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NAB 2007 Hot Product Multibridge Eclipse by Blackmagic Design

By David Basulto

Day one of a very busy and exciting NAB Show. Booths like Adobe full of crowds and buzzing as they announce new versions of their fine applications. And what did I do? I made my legs carry me to the Blackmagic Design booth. Why? Multibridge Eclipse.

What is Multibridge Eclipse?

MultiBridge Eclipse

Blackmagic Designs Multibridge Eclipse is the worlds first editing solution with, get this, 3Gb/s SDI, HDMI  and analog video capture and playback. As Paris Hilton would say ?Thats Hot! Whats so big about 3Gb/s ? Well thats 24p 1080p HD content flowing through the wires at breakneck speed thats all. Blackmagic Design takes pride in being ahead of the game.



?Multibridge Eclipse was developed in response to our customers growing complex needs in high end broadcast and post production, says Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. ?Anyone from freelance editors to broadcasters and high end professionals can take advantage of the latest high speed SDI technologies and elegant design of the new Multibridge Eclipse for any kind of creative task. Multibridge Eclipse is easily the most exciting product we have ever developed!

Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO

Give me color!

You got it! Multibridge Eclipse includes a powerful color management via built in 3D lookup tables. This extremely useful tool will allow matching of color film stock so an editor can see the correct color of the final output when editing. Love this feature!

Got audio?

Multibridge Eclipse offers its users 16 channels of SDI audio, 12 channels of AES/EBU audio, and 4 channels of analog XLR audio capture and playback. Hows that for options?


The design of the Multibridge Eclipse is extremely sleek and hip. They even have a ?Vegas Casino feature that will make all the lights sparkle like the famous strip by the same name. Why? Because it looked cool! Its also Compact 2 Rack Unit size thats less than four inches deep.

Key Features

  • Dual Link 3GB/s SDI compatible with HD-SDI and SD SDI.
  • HDMI Capture and playback
  • Analog component, NTSC, PAL, and S-Video capture and playback
  • Total of 16 simultaneous channels of audio capture and playback.
  • SDI Switches between SD, HD, and 2K.
  • RS-422 remote control for broadcast desks and gunlock/tri-Sync input
  • Real time effects in Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.

 CLICK HERE to watch interview with Grant Petty, CEO of BlackMagic Design

The Multibridge Eclipse will be available in July and will retail for about $3,495. Worth every dollar. This is one product thats features are poised to keep you in the game for quite awhile.

My thoughts?
Blackmagic Designs Multibridge Eclipse is something I will get. I have been looking for the perfect capture and playback mechanism and it looks like I found it. Nice job Blackmagic Design.


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David Basulto is an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles. After 17 plus years, David is well versed in all aspects of filmmaking from development to distribution. He produces, directs, edits, and now is addicted to motion graphics and 3d. His last film, Death Clique is in Blockbusters nationwide. David is also the host of the In his spare time David is an avid gamer and can be found slaying monsters in the world of Vanguard. For more info visit
Related Keywords:digital video I/O, SDI, broadcast, post production

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