updated 04:55 pm EST, Mon February 16, 2009
New Blackmagic cards
Peripheral builder Blackmagic has begun shipping three new capture cards, intended for video production. Leading these is the DeckLink HD Extreme, which combines HDMI, S-Video and analog component support with dual-link 3Gbps SDI technology; this lets film editors work in 2K resolution. The card additionally features hardware down-conversion, NTSC and PAL support, and balanced audio whether in analog or AES/EBU. Cost is set at $995.
The DeckLink Studio, priced at $695, omits HDMI and concentrates on SDI, composite, analog component and S-Video connections. The card retains hardware down-conversion however, and supplies four analog, eight SDI and two AES/EBU audio channels. RS-422 deck control is available, as is blackburst and tri-sync reference input.
The DeckLink SDI is an alternate version of the Studio, devoted solely to 10-bit SD/HD-SDI capture and display. All other video and audio formats have been removed, leaving only the SDI connections and eight channels of audio, plus reference inputs and RS-422. The card costs $395.
[DeckLink HD Extreme]