Now that the price of the purchased hardware keyer Ultimatte has been significantly reduced at NAB, Blackmagic presents the upgraded version 12, and under the bonnet a lot has been done, because the (subpixel) computations are supposed to be based on completely new algorithms and a new color science. Although Ultra HD is now supported, broadcast environments are still the main application area.
Blackmagic himself speaks of an "Ultra HD realtime compositing engine" and promises -- in front of evenly lit backgrounds -- quasi perfect keying results, among other things. Thanks to the new Flare algorithm, which is supposed to remove green scattered light very effectively. Even if computer graphics are superimposed on semi-transparent surfaces, Ultimatte is supposed to produce realistic effects. Internally, several mattes are created automatically, so that image areas with different color preconditions are treated differently.
If several cameras are used for filming, separate keying parameters can be defined for each shooting perspective. There are about 100 setting options in total, but a "one touch" mode is also implemented for fast working in live scenarios, which automatically analyzes a scene and selects the optimal parameters automatically. The operation is carried out as before via an Ultimatte Smart Remote.
Blackmagic Ultimatte 12 costs 10,509 euros, the Ultimatte Smart Remote 3,985 euros.