Blackmagic Design, a leader in the development of advanced video solutions for the feature film and broadcast industry, has made multiple announcements at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam, including:
New DeckLink HD Extreme 3D with HDMI 1.4
Blackmagic is now shipping a new model of DeckLink HD Extreme 3D today that has new features such as HDMI 1.4 capture and playback, plus a new re-clocker in the SDI inputs for capture from very poor quality SDI inputs.
The most exciting upgrade on this model is the HDMI 1.4, which lets users work with the latest televisions and cameras for full resolution 3D. The previous model of DeckLink HD Extreme handles 3D via SDI as two streams for full resolution video, however the HDMI needed to use line by line, side by side or top and bottom modes, which are half resolution 3D formats. This limited the 3D quality on the HDMI connections.
Now with the new HDMI 1.4 built in, users can get full resolution 3D via the frame packing method. Of course the other 3D formats are still supported for pre HDMI 1.4 televisions and cameras. This is an exciting new feature and keeps DeckLink HD Extreme at the cutting edge of video technology.
This latest model is the 5th generation of DeckLink HD Extreme. Since the original model Blackmagic has added dual link SDI, 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI, up, down and cross conversion, 3D, Linux support, Media Express, internal keying and more.
Massive Universal Videohub
Since Blackmagic started building some of its larger routers, customers have been asking for a card based version. The main advantage of a card based router is that it’s expandable and users can easily change the cards in the unlikely event of a fault.
Blackmagic’s new Universal Videohub models are card based so users get this advantage, and can buy an unpopulated rack frame and then plug in the needed cards. The advantage is that users can start small for lower cost and then add cards.
Universal Videohub comes in two sizes, and the biggest model, Universal Videohub 288 allows up to a 288 x 288 SDI routing size, while the smaller Universal Videohub 72 model allows up to 72 x 72 size SDI routing.
The most exciting feature of Universal Videohub is the rack frames are lower cost, so users can buy the larger sized model, and then grow into it. Users can even plug in the small 72 x 72 crosspoint card into the large Universal Videohub 288. Users can then add BNC SDI or optical fiber SDI cards, or a mixture of both depending on what type of connections users need. Having optical fiber SDI built directly into the router will save thousands of dollars on converter costs.
Because card based routers are used by broadcasters, Universal Videohub 288 also allows dual crosspoint cards to be plugged in for redundancy. In case of a fault, the second crosspoint is used so the router keeps running. All cards can be hot plugged, and there are no electronic components on the motherboard in the router frame, so that means all electronics can be swapped out by changing card modules.
Unlike other routers, Universal Videohub can even operate with faults in both crosspoint cards, and it will intelligently combine the working parts of each crosspoint to keep the whole router running if possible. This is unique, and is true redundancy.
However for people in post production, users don’t need to plug in two cross point cards, because in the rare event of a fault, a user can unplug the card with the router power on, and swap it fast. Each interface card includes full RS-422 deck control routing built in, so a user can get up to a full 288 x 288 SDI router with 288 port deck control. Plus all the cards from the smaller model can be plugged into the larger model.
Universal Videohub will ship late November.
For smallest size, the all-in-one routers are perfect because they are low cost, extremely reliable as well as very physically small. Blackmagic’s new Compact Videohub is a very large 40 x 40 size 3 Gb/s SDI router with auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI, re-clocking, redundant power connections and serial and ethernet cross point control.
It’s very similar to Blackmagic’s Micro Videohub model, however it’s a larger 40 x 40 size, has redundant power connections, and is two rack units in size.
Videohub Control for Apple iPad
Blackmagic now has a Videohub Control on the Apple iTunes App Store. Users who have an Apple iPad, can download it free for a fantastic control application with all Videohub routers.
Videohub Control makes the iPad useable as a low cost XY router control panel. An iPad is a beautiful touchscreen computer and looks fantastic when wall or rack mounted as a router control panel.
DaVinci Resolve 7.0 Now Shipping
Blackmagic is now shipping DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac OS X and Linux, including the software only version for Mac OS X. This new version 7.0 has many new features including new stereographic 3D tools, and support for native ProRes, H.264, QuickTime, optional DNxHD files as well as native RED file and RED Rocket support. The RED Rocket card works in both Mac OS X and Linux versions of DaVinci Resolve.
There is a completely new colorist reference manual for DaVinci Resolve and it includes a full breakdown of the new features. This new manual has just been posted to the Blackmagic support page for download.
Mini Converter UpDownCross
Mini Converter UpDownCross is now shipping, and it’s a fantastic way to convert between SD and HD video formats. This new Mini Converter can do full up, down and cross conversion, as well as full NTSC/PAL standards conversion.
SDI audio is looped through with automatic audio delay based on the video processing delay. Processing is full 10 bit, with high quality filtering for truly professional performance. A reference input is included, so Mini Converter UpDownCross can even re-sync video sources. Mini Converter UpDownCross can be used on the front of decks so that when users route or connect various video standards, it can be converted to the correct format for the deck.
Support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.0.2
Adobe has released a wonderful new update to Premiere Pro, and it now supports more CUDA based acceleration card models for even more real time effects power as well as bug fixes and performance improvements. Blackmagic has also released an update for DeckLink, Intensity, UltraStudio and Multibridge models that supports this new version.
EchoLab ATEM Production Switcher
Blackmagic recently acquired EchoLab, a company that specializes in production switchers for live video production. EchoLab have two new models of switchers called ATEM. There is an ATEM 1 M/E model and an ATEM 2 M/E model.
The ATEM switchers have built in multi viewers so users can see all video inputs on a single HD monitor, as well as re-sync in each input, multiple keyers, DVE’s, built in Media Players, stinger transitions and more. These switchers are absolutely amazing, and imagine having features similar to an NLE software package, but all in a hardware based product designed for real time live production.
Blackmagic will be showing the larger 2 M/E model at IBC.