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Blackmagic Design Ships DeckLink Multibridge

All in one analog converter and breakout box with USB-based visual control software (December 13, 2004)

Today Blackmagic Design announced DeckLink Multibridge is now shipping to customers worldwide. Also released is DeckLink Multibridge Utility, a new software application to allow visual control of settings for easy configuration via USB connection. DeckLink Multibridge Utility v1.0 is compatible with both Mac OS X, and Windows XP, and uses an innovative rear connector view of DeckLink Multibridge so users can rapidly change settings via fast and easy to understand interface, that's a dramatic improvement over little dip switches other converters use.

DeckLink Multibridge is the first all in one analog converter that at only US$1,995 handles any conversion task in both HDTV and Standard Definition video, while combining both video and analog conversion into the single converter with 4:2:2 or feature film 4:4:4 video sampling quality.

DeckLink Multibridge handles all YUV video conversion in & out as well as composite NTSC/PAL including 4 channels of analog XLR professional audio in & out and a massive 8 channels of AES/EBU audio in & out all on the one converter. DeckLink Multibridge also contains powerful processing features such as broadcast quality HD down conversion.

DeckLink Multibridge is very flexible, and can connect analog decks such as Betacam SP to SDI, or it can be added to any editing and design workstation to get the ultimate SDI tethered breakout box.

"Since the announcement of DeckLink Multibridge, we have been totally swamped with orders, and we know it will become one of this classic post production products." Said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design, "Finally there's a solution to the clutter of adding little converters for video and audio, because DeckLink Multibridge combines all audio and video conversion plus HD down conversion into a single product."

DeckLink Multibridge Product Features
Dual Link HD-SDI 4:4:4 supports makes DeckLink Multibridge the industry's leading converter in terms of video quality. Dual Link 4:4:4 support is combined with 14 bit digital to analog conversion, for high precision video conversion.

The Dual Link 4:4:4 television standard contains additional color detail on the second HD-SDI link for full RGB color bandwidth, as well as an extra 2 bits per color channel of extra precision allowing for 12 bit SDI. DeckLink Multibridge has the precision to take advantage of 4:4:4 quality levels, important when working with 12 bit log video for digital film applications.

Bi-Directional Conversion
An important feature of DeckLink Multibridge is the ability to convert between SDI and analog audio and video, as well as analog to SDI, simultaneously. Bi-Directional conversion is important when connecting analog decks such as Betacam SP into SDI based digital systems, and eliminates the multitude of small converter modules that are currently required.

DeckLink Multibridge will connect to any equipment in a facility and can be used as a standalone converter, SDI tethered break out box for editing systems, a high quality 4:4:4 HD-SDI input converter for video monitors, or as an SDI audio embedder or de-embedder. DeckLink Multibridge also features large 64 MB memory buffering allowing conversion from unstable analog video sources such as VHS decks.

DeckLink Multibridge makes an ideal breakout box for editing and design workstations because it includes all types of connections, being fully dual rate HDTV and Standard Definition compatible it will move with users as they cross over to HDTV workflow's. Additional benefits when used as a breakout box include the ability to place it up to the full 300 feet SDI cable length from an editing station or to connect it via a routing switcher.

Analog and Digital Audio Support
DeckLink Multibridge supports both analog and digital audio conversion. For analog, 4 channels in and out of balanced +4dB audio on standard XLR connectors is included as standard. 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio in and out is also built in on an industry standard multi channel DB-25 connector. Analog or AES/EBU audio can be embedded and de-embedded into any SDI audio group in either HD-SDI or Standard Definition SDI.

For studio audio monitoring, DeckLink Multibridge features high quality unbalanced audio outputs on RCA connectors. This lets users adopt lower cost HiFi equipment for in-suite monitoring.

Real Time Video Processor
Powerful real time video processing and a large 64MB buffer memory allow DeckLink Multibridge to provide great processing features such as HD down conversion, and in the future other features can be added such as title safe markers, logo keying and even video legalization. Further information is provided on the Blackmagic Design web site about current software features.

USB Control & Firmware Updates
DeckLink Multibridge features a USB 2.0 connection on the front panel lets users change settings and fine tune video levels by plugging into the front of the converter. Our new DeckLink Multibridge Utility v1.0 allows users to see a graphical rear panel connector view so changing settings is simple and fast.

That's important when users need to view rack mounted waveform monitors while making adjustments. Software updates are via USB and this lets users update DeckLink Multibridge when new features are released.

Reversible Rack Mount
DeckLink Multibridge was designed with reversible rack mounting letting users install the product connectors to the front for breakout box use, or install connectors to the rear, for traditional analog converter operation. Power connectors are positioned on both the front and rear panels so users can hide power cabling.

Two Models
DeckLink Multibridge is dual rate and operates in both Standard Definition and High Definition, while DeckLink Multibridge SD is a lower cost model that operates in Standard Definition only, important when HD support is not required.

DeckLink Multibridge providing HD and SD support is available now from Blackmagic Design Authorized Resellers worldwide for a recommended retail price of US$1,995. DeckLink Multibridge SD will be available in approx. 1-2 weeks.

DeckLink Multibridge Utility v1.0 is available now from the Blackmagic Design web site at no charge, and allows configuration and settings on all Multibridge models.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design manufactures the world's highest quality broadcast video cards for the post production and television broadcast industries. It's DeckLink family of leading quality video cards has changed the industry and made HDTV more affordable for everyone. Blackmagic Design is also a leader in video converters and routing switchers for broadcast, and post production.

Blackmagic Design has quickly moved to an industry leading position with the first uncompressed 10 bit QuickTime video card for Mac OS X, the first uncompressed real time effects on Mac OS X, the first 10 bit uncompressed video card to also offer compressed video modes, the first film Cinema Tools compatible film editing solution, the first full resolution HDTV real time effects, and the first film quality uncompressed 10 bit HDTV QuickTime card. Blackmagic Design is the first company to include dual link 4:4:4 support in it's entire range of video converters.

Blackmagic Design is the only company founded by leading editors and engineering people from the post production industry. This industry knowledge and experience from our Singapore post production operations is constantly fed back into our products allowing us to introduce the most amazing creative tools for the industry. Blackmagic Design has sales offices in Las Vegas, USA, Amsterdam, TheNetherlands, Tokyo, Japan and International Plaza in Singapore. BlackmagicDesign's headquarters, manufacturing, and development facility is locatedin the post production district of South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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