Blackmagic Design will use next week’s NAB 2003 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada to introduce its new DeckLink Pro and DeckLink SP — video cards aimed at digital video editing and broadcasting professionals.
The US$1,295 DeckLink Pro is 10-bit uncompressed SDI capture and playback card for the Macintosh. It features analog component YUV video monitoring and 8 channels of SPDIF audio monitoring. It’s fully compatible with Jaguar and works with Mac OS 9 too.
The DeckLink Pro sports built-in video genlock and will work when a deck isn’t available as well, for monitoring real-time effects like color correction. Hook up a deck and you can capture and master out finished work in uncompressed 10 bit video, too.
The 8 channel SPDIF output enables you to do 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound monitoring — a first for uncompressed video cards, according to Blackmagic. You can dub out audio to multi-channel recorders like a DA88, for example. 8 channel audio is also available via SDI embedded audio.
The DeckLink Pro works with broadcast decks via dedicated SDI video and serial control connections, and supports decks including the Sony Digital Betacam D1, Panasonic DVC Pro 25, DVC Pro 50, D5 and Sony J series. It’ll also work with non-SDI based FireWire DV decks.
Look for the DeckLink Pro to hit retailers worldwide the week after NAB.
Blackmagic has also introduced the DeckLink SP, an analog component YUV uncompressed video card with analog stereo audio, designed to connect to analog broadcast decks like Betacam SP.
The $1,095 DeckLink SP features 10 bit uncompressed SDI video output with 8 channels of embedded SDI audio. A SPDIF audio output is also included. The DeckLink SP sports six independent power supplies in a distributed power management system, so each analog section can transport analog signaling without interference. It also has a seven foot-long direct-connect breakout cable (also included with the DeckLink Pro, above) that helps to eliminate breakout box clutter.
Features on the DeckLink SP include analog stereo balanced XLR audio input and output, separate SDI video monitoring output, genlock input, built-in DV bridge, compressed full-res high quality JPEG capture and playback, Blackmagic Deck Control (for controlling broadcast tape deck capture and playback), and more.
As with the DeckLink Pro, the DeckLink SP is fully Jaguar compatible and also works on Mac OS 9. (It works on Windows, too, but then again, who cares?)
Blackmagic Design anticipates that the DeckLink SP will ship in late April or early May from authorized resellers.
NAB 2003 runs from April 7 – 10, 2003 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.