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Blackmagic Design Ships New DeckLink Software Update

Varicam support allows HD editing on all DeckLink HD models (November 19, 2004)

Today Blackmagic Design announced the immediate availability of DeckLink for Macintosh v4.7 software update which is available today at no charge to all DeckLink users.

This update provides Varicam capture and over-cranking support on all DeckLink HD models. This new software update also adds a new hardware based HD down converter on DeckLink HD Pro 4:4:4 models that allows simultaneous playback in both HD-SDI and SD-SDI and SD analog component video. Also available is 14 bit 5x over-sampled composite NTSC/PAL video output on DeckLink HD Pro models.

New Features in DeckLink v4.7 for Mac OS X

Varicam Support.
All DeckLink HD series cards support full capture of Varicam material. Additional 720p Easy Setups have been provided, in Final Cut Pro HD and Blackmagic Deck Control, for speeds of 24, 25 and 30 Hz. The 720p/25Hz Easy Setup supports the use of Varicam at a PAL frame rate.

Varicam Over-cranking.
Over-cranking can now be performed with all DeckLink HD series cards for the smooth display of slow motion video. VariCam footage recorded at 59.94 or 60fps can be captured and played back by DeckLink HD series cards at a slower frame rate, such as 24fps, presenting a slow motion playback effect on screen.

To use this feature, users edit at a slow frame rate such as 24, 25 or 30 fps, and then shoot and capture higher speed clips such as 60 fps.

Composite Video Out on DeckLink HD Pro
Composite NTSC/PAL output available on DeckLink HD Pro dual link models. This output can be switched between RGB/YUV or composite NTSC/PAL when running in standard definition mode. This composite output is high quality 14 bit digitally synthesized and 5x over-sampled for high quality and low chroma crawl.

Simultaneous HD & SD Output
Simultaneous HD & SD output is supported on DeckLink HD Pro in 25 and 29.97 fps. DeckLink HD Pro Dual link outputs can now perform hardware down conversion enabling simultaneous output of both SD and HD video. Hardware down conversion outputs HD video through the HD-SDI output to deck (second top BNC port).

SD video outputs from both the HD-SDI Monitoring Output (top BNC port) and the analog video outputs in YUV or composite NTSC/PAL through the breakout cable. Hardware down conversion can be used with any HDTV 1080 material in any of the 8-bit, 10-bit, PhotoJPEG or DVCPRO HD formats. This format is great for down-converting and making a quick VHS dub via the new composite analog output setting.

Down conversion also works in desktop mode, as long as the desktop frame rate is set to 25 or 29.97 fps. This is important when users are working in Photoshop in 16:9, as the down conversion can be used to convert graphics from 16:9 to anamorphic output on SD.

Anamorphic Down Conversion.
All DeckLink cards can now perform HDTV to Anamorphic SDTV (16:9) down conversion in addition to Letterbox SDTV down conversion in both the hardware and software down converters.

New Down Conversion Preferences.
The DeckLink system preferences now include options for both software and hardware down conversion for easy setting.

DeckLink HD Family
Blackmagic Design features 4 models of dual rate HD-SDI and standard definition SDI video cards. Starting at an amazing $595, DeckLink HD is the perfect entry-level SDI card for both HD and SD. Add genlock and AES audio in and out and DeckLink HD Plus is a great SDI based solution for larger systems.

DeckLink HD Pro models are available in two models, and include additional high quality analog video monitoring. DeckLink HD Pro single link 4:2:2 retails for US$1,495, and the dual link RGB 4:4:4 DeckLink HD Pro model is US$1,995. All models are shipping now, and available worldwide.

Since DeckLink HD Pro has been released, many people have marveled at the incredible quality of the RGB 10 bit 4:4:4 Blackmagic codec for editing and feature film production. Also popular has been the new high quality 14 bit analog 4:4:4 output, which allows users to monitor video at the highest quality available for digital to analog conversion.

The secret to DeckLink HD Pro's analog output quality is, unlike other off the shelf SDI to analog converters, DeckLink HD Pro's analog video output was designed from the ground up to support the quality of Dual Link 4:4:4 RGB, at the deepest 12 bits of precision as supported in the Dual Link 4:4:4 HD-SDI specification.

DeckLink for Macintosh v4.7 includes all new features and is available now from the Blackmagic Design web site at no charge. Check for download.

Blackmagic DeckLink HD cards are available now from authorized Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide starting from an amazing US$595 for uncompressed 10 bit 4:2:2. Please check for more product details and reseller locations.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design manufactures the world's highest quality video cards for the post production and television broadcast industries, and its founders have been developing SDI video cards since 1994. The latest DeckLink family of leading quality video cards has changed the industry and made uncompressed video and HDTV production tools more affordable for everyone.

Blackmagic Design is the industry leader with an impressive list of firsts. These include 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, such as DV, and DVCPRO HD, the first Cinema Tools compatible film editing solution, the first HD real time effects, and the first film quality uncompressed 10 bit HDTV QuickTime card.

Blackmagic Design is the only company founded by leading editors and engineering people from the post production industry, and is the only video product manufacturer to have real world video production as a core part of its business. This industry knowledge and experience from our Singapore post production operations is constantly fed back into our products.

Blackmagic Design has sales offices in Las Vegas, Amsterdam, and Singapore. Blackmagic Design's headquarters, manufacturing, and development facility is located in the post production district of South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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