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Blackmagic Design Announces HDLink Pro, Intensity Pro, Multibridge Eclipse

Blackmagic Design Inc.

announced HDLink Pro, a new model of the HDLink converter that allows low cost DVI and HDMI displays to be used for SDI monitoring.

HDLink Pro allows any supported DVI or HDMI display to be used for incredible HD-SDI monitoring. HDLink Pro supports the new 3Gb/s SDI standard for twice the SDI data rate than normal HD-SDI. 3Gb/s SDI retains compatibility with normal HD-SDI and standard definition SDI equipment, however the higher 3Gb/s data rate allows 4:4:4 video using a single BNC type connection, or Blackmagic Design’s new 2k via SDI allows high resolution real time 2048 x 1556 feature film editing.

2K via SDI is featured on Blackmagic Design’s new Multibridge Eclipse, and, when used with HDLink Pro and a 30 inch DVI display, real time 2048 x 1556 2K feature film resolution playback is easy. 2K via SDI allows 2K film editing with the convenience of long connection cable lengths and patching common in large video systems.

HDLink Pro includes color management via built in 3D lookup tables that allow any feature film stock to be simulated so editors can always see the correct color of the final film output. Popular 3D lookup tables can be loaded for various film stocks, and HDLink Pro is compatible with third party software products for generating tables. Included in HDLink Utility software on Windows and Mac OS X systems is full control for adjusting tables and generating custom “looks” for download into HDLink Pro.

HDLink Pro Key Features

• 3Gb/s SDI with compatibility with HD-SDI and SD SDI.

• Loop through 3Gb/s SDI output.

• Switches between 2K, HD or SD via SDI connections.

• Monitor using LCD or HDMI displays via dual link DVI connection.

• 6 channels of RCA audio out, and HDMI audio supported.

• Built in 3D lookup tables, also compatible with 1D lookup tables.

• HDLink Utility software allows lookup table, settings and software updates via fast USB 2.0 connection on Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

• 3D lookup table processing available on SDI loop output.

HDLink Pro will be available in July for a US domestic recommended retail price of $795 from all Blackmagic Design authorized resellers.

Blackmagic also announced Intensity Pro, a new low cost video capture and playback card for professional videographers. Intensity Pro enables users to capture directly from the HD camera’s image sensor, bypassing the video compression chip for true uncompressed video quality. Now users can go beyond the quality limits of HDV for editing, design and authoring with Intensity Pro.

Included with every Intensity Pro card for real time video mixing is the popular On-Air software. On-Air allows customers to plug in two Intensity or Intensity Pro cards into a computer for two-camera mixing for live video production. Intensity Pro instantly switches between the 1080 HD, 720 HD, NTSC and PAL video standards. Intensity Pro is fully compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and any DirectShow or QuickTime based software application on Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

Intensity Pro Features

• HDMI video and audio capture and playback.

• Analog capture and playback in component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video.

• Stereo analog audio capture and playback.

• Capture and playback DV, HDV, Online JPEG and uncompressed video.

• Use for edit playback monitoring on televisions and video projectors.

• HDMI and Component switches between HD and SD.

• Real time effects supported in Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro

• Live production editing with Blackmagic On-Air mixing software with two cameras.

• Video capture and playback with Blackmagic Media Express utility

• PCI Express 1 lane for compatibility with 1, 4, 8 and 16 lane PCI express slots.

• Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X Universal.

• Includes breakout cable with RCA-type connectors for analog video and audio.

Intensity Pro will be available early May for a US domestic recommended retail price of only $349 from all Blackmagic Design authorized resellers.

Blackmagic also announced Multibridge Eclipse, a new editing system with revolutionary new features. Multibridge Eclipse allows twice the SDI data rate than normal HD-SDI, while retaining compatibility with normal HD-SDI and standard definition SDI equipment. 3Gb/s SDI allows 4:4:4 video using a single BNC type connection, or Blackmagic Design’s new 2k via SDI allows high resolution real time 2048 x 1556 feature film editing. For greater assistance in the feature film editing process, Multibridge Eclipse includes color management via built in 3D lookup tables. 3D lookup tables allow the accurate matching of film stock so editors can see the correct color of the final film output when editing.

Multibridge Eclipse includes a new elegant design that shows users instant feedback of operational status, vital in busy broadcast facilities. Multibridge Eclipse includes 32 independent audio level meters for audio monitoring. 16 of these level meters show each audio input, and 16 level meters show each audio output. Indicators are also provided for resolution, genlock format, and video input status.

Multibridge Eclipse Key Features

• Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI with compatibility 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 audio capture and playback.

• 12 channels of AES/EBU audio capture and playback.

• 4 channels of XLR professional analog audio capture and playback.

• 16 channels of SDI audio capture and playback.

• SDI switches between standard definition, HD and 2K.

• Full resolution 2K capture and playback at 2048 x 1556.

• RS-422 remote control for broadcast decks and genlock/tri-Sync input.

• Compact 2 Rack Unit size less than 4 inches deep.

• Real time effects in Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Multibridge Eclipse will be available in July for a US domestic recommended retail price of $3,495 from all Blackmagic Design authorized resellers.

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