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Blackmagic Design Video Assist 5" 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor

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Original price $795.00
Original price $795.00 - Original price $795.00
Original price $795.00
Current price $794.00
$794.00 - $794.00
Current price $794.00
  • 5" 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen LCD
  • Record up to DCI or UHD 4K HDR Video
  • HDMI and 12G-SDI Video Inputs & Outputs
  • 10-Bit, 4:2:2 ProRes & DNxHD Encoding


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Blackmagic Design Video Assist 5" 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor

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Add professional monitoring and high-quality recording to virtually any camera with the Video Assist 5" 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor from Blackmagic Design. It features a bright 5", 1920 x 1080 display with 2500 cd/m² brightness to help you frame and focus your shots and provides 12G-SDI and HDMI inputs for recording the video output from professional and consumer cameras. You can monitor and record HDR video up to DCI 4K, UHD 4K, 2K, or HD 10-bit 4:2:2, and up to 16 channels of embedded 24-bit 48 kHz audio. Blackmagic Raw recording is available for select Canon, FUJIFILM, Nikon, Panasonic, and SIGMA cameras.
The Video Assist records using a single high-speed UHS-II SD slot to SDHC/XC memory cards. You can also use the USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port to record to an external drive, as well as use it for configuring and upgrading the monitor. Video is recorded using industry-standard Apple ProRes (HQ, 422, LT, or Proxy) and Avid DNxHD and DNxHR codecs.
USB Webcam Output with Firmware Update 3.3
In firmware version 3.3, Blackmagic has introduced USB webcam output, allowing the Video Assist to send a full 1080p signal to your computer over USB using a streaming-friendly format. Also added is audio monitoring channel selection.
Bright 5" Full HD Display
The display features a bright 5" 1920 x 1080 display with 2500 cd/m² brightness for evaluating your shots. On-screen controls allow you to vary the brightness and contrast depending on the shooting situation.
Video and audio are captured using 12G-SDI and HDMI 1.4 inputs, allowing you to record from professional cameras and camcorders, as well as popular DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The 12G-SDI BNC input even allows you to monitor Ultra HD footage. Loop-through outputs are provided so you can simultaneously display the live video or recorded clips on larger screens like 4K, 2K, or HD broadcast monitors or HDMI projectors while you monitor and record on the Video Assist. Up to eight channels of audio are embedded in the output and can also be monitored on headphones using the 3.5mm stereo jack.
4K Support
Monitor and record DCI 4K, UHD 4K, 2K, and HD resolutions with 10-bit 4:2:2 HDR support. 3D LUTs are also supported
12G-SDI and HDMI Connections
Power Options
A universal power supply is included so you can use the Video Assist anywhere using the 12 VDC input, or run off two Sony L-series type batteries in the dual battery slots.
Touchscreen Interface
The display provides intuitive capacitive touchscreen controls. Swipe gestures make it simple and quick to show or hide settings, such as capture resolution and format, as well as screen brightness and contrast. You'll have access to additional controls, recording status, histogram, waveform, vectorscope, battery status, and more. The controls have a semi-transparent overlay, so you can still be able to keep an eye on every part of your shots.
10-Bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD Recording
The Blackmagic Video Assist records your video at the 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Files are recorded to a single high-speed UHS-II slot using SDXC/HC cards in Apple ProRes (HQ, 422, LT, Proxy) or DNxHD and DNxHR codecs. These are industry-standard formats, so you can start editing immediately without having to convert the files.
Blackmagic Raw
This monitor supports Blackmagic Raw recording for select cameras, including:


  • Canon EOS C300 Mark II
  • Nikon Z6, Z6 II, Z7, Z7 II
  • Panasonic AU-EVA1
  • Panasonic LUMIX BS1H
  • Panasonic LUMIX S1, S1H
  • Panasonic LUMIX S5
  • SIGMA fp, SIGMA fp L

Item Includes

  • Blackmagic Design Video Assist 5" 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor
  • 12 VDC, 36W Power Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty


Panel Type
Display Size
5.0" / 12.7 cm
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
Maximum Brightness
2500 nits / cd/m2
Bit Depth / Color Support
10-Bit (1.07 Billion Colors)
HDR Compatibility
HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma
Pixels Per Inch (ppi)
440 ppi
Color Gamut
100% Rec. 709
100% Rec. 2020
Real-Time LUT Monitoring
Image Controls
Histogram, Picture-in-Picture, RGB Parade, Vectorscope, Waveform
Inputs / Outputs
Video I/O
1 x HDMI 2.0a Input
1 x Micro BNC (12G-SDI) Input
1 x HDMI 2.0a Output
1 x Micro BNC (12G-SDI) Output
HDCP Support
Embedded Audio
HDMI: 8-Channel
SDI: 16-Channel
Audio I/O
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Output
Built-In Speaker
Power I/O
1 x Barrel (12 VDC) Input
Other I/O
1 x USB-C
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Mobile App Compatible
*As of December, 2023: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Format Support
Video Format
SDI (10-Bit 4:2:2 RGB)
DCI 4K: 25/24/23.98
UHD 4K: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
DCI 2K: 25/24/23.98
DCI 2K PsF: 25/24/23.98
1080p: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
1080PsF: 30/29.97/25/24/23.98
1080i: 60/59.94/50
720p: 60/59.94/50
576i: 50
480i: 59.94
HDMI (10-Bit)
DCI 4K: 25/24/23.98
UHD 4K: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
1080p: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
1080i: 60/59.94/50
720p: 60/59.94/50
576i: 50
480i: 59.94
Gamma Curve
HDR-HLG, Rec709, Rec2020
Timecode Support
Pre-Roll Record
Encoding Formats
Up to 4096 x 2160
Blackmagic Raw
ProRes 422, 422 HQ, LT, Proxy 10-Bit 4:2:2 at up to 60 fps
DNxHD HQX, LB, LB MXF, SQ, SQ MXF 10-Bit 4:2:2 at up to 60 fps
Maximum Audio Tracks
AC Input Power
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power
12 VDC
Built-In Battery
Battery Type
2 x L-Series
Power Consumption
36 W
Environmental Protection
Operating Temperature
32 to 72°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity
0 to 90%
Storage Temperature
-4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
5.83 x 3.54 x 1.44" / 14.81 x 8.99 x 3.66 cm
14.46 oz / 409.94 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.855 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.8 x 7.5 x 4"