updated 02:00 pm EST, Fri January 12, 2007
DeckLink HD Studio ships
Blackmagic Design has begun shipping DeckLink HD Studio, which the company claims is the first playback card to support both HDMI and analog component video. DeckLink HD Studio allows users to capture from HDMI cameras or decks, as well as analog decks and set top boxes. HDMI playback and analog playback supports connectivity to a wide range of video monitors, big screen televisions, and video projectors. DeckLink HD Studio instantly switches between HD and SD, enabling users to work with almost any deck, camera or monitor, according to Blackmagic. The device offers 10-bit capture and playback, 4-lane PCI Express connectivity, and 14-bit digital-to-analog conversion. DeckLink HD Studio also features the same uncompressed and compressed file formats used by all DeckLink cards, allowing large storage area network-based systems to use shared video files. The card is compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple's Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and any DirectShow- or QuickTime-based software. DeckLink HD Studio is available for $1,000.