Blackmagic Design has begun the Intensity Pro, a new low-cost video capture and playback card for professional videographers that features HDMI, analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video capture and playback.

The companys says that the Intensity Pro is the first card to combine the high quality of HDMI capture and playback with the wide compatibility of analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video and analog audio capture and playback. It enables users to capture directly from the HD camera's image sensor, bypassing the video compression chip for true uncompressed video quality.

Intensity Pro can be connected to any big screen television or video projector. Current computers don't have the processing speed to render complex multi-layer real-time effects in HDV playing back to FireWire cameras. Intensity solves this problem by outputting video on HDMI and analog outputs for big screen monitoring in both SD or HD formats.

Included with every Intensity Pro card for real time video mixing is the popular On-Air software. On-Air allows customers to plug in two Intensity or Intensity Pro cards into a computer for two camera mixing for live video production.

Intensity Pro instantly switches between the 1080 HD, 720 HD, NTSC and PAL video standards. Intensity Pro is fully compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and any DirectShow or QuickTime-based software application on Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

Intensity Pro costs $349 (around £175).