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Blackmagic Design Announces DeckLink HD Pro & HDLink

Blackmagic Design

announced DeckLink HD Pro a new generation of Dual Link HDTV 4:4:4 12 bit SDI capture card with built in multi-standard analog video monitoring for only US$2,495.

DeckLink HD Pro is the highest quality broadcast video card available, perfect for the most demanding high end television and feature film post-production. Supporting the highest quality video standards that exist today, DeckLink HD Pro is fully Dual Link HD-SDI 4:4:4 based using 2 channel HD-SDI inputs and outputs. SDI connections can instantly be switched to standard HD-SDI 4:2:2 or standard definition SDI.

Monitoring is built in, and uses the most incredible quality true 14 bit digital analog conversion in RGB or YUV. Unlike other solutions, analog monitoring instantly switches between HDTV and standard definition modes.

All these features are packed into a high speed single slot PCI-X 133 Mhz card, and for standard definition only work DeckLink HD Pro can also plug into slower 33 or 66 MHz PCI slots.

Also included is SPDIF/unbalanced AES audio input, and SPDIF/unbalanced

AES audio out, audio word clock out, and TriSync or Genlock input. DeckLink

HD Pro also includes Sony-compatible RS-422 serial control port!

DeckLink HD Pro features 2 channel SDI input and output that automatically switch between HDTV and standard definition SDI modes. This means it can connect to all SDI equpment or digital decks. With dual channel SDI, DeckLink HD Pro can switch into the new Dual Link HD 4:4:4 mode allowing full color resolution, and compatibility with the new Sony SR based decks.

DeckLink HD Pro will be available in 4 weeks via Blackmagic Design

Authorized Resellers worldwide for a RRP$2,495.

Blackmagic also announced the immediate availability of a new product called HDLink. HDLink connects post production quality SDI video directly to any supported DVI-D based LCD computer monitor for true HDTV resolution video monitoring. HDLink’s compact design combined with full resolution HD makes it the perfect choice for post production studios, edit suites, telecine or even location video shoots.

Because every single pixel in the SDI video standard is mapped digitally onto the pixels of a 1920 x 1200 resolution LCD display, a perfect digital pixel for pixel HDTV image quality is obtained.

HDLink supports all SDI-based formats from standard definition, HD-SDI, and

Dual Link HD-SDI for the best image quality, and format flexibility. HDLink’s SDI video inputs automatically switch between SD, HD-SDI and Dual Link HD-SDI video formats. Unlike CRT based monitors, HDLink supports all HDTV frames rates and formats. Standard definition NTSC and PAL video formats are also supported.

HDLink Features Summary:

* SDI 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 support.

* HDTV format support at 1080 lines at 24P, 25P, 30P, 48I, 50I, 60I,

* HDTV format support at 720 lines at in 30P, 50P, 60P.

* Standard definition format support: NTSC, PAL.

* Pixel-for-pixel support on LCD displays.

* Color precision support: 4:2:2 10 bit, 4:4:4 10 bit, 4:4:4 12bit.

* Color space support: 4:2:2 YUV, 4:4:4 YUV, 4:4:4 RGB.

* Gamma correction via independently adjustable 10 bit lookup tables.

* Support for video payload identification ancillary data as per SMPTE


* Supports DVI-Digital compatible displays.

* Automatic adjustment to native display resolution using VESA E-EDID1.3.

* Adaptive pull-down processor guarantees smooth motion display.

* 2x resize of NTSC and PAL on 1920×1200 pixel displays selectable.

* Analog 24 bit audio output using RCA connectors.

* Audio output employs soft-mute technology to eliminate audible glitches when input video modes change.

* Functions as a stand-alone audio decoder if no display attached.

* USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mb/s) interface.

* Firmware upgrade via USB on Mac OS X and Windows XP.

* Interactive gamma table manipulation via USB.

HDLink will be available in approx. 2 weeks, and retails at US$1,295.