Blackmagic Video Assist 3G vs 6G vs 12G: Which would you buy

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Blackmagic Video Assist 3G vs 6G vs 12G: Which would you buy

PostSat Jan 22, 2022 7:48 am

I am currently using an Atomos Shinobi for monitoring but need a monitor with a recording function to record visuals from a device that has a 1080p HDMI output. I am only recording indoors so brightness is not much of an issue. I can get the monitors used for the prices below. I am leaning towards the 3G or 12G for BRAW recording. The 12G would let me record to my BMPCC6K SSDs but is quite pricey.

Which one would you choose and why?
    Video Assist 6G (300€)
    1920x1080 display
    10 bit 4:2:2 1080p/60 ProRes SD recording
    Video Assist 3G (400€)
    1920 x 1200 300 Nits display
    10 bit 4:2:2 1080p/60 BRAW SD recording
    Video Assist 12G (570€)
    1920 x 1080 2500 Nits display
    10 bit 4:2:2 2160p/60 BRAW SSD recording
Any help is highly appreciated!
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Re: Blackmagic Video Assist 3G vs 6G vs 12G: Which would you

PostSat Jan 22, 2022 1:14 pm

you cant record BRAW to the video assist from a BMD pocket camera - only 1080 prores
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Re: Blackmagic Video Assist 3G vs 6G vs 12G: Which would you

PostSat Jan 22, 2022 4:56 pm

I was thinking I could record BRAW from any source and was planning to use the VA only to record a device that creates visuals using HDMI. But I guess then there is no reason for choosing the G3 over the G6 right?
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Re: Blackmagic Video Assist 3G vs 6G vs 12G: Which would you

PostSat Jan 22, 2022 5:31 pm

the 3G and 12G are the newer ones and will also supported with latest firmware

and the BRAW record option is only for cameras they can output BRAW!

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
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Re: Blackmagic Video Assist 3G vs 6G vs 12G: Which would you

PostSat Jan 22, 2022 5:36 pm

I see. Thanks for clearing that up!
What are the advantages of the latest firmware and which VA would you choose? :)
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Re: Blackmagic Video Assist 3G vs 6G vs 12G: Which would you

PostSun Jan 23, 2022 1:13 am

if i can (especially with blackmagic) i would always choose the current model!
and these are the 3G and 12G models.

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Re: Blackmagic Video Assist 3G vs 6G vs 12G: Which would you

PostWed Feb 02, 2022 6:56 am

And for recording HD 1080p, the VA3G is perfect, no need to spend more $ for the 12G, if not recording 4K.
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