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DeckLink 4.0 Supports Final Cut Pro 4

Free update adds RT Extreme, multichannel audio support to DeckLink capture boards By Dave Nagel
Blackmagic Design has released a new version of its DeckLink software for its line of uncompressed video capture cards. According to the company, the new 4.0 beta supports new features in the upcoming release of Apple's Final Cut Pro 4, which is due out this weekend. DeckLink 4.0 is available for download now.

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 4.0 version adds support for new features in Final Cut Pro 4, including RT Extreme and multichannel audio for output of up to eight simultaneous channels of audio.

Other features include desktop output to an NTSC display for applications like Adobe Photoshop; support for 16-bit rendering in After Effects; support for Discreet Combustion quick capture; and real-time RAM previews.

DeckLink 4.0 is available now as a free download for DeckLink users. 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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