Blackmagic Design has released Deck Control, a new software application aimed at users of the Blackmagic DeckLink. Deck Control has been released as a public beta version.
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BlackMagic’s US$995 DeckLink is aimed at video professionals who need to input and output digital video through a video deck. The device features fully digital SMPTE-259M SDI input and output; 10 bit and uncompressed 8 bit capture and playback; a built-in DV bridge; Mac OS 9 and X compatibility; real-time color correction; and many other features.
Deck Control specifically provides the ability to remotely capture and play back video to any broadcast tape deck. The software manipulates tape decks through RS422-based serial control, found on many high-quality broadcast tape decks. Deck Control is QuickTime-compatible.
You can download Blackmagic Deck Control from the Web site now. It’s available for free to all registered Blackmagic DeckLink users.