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Kona SD Board Gets New Real-Time Effects

OS X driver update available now By Dave Nagel
Blackmagic Design and AJA Video Systems have released new drivers for the Kona SD video editing and capture board. The new drivers, available for Mac OS X, add new image controls and real-time effects. The drivers are available now for registered users and are included in the 1.3.1 Kona software package now.

Image Control real time effects include Tint, Sepia, Gamma Correction, Brightness Contrast, Proc Amp, and Desaturate. All real time effects update on the Mac monitor in real time and don't need to be rendered before playout to tape, according to Blackmagic.

The Kona SD is an uncompressed 10-bit PCI video card designed for editing and design on Mac OS X. Some features include:

  • Real-time capture to Offline RT motion JPEG files for Apple Final Cut Pro;
  • Six channels of 48/96 kHz AES/EBU digital audio with sample rate conversion on each input;
  • Fully digital SDI connections;
  • Multi-format analog options;
  • Software codecs for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.

The Kona SD is available now for $3,295, and the Kona HD will retail at $10,995 and will be released after certification testing has been completed. For more information, visit or

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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