Blackmagic Design has announced the DeckLink Studio and DeckLink SDI, two low-cost boards for video editors using Apple's Final Cut Pro and Adobe's Premiere Pro.

DeckLink Studio is a 10-bit SD/HD switchable editing card with SDI, component, S-Video and composite capture and playback, hardware down converter and four-channel balanced audio. It costs €545 (around £359) or $695 in the US, and replaces the entire Blackmagic Design standard definition product line while also adding HD support, at a lower cost.

DeckLink Studio features independent connections for SDI, analog component, S-Video and composite video, so all types of external video equipment can remain connected without re-cabling. DeckLink Studio also includes SDI connections that switch between SD and HD, as well as an SD-only output that always outputs via a built-in hardware down converter even when running in HD.


The built in 10-bit hardware downconverter is selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3 modes, and operates when running in all HD video formats as well as in capture and playback modes. Embedded SDI audio is supported via the hardware down converter and output on the SDI output. When running HD video formats, both S-Video and composite video are output from the down converter so video is always present, independent of what video standard is used.

As DeckLink Studio is designed as a replacement for Blackmagic Design's standard definition product range, it includes greater audio connectivity for when customers need to use older broadcast decks such as Betacam SP.

The board offers includes 4 channels of balanced analog audio, as well as 2 channels of AES/EBU digital audio. For extra digital audio, the channel 3 and 4 analog audio outputs can be switched to AES/EBU for channel 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 output. That provides 6 channels of digital audio output in total, and is designed for 5.1 surround sound monitoring or multi language work.


DeckLink Studio features a 1 lane PCI Express connection that works in lower cost computers, while still retaining high data speeds. The board also features black burst and tri-sync input and a RS-422 deck control connection for broadcast decks.

The new DeckLink SDI is a capture card that combines 10-bit SD/HD-SDI capture and playback with a cost of only €325 (£215) or $395 in the US. BlackMagic Design says that it's designed for high-end broadcast and post production customers who are working in large SDI based facilities needing many creative workstation seats at the lowest possible cost.

DeckLink SDI includes 10-bit SD/HD-SDI capture and playback, while also includes black burst/HD tri-sync reference input, and RS-422 deck control. DeckLink SDI replaces Blackmagic Design's original SD only DeckLink model, while adding PCI Express, 10 bit HD-SDI capture and playback, and reference input.