NAB: Blackmagic offers new Mac pro video hardware

Blackmagic Design on Monday introduced a new editing system, new high definition editing card and new monitoring system for Mac-using video pros. The Multibridge Eclipse, Intensity Pro and HDLink Pro cost $3,495, $349 and $795 respectively.

The Multibridge Eclipse connects to a host Mac using PCI Express, and works as an external capture and playback system. It switches between Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD) and 2K video formats, and works at 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 quality.

The Multibridge Eclipse features a 3 gigabit per second (Gb/s) SDI connection, which allows twice the SDI data rate of normal HD-SDI — it’s also downwardly compatible. The Eclipse sports a variety of switchable inputs and outputs to support SD, HD and 2K. It works with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.

The Intensity Pro is a new $349 High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)-equipped editing card with analog compatibility as well. Designed for PCI Express-based Macs or PCs, the card features two HDMI connectors and an analog interface for connecting to component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video devices for capture and playback.

The new Intensity Pro card joins the original Intensity card, which lacks the analog port but costs $249. Both cards work with Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop and other software — they’re QuickTime compatible.

The HDLink Pro is specifically designed as an HDTV resolution monitoring converter. It works with DVI and HDMI monitors and features 2K support via 3 GB/s SDI, making it an ideal companion for the Multibridge Exclipse. It has built-in 3D lookup tables that can be updated using a Mac or PC, host software and a USB 2.0 cable, six channel audio and more.

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