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Blackmagic debuts Dual Link HDTV card

updated 02:25 pm EST, Thu February 16, 2006

Dual Link HDTV SDI capture

Blackmagic Design has announced a new low-cost Dual Link HDTV 4:4:4 12-bit SDI capture card with high-quality 14-bit analog video monitoring. The DeckLink HD Pro PCIe instantly switches between HDTV and standard definition modes, giving editors greater flexibility and choice when working in a variety of formats, according to the company. Due to its Dual Link 4:4:4 video quality and unique Blackmagic-designed 14-bit analog video outputs, DeckLink HD Pro PCIe is the highest quality broadcast video card available and is designed for the most demanding high-end television and feature film post production. The DeckLink HD Pro PCIe is available now for $1,200.

"We have repeatedly been asked by the high end feature film industry and
visual effects post production houses for a very low cost uncompressed
high definition dual link 4:4:4 card that also easily handles 4:2:2 video
and standard definition," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "Now
our customers can afford to install multiple workstations with 4:4:4 video
quality, cost-effectively; that's vital when working on very large creative
jobs that involve many people."

The DeckLink HD Pro PCIe features twin HD-SDI inputs and outputs for 4:4:4
high definition connections, or it can instantly switch to 4:2:2 HD-SDI
or standard definition SDI. It also includes high-quality 14-bit analog video monitoring output that also switches between high definition and standard definition--so users don't need to reconnect cables when switching standards.

For additional connectivity, DeckLink HD Pro PCIe also features SPDIF/unbalanced
AES audio input and SPDIF/unbalanced AES audio out, word-clock out, Tri-Sync/Black Burst reference input and a built in RS-422 remote control port for broadcast deck control.

DeckLink HD Pro features a new high-speed PCI Express 4 lane interface
for the latest Apple PowerMac G5 (with PCI Express slots). The company says that DeckLink HD Pro PCIe is "the only" capture card on the market that supports both Mac OS X and Windows XP with the same hardware card. The card is compatible
with Apple Final Cut Pro HD, Premiere Pro 2.0, and many other applications
on both platforms.




by MacNN Staff

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