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Digital Voodoo Ships Iridium AV

Broadcast design card includes two SDI outputs By Dave Nagel
Digital Voodoo has started shipping its Iridium AV card for the Macintosh. The card, which was first announced in September, is a standard-def, output only card targeted for the broadcast design market.

The Iridium AV includes two 10-bit SDI outputs, one composite output and six channels of AES/EBU digital audio. Digital Voodoo says the card is compatible with all standard-definition applications for the Macintosh. Users can work in 10-bit 4:2:2:4 or dual-link 4:4:4:4 directly in YUV color space.

According to Digital Voodoo's published specs, the Iridium AV's other features include:

  • Fully digital SMPTE 259M 10 bit SDI output
  • PAL or NTSC composite output
  • Real-time uncompressed 10-bit QuickTime playback without any kind  of video compression
  • Can be selected to operate in either 525 (NTSC) or 625 (PAL) television systems
  • Functions as a second Mac monitor when not in use for real-time uncompressed playback
  • Six channels of AES/EBU digital audio ( 48 kHz to 96 kHz )
  • Built-in safe area generator
  • Video genlock.

The Iridium AV is available now for $2,495 and includes Digital Voodoo's Media Transfer software. For more information, visit

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 [email protected].

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