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Blackmagic reduces Decklink prices, offers upgrades

updated 08:50 am EST, Thu November 20, 2003

Decklink prices reduced

Blackmagic Design today reduced prices on its high resolution DeckLink video cards. for $1000.

DeckLink cards feature full 10-bit SDI for high-quality video as well as 16-bit RGB rendering in applications such as Adobe After Effects. When used on the G5 platform with the new Final Cut Pro 4.1, multilayer real-time effects editing can be used with full RT Extreme support. Other Decklink features include fully digital SMPTE-259M 10-bit SDI video; uncompressed true 10-bit and uncompressed 8-bit capture and playback modes with a built in DV Bridge in SD and realtime playback from DV edits to video output; compressed full resolution high-quality JPEG output; NTSC/PAL support, high-quality 64-bit RGB codec rendering at trillions of colors; and realtime output for Photoshop to SDI video. The universal free software codec is available for both Mac OS X (both Jaguar and Panther) and Mac OS 9.

Kona SD/HD upgrade plan to DeckLink HD

Kona HD users can upgrade to a much faster card with full PCI-X 133/100 MHz speed, world's first HDTV resolution JPEG capture and playback, and and the ability to instantly switch to standard definition on the same system. Kona SD users get an unprecedented upgrade path to full uncompressed HDTV 10 bit video capture and playback, while still being able to use standard definition now.

"We really know our Kona SD and Kona HD customers will love this upgrade. They now have a firm answer on the future of their video editing system with the amazing power of DeckLink HD." Says Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design "With the more modern design of DeckLink HD, we can provide software based enhancements over time that were just not possible on the older Kona hardware architecture."

DeckLink HD upgrades will require the exchange of the original Kona board to Blackmagic Design. These upgrades will be available direct from the company's offices in the US, Europe or Australia.

by MacNN Staff





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