updated 09:05 am EST, Thu December 18, 2003
DeckLink HDTV upgrade
today released a public beta of DeckLink v4.2pb, a major software update for the entire DeckLink product range offering significant enhancements to HDTV capabilities. New features in DeckLink v4.2 include a real time HDTV to standard definition down conversion and the "world's first" HDTV real time effects on a HD QuickTime video card. In addition, all standard definition DeckLink models are compatible with the new HDTV down converter, and can now play back HDTV video out to NTSC or PAL standard definition video in realtime.
The new HD down conversion allows any HD
edit to be mastered out to standard definition instantly. For example a 1080i/50 HD edit can now be down converted in real time to PAL, or a 1080i/59.94 edit can be playback back in NTSC. The DeckLink cards will resize the HD image down to standard definition, and they also keep the the correct field order, and translate them correctly.
This matches perfectly with DeckLink HD's unique ability to instantly switch between HDTV SDI and standard definition PAL and NTSC SDI video. During down conversion processing video color space is correctly translated from HD to SD. Down conversion works in both 8- and 10-bit video with available for Final Cut Pro users.
DeckLink HD also features 3-way color correction, and image control effects in real time at full HDTV resolution, which the company says is "a first for uncompressed QuickTime capture cards." The Blackmagic Real Time HDTV Color Corrector operates as a professional primary color corrector commonly found in high end telecine suites. Realtime color correction allows color treatments to be added to video clips in an edit and then instantly played back in real time without time consuming rendering.
"This is a massive upgrade for all DeckLink users, and with the real time down
conversion from uncompressed HDTV to standard definition video PAL or NTSC, we
have actually given all our standard definition DeckLink users a free upgrade
to HDTV capabilities. There is just no better HDTV production tool on the
market today!" Says Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design, "Combined with real
time color correction on DeckLink this proves our belief that video cards are
not just a simple pipe for video io, but a true companion that needs to work
with you, and help you through every step of the production process tending to
all your creative needs"
Blackmagic DeckLink v4.2 is available for download now as a public beta to all DeckLink customers running on Mac OS X, and is available at no charge.