Blackmagic&s Web Presenters offer a standalone streaming solution through their built-in hardware encoders along with software - a camera or mixer is connected via SDI and its video is then streamed directly to the network via the built-in Ethernet port (or a connected 4G/5G cell phone).
The new Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K features an enhanced H.264 encoder for live streaming in native Ultra HD resolution and has a 12G SDI input with downconverter as an input interface that allows streaming in full 1080p HD or 2160p Ultra HD quality directly to streaming portals such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or others.
When connected to computers via USB, the new model is recognized as a USB webcam (with 1080p HD or 2160p Ultra HD resolutions) and thus can be used by any streaming software or even video conferencing tools like Skype or Zoom.
. In addition to its Ethernet and USB-C output, the Web Presenter has a dedicated HDMI and SDI monitoring output, which can be used to output a preview image and status data of the stream on an external monitor. This graphical monitoring data includes audio level meters with precise ballistics, trend lines for codec data rates and cache memory status as well as an overview of streaming settings and detailed technical SDI information. Output for technical monitoring is in FullHD - both in SDI and HDMI.
Backup stream via smartphone
. For mobile streaming from remote locations or backups for the main Ethernet connection, you can access the Internet via mobile data on an Apple or Android phone. For tethering with the cell phone, there is one USB port each on the front and back. All newer high-speed 5G and 4G cell phones are supported. The Blackmagic Web Presenter automatically detects a connected cell phone and accesses its Internet connection. One can prioritize Ethernet or mobile data.
In case of internet failure, it automatically switches from one internet connection to the other. Two separate devices can be used to stream to the primary and secondary YouTube servers simultaneously. Broadcast batteries can be connected to the AC and DC inputs for redundant power.
Web 4K Presenter as USB Webcam
. The Blackmagic Web Presenter has two USB ports that act as a simple webcam source. You can thus connect it to any computer and use it with any video software. The software recognizes the Web Presenter as an ordinary webcam. This guarantees full compatibility with any video software in full 1080 HD resolution quality or even in 2160p Ultra HD quality for the Web Presenter 4K model. The Web Presenter works with various video softwares, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Open Broadcaster, XSplit Broadcaster and others.
. The Blackmagic Web Presenter&s 12G-SDI inputs support all HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p/60, and for streaming to multiple services simultaneously, video can be passed through to multiple Web Presenters via the available 12G-SDI pass-through output. The Blackmagic Web Presenter automatically converts incoming HD or Ultra HD signals to 1080p HD or 2160p/60 Ultra HD at low data rates.
Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K Interfaces
Blackmagic Web Presenter plus ATEM Streaming Bridge: private SDI video link
. The Blackmagic Web Presenter not only interoperates with various streaming services, but also serves as a private SDI video link between different studios. The Blackmagic ATEM Streaming Bridge is used as a video converter to receive the H.264 stream from the Blackmagic Web Presenter and convert it back to SDI video. This allows video transmissions between remote locations within a local Ethernet network or via the Internet to anywhere in the world.
The features of Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K
- All-in-one solution for streaming to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more - Supports streaming via Ethernet or shared cell phones via USB - Built-in broadcast-quality H.264 hardware encoder - Supports remote streaming over 5G or 4G cellular connection from cell phones - USB detection like a webcam to support all video softwares - Monitoring output includes audio level meters, trend lines, and SDI technical information - Web Presenter utility for Mac and Windows - 12G SDI input with down-conversion for any HD and Ultra HD sources - AC and DC connectors for redundant power supply
Price and Availability
The Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K is available now at a price of €725. The Web Presenter comes in a modular Teranex Mini design for desktop or rack use. The portable design is only 5.5 inches wide and allows three units to be installed side-by-side on a rack width.