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Blackmagic Design DeckLink Optical Fiber

Card includes blackburst/HD tri-sync reference input and RS-422 deck control. Price: $495

Card includes blackburst/HD tri-sync reference input and RS-422 deck control. Price: $495

Facilities with lots of workstations face a quandary: They may want to keep their installed SDI cabling while upgrading to optical fiber, but the cost of separate SDI-to-optical-fiber conversion cards for each workstation makes it a prohibitive investment.

Once again, Blackmagic Design comes to the rescue. At NAB Show 2009, the Australian company introduced DeckLink Optical Fiber, a low-cost capture card that combines 10-bit SD/HD-SDI capture and playback with built-in optical-fiber SDI.

Optical-fiber cable future-proofs your investment because the cables don''t have to be changed out as the need builds for greater data throughput. Optical fiber can also be run much farther than the standard copper cabling used by SDI setups.

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