Blackmagic Design BDLKHDEXTR4K DeckLink 4K Extreme
High Performance DeckLink
The world's highest performance capture cards for Mac & Windows and Linux
High performance DeckLink cards are the solution you need when you’re looking to go well beyond regular HD workflows. With cutting edge video and feature film technologies built in & you get the best quality and technology available. DeckLink HD Extreme 3D includes the highest 4:4:4 quality and advanced 3D technology for both single stream and dual stream stereoscopic work. DeckLink 4K Extreme adds high resolution 4K playback that’s 4 times the resolution of regular 1080 HD for amazing quality you need to see to believe!
High performance DeckLink cards are the solution you need when doing high performance work that demands quality. Plus you get the connections to handle any type of media your client requires! If you’re editing with Media Composer & Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro then you get the highest quality possible plus virtually every type of video and audio connection that exists! DeckLink takes care of moving your media in and out of your computer so it’s perfect for modern file based workflows. The DeckLink HD Extreme 3D and DeckLink 4K Extreme cards were developed to be the perfect solution for DaVinci color grading and has been designed to perfectly match the powerful features in the latest DaVinci Resolve 9.0!
With Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI connections and instant switching between SD & HD & 2K and 4K & DeckLink is the perfect capture and playback device for your work now & and well into the future! Connect all your I/O devices with 3 Gb/s HD-SDI & HDMI & and analog video in and out & as well as 16 channel SDI audio & genlock and tri-level sync & and serial deck control. The Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI connections easily handle 4:4:4 video & 1080p60 frame rates and dual stream 3D stereoscopic capture and playback. The DeckLink 4K Extreme model includes all these features as well as as full resolution 4K monitoring!
The golden rule in television is you never know what your client is going to need next! That’s why high performance DeckLink cards have the connections and the quality to handle any job you throw at them! In demanding client environments & you are assured you have every kind of connection & quality & file format and software compatibility you need to do anything! Combined with the built in Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI & HDMI and analog connections & is the highest precision audio that includes 2 channels of AES/EBU audio in and out with a sample rate converter on the AES/EBU input as well as 2 channels of XLR professional analog audio in and out. Work with the widest range of equipment & such as HDCAM & HD-D5 & HDCAM SR & Betacam SP & Digital Betacam & HD receivers & HDV cameras & televisions & mixers and more. With built in Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI & you can capture and playback 4:4:4 video when used with decks such as Sony HDCAM SR™ & or view real time playback of 2K film resolution at 24 fps with Blackmagic Design's HDLink Pro.
DeckLink HD Extreme 3D and DeckLink 4K Extreme both include high speed 3 Gb/s SDI connections. 3 Gb/s SDI is the latest version of the SDI video standard that allows 4:4:4 RGB and 2K film connection and even 3D with a single BNC type connection. 3 Gb/s SDI runs twice the data rate of normal HD-SDI video & however it can instantly switch to traditional standard definition and high definition SDI. 3 Gb/s SDI allows 4:4:4 RGB workflow or full resolution 2K feature film quality 24 fps 2048 x 1556 capture and playback. When using both connections for Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI you can get full 4K playback which is 4 times the resolution of regular 1080HD. Now you can handle film workflow as you can connect film resolution video around your facility using the same familiar workflow as a "normal" video job!
Now you can handle any job your client presents to you & from TVC to 2K and 4K feature films. DeckLink operates with both compressed and uncompressed video & so it can handle anything and you’re not locked into a single codec quality. When working with uncompressed video & all captured images are a perfect pixel-for-pixel clone of the source & without any generational loss or damaging compression & so you have the confidence you’re working at the absolute highest quality possible! Get the sharpest green screens & cleanest compositions & superior color correction and more! With mature drivers & award winning Media Express software & attractive design & and the highest quality video possible up to an amazing 4K & there is simply no more advanced capture and playback solution available.
High performance DeckLink cards include some of the latest and most advanced video technologies available today! The built-in Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI operates at 4 times the speed of a regular HD-SDI connection. You can use this speed for higher quality full color resolution 4:4:4 video that’s great for video effects and keying. 3 Gb/s SDI also allows higher frame rates video up to 1080p60! The built-in Dual Link SDI connections allow dual stream 3D where capture and playback is done via two independent channels. The new DeckLink 4K Extreme model with Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI allows a new video standard for handling 4:2:2 4K playback for monitoring & and is fully compatible with the Blackmagic Design Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K and Mini Converter SDI Multiplex products. Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI allows 4K with only 2 BNC cables & instead of the 4 BNC cables required in the past.
DeckLink is fully compatible with your favorite software. Blackmagic Design was one of the pioneers in open standard capture cards for high end broadcast and post production & so we have mature drivers that work with more software! All DeckLink files are open standard DPX and QuickTime format & so are compatible with all software. Decklink even includes a developer SDK and QuickTime API so you can develop your own custom solutions for Mac & Windows and Linux!
Fully compatible with SD-SDI and HD-SDI 4:2:2, new DeckLink HD Extreme 3D also features Dual Link HD-SDI 4:4:4 connections for feature film quality. Dual Link 4:4:4 is used on the latest Sony HDCAM SR decks, and contains additional color detail giving you full RGB color bandwidth and extra precision of up to 10 bit SDI video. When connected via PCI Express to a host computer, this higher quality video can be captured and played back completely uncompressed for amazing feature film quality. DeckLink HD Extreme 3D also takes a new lead in quality with the latest 3 Gb/s SDI technology, so you can connect RGB 4:4:4 and 2K and even 3D via a single SDI connection. 3 Gb/s SDI technology is the video standard of the future for post production, and allows "beyond HDTV resolutions". DeckLink HD Extreme 3D is ideal for connecting to Digital Betacam™, Panasonic HD-D5™ or the new Sony HDCAM SR decks. Uncompressed 10 bit video is the highest quality possible from the SDI television system, and only uncompressed video will hold up under heavy working conditions demanded by clients today while retaining a delicate film look.
DeckLink HD Extreme 3D supports dual rate SDI so you can instantly switch between SD and HD. This is ideal for modern workflows where HD may be a smaller part of the market for most people. Most people run standard definition for 80% or more of their work, but need high definition capability for specific spots. With SDI products, such as DeckLink cards and Blackmagic converters, you can immediately switch over to HD when a job comes along. Full resolution video is supported from standard definition SDI using 720 x 486 for NTSC and 720 x 576 for PAL, and the HDTV resolutions of 1280 x 720 for the 720p HD standard and 1920x1080 for the 1080 HD standard, or use the built in 3 Gb/s SDI connections for full 2048 x 1556 playback at 24 fps, for perfect for feature film workflow. Now you can take on HD and 2K jobs when they come along, keeping your equipment productive with standard definition work.
If you've ever wanted to monitor in both HD and SD while you work, then you'll love the built in high quality down converter on the DeckLink HD Extreme 3D model that's always active on the SD-SDI, S-Video and composite video output connections. This lets you use the main SD/HD-SDI output for HD, while simultaneously using the SD-SDI, S-Video and composite outputs for standard definition. When working in HD the built in down converter lets all video outputs remain active in both capture and playback mode, and in all HD video formats! You can instantly select between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3 down conversion styles.
For highest quality digital broadcast workflows, DeckLink cards include incredible 10 bit SD/HD-SDI video with low SDI jitter, combined with AES/EBU digital audio with a high performance linear phase digital filtered sample rate converter. DeckLink Studio features a total of 10 on board power supplies to isolate high precision analog electronics from digital noise, so you get pristine quality analog video and audio. Only DeckLink cards provides all the quality you need for the most demanding broadcast environments and ensures your work retains that wonderful film look!
When working in standard definition, DeckLink cards include the most amazing quality digital internal keyer that lets you key RGBA images over the video input. That's a total keying solution built right into DeckLink. The built in keyer works great when used with Blackmagic Design's included Photoshop plug-ins, or even with RGBA animated video software for keying. If you want to perform keying externally, such as an external video mixer, then just select external key and DeckLink will output the key channel on the SD-SDI output, with the fill channel on the main SD/HD-SDI output.
Use the built-in SD keyer for overlaying graphics live into production switchers. Even if you're only adding station indents, keying makes it easy when using the two SDI outputs as fill and key. Use the Blackmagic LiveKey application for turning on and off the keying function. Blackmagic LiveKey will also automatically fade graphics on and off for specific times. DeckLink works with all available QuickTime™ software tools.
DeckLink HD Extreme 3D features unbalanced AES digital audio in and out as well as XLR balanced pro audio for incredible quality while maintaining sample accurate AV sync. DeckLink HD Extreme 3D includes a sample rate converter on the AES/EBU input, so you can connect to any digital audio device, as either synchronized or un-synchronized sources. DeckLink HD Extreme 3D also includes a massive 16 channels of SDI embedded audio support for HD capture and playback, and 8 channels of SDI embedded audio for standard definition capture and playback.
DeckLink cards work with the widest range of video software because of DirectShow™ and QuickTime™ compatibility. QuickTime™ and DirectShow™ are frameworks within Mac OS X™ and Windows™ operating systems that let application software capture and playback via hardware cards. Once a card is QuickTime™ or DirectShow™ compatible, then it’s also compatible with hundreds of software utilities, ranging from large editing software to small custom utilities. Unlike expensive prebuilt systems, with QuickTime™ and DirectShow™ compatibility you have the freedom to configure your system exactly the way you want!
DeckLink lets you edit in uncompressed online quality or use compressed video formats for offline work, where you have a large amount of media. Using uncompressed 10 bit capture eliminates the need to recapture media for a separate online process. This saves you time, lets you work right up to deadlines, and means you always work with highest picture quality! Alternatively, you can work with the native camera codecs you shoot with, like DVCPRO HD and HDCAM SR, or edit with a codec like ProRes or DNxHD. DeckLink works with all popular compressed video formats!
You can mix and match system components such as DeckLink models and software applications any way you like to build a system that perfectly suits your needs! For example, if you need large screen monitoring for a graphics or compositing system, then simply connect the HDMI output of DeckLink Studio or DeckLink HD Extreme 3D to an LCD or Plasma display. If you work in a facility with SDI cabling and routing, then DeckLink SDI can provide all the connectivity you need for your editing workstation. Talk with your local Blackmagic Design reseller about your workflow needs and they’ll customize a solution that's perfect for you. Or if you prefer you can build your own!