Blackmagic Design has added 2K resolution support to its Multibridge Extreme bidirectional video converter, allowing film resolution video to be edited within Apple Final Cut Pro 5 and Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, and monitored on high-resolutuion 30-inch displays.

The Multibridge Extreme is an independent converter that connects video sources to your Mac using a 10G bps connection and a four-lane PCI Express card. The rack-mountable device includes analog and digital audio conversion; component RGB/YUV and composite NTSC/PAL; two channels in and out of balanced audio on XLR connectors, 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio; DVD-D monitoring an unbalanced stereo audio output.

The capability comes with the 5.5 release of the software that drives the Multibridge Extreme. Also included with this release -- a free update for Multibridge Extreme users -- is 2K real time preview for compositing and paint applications like After Effects 7, Combustion, Shake and Photoshop.

The ability to view true 2K resolution at 23.98 and 24 frames per second (FPS) enables video editors, broadcast paint and special effects professionals to view video mapped pixel per pixel on high-res displays like Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Displays and Dell 30-inch DVI-D LCD displays using DVI-D.

The update is freely downloadable from the Blackmagic Design Web site. Multibridge Extreme costs $2,595 (around £1,790).