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Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express

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Product Highlights
  • Digital & Analog Editing
  • NTSC & PAL
  • Audio Support
  • Windows 7 and up & Mac

The Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card from Blackmagic is an excellent choice for your digital and analog capture needs. The card fully supports NTSC, PAL and HD video via HDMI and component connections. It supports two channels of embedded, RCA or S/PDIF audio at television-standard sampling rates. The Intensity Pro supports 4:2:2 color sampling for superior chromakey performance. The card can work with both Windows and Macintosh computers, making it an excellent choice for your editing needs regardless of your operating platform.

High Definition or Standard Definition
The Intensity Pro allows you to work with HD footage while still retaining compatibility with SD video. It supports both NTSC and PAL video standards.
Digital HDMI and Analog Support
The capture card features support for 4:2:2 digital HDMI video. The HDMI connection also allows you to capture and output stereo audio at television-standard 24-bit/48 kHz quality. Analog video via component is also supported.
Windows 7 or Mac OS X Compatible
The Intensity is fully compatible with systems running Mac OS X and Windows 7 and up. This lets you leverage the card's features regardless of the operating platform on which you edit.
Down Conversion and Real Time Effects
The capture card allows you to downconvert your HD footage for mastering to SD at broadcast quality.
Type HDMI and Analog Capture Card
Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X, and Linux
Video System NTSC/PAL, HD
Video Formats 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 625i 50 PAL, and 525i59.94 NTSC
HDMI formats: 525 NTSC, 625 PAL, 720HD, and 1080HD switchable
Video Sampling HDMI: 4:2:2
Audio Sampling HDMI: Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24-bit
Color Precision HDMI: 4:2:2
Color Space HDMI: YUV 4:2:2
Copy Protection For legal reasons HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content
Host Connection 1x PCI Express slot, compatible with 1-, 4-, 8-, and 16-lane PCIe slots
Input and Output Connectors 1x HDMI Input (2-channel audio)
1x HDMI Output (2-channel audio)
1x Breakout connection with RCA component and RCA stereo audio (24-bit) input and output, plus stereo S/PDIF output (24-bit)
Conversion Colorspace conversion: Hardware-based real-time
HD down conversion: Software-based down conversion during video playback HD up conversion: Real-time standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture
Hardware Real-Time Effects Avid Media Composer 6 internal effects in DNxHD, XDCAM, and uncompressed
Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects in DV, DVCPRO HD, ProRes, and uncompressed on Intel Mac OS X
Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine effects in DV, MJPEG, DVCPRO HD, DSLR, AVCHD, XDCAM, XDCAM HD, and uncompressed
Included Software Media Express, Disk Speed Test, Blackmagic System Preferences, and Blackmagic driver
Firmware Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start, or via updater software
Minimum System Requirements Mac:
Mac OS X 10.6.5, 10.7.x
2008 Intel Mac Pro (Mac Pro 3,1); 2009 Intel Mac Pro Mac Pro 4,1); 2010 Intel Mac Pro (Mac Pro 5,1)
4 GB system memory
High-speed storage with plenty of capacity is required to capture and play back uncompressed digital video. Compressed video formats use less space and can usually be captured and played back with one hard disk

Windows: Windows 7 64-bit
Apple QuickTime needs to be installed for some applications to function with a Blackmagic capture card, e.g., Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Combustion
In general, you should choose a CPU that meets or exceeds the system requirements of the software application you are planning on using
The following workstations are certified: Hewlett Packard Z400; Hewlett Packard Z600; Hewlett Packard Z800; Hewlett Packard XW9300; Hewlett Packard XW8600
The following motherboards are recommended: Asus P5E; Asus P5B; Asus P5Q Pro Turbo; Asus P6X58D (Bios later than 12.04.2010); Asus P8P67 PRO (Rev 3.1); Gigabyte EP45-DS3; Gigabyte x48DQ6; Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3 (rev. 1.0); Intel D975XBX; XFX 790i Ultra

Linux: Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express
  • Breakout Cable for Intensity Pro
  • Software CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Blackmagic DesignIntensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express
     
    4.3

    (based on 232 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (133)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (69)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (15)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (184)
    • Easy to use (165)
    • Quality output (163)
    • Reliable (143)
    • Highly compatible (6)

    Cons

    • Unreliable performance (15)
    • Difficult to install (13)
    • Difficult to use (9)
    • Poor output quality (4)

    Best Uses

    • Multimedia (135)
    • Everyday (72)
    • Graphic design (46)
    • Gaming (24)
    • Video editing (11)
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      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (187), Casual user (32), Heavy duty user (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (176), Personal (49)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Competent HDMI/Component Solution

    What I mean by "easy" is that the Intensity Pro does what it is supposed to do and it does it right without causing problems.I have needed an affordable High Definition video...Read complete review

    What I mean by "easy" is that the Intensity Pro does what it is supposed to do and it does it right without causing problems.I have needed an affordable High Definition video capturing and processing solution for years. Every low-cost hardware product up till now was limited to 480i, or else was severely limited, compressed high definition. How sweet, now with the Intensity Pro, to see great color in perfect high resolution video simultaneously on both a PC monitor and on an HDTV using either in/out HDMI or in/out component video.Blackmagic is very confident in this product and I promise you that they have every reason to be proud.The installation and workflow are simple if you have a high level of PC expertise, but the hard disk speed demands are formidable. Download their manual. Be sure to read about the -high transfer rate- and high storage requirements for uncompressed HD video on a computer. I bought way too little storage (600GB comprised of two 320GB drives) and have had to order 2TB of four 500GB sata drives to run in RAID 0 (striping) -- and this is just for -maybe- four hours of reliable capturing. (Four hours is about the longest movie on TV, with commercials.)Although my 600GB is not wasted since it can be used for output when I convert the uncompressed data to some other usable compressed format. High speed RAID 0 striped disk output can be important to reduce I/O constriction.Don't be discouraged about hard drive size and speeds. You can use Blackmagic's software compression MJPEG codec in realtime during capture which significantly lowers both data transfer speeds and storage requirements, but you'll need a 3GHz (more or less) dual core processor to do it.Install. Simply put the PCIe x1 card into a fairly robust PC (or MAC) computer, but first download the latest drivers from Blackmagic to have them available rather than the ones on the CD. Don't let Windows install the drivers. Do it yourself with Blackmagic's installation procedure you downloaded.Capture Software. I have captured broadcast HDMI and HD component video using Blackmagic's Media Express and Sony Vegas and, best yet, VirtualDub. VideoStudio 11.5 Plus does not work for capture because of a problem they have with their DirectShow driver. But I still use VS for post-processing.One extremely quirky thing with this card is that you have to use Blackmagic's Intensity software to select the input and you must then also select the resolution in the other display/capture application you use, else all that is shown is a black screen. This isn't all bad since you can also set the card to upconvert 720p to 1080i, or down convert to SD in hardware realtime using Intensity setup. For me, all the installation and setup stuff was easy and flawless, but I have 48-years of experience, and I read a million web pages about how to do it. It only took a couple long, long days after a couple long hard weeks of research just to -ensure- that the Blackmagic Intensity Pro was the greatest, [...]

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for the money

    The card is good for the money and it does give you some options. Although if trying to use the card for seeing what you are getting out of your editing machine it can...Read complete review

    The card is good for the money and it does give you some options. Although if trying to use the card for seeing what you are getting out of your editing machine it can be a little difficult. For instance jitter, they do have an option in set up that allows you to select on field to help jitter but then it is pretty hard to see what you have color wise.

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    4.0

    Good Input Card

    By Immersivesf.com

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Unreliable Performance

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Gaming
    • Graphic Design
    • Multimedia

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

    This is a good functional HDMI input card that we have been using for a while now. When it works, it works well, but there are a few things that could make it better:

    1. Label the input/thru ports. The two ports are unlabled and at times difficult to remember which is which without pulling out the manual or memorizing which is which.

    2. If resolution and frame rates between your source and the black magic card aren't exactly the same, nothing shows up at all. Some sort of auto detect feature would be very handy as it is sometimes difficult to go back and forth through multiple resolutions to find one that works.

    Other then that, not a bad card at all.

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    • Business

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    5.0

    PERFECT!

    By Alan

    from Calgary, AB

    About Me Power user

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Easy To Use
    • Quality Output
    • Reliable Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Graphic Design
      • Multimedia

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

      Works perfectly! Switches between FCP 7 and CS6 AE without a hitch. After Effects outputs through this card so you can really see the results of your works. Very easy to setup. Highly recommended.

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      • Business

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      5.0

      Own a Mac Pro? You NEED This Card

      By RayJuniorShow

      from Orlando, fl

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Amazing Tech Support
      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Output
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

      • I Cannot Think Of Any

      Best Uses

      • Final Cut Pro 7 And X
      • Live Web Streaming
      • Wirecast

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

      We do professional grade video for clients who take SEO seriously and need client testimonials, etc.. on their site.

      We also stream our live radio show each day through this card now (for those watching via the webstream instead of listening in their car).

      This card required MINIMAL configuration (open one control panel and select a few things and you're done). It was instantly recognized by all the major video editing and video ingestion apps on our primary editor without any further trouble or configuration.

      There were a few things we couldn't figure out but tech support was there late and had the answers every time. Hold times were very short and the techs were SUPER nice. you're going to love this card.

      Also - it comes with not just the HDMI in and out, but a breakout cable (included free) to ingest/export old school formats if needed (composite, component and s-video).

      you can't beat the price for the features.

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      • Business

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      4.0

      It Works

      By User

      from Boise Idaho

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      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Output
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

          I tried the Intensity Shuttle USB 3.0 version and could not get it to work with my Sony VAIO laptop, even after days of fiddling with software, hardware, and drivers.

          Conversely, I put the Pro card in my old video editing workstation and had it up and running in 30 minutes.

          It's on an Intel DP35 Motherboard with an Intel Q6600 CPU, and 8GB of installed RAM running on Windows 7.

          I use it for live streaming. The card works beautifully with Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder 3.2.

          I capture video from a Canon XA20 and use the output of the Intensity card for live monitoring of the camera.

          No complaints.

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          • Business

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          4.0

          Does the Job Well

          By Peach Pit

          from Augusta, GA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality Output
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

          • Difficult To Install

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Gaming
          • Multimedia

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

          I needed to use our Sony NXCAM to stream live events with and was being told that I needed a $ part to do so. The Blackmagic card does it just fine for 1/10th the price.Setup can be a bit tricky since the CD they include has the drivers for every product they sell. Hold times for customer service are (as usual for everyone) very long. But, once installed and up and running it is working great.

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          • Business

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          5.0

          Great Card!

          By Moose

          from Fresno, CA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Output
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

          • Unclear Instructions

          Best Uses

          • Multimedia
          • Web Streaming

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

          Card worked perfectly in my computer. We are using it to live stream video from our church service on Sunday Mornings. Great video quality and plenty of software options included with the CD. Card worked the first time when installed and the drivers all downloaded from the disk provided. Only downside was there wasn't very clear instructions on what to download from the disk, as they give you some software that you don't need, I assume for other applications or install platforms.

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          • Business

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          5.0

          great product

          By ale

          from fort lauderdale

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

          fast delivery

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Awesome, works as advertised!

          By Bay Tiger

          from Santa Clara, CA

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Output
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

              I connected my 55" LG HDTV to playback my video edit from Final Cut Pro. Inexpensive for the features.

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              • Business

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              5.0

              Awesome product.

              By Afad

              from Mount Vernon, IL

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Output
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                  We use the Intesity Pro on our Church's webcast computer to stream our services live online. We use it in conjunction with Flash Media Live Encoder. Great product!

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                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Electrodog10

                  from Driftless Area, USA

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Everything

                  Cons

                  • Media Express Codecs

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                  Works great for capturing HD video from my camera and for SD video coming off a video tape! Easy to install! I would highly recommend it!

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                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Great, but need SSD drive for capture

                  By Fernando

                  from Virginia

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                    I used for capture from SE-500 analog video mixer. You needed large capacity for the capture and SSD hard disk.I Think is a good purchase for the money. Does what the specification says.

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                    • Business

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                    4.0

                    Good but need super-fast SSD

                    By Chris from Practical Help

                    from Northern Virginia

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Quality Output
                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                    • Requires Very Fast Ssd Hd

                    Best Uses

                    • Handycam Capture Hi-res

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                    I use this to import raw, uncompressed video via the HDMI output from a consumer handycam. What's great is that the HD (1080i) output is drastically better than using the video file the camera puts out. But be warned, you need a very fast SSD hard drive in order to capture video without dropping frames. Don't even try this with a standard spinning disk hard drive. With a run-of-the-mill SSD, you'll need to step down from uncompressed YUV to motion-JPEG. With a fast and large-capacity SSD (like 480gb) - no problem.

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                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Works as advertised

                    By Victor S

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Quality Output
                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                        I bought this card to connect the HDMI output from a Canon Vixia HF R40 camcorder ($350) for use in livecasting to Livestream. The Livestream Producer software recognizes the card, and once I found the right input setting, it all worked flawlessly.

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                        5.0

                        COOL

                        By Edgar

                        from Miami

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                          DOES WHAT IT IS MEANT TO DO. NICE EDITING WITH HD AND COMPONENT MONITORS AT THE SAME TIME. REALLY USEFUL.

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                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Work great

                          By Eric

                          from SW Ontario Canada

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Quality Output
                          • Reliable Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Gaming
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                            I use this card in a Sonnet Echo Express Pro and it works great on the Mac side. Also within my Windows workstation. (Wirecast + xsplit). +1 to BlackMagic Design

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                            • Personal

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                            2.0

                            No HD-SDI is a bummer

                            By Voice Victor

                            from San Diego, Ca

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use

                              Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                              I'm sure it's OK for pas through video, but with no HD-SDI interface, it didn't work well for me. I had to go to an HD-SDI/HDMI converter which didn't work very well, and the processor draw was pretty large.

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                              • Business

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                              3.0

                              hard time installing on multiple machine

                              By john the optimist

                              from New York

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Analog Looks Good So Far

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Install
                              • Might Not Install For U

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                                had problems with first machine, a new Dell runnign windows 7. Crashed windows and would not captire s-video. Factory says "Oh yeah, we have problems with some Dells" (not listed as such anywhere). Tried second machine, HP/compaq but since full size PCI wouldn't fit in.
                                Ready to send back this week but out of desperation tried 3rd machine (another dell running 2K pro and it worked.
                                This card is NOT for the faint of heart. I am trying HDMI this week and if it works will keep - else back it goes

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                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                Works as advertised

                                By NightHawk

                                from Seattle, WA

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Quality Output

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Graphic Design
                                  • Multimedia
                                  • Research

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                                  I purchased this card to capture uncompressed, live 1080i video from a Sony HandyCam. I use this for both content creation as well as computer vision research. Although the accompanying software is very basic, the card does a good job of capturing video. Note that you'll need a fast hard drive (preferably an SSD) to capture full HD frames at 30fps and higher without dropping frames. BlackMagic also has an extensive development kit downloadable from their site, making it one of the very few affordable HD capture cards which can be programmed by end users in C/C++. The docs are good and the samples all worked flawlessly on my Win7 x64 machine. The only reason I docked a star was for the simple software - this card is obviously targeted at users who already have powerful content creation tools installed.

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                                  5.0

                                  excellent product in MS windows

                                  By Richard

                                  from Anamosa, Iowa

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Quality Output
                                  • Reliable Performance
                                  • Windows Drivers

                                  Cons

                                  • Linux Difficult Install
                                  • Linux Drivers Bad
                                  • Linux Output Poor

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                                  I tried to use Intensity Pro with Ubuntu, but could only get it to work in NTSC with my camera. Reformated my box to windows 7 and now I am able to capture in the format of my camera. Excellent video output from the camera to the box. Ubuntu should have worked so it has something to do with the drivers so that might be something to look into.

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                                  3.0

                                  Can't get analog imputs to work

                                  By brapoza

                                  from Dartmouth, MA

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Difficult To Install
                                    • Difficult To Use
                                    • Unreliable Performance

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI and Analog Editing Card - PCI Express:

                                      Have been able to capture via HDMI, but can not get any of the anolog imputs to work, composit,componet, s-video

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