Blackmagic Video Assist Now with LUTs in Firmware Update 2.3

Blackmagic Design just announced the latest firmware update for their Video Assist lineup of Full HD and 4K recorder/monitors. Firmware 2.3 adds several highly anticipated and requested features and new functionality to the Blackmagic Video Assist 5-inch and also the Video Assist 4K, such as the ability to add 3D LUTs for monitoring. This update also adds improved DNxHD and DNxHR support, false colour monitoring, expanded focus options and new screen rotation features to the Video Assist 5-inch model. The Blackmagic Video Assist Firmware Update 2.3 is free and available for download now directly from the Blackmagic Design website here. Check out more details on all that’s new in Firmware 2.3 below.

Blackmagic Video Assist 3D LUTs Firmware 2.3

Blackmagic Video Assist Firmware 2.3 New Features

  • Upload up to 6 x 3D LUTs on both Blackmagic Video Assist & Video Assist 4K
  • MXF wrapper to DNxHD for the Blackmagic Video Assist
  • DNxHD different bit-rates – DNxHD 220,145 and 45 for the Blackmagic Video Assist
  • False Colour monitoring to the Blackmagic Video Assist
  • Expanded options for Focus Assist to include Red, Green, Blue and White as well as Peaking
  • Manual control for screen orientation
  • Extended HDMI luminance range for the Blackmagic Video Assist
  • Improved screen colorimetry on Blackmagic Video Assist
  • Improved fan audible noise on the Blackmagic Video Assist

Minimum system requirements for Mac OS/Windows

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra or later
  • macOS 10.11 El Capitan
  • USB 2.0 port for software updates
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • USB 2.0 port for software updates

Blackmagic Video Assist Firmware Update 2.3

“Blackmagic Video Assist is perfect for customers that need better monitoring and higher quality recording,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “This new update adds incredible LUT monitoring to both models, and brings some of the same powerful high end features from the 7” Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model to customers that have the 5 inch Blackmagic Video Assist model.

We think the massive number of features on the 5 inch Video Assist model is amazing when you consider it only costs $495! Thats why Blackmagic Video Assist has become an essential part of every filmmakers toolkit because they help customers shoot and capture higher quality video with everything from DSLRs to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras!”

Download Firmware 2.3 from Blackmagic Design here.

Blackmagic Video Assist False Color

The Video Assist 4K and now the Video Assist have come a long way since they hit the market, and since I reviewed the Video Assist 4K (my review unit at the time didn’t even have DNxHD) earlier this year. You can check out my review here.

Now with previous firmware updates and especially the latest firmware 2.3, which is probably the most substantial update these models have received, the Blackmagic Video Assist and Video Assist 4K are becoming an even more desirable piece of kit for budget oriented filmmakers and appear as much more mature products ready to tackle just about any level of production.

Order links: 

  • Blackmagic Video Assist 5-inch – $895 (B&H, Adorama)
  • Blackmagic Video Assist 4K – $495 (B&H, Adorama)

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