Blackmagic Design has launched the DeckLink Studio at the IBC show in Amsterdam, a capture card designed as a replacement for standard definition cards, with analog connectivity for older analog equipment as well as SDI/HD-SDI and HDMI connections for the latest digital equipment. DeckLink Studio 2 replaces current model DeckLink Studio and adds 10 bit HDMI capture and playback for the same price of €545 (around £475).
DeckLink Studio features independent connections for SDI, HDMI, analog component, S-Video and composite video, so external video equipment can remain connected without re-cabling. DeckLink Studio also includes SDI and HDMI connections that switch between SD and HD.
The built in 10 bit hardware down converter is selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and centre-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.
DeckLink Studio features a 1 lane PCI Express connection that works in lower cost computers, while still retaining high data speeds, perfect for 10 bit HD video and real time effects.
Blackmagic Design has also purchased the assets of DaVinci Systems LLC, which was in "dire straights" financially according to a Blackmagic spokesperson, and is now offering the high-end DaVinci Resolve DI color correction systems and DaVinci Revival film restoration products for sale worldwide.
Though the company concentrates on affordable video hardware, Blackmagic says that it has no plans to slash the price of DaVinci systems or attempt to turn the specialized tools into mainstream video applications -- as happenned with Color after its purchase by Apple and addition to Final Cut Studio.