Blackmagic Video Assist 5-inch Monitor Gets Even Better With Firmware 1.1

Announced at NAB 2015, the Video Assist from Blackmagic Design quickly got the attention of video professionals planning on using the monitor in a variety of applications from 1st AC monitor to a director's monitor or just a general purpose monitoring solution for any camera operator.

The Blackmagic Video Assist is currently shipping and with the latest firmware update 1.1 the budget monitor/recorder got even better. The latest firmware update was released just days ago and adds significant new features to aid camera operators - such as focus peaking, zebras, central zoom function and improved battery life so you can get more out of the Canon LP-E6 batteries used to power the unit.


Not only that, but ever since release the Video Assist can also record Full HD 1920 x 1080 in high quality ProRes so you can say goodbye to heavily compressed video from your camera. The Video Assist will be perfect for cameras like the Blackmagic Micro Cinema camera or the Micro Studio 4K as these cameras do not feature a built-in monitor. The URSA Mini 4K will also be able to benefit from a full HD 1st AC monitor with the Video Assist.

Other third party cameras such as Sony mirrorless cameras like the A7s and Panasonic's GH4 as well as just about any camera with HDMI output or SDI output can take advantage of the fantastic monitoring features and touch screen of the Video Assist, which has no rival in this price point at this moment.

Video Assist Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

What's new in Blackmagic Video Assist 1.1

  • Adds Focus Peaking indication
  • Adds Zebra indication for setting iris
  • Adds central Zoom to aid focus
  • Adds timecode over HDMI
  • Improved battery information
  • Performance and stability updates

Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
  • USB 2.0 port for software updates

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • USB 2.0 port for software updates

Installing Blackmagic Video Assist Utility

  • Before installing the software, we recommend that you run "Uninstall Video Assist” first.

The Blackmagic Video Assist installer package installs:

  • Video Assist Utility

You can download Firmware Update 1.1 directly from Blackmagic via the links below.

PC Version / Mac Version

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