStudio 3G

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Jun 29, 2022 Jun 29, 2022

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Hello - 

 

I edit most of my projects using a 3840x2160 sequence, and I'm trying to monitor by sending the output to my FSI DM241 via a Blackmagic UltraStudio 3G. The problem is that the monitor is 1920x1200, and certain modes are only available when the source is 1920x1080. I can set the UltraStudio 3G to output 1080p, but when I click into PremierePro, it changes back to outputting 2Kp23.98 DCI.

 

As far as I know, there's no way to prevent Premiere from doing this in the Playback preferences. I've also looked into the Video Previews tab of the sequence settings with no luck. If I change the sequence itself to a 1920x1080p sequence, that solves the problem - but I don't want to edit in 1080p, and I don't really want to edit in 1080p and then convert everything back up to UHD when finalizing the project.

 

So... is there a way to have the playback of a UHD sequence output a 1080p signal? I know this isn't a BMD forum, but maybe there's a way to lock the output of the UltraStudio at 1080p?

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Jun 29, 2022 Jun 29, 2022

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That question would really need to be answered in the BM forums. There might be someone here who knows, but ... over there, you'd get a quicker reply.

 

Neil

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Jun 29, 2022 Jun 29, 2022

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Thanks, Neil. I just figured I'd ask here as my question relates to how I'm able to manipulate Premiere's output signal. Maybe the answer is "you can't," and that it will always output at the sequence resolution.

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Jun 29, 2022 Jun 29, 2022

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Yea, I don't know any way to change the monitor output signal from Premiere. It's going to be the sequence settings as far as I know.

 

Neil

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Jun 29, 2022 Jun 29, 2022

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It's a shame Premiere doesn't have video monitoring options similar to Resolve. Changing the sequence settings is a work around for playing the timeline but doesn't help with playing 4k material in the source monitor.

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Jun 29, 2022 Jun 29, 2022

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Richard, 

Premiere Pro works better than any other NLE with third party hardware. Premiere Pro can output 8K, 4K and even 2.5 sequences to the Intensity Shuttle and Ultrastudio 3G. 

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Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022

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You're right, the output can be scalled for size but not, it seems, for framerate. If you have material shot 4k 50p you can't play from the source monitor if your hardware does not support that framerate. I shoot 4k 50p and edit on a HD 50p timeline, with my old Decklink 4K it would play the sequence but not the source. I have now upgraded to UltraStudi 4K Mini so now I can play both. Just need to get HDR via HDMI sorted......

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Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022

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I wish I had the Ultrastudio 4k Mini. 

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Jun 29, 2022 Jun 29, 2022

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The good news is Ultrastudio 3G can output a 4K sequence to a 1920 X 1080 monitor. The bad news is it crops the image unlike the Intensity Shuttle. I will be doing a video about this soon. Having said that in order to output 4K, 6K or even 2.5k sequences to third party hardware using Premiere Pro you need to select scale down as shown in the image below. The video below might be helpful. The Intensity Shuttle and UltraStudio 3G work about the same. You can trick the Blackmagic Design products into working correctly with odd aspect ratios and frame rates. 

ultrastudio 00.jpg

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Jul 08, 2022 Jul 08, 2022

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Hello Andy:

I just installed a BMD UltraStudio Monitor 3G on a Mac M1 Studio Ultra, and within PremierePro (latest version) the "Scale Down" option makes no difference at all.  4K sequences still will not pass through (while 1080 sequences play through fine). Any thoughts, before I return this?

Thanks!

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Jul 08, 2022 Jul 08, 2022

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Try scaling up and try scaling down and save the changes. Then try reboot after making the changes. Try using sequences at 30 FPS and 60 FPS. It should work unless the M1 chip is problematic. 

The Ultradstudio 3G does not scale 4K 100% correct to 1080P monitors but the Intensity Shuttle will.  You can get a used Intensity Shuttle on ebay. 

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Jul 09, 2022 Jul 09, 2022

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You could download a different driver. Some Blackmagic Design drivers can be problematic. 

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Jul 10, 2022 Jul 10, 2022

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I tried setting to “scale down” and also to “scale up”… Nothing works when playing a 4K sequence from Premiere. Those settings seem to do nothing at all.

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Jul 10, 2022 Jul 10, 2022

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Andy, when you mentioned "try using a different driver"… What driver are you thinking? Thanks

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Jul 10, 2022 Jul 10, 2022

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Perhaps they eliminated that feature. Try using an older or new driver from Blackmagic Design. 

The driver is part of the Desktop Video download.  

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