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Digital Voodoo Cards To Support OS X

Drivers demonstrated at Macworld By Dave Nagel
Digital Voodoo, the maker of several editing and broadcast design boards, says its cards will support Mac OS X in the near future. The company also announced Final Cut Pro 3 support for its Iridium and D1 desktop lines. The cards were demonstrated at the Macworld Expo running Final Cut Pro on OS X.

The OS X releases will come in two stages. First, the company will release next month a set of drivers for its entire product line, offering basic functionality for each of its cards (including the D1 Desktop AV). Following this, some time in March there will be an update to enable the real-time features of the higher-end cards.


The D1 Desktop series includes the D1 Desktop 64, the D1 Desktop 64 Lite and the D1 Desktop AV. All of the cards are 10-bit SMPTE 259M SDI standard-def QuickTime video cards. The 64 and 64 Lite models offer dual-channel video output and can be set for "video and video," "video and alpha key" or full dual link 4:4:4:4. The AV offers audio features rather than the key output of the 64 and 64 Lite. All of them, when not being used for real-time video, can output to a studio monitor, which can be used as if it were a standard computer monitor. The AV model sells for $3,495. The 64 sells for $3,995. And the 64 Lite sells for $1,495.

The Iridium models include the Iridium SD and Iridium HD, both of which are output-only cards targeted toward broadcast designers. The HD model supports high-definition in any application that also supports high definition. It offers 10-bit 4:2:2:4 or 4:4:4:4 dual-link video directly in YUV colorspace. It sells for $6,995. For more information, visit http://www.digitalvoodoo.net.

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 dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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