The Blackmagic Design DeckLink 4K Extreme Capture & Playback Card is an internal capture and playback card that transfers video from your camera to your computer with the goal of transferring the highest quality footage possible. Featuring advanced versions of top quality connections, QuickTime and DPX compatibility, and compressed and uncompressed video transfer capacity, this card works with the widest range of video equipment and editing software and is clearly one of the highest-capable cards ever made.
It captures from your camera at a maximum of 2K resolution, but can play back at up to 4K, meaning that any 4K footage you may have on your computer from another input source, you can output for monitoring in full 4K on a separate display. 4K is handled by both the SDI and HDMI outputs, with the SDI processing in 4:2:2 and with only two BNC cables as opposed to the common four. (The SDI ports are Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI.)
Among many features and qualities, you'll find up, down, and cross conversion and a built-in SD Keyer.
Work with Most Any Equipment and Software
DeckLink 4K Extreme features every kind of connection, quality, file format and software compatibility you may need. It additionally has high-precision audio that includes 2 channels of AES/EBU 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. You can 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.
With Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI connections, 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. Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI allows a new video standard for handling 4:2:2 4K playback for monitoring. Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI processes 4K with only 2 BNC cables, instead of the 4 BNC cables required in the past.
QuickTime and DirectShow Software Drivers
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.
Online or Offline Editing
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!
Superior Image Quality
DeckLink lets you handle any job, from TVC to 2K and 4K feature films. It works 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.
Incredibly Low SDI Jitter
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!
Built in SD Keyer
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.
Live Broadcast Graphics Presentation
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.
Your purchase provides you with free software downloads related to your use of the card. Among these downloads is Media Express, which helps with capture, compression and file management. Depending on the system you'll be using the card with, you can choose from the following sets:
Mac OS X
Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Blackmagic System Preferences and Blackmagic Driver.
Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic Driver.
Media Express, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic Driver.