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Blackmagic Design releases HDLink Utility v1.5

HDLink is a US$695 converter that connects HD SDI video to a DVi-D LCD monitor for true HDTV resolution video monitoring, assuming the monitor has 1920 x 1200 display! It converts a monitor like Apple’s Cinema Displays (23" or larger) to a (relatively) inexpensive HD video monitor. Although Final Cut Pro HD has the Digital Desktop feature, there is no color conversion or compensation so Digital Desktop isn’t suitable for production quality monitoring or any color correction.

HDLink does provide colorspace conversion for a more accurate representation of the video on the LCD monitor. Colorspace lookup tables are customizable (although only 2D conversion is supported at this time, not 3D colorspace lookup tables).

This update to HDLink will automatically upload new firmware to USB connected HDLink devices and adds new features.

Settings and 10 bit color loopup tables can now be saved to the host computer for sharing to other HDLink converters for consistent display throughout a facility.

  • Anamorphic 16:9 Standard Definition is now supported. The display size can be doubled if the LCD resolution is high enough.
  • Lift, Gain and Gamma controls now provide for numeric entry as well as
    New Color Control

    increment and decrement buttons for fine adjustment.

  • HDLink v4.7 includes all new features and is available now to all registered users from the Blackmagic Design web site at no charge. Check for download.

The update is a free download from Blackmagic Design (about half way down the page). HDLink and the HDLink Utility are supported on Macintosh OS X and Windows XP.


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