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Blackmagic Updates DeckLink

New 4.1 version adds SD and HD improvements By Dave Nagel
Blackmagic Design has released a new version of its DeckLink software for its line of uncompressed video capture cards. The new 4.1 version adds a new utility, new keying support and improvements for HD. It's available now for Mac OS X.

The DeckLink line of capture boards 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.

DeckLink software offers real-time color correction, dissolves and effects. It supports NTSC and PAL and includes a 64-bit RGB codec, as well as support for AJA, Pinnacle and Digital Voodoo codecs. In supported applications, it offers native YUV rendering, and it includes a universal Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows codec. The new 4.1 release supports keying on all standard-definition DeckLink boards via Blackmagic LiveKey, adds a new Disk Speed Test utility and offers improvements for DeckLink HD cards.

DeckLink 4.1 for Mac OS X is available as a free update for DeckLink users. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and 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

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