on Friday announced the release of a software update that enables their professional video capture and playback devices to support Apple’s newly shipping Final Cut Studio 2 suite. The new software is available for download for free for existing customers.
Blackmagic’s products include the DeckLink capture card series and Multibridge I/O device, a rackmounted system for importing and exporting video from a Mac-based video editing system. The company sells a broad line of professionally-oriented video capture and playback devices that work with SDI, analog video, HDMI and more.
The new 6.2 software update supports the new features introduced in Final Cut Studio 2, including Apple’s new “ProRes 422” video codec, which enables users to do real-time video capture directly into a compressed video format. Blackmagic explains that this helps users who need to edit long-form television programming get all of their video into a disk array, with quality suitable for final program production.
All Blackmagic Design cards now support ProRes 422, the company said.
Also supported int his release is “Open Format Timeline,” which enables various video format files to be simultaneously played back in the editing timeline. Easier setup management is now possible, along with video monitoring from the new Color software application bundled with Final Cut Studio 2, enabling you to perform real-time color correction.