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Blackmagic Ships DeckLink Pro

Capture cards supports 10-bit uncompressed with SDI I/O By Dave Nagel
Blackmagic Design has started shipping its DeckLink Pro video capture board. DeckLink Pro is a 10-bit QuickTime capture and editing board with uncompressed SDI input and output and support for real-time effects. It supports Mac OS X and Windows.

DeckLink Pro 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.

DeckLink Pro also includes 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. It sells for $1,295. 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

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