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Update: Digital Voodoo Outlines Pricing

D1 Desktop AV owners get upgrade path By Dave Nagel
This last week Digital Voodoo announced a mass of new graphics and editing boards for the Macintosh. I had a chance to meet with Digital Voodoo at the NAB convention in Las Vegas, where company head Mike Skibra outlined additional pricing options for users of the older D1 Desktop AV.

As has been previously reported, anybody purchasing the Digital Voodoo D1 Desktop AV between now and its release date later this quarter will receive a free upgrade to the new D1 64RT, a real-time version of the card. Users send back their AV model and receive the new one at no additional cost.

But Digital Voodoo has also now announced a plan whereby users of the AV model can keep their old card and upgrade to the new one at a reduced price. Anybody who purchased a D1 Desktop AV card from March of this year can keep it and still upgrade to the RT model for $1,295. Users who purchased the AV model as early as April 2000 can also take advantage of the deal but will pay $2,495 for the additional RT card, a $1,000 discount.

The D1 64RT is 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.

Related to the D1 64RT, Digital Voodoo says it plans to release an update to the card by the time of the Macworld New York convention. The update will be a paid one, but Digital Voodoo says it will likely cost no more than $500.

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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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