Blackmagic Design has released DeckLink 2, a new version of its 10-bit uncompressed video board with real-time effects, aimed at video professionals. The new board was unveiled at this week’s Creative Cow West show in Los Angeles, Calif.
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The DeckLink 2 is designed specifically to connect Macs to digital broadcast tape decks. The card features SDI video and audio input and output, and a Sony-compatible RS422 serial deck control port.
The card features a standard S-PDIF output and compatible with high-quality consumer audio equipment. DeckLink 2 also features separate connections for monitoring and for the broadcast deck. This way, users can still see 10-bit uncompressed video and listen to digital-quality audio even when the DeckLink 2 isn’t connected to a broadcast deck specifically.
Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty noted that broadcast decks are expensive — some independent designers and editors can’t afford them, and even at larger production companies, they’re often time-shared between multiple users.
“Now with DeckLink 2, users can still monitor even without a deck, so real-time effects such as 3 Way color correction can still be done into a correct color broadcast monitor. This is vital for the new workflow’s now emerging in post production and television industries,” said Petty.
Other features include a built-in DV bridge, full-resolution JPEG capture and playback, real-time color correction, real-time output for Adobe Photoshop to SDI video, instant switching from NTSC to PAL, compatibility with Pinnacle, AJA Video and Digital Voodoo file formats, support for Jaguar and Mac OS 9 and more.
DeckLink 2 carries a suggested retail price of US$995, through authorized Blackmagic Design retailers.