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Blackmagic Lowers Prices on DeckLink Boards

Upgrade/crossgrade offered for HD card as well By Dave Nagel
Blackmagic Design today announced that it's lowered prices on three of its video capture and editing boards for Apple FInal Cut Pro: DeckLink, DeckLink SP and DeckLink Pro. The company has also announced an upgrade and crossgrade offer for its HD line of DeckLink boards.

The DeckLink Pro cared has been reduced to $995 from its previous $1,295. DeckLink Pro is a 10-bit QuickTime capture and editing board with uncompressed SDI input and output and support for real-time effects. It also offers eight channels of S/PDIF digital audio output for 5.1- or 7.1-channel surround sound monitoring. Other features include:

  • Fully digital SMPTE-259M 10-bit SDI input and output;
  • Separate SDI video and analog component YUV video monitoring outputs;
  • Four S/PDIF digital audio outputs for eight-channel audio monitoring;
  • Genlock input;
  • Uncompressed 10-bit and 8-bit capture and playback;
  • Built-in DV bridge;
  • Compressed full-resolution JPEG capture and playback mode;
  • Sony-compatible RS-422 serial deck control port;
  • Real time 10-bit color correction, dissolves and image control effects, upgradable through free downloads;
  • Extended desktop feature that allows for the use of a studio monitor to be used as a second computer monitor;
  • Switchable between NTSC and PAL;
  • 64-bit RGB codec;
  • Support for Pinnacle, AJA Video and Digital Voodoo formats;
  • YUV native rendering in supported applications.



The DeckLink SP card has been reduced to $895 from its original $1,095. It's an uncompressed video card with analog stereo audio for connecting to analog decks, such as Betacam SP. It offers analog component YUV video input and output, with stereo balanced analog XLR audio. It also features 10-bit uncompressed SDI video output with eight channels of embedded SDI audio, along with a S/PDIF digital audio output. It also shares several of the other features available in the new DeckLink Pro, including:

  • Genlock input;
  • Uncompressed 10-bit and 8-bit capture and playback;
  • Built-in DV bridge;
  • Compressed full-resolution JPEG capture and playback mode;
  • Sony-compatible RS-422 serial deck control port;
  • Real time 10-bit color correction, dissolves and image control effects, upgradable through free downloads;
  • Extended desktop feature that allows for the use of a studio monitor to be used as a second computer monitor;
  • Switchable between NTSC and PAL;
  • 64-bit RGB codec;
  • Support for Pinnacle, AJA Video and Digital Voodoo formats;
  • YUV native rendering in supported applications.


The original SDI DeckLink board has now been reduced to $695. The original model includes support for 10- and 8-bit capture and playback and features digital SMPTE-259 10-bit input and output, separate SDI video and S/PDIF audio monitor connections, internal SDI video synch generation, a DV bridge for editing and outputting DV-formatted video, deck control through an RS-422-compatible port and support for an extended desktop so that windows from any application can be played through a studio monitor.

Also new is Blackmagic's upgrade and crossgrade offer for its HD boards. Now users of AJA's Kona SD or HD boards can trade in their cards for the DeckLink HD board for $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. It also offers full PCI-X 133/100 speeds. It normally sells for $1,995.

All models also include Blackmagic's Deck control software for broadcast tape deck capture and playback, as well as a universal free software codec for Mac OS X, Mac OS 9 and Windows. The cards themselves support Mac OS X. For more information, visit http://www.decklink.com/.


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, Apple DVD Studio Pro, 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 dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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