Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 12G – HDR Monitor and Recorder

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The Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 12G – HDR Monitor and Recorder is a portable all in one 5 inch HDR monitor, recorder and professional scopes for any SDI or HDMI camera in all formats up to DCI 4K.

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Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 12G – HDR Monitor and Recorder

The Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 12G – HDR Monitor and Recorder is a portable all in one 5 inch HDR monitor, recorder and professional scopes for any SDI or HDMI camera in all formats up to DCI 4K. This model supports video formats up to 1080p60 and has a large 5″ LCD with focus peaking, zebra and false colour. Connections include 3G‑SDI and HDMI. This model includes a single SD Card recorder for ProRes recording. Other features include WFM, vector, histogram and RGB parade scopes plus 3D LUTs!

Introducing Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR

Blackmagic Video Assist is a portable monitor, a professional recorder, a portable scope and a fantastic camera viewfinder solution! You can also add better quality record codecs and a larger monitor to any SDI or HDMI camera! The new design has innovations such as 4 built-in scopes, enhanced focus assist features, a tally indicator and built-in 3D LUTs. The 3G models support formats up to 1080p60 and the 12G HDR models up to 2160p60. The 12G HDR models have a brighter touchscreen for shooting HDR digital film and for outdoor shooting in sunlight. Plus the 12G HDR models support Blackmagic RAW recording from supported cameras! The new design also has L‑Series batteries for longer life. Blackmagic Video Assist really is 4 products in one!

Perfect for Digital Cinema, Broadcast tests and Live Production!

Blackmagic Video Assist is so versatile it can be used for hundreds of tasks. Add it onto your camera rig to get a large screen viewfinder with modern record codecs, focus assist features and 3D LUTS! Video Assist is also an ultra-portable scope that lets you test equipment in broadcast and lives production to ensure your video levels are correct and all your gear is working correctly. If you’re doing live production then Video Assist is just like a large screen HyperDeck so it can be used as a mastering recorder, or as a clip player for inserting ads or promos into live programs. You can even use it as an ISO recorder with each camera having a dedicated monitor and recorder!

Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 12G adds Modern Design with the latest technology and an Amazing Screen!

All Video Assist models offer a large touchscreen with all controls for recording, playback of clips, viewing scopes and setting focus assist features. Both 7″ models are large enough to include analog inputs for audio and two SD card slots so you get a continuous recording, with automatic recording to the second card. Both of the 12G models include 12G-SDI and Ultra HD HDMI connections and USB-C for recording directly to external flash media disks. All models include a rear tally light, a front panel speaker for clip playback and a headphone jack! Video Assist uses Sony L-Series batteries, and with 2 battery slots, you can change batteries without interrupting the recording!

Transform CameraUsability with Video Assist!

Traditional cameras are often used for shoulder-mounted operations. Hours spent leaning into a viewfinder for long tripod-mounted shoots can be tough! Video Assist will transform your shooting style with an onboard rigged screen. It’s much more comfortable using a screen rigged to a position best suited for a shooting setup. Plus you get better situational awareness of the operator, assistant or director. With both 5″ and 7″ models, you choose the size of a rigged monitor that suits you best. Plus you’re also adding fantastic features such as focus zoom, focus peaking, zebras, histogram, false colour, scopes, frame markers, frame guides, touchscreen and more!

Customize your touchscreen Tools and Features

With large and bright 5″ and 7″ touchscreens, Video Assist makes it incredibly easy to frame shots and accurately focus. The touchscreen displays critical information while you’re shooting including the timecode, transport control, audio meters and a histogram for exposure. You can also customize the LCD to add or remove overlays such as current filename, focus peaking, zebra, false colour, frame guides, 3D LUTs and more. 3D LUTs support allows monitoring shots with the desired colour and look, plus you can even “bake in” the LUT if you want to record it into the file. If you’re using Blackmagic RAW, the 3D LUT is only added into the metadata so it can be disabled in post-production.

Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 12G offers Dual Media Recorders for Uninterrupted Recording

Video Assist uses commonly available SD card media, so you can record to flash memory cards that are easy to obtain. The files are small enough to allow long recordings on standard SD cards or the faster UHS-II cards. The larger Video Assist 7″ models include 2 SD card slots so you can swap out any full cards even during recording, allowing infinite length recording. Standard SD cards or the faster UHS-II cards are perfect for broadcast because they are small, high speed and affordable.

Upgrade to BetterRecording for Digital Cameras

Blackmagic Video Assist is an ideal upgrade for cameras, as its bright display is bigger than the tiny displays found on consumer cameras, plus you’re also adding professional focus assist features and better quality file formats. Video Assist is also a great solution for professional cameras because you can use it to upgrade older broadcast cameras to modern file formats used on the latest editing software. You get support for all editing software as you can record in Apple ProRes and Avid DNx. You can even use Blackmagic RAW on supported cameras. With both HDMI and SDI inputs you can connect it to any consumer camera, broadcast camera or even DSLR camera.

Large HDR Monitor with Easy Touch Controls

The innovative touchscreen LCD user interface provides incredible control. On-screen, there are dedicated buttons for play, stop and record, plus a mini timeline for scrolling through your recordings. You can even image swipe to jog! The LCD includes a heads up display of timecode, video standard, media status as well as audio meters. Scopes can be enabled via the touchscreen as well as focus and exposure assist. There’s also an extensive range of settings all controlled from the large LCD. Plus you can load and save 3D LUTs!

Advanced HDR ModelsInclude 12G‑SDI and HDMI 2.0!

Video Assist features a wide range of video and audio connections such as multi-rate SDI for SD, HD on all models and Ultra HD on the 12G-SDI models. HDMI is included for HDMI cameras; and monitoring of consumer televisions and video projectors. The 7″ model features Mini XLR inputs which are provided for audio input from microphones and external audio mixers. The USB-C connection lets you plug in external flash disks or SSDs for recording, which means you can get extremely long record durations because flash disks are often much larger than the physically smaller SD Cards. Video Assist even includes a 12V DC power connection and the 12G models include a locking power connector.

Post ProductionFriendly File Formats!

Video Assist records using standard open file formats so you don’t have to waste time transcoding media. Files are compatible with all post-production software so you can work with the software of your choice, including DaVinci Resolve Studio. Recording works in industry-standard 10-bit ProRes or DNx files in all formats and from all HDMI or SDI cameras, as well as 12-bit Blackmagic RAW on the 12G-SDI HDR models when connected to supported cameras. Blackmagic RAW is the fastest-growing RAW format and developers can download and use the free Blackmagic RAW SDK to add support to their applications. Best of all media files work on all operating systems!

Video Assist12G HDR Models Include Blackmagic RAW Recording!

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary format designed to capture the quality of sensor data from cameras. Video Assist supports Blackmagic RAW recording from popular cameras such as Panasonic LUMIX GH5S, BGH1, DC-BS1H models, Panasonic AU-EVA1, Fujifilm GFX100 and GFX100S, Nikon Z models, Canon C300 MK II and Sigma fp. Popular camera formats such as H.264 are highly compressed resulting in noise and processing artifacts. Blackmagic RAW eliminates these problems so you get incredible detail and colour throughout the production pipeline from camera to edit, colour and mastering. It also saves camera settings in the metadata so you can set ISO, white balance and exposure, then override them later while editing. Only Blackmagic RAW gives you the highest quality, smallest files and fastest performance!

RecordDirect to External USB‑C Media Disks

The Blackmagic Video Assist 12G models even include a USB-C expansion port so you can plug in an external flash disk for recording. USB‑C flash disks have a massive capacity as they don’t suffer from any size constraint. Plus, it’s possible to record to the same disk you are using or editing, so you don’t need to waste time copying files before starting post-production. Flash disks are so fast, that they can record high data rate formats such as high frame rate Ultra HD. Imagine adding a Blackmagic MultiDock 10G for easy SSD compatibility so you can record across multiple disks as each disk fills. You even get on-screen menus for managing external disks using the touch screen!

Outputs to USBWebcam for Live Streaming!

Now you can live stream using both Blackmagic Video Assist 3G and 12G HDR models with new webcam support added to the USB connection! That means you can plug into a computer and get live video into any video software. The software is tricked into thinking video assist is a common webcam. Plus you get full HD resolution 1080p quality! Choose any software you like, such as Open Broadcaster for live broadcast streaming, or you can Skype call your client with a live video of your shoot! Blackmagic Video Assist works with all major software and platforms such as Open Broadcaster, XSplit Broadcaster, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Skype, Zoom, Twitch, Periscope, and Livestream, Wirecast and more!

Built-In Scopes Ensure Compliance with Standards

Video Assist features scopes for accurate exposure on cameras and compliance to broadcast standards. That means it’s also a great portable waveform monitoring solution! The waveform display provides a traditional luminance (brightness) level view of the video inputs or the playback signal. The vectorscope allows you to see the intensity of colour at 100% SDI reference levels. You also get an RGB parade display which is ideal for colour correction. The histogram shows the distribution of white to black detail in your images and highlights or shadows clipping. The built-in scopes can even be overlaid on live video, or as a small picture in picture view at the top right of the scope!

HDR Models IncludeBright Wide Gamut Screens!

On the Video Assist 12G models, you’ll be ready for the latest HDR workflows as they support the latest HDR standards and include an extremely bright screen with a wide colour gamut. Plus the high brightness screen makes shooting outdoors in sunlight easy! The built-in scopes even support HDR when required. Files are also tagged with the correct HDR information; which means SDI and HDMI inputs will also automatically detect HDR video standards. Static metadata PQ and HLG formats are handled according to the ST2084 standard. The bright LCD has a wider colour gamut so it can handle both Rec. 2020 and Rec. 709 colorspaces. The Video Assist LCD colour gamut can even handle 100% of the DCI‑P3 format.

Load Custom 3D LUTsto Recreate Film Looks!

Some cameras can output logarithmic colourspace to preserve the dynamic range; which is great for later post-production. However, when these files are viewed on a monitor they can look flat and washed out. 3D LUTs solve this problem because they allow you to apply a “look” to the monitor so you get an idea of what the finished images will look like when editing. You can apply LUTs temporarily for monitoring only; or they can be burned into files for use in editing when capturing Blackmagic RAW. Video Assist works with industry-standard 17 and 33 point 3D LUT files, or you can work with the built-in LUTs such as Extended Video, Film to Video and more.

Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 12G allows for Direct Metadata Entry for Faster Editing!

The advanced digital slate and metadata features make it extremely fast to add metadata to any shot! Simply swipe left or right from the edge of the screen to bring up the digital slate. You can even select for taking numbers to be automatically incremented when you start and stop recording. This means you don’t have to enter them manually for each shot! You can also set reel numbers to increment each time you format a card. Furthermore, you can save metadata with the files which are available in post-production with software such as DaVinci Resolve.

Latest Multi-Rate 12GSDI for SD, HD and Ultra HD

You get full support for the most popular video standards. The SDI and HDMI connections are multi-rate; so all models handle SD and HD television standards plus the 12G models add extra support for Ultra HD standards. Standard definition formats include NTSC and PAL. 720p HD standards include 720p50 and 59.94p. 1080i HD interlaced formats include 1080i50 and 59.94. 1080p HD formats include 1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60p. Plus you can even work in 1080 PsF formats. On the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G models, you also get support for Ultra HD formats up to 2160p59.94. On these 12G models, you can even record 2K and 4K DCI rates up to 25p for digital film work!

Professional MultiChannel SDI and Analog Audio

Blackmagic Video Assist includes a built-in professional audio recorder that’s much better quality; than the audio found in most cameras, eliminating the need to carry around extra audio equipment. When working in SDI formats, you can record 2, 4, 8 or 16 channels of audio. For connecting microphones the 7″ models have 2 XLR analog audio inputs; with phantom power and high definition audio sample rates of 192 kHz at 16 and 24 bits per sample. You can also change the audio meters between VU or PPM ballistics. Blackmagic Video Assist 12G features the latest audio technology; to ensure low noise floor and very low distortion so you can use it for digital cinema and broadcast work.

Works with the World’s Most Popular Video Software

The files from Blackmagic Video Assist are common and are compatible with all operating systems or in most video software. You can format the media using ExFAT or HFS+; so you can easily access the media on computers and access the files like regular disks. DaVinci Resolve is perfect for using with Video Assist; as it features editing, colour correction, audio post-production and visual effects all in one software application. Plus you can download DaVinci Resolve free of charge for Mac, Windows and Linux! You can also use recorded files in other popular software such as Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X. With Video Assist, your media is common so your files will remain readable in the future.

SDI Video Inputs

1 x Micro BNC

SDI Video Outputs

1 x Micro BNC

SDI Rates

270Mb, 1.5G, 3G, 6G, 12G.

HDMI 2.0a Video Inputs


HDMI 2.0a Video Outputs


Analog Audio Inputs

None, embedded audio only.

Analog Audio Outputs

1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Built in Speaker


Screen Dimensions

5 inch 1920 x 1080.

Screen Brightness


Screen Color

P3 wide color gamut

SDI Audio Inputs

16 channels embedded via 12G-SDI

SDI Audio Outputs

16 channels embedded via 12G-SDI

HDMI Audio Inputs

8 channels embedded via HDMI 2.0a

HDMI Audio Outputs

8 channels embedded via HDMI 2.0a

Remote Control


SD Interface

1 x UHS-II SD slot.

Storage Type

Removable SDXC UHS-II, SDXC UHS-I and SDHC UHS-I SD cards.
Supports DS, HS, SDR12, SDR25, DDR50, SDR50 and SDR104 SD cards.

Computer Interface

1 x USB Type‑C 3.1 Gen 1 for external drive recording, webcam out, initial setup, software updates and Video Assist Utility software control.


SDI Video Inputs: 1 x Micro BNC

SDI Video Outputs: 1 x Micro BNC

SDI Rates: 270Mb, 1.5G, 3G, 6G, 12G.

HDMI 2.0a Video Inputs: 1

HDMI 2.0a Video Outputs: 1

Analog Audio Inputs: None, embedded audio-only.

Analog Audio Outputs: 1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Built-in Speaker: Mono


Screen Dimensions: 5 inch 1920 x 1080.

Screen Brightness: 2500nits

Screen Colour: P3 wide colour gamut

SDI Audio Inputs: 16 channels embedded via 12G-SDI

SDI Audio Outputs: 16 channels embedded via 12G-SDI

HDMI Audio Inputs: 8 channels embedded via HDMI 2.0a

HDMI Audio Outputs: 8 channels embedded via HDMI 2.0a

Remote Control: None

SD Interface: 1 x UHS-II SD slot.


Storage Type

  • Removable SDXC UHS-II, SDXC UHS-I and SDHC UHS-I SD cards.
  • Supports DS, HS, SDR12, SDR25, DDR50, SDR50 and SDR104 SD cards.


Computer Interface: 1 x USB Type‑C 3.1 Gen 1 for external drive recording, webcam out, initial setup, software updates and Video Assist Utility software control.


SDI Video Standards

SD Video Standards: 525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL

HD Video Standards

  • 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
  • 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
  • 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30
  • 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60

2K Video Standards

  • 2Kp23.98 DCI, 2Kp24 DCI, 2Kp25 DCI
  • 2KPsF23.98 DCI, 2KPsF24 DCI, 2KPsF25 DCI

Ultra HD Video Standards

  • 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60

4K Video Standards

  • 4Kp23.98 DCI, 4Kp24 DCI, 4Kp25 DCI

SDI Compliance

  • SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 425M, SMPTE 2084

SDI Metadata Support: HD RP188

Audio Sampling: Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit.

Video Sampling: 4:2:2 YUV

Colour Precision: 10-bit

Color Space: REC 601, REC 709, REC 2020

HDR Support: HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma

Multiple Rate Support: SDI and HDMI switches between 270 Mb/s, 1.5 Gb/s, 3 Gb/s, 6 Gb/s and 12 Gb/s

SDI RAW: Blackmagic RAW


HDMI Video Standards

SD Video Standards

  • 525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL

HD Video Standards

  • 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
  • 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
  • 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60

Ultra HD Video Standards

  • 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60

4K Video Standards

  • 4Kp23.98 DCI, 4Kp24 DCI, 4Kp25 DCI


HDMI Color Precision: 10-bit

HDR Support: HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma

Copy Protection: HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capturing or distributing of content.



Media: 1 x UHS-II SD for Ultra HD, compatible with regular SD for HD recording. USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 for external drive recording.

Media Type: SDXC UHS-II, SDXC UHS-I and SDHC UHS-I SD cards.


Supported Codecs

Blackmagic RAW Constant Bitrate 3:1, Blackmagic RAW Constant Bitrate 5:1, Blackmagic RAW Constant Bitrate 8:1, Blackmagic RAW Constant Bitrate 12:1, Blackmagic RAW Constant Quality Q0, Blackmagic RAW Constant Quality Q5,

Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 LT, Apple ProRes 422 Proxy, DNxHR HQX, DNxHR SQ, DNxHR LB, DNxHR HQX MXF, DNxHR SQ MXF, DNxHR LB MXF.



Recorder Control: Integrated capacitive touchscreen LCD with Blackmagic OS onscreen controls for settings and navigating menus.

External Control: SDI and HDMI start/stop and timecode run.


Blackmagic RAW

Supported Cameras

Canon EOS C300 Mark II, FUJIFILM GFX100, FUJIFILM GFX100S, Nikon Z 6, Nikon Z 7, Nikon Z 6II, Nikon Z 7II, Panasonic AU-EVA1, Panasonic LUMIX GH5S, Panasonic LUMIX BGH1, Panasonic LUMIX BS1H, Panasonic LUMIX S1, Panasonic LUMIX S1H, Panasonic LUMIX S5, SIGMA fp, SIGMA fp L



Software Included: Blackmagic OS



Scopes: Waveform, RGB Parade, Vector, Histogram.

Viewing Modes: Scopes with a picture in picture or picture overlay and opacity control. Waveform and Parade with standard and HDR graticules.


Operating Systems

Mac 10.14 Mojave,
Mac 10.15 Catalina or later.

Windows 8.1 and 10.


Power Requirements

Power Supply

1 x External 12V power supply.
Compatible with Sony NP-F style batteries.
(batteries not included)


Environmental Specifications

Operating Temperature: 0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)

Storage Temperature: -20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)

Relative Humidity: 0% to 90% non-condensing


What’s Included

  • Blackmagic Video Assist 5” 12G HDR
  • Universal power supply with locking connector and international adapters


  • 12 Month Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.
For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.