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Blackmagic Intros Sub-$2,000 HD Board

DeckLink HD offers 10-bit uncompressed capture By Dave Nagel
Blackmagic Design today introduced the DeckLink HD, a 10-bit uncompressed high-definition capture board. The new model is designed specifically for the Macintosh G5 models that include 100 MHz or 133 MHz 64-bit PCI-X slots for high-definition operation, though it also supports standard-definition capture in older Mac models with 33 MHz PCI slots. It's expected to ship in three to four weeks for $1,995.

The DeckLink HD is a QuickTime-based capture card for Mac OS X that supports standard definition SDI video, as well as full HDTV video formats. It can be switched on the fly between SD SMPTE-259M SDI video and HD SMPTE-292M SDI video for 1080i, 1080p and 720p video editing and design. It offers HD-SDI and SD-SDI video and audio I/O, as well as a Sony-compatible RS422 serial deck control port and a second independent HD/SD-SDI and S/PDIF outputs for video and audio monitoring. The card operates in 10-bit uncompressed and 8-bit compressed video formats and includes the Blackmagic codec, which supports 64-bit rendering in applications like Adobe After Effects.

Other features include:

  • Fully digital SMPTE-259M/SMPTE-292M 10 bit SDI input and output;
  • Internal SDI sync generation;
  • Built-in SD DV bridge;
  • Real-time SD effects and support for Final Cut Pro's RT Extreme;
  • Extended Desktop support in SD mode for using a studio monitor as an additional computer display;
  • Support for NTSC and PAL;
  • Support for 1080i/50, 29.97 and 30;1080p/23.976 and 24; and 720p/59.94 and 30;
  • YUV native rendering in applications that support YUV, such as FCP 4;
  • Free universal codec for Mac OS X, Mac OS 9 and Windows.

The DeckLink HD will ship in three to four weeks with support for Mac OS X, including 10.2.7 and 10.3. It sells for $1,995. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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