System requirements

  • Operating system: macOS version 10.13 or later.

For use with Blackmagic Recorder:

  • Drivers: Blackmagic Desktop Video (If you want to use a Blackmagic capture device)
  • For Apple Sillicon computers: The next generation of ”BlackMagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder”, i.e. ”Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Recorder 3G” is required

macOS 11.0 (Big Sur)

When upgrading to macOS 11.0 "Big Sur" and are using a Blackmagic capture device, make sure to upgrade your Blackmagic Desktop Video drivers to the latest beta version, which has Big Sur support*

The latest BlackMagic Desktop Video SW, required for Big Sur, does support BlackMagic Thunderbolt Ultra Studio models; though others e.g. Intensity Shuttle are not supported at the moment

Installing Blackmagic Desktop Video drivers

When upgrading to macOS 11.0 "Big Sur" and are using a Blackmagic capture device, make sure to upgrade your Blackmagic Desktop Video drivers to the latest version, which has Big Sur support by doing accordingly:

  1. Go to Blackmagic Design download page
  2. In the lower left corner, press "Download only"
  3. Open and install

You may have to open the Security & privacy preferences to allow the extension to be installed. Open the Apple menu > System preferences > Security & Privacy, and click to "Allow" the Blackmagic Desktop Video installer to continue. If the "Allow" button is greyed out you need to unlock the settings panel by clicking the lock in the bottom left corner. System software blocked by Apple

On Apple Silicon computers

On a Mac with Apple silicon, you may first need to use Startup Security Utility to set the security policy to Reduced Security and select the “Allow user management of kernel extensions from identified developers” checkbox.

  1. On the Mac with Apple silicon, choose Apple menu > Shut Down.
  2. Press and hold the power button until you see “Loading startup options.”
  3. Click Options, then click Continue. If requested, enter the password for an administrator account. Your Mac opens in Recovery mode.
  4. In macOS Recovery, choose Utilities > Startup Security Utility.
  5. Select the startup disk you want to use to set the security policy. If the disk is encrypted with FileVault, click Unlock, enter the password, then click Unlock.
  6. Click Security Policy.
  7. Select Reduced Security, enter your administrator user name and password, then do select the “Allow user management of kernel extensions from identified developers” checkbox to allow installation of software that uses legacy kernel extensions, select the “Allow remote management of kernel extensions and automatic software updates” Security policy
  8. Click OK.
  9. Restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.

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