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Digital Voodoo debuts SD|Spark video card for FCP

updated 08:50 am EDT, Mon September 12, 2005

SD|Spark for FCP

Australia-based today announced its SD|Spark video card, its video capture card designed for Final Cut Pro. The SD|Spark is a multipurpose SD SDI/Analog QuickTime video card that caters to both the boutique and studio video professional with a unique number of SD SDI and analog video and audio I/O connections and options, including 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. The SD|Spark also supports Final Cut Pro HD's RT Extreme architecture, enabling seamless realtime playback of effects such as 3 way color correction, additive dissolves and cross dissolves eliminating the need to render.

In addition, the SD|Sark offers 10-bit RGB I/O and 10-/12-bit single-/dual-link SD SDI I/O as well as fill and key outputs and an internal keyer for logo insertion for broadcast designers. It supports all 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 video card supports 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 .

The SD|Spark 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 also comes with a stable, broadcast quality genlocking circuit design, ensuring an output which meets the most stringent of broadcast jitter requirements.

The SD|Spark is compatible with Mac OS X Panther, QuickTime 6.5.2. and the latest range of G5 workstations from Apple. The SD|Spark will support any Apple QuickTime-compatible application such as Shake, Combustion, Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. Digital Voodoo 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.

"SD|Spark is a multipurpose dedicated Apple QuickTime video card deliberately targeted towards the growing number of boutique video professionals who want to work with the uncompressed SDI video, and have the option to simply change connections and upgrade to studio professional equipment. Digital Voodoo made its name with studio professional compatible products. Now we have provided video and audio connections to inexpensive equipment whilst continuing to provide connections to professional video and audio devices, all in a single video card catering for a wider range of video professional."

SD|Spark is available from Digital Voodoo resellers worldwide and retails for $1,500.

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