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Digital Voodoo Intros Mac Editing Boards

Prices lowered on Iridium line By Dave Nagel
Digital Voodoo has introduced several new Macintosh video editing and capture boards. The new models pretty much span the gamut of editing boards, from HD to real-time SD to output-only to a new input/output model geared specifically for broadcast designers. The company has also lowered prices on its Iridium AV output-only card for broadcast designers.

The high-definition PCI-based board is called the HD Fury. It features one HD SDI input, one HD SDI output, Genlock and SD SDI downconversion. It supports dual-stream HD and eight channels of AES/EBU audio at 24-bit/96 kHz, as well as true 10-bit I/O processing. The card is targeted toward HD editors, broadcast designers and compositors. Features include:

  • Fully digital SMPTE 292/296 10 bit SDI Input and Output
  • Real-time, uncompressed 10-bit QuickTime playback
  • Can be selected to operate in 1080i and 1080 PsF television systems
  • Future support for 720p
  • Functions as a second Mac monitor when not in use for real-time uncompressed playback
  • Simultaneous SD SDI downconversion
  • Programmable interface for future updates
  • Built-in safe area generator helps when using applications that don't include this function.

The HD Fury will be available in the second quarter for $11,995.


On the SD side, Digital Voodoo will also debut the Compound SD, an SDI I/O digital and analog processing board. Compound SD is a multiple-format PCI card for the Macintosh that supports 10-bit uncompressed SDI input and output, as well as component RGB, YUV, Y/C and NTSC and PAL composite. It supports multiple layers of video and graphics, as well as six channels of AES/EBU digital audio. (We had previously reported eight channels.) Features include:

  • 64-bit broadcast PCI card for Macintosh
  • Fully digital SMPTE 259M 10-bit SD-SDI capture and output
  • Real-time uncompressed 10-bit input and playback
  • Analog Composite, Component and S-video input and outputs
  • Can be selected to operate in either 525 (NTSC) or 625 (PAL) television systems
  • Video genlock, which allows Compound to be locked to station reference
  • Safe Picture and Title generator
  • Letterbox Function.

Compound will also be available in the second quarter for $4,495.

The company is also introducing a new member of its D1 series of editing boards, the D1 64RT, the successor to the D1 Desktop 64 AV. The new version of the card features multi-stream real-time video, five real-time dissolves and real-time color correction. It's compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects, Premiere and Photoshop. It's features include:

  • 64-bit broadcast PCI card for Macintosh
  • Fully digital SMPTE 259M 10-bit SD-SDI capture and output
  • V 210 10-bit Video format
  • Audio sample rate converter
  • Real-time uncompressed 10-bit input and playback
  • Programmable interface for future upgrades
  • Can be selected to operate in either 525 (NTSC) or 625 (PAL) television systems
  • Video genlock
  • 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio
  • Safe Picture and Title generator
  • Letterbox Function.

The D1 64RT will be available in te second quarter for $3,495.

On the broadcast design side, Digital Voodoo has introduced two models in its new Zenith line and one new model in its existing Iridium line of boards. The Iridium boards are output-only cards targeted toward broadcast designers, while the Zenith line includes inputs and outputs.

The new Zenith line includes Zenith and Dual Zenith. The Zenith allows for capture and playback of uncompressed 10-bit SD-SDI, analog composite, component or S-video. The card features SD-SDI input and dual SD-SDI SMPTE 259M outputs, which are selectable between video and video, video and key 4:2:2:4 or 4:4:4:4 (dual link) via two BNC connectors for live key environments, as well as one analog component input and output for analog tape decks and composite output for VHS client previews in either NTSC (525) or PAL (625) and eight channels of AES/EBU digital audio via "The Junction" audio break out box.

The Dual Zenith takes it a step further with dual SD-SDI inputs and dual SD-SDI SMPTE 259M outputs, which are selectable between video and video, video and key 4:2:2:4 or 4:4:4:4 (dual link) via two BNC connectors for live key environments, as well as one analog component input and output for Betacam SP tape decks and composite output for viewing SD-SDI video on either an NTSC (525) or PAL (625) analog composite monitors and eight channels of AES/EBU digital audio via "The Junction" audio break-out box.

Both Zenith models are compatible with Final Cut Pro, Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, Discreet Combustion, Toolfarm Color Theory DV and Boris FX. Both will be available in the second quarter. The Zenith will sell for $5,695. The Dual Zenith will sell for $5,995.

The new Iridium model, the Iridium AD, outputs uncompressed 10-bit SD-SDI, analog composite, component or S-video. Iridium AD features dual SD-SDI SMPTE 259M outputs, which are selectable between video and video, video and key 4:2:2:4 or 4:4:4:4 (dual link) via two BNC connectors for live key environments, as well as one analog component output for analog tape decks and composite output for viewing SD-SDI video on either an NTSC (525) or PAL (625) analog composite monitors and six channels of AES/EBU digital audio. It will be available in the second quarter for $2,495.

Finally, Digital Voodoo has lowered the price on its Iridium AV broadcast design board by 20 percent, bringing it down to $1,995. For more information of Digital Voodoo's Macintosh-only editing and graphics boards, 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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