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Digital Voodoo announces SD|Spark, future support

updated 07:20 pm EDT, Fri April 22, 2005

Digital Voodoo at NAB

this week introduced the SD | Spark video card, which is compatible with Mac OS X Panther, Final Cut Pro HD and the G5 series of workstations. SD | Spark is a multipurpose uncompressed SD SDI / analog QuickTime video card that offers a unique number of SD SDI and analog video and audio I/O connections and options. Digital Voodoo also announced that it intendeds to support the forthcoming H.264 codec, QuickTime 7, Mac OS X Tiger operating system, and the future releases of Final Cut Pro beyond Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 for its entire line of uncompressed SD SDI / Analog and HD SDI video cards.

SD|Spark offers 10-/12-bit SD SDI I/O, 12-bit analog component, composite, s-video I/O, a built in A/D and D/A converter, DV, DVC Pro, DVC Pro 50, Photo JPEG I/O, 2 channels of balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analog audio, embedded audio I/O and 8 channels of SP/DIF audio I/O for monitoring 5.1 surround sound from inexpensive consumer digital audio devices.

"Digital Voodoo did a great deal of work to rewrite a unified OSX driver that supports available QuickTime codecs including compression codecs such as DV in QuickTime 6.5.2 and Panther OSX. The logical extension for us is to include support for the H.264 codec with the release of QuickTime 7 and the Tiger OSX," said Craige Mott, Managing Director of Digital Voodoo.

In addition, SD | Spark offers 10-bit RGB I/O and 10-/12-bit single-/dual- link SD SDI I/O - the highest quality SD SDI video available. Fill and key outputs and an internal keyer for logo insertion are included features as well. Final Cut Pro compression codecs including DV, DVC Pro, DVC Pro 50 and Photo JPEG I/O are supported for low bit rate projects. The card also includes embedded audio and 6 channels of AES/EBU XLR digital audio connections I/O with built in sample rate converters for 5.1 surround sound monitoring from professional audio devices.

It also supports desktop preview allowing the SD-SDI monitor to function as a second desktop enabling digital artists to view content on a broadcast monitor. SD | Spark comes with a stable, broadcast quality genlocking circuit design, ensuring an output which meets the most stringent of broadcast jitter requirements.

The SD|Spark supports Final Cut Pro HD's RT Extreme architecture, enabling seamless real-time playback of effects such as three-way color correction, additive dissolves and cross dissolves eliminating the need to render. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, QuickTime 6.5.2 and the latest range of G5 workstations from Apple, the SD|Spark will support any QuickTime-compatible application, including Shake, Combustion, Adobe After Effects and Photoshop.

Digital Voodoo says it is committed to supporting future operating system releases, QuickTime releases, Final Cut Pro releases and workstation releases from Apple as free driver upgrades for the SD | Spark.

"Digital Voodoo did a great deal of work to rewrite a unified OSX driver that supports available QuickTime codecs including compression codecs such as DV in QuickTime 6.5.2 and Panther OSX. The logical extension for us is to include support for the H.264 codec with the release of QuickTime 7 and the Tiger OSX," said Craige Mott, Managing Director of Digital Voodoo.

The SD|Spark is available from Digital Voodoo resellers worldwide and retail for $2,500.




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