Blackmagic Design has announced new lower prices for Intensity Pro, DeckLink SDI and HDLink Pro products at the NAB Show 2009 in Las Vegas.

Intensity Pro is now reduced from $349 to $199 (around £137), saving customers $150. Intensity Pro is an HDMI and high quality analog component and composite capture and playback card for videographers.

DeckLink SDI is now reduced from $395 to $295 (£204), saving customers $100. DeckLink SDI includes 10-bit SD/HD-SDI capture and playback, while also including features high-end customers need, such as black burst/HD tri-sync reference input, and RS-422 deck control.

HDLink Pro is now reduced from $795 to $495 (£342) saving customers $300. The original HDLink model is now discontinued, and HDLink Pro is the replacement for that model and with more features. HDLink Pro supports 3Gbps SDI Dual Link, 3D lookup tables, and support for real time monitoring of 2K on a 30-inch LCD display.

Blackmagic has also announced Media Express 2.0 for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux platforms. Media Express is a video capture and playback software application compatible with all Blackmagic Design DeckLink, Multibridge and Intensity products. This new version is a major update that adds support for direct capture and playback of DPX, AVI and QuickTime files, as well as list based batch capture and playback. This software update also includes a major user interface overhaul.

Media Express 2.0 introduces support for Linux and has also been updated for Windows and Mac OS X platforms. The user experience is designed to be identical between platforms, and now with support for Linux, customers can take advantage of even more open source video software, says Blacvkmagic.

Media Express 2.0 will also support double speed capture from Sony HDCAM SR decks, so customers can better utilize those decks. This feature is supported when the double speed transfer option is installed in the Sony HDCAM SR deck, and when used with Blackmagic Design’s new DeckLink HD Extreme card with Dual Link 4:4:4 capture and playback.

Blackmagic says that Media Express 2.0 will be available as a free download in June from its website.