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Blackmagic Updates DeckLink Software

New version gets real-time color correction, expanded support for uncompressed formats By Dave Nagel
Blackmagic Design has updated the software for its DeckLink video capture and editing board. The new version, 2.4, adds real-time color correction capabilities and expands support for uncompressed 8- and 10-bit formats. The update is available now for Mac OS X.

DeckLink 2.4 adds real-time color correction (primary colors) and support for Digital Voodoo's 8- and 10-bit uncompressed QuickTime formats. It also supports Pinnacle's CineWave and Viewgraphics Video Pump uncompressed formats. Other features of the card itself and the software include:

  • SMPTE-259M 10-bit SDI input and output;
  • Separate SDI monitor connection;
  • Internal SDI video sync;
  • Built-in DV bridge;
  • JPOEG capture and playback mode;
  • RS-422-compatible serial deck control port;
  • Real-time effects and transitions;
  • Expanded desktop support for viewing graphics on a studio monitor;
  • 64-bit RGB codec rendering;
  • YUV native rendering;
  • NTSC and PAL support;
  • Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2.

The Blackmagic DeckLink card also includes a universal DeckLink codec for sharing files between the Mac OS X workstation and systems running Mac OS 9 and Windows. The card itself runs $999, while updates for the software are free. 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, 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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