updated 01:50 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2007
Blackmagic products at NAB
Blackmagic Design on Monday made three announcements at NAB 2007, including its Multibridge Eclipse editing solution (pictured at right), Intensity Pro high-definition editing card with HDMI, and HDLink Pro for monitoring of DVI/HDMI displays. Blackmagic says that As the third product in its external PCI Express capture and playback product line, it instantly switches between SD, HD and 2K, in 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 video quality. Multibridge Eclipse is the first editing system with 3Gb/s SDI, HDMI and analog video capture and playback, 16 channel audio, and 2K film via SDI resolution capture and playback.
The new 3Gb/s SDI standard connections allow twice the SDI data rate than normal HD-SDI, while retaining compatibility with normal HD-SDI and standard definition SDI equipment: 3Gb/s SDI allows 4:4:4 video using a single BNC type connection, or Blackmagic Design's new 2k via SDI allows high resolution realtime 2048 x 1556 feature film editing. In addition, Multibridge Eclipse includes color management via built in 3D lookup tables. It is priced at $3,500, while the Multibridge Pro is $1,600 and Extreme is $2,600.
The company's new Intensity Pro PCI card is a high-definition editing card with HDMI and analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video capture and playback. Intensity Pro combines the high-quality of HDMI capture and playback with the wide compatibility of analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video and analog audio capture and playback. It enables users to capture directly from the HD camera's image sensor, bypassing the video compression chip for true uncompressed video quality. Available for $350, the card offers higher-than-HDV quality for editing, design and authoring with Intensity Pro. The original Intensity is available for $250.
HDLink Pro for DVI and HDMI displays features 2K support via 3Gb/s SDI, built-in 3D lookup tables, and 6 channel audio. HDLink Pro allows any supported DVI or HDMI display to be used for incredible HD-SDI monitoring. It supports the new 3Gb/s SDI standard for twice the SDI data rate than normal HD-SDI: the 3Gb/s SDI retains compatibility with normal HD-SDI and standard definition SDI equipment, while the higher 3Gb/s data rate allows 4:4:4 video using a single BNC type connection, or Blackmagic Design's new 2k via SDI allows high-resolution realtime 2048 x 1556 feature film editing. HDLink works with Blackmagic's new Multibridge Eclipse, for easy, realtime 2048 x 1556 2K feature film resolution playback on a 30-inch display. It is available for for $800.