Blackmagic Announces Intensity HDMI Editing Card

This is an interesting new product from Blackmagic. I don’t now how practical it will be be for everyone, but definitely a cool card if you need to work with HDMI.

Blackmagic Announces Intensity HDMI Editing Card
By Willard McCain
Blackmagic Design Inc. announced Intensity, an HDMI capture and playback card that supports 1080HD, 720HD, NTSC and PAL video standards.

Intensity’s features include:

• HDMI in for capture from HDMI video cameras and HDMI HDV decks.

• Uncompressed video capture and playback.

• Compatibility with Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and DirectShow or QuickTime based software.

• Professional compression codecs.

• 64 bit 1 lane PCIe support.

• Support for 1080i/59.94, 1080i/50, 720p/59.94, 720p/60, 720p/50, NTSC and PAL video standards.

Intensity is designed to allow uncompressed video quality from consumer-level cameras. Users can capture to disk arrays for high-speed uncompressed video, or when disk speed and space is tight, choose from a range of compressed codecs. Users recording to HDV tape also benefit from HDMI
uncompressed capture and editing. Once the HDV footage is recorded uncompressed via HDMI, and graphics and effects are placed, the edited video will retail full HD resolution and color depth.

Footage can be viewed in real time via the Intensity HDMI video output. Because Intensity’s media files are compatible with Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink and Multibridge capture cards, users can play-out to broadcast decks by moving content to a DeckLink or Multibridge based system.

When live performance events need to be captured, Intensity features Blackmagic Design’s On-Air 2.0 software. Two HDMI video cameras can be connected for live mixing, when used with two Intensity boards plugged into the same computer. On-Air 2.0 supports auto-sync of video inputs, so users don’t need cameras that feature genlock capability.

Intensity has a recommended retail price of US $249 and will be available October 15.

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~ by jpicune on September 23, 2006.

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