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Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card

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  • SD/HD SDI

The DeckLink Studio PCI Express Capture Card from Blackmagic Design is a video editing card, for use in Mac and Windows systems. It features support for digital video in SD SDI and HD SDI formats.

The card is compatible with popular editing applications for Mac and Windows, including Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Video is captured in 10-bit mode, suitable for broadcast environments.

Input and output 10-bit SD/HD SDI video
Hardware downconversion of HD video
Realtime HD video effects
Integrated SD keyer
Mac and Windows compatibility
Supports Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Motion, Combustion, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Color Finesse, Cleaner and others
Type Digital
Compatible with Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Motion, Combustion, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Color Finesse, Cleaner
Video System NTSC, PAL, HD
Video Formats HD: 1080PsF23.98/24, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 720p50, 720p59.94
SD: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC, 525/23.98 NTSC
Audio Formats Television standard sample rate of 48kHz and 24-bit
Host Connection PCI Express x1
Input and Output Connectors 3x BNC
1x RS-232
System Requirements Mac
Mac OS X 10.6.5 "Snow Leopard" or 10.7.x "Lion"
2008 Intel Mac Pro (Mac Pro 3,1), 2009 Intel Mac Pro Mac Pro 4,1), or 2010 Intel Mac Pro (Mac Pro 5,1)
Minimum of 4 GB of system memory recommended for SD and HD video.
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 PC workstations are certified for use with Decklink capture cards: HP Z400, Z600, Z800, XW9300, and XW8600 (not recommended for Decklink PCI or PCI-X cards)
The following motherboards are recommended for use with Decklink capture cards: 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, and XFX 790i Ultra.
Blackmagic Design recommends a minimum of 4 GB of memory for all systems.
For optimal performance, an accelerated graphics card is recommended for use with Decklink cards.
The Decklink card requires hard drive storage that can provide a data rate greater than that of the video compression you are using. 1
Please Note:

Dell workstations are not supported for use with Blackmagic Design capture cards.

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Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Blackmagic DesignDeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card
     
    4.5

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (18)
    • Professional quality (15)
    • Highly compatible (14)
    • Compact (12)
    • Improves performance (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • In the studio (10)
      • Independent films (7)
      • Complex projects (6)
      • Multimedia (5)
      • Home movies (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (12), Professional artist (9)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (20)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for encoding

      Using the card for encoding using windows media encoder and it has worked flawlessly. It's a far less expensive IO card then the other major streaming interfaces on the market. Media Express that comes...Read complete review

      Using the card for encoding using windows media encoder and it has worked flawlessly. It's a far less expensive IO card then the other major streaming interfaces on the market. Media Express that comes with it only works with a limited list of codecs so third party applications are needed to play standalone video files. In my testing it works great with FCP and Adobe.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great Hardware, Software is lacking tho

      This SDI card from Blackmagic has all of the neccesary features hardware wise for a complete SDI I/O experience. However the BlackMagic Software seriously lacks major components for this to truly be an...Read complete review

      This SDI card from Blackmagic has all of the neccesary features hardware wise for a complete SDI I/O experience. However the BlackMagic Software seriously lacks major components for this to truly be an SDI workhorse. The Media Express software has virtually no options for selecting different codecs and absolutely no way to customize any audio I/O. And even if you use the card through Premiere/Vegas/Avid, there is NO support for selecting a different audio input for the recording of audio and video together. .... I need to be able to record video via SDI and choose audio from an external Yamaha USB mixer, but no go with this card :(

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      5.0

      great reliable SDI in and out for 24/7

      By Broadcasting Developer

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Broadcasting Developer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Program With

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Ip Broadcasting
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

        Shipping was quicker than I expected and product works very reliable for my company so far. I'm ordering more as backup just in case.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        like it

        By Ayman

        from Sarasota, FL

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
        • Easy to Customize

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Multimedia

          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

          great card

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          3.0

          Great Hardware, Software is lacking tho

          By schematic

          from Loveland, CO

          About Me Media Director, Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to install
          • Easy to use

          Cons

          • Not Enough Audio Tools

          Best Uses

          • Multimedia

          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

          This SDI card from Blackmagic has all of the neccesary features hardware wise for a complete SDI I/O experience. However the BlackMagic Software seriously lacks major components for this to truly be an SDI workhorse. The Media Express software has virtually no options for selecting different codecs and absolutely no way to customize any audio I/O. And even if you use the card through Premiere/Vegas/Avid, there is NO support for selecting a different audio input for the recording of audio and video together. .... I need to be able to record video via SDI and choose audio from an external Yamaha USB mixer, but no go with this card :(

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          4.0

          So far so good

          By Dennis

          from Gloucester,MA

          About Me Filmmaker And Film Teache

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Can Color Correct W This
          • Easy to install

          Cons

          • Difficult to Navigate
          • Instructions Difficult

          Best Uses

          • Multimedia

          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

          It's hard to say how well this is working because it's not just the card, it's the interface with monitor and internal software, like FCP, that makes the difference. Wish it was more a plug and play situation with easier instructions for the uninitiated.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          3.0

          works/ kills bluetooth mouse.

          By T23

          from Las Vegas

          About Me Commercial Producer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Works

          Cons

          • Kills Bluetooth Mouse

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

            Um, it works. But it kills your bluetooth mouse on mac. There should be a warning listed somewhere. Nobody mentioned anything, I had to dig for this info after installing the drivers and having my mouse freak out.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            I like it, I love it

            By pmateo

            from New York

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films

              Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

              Excellent product, I use it in my Mac Pro and it work wonderful

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great Value!

              By DAP

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                This card provides great value if all that you need is SDI/HDSDI in and out.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A+ PCI Card

                By BD

                from Canton, GA

                About Me Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Capture In Premiere Pro
                  • Live Stream

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                  We use the PCI Express to input our live stream encoding feed from the program out of our ATEM switcher. The SDI card is simple and to the point. Easy setup. Perfect integration into our Blackmagic system. Exactly what we needed.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  This product is top quality

                  By Steve the all around

                  from San Juan Puerto Rico WSJN & WQSJ

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                    I use the PCI card for the streaming of WSJN 20.1 in San Juan PR. And I can say that this product exceeded my expectations. The quality of video seen on my iphone and ipad are grate. I as part of the team that is incharged of the quality control of our station say wow its a grate product.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    GREAT PRODUCT

                    By irey77

                    from Maldives

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                      Does what it is meant for perfectly.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      easy setup

                      By MichaelW

                      from Sacramento, CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                          easy to set up it. the BlackMagix customer services replied my email in the same day. FYI that they told me the latest driver was tested on Windows 7, not on XP anymore.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great Product

                          By rickyc22

                          from Bayamon, PR

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                            Very easy to install. Great Capture card for the price.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Decklink SDI Rock Solid Performer

                            By JT

                            from Toronto, Canada

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Adobe After Effects
                              • Avid Mc
                              • Complex Projects
                              • Davinci Resolve
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                              I use this card to monitor work on Avid MC, Adobe After Effects, and Davinci Resolve on both Mac and PC. I am monitoring with the FSI LM2461W. Working and monitoring through the Decklink SDI card produces results that are totally consistent with how my work looks in a DI prjection theatre and broadcast QA.This card is inexpensive, accurate and works without a hitch. It is MUCH better that other, more expensive solutions out there. I would take this over any outboard USB or Thunderbold solution as it runs flawlessly. You get a lot of bang for the buck with this card.My only criticism would be that I wish BMD would offer a simple 4:4:4 2K solution in a similar stripped down format.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Very satisfy...

                              By Dan

                              from Montreal Canada

                              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                                Very quick shipping, and great prices even with the custom taxes (I am in Canada)...plug and play, took 5 min. my monitor was working through the bnc output...I've been editing ever since.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Nothing fancy

                                By Brad

                                from Knoxville tn

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                                  Nothing fancy but it works

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Works real good.

                                  By 007

                                  from Lancaster, Ca.

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Independent Films

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                                    We are using this SDI card to allow us to simutaneously Stream and record our video at the same time. The product worked flawlessly and was easy to configure. Thank you.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    i would purchase from b&h again

                                    By peter

                                    from hong kong

                                    About Me Professional Artist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • In The Studio

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                                      the cad can use SDI slot and i can connect to my pro mon!

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Good Quality, Great Price

                                      By sadek

                                      from Northridge, CA

                                      About Me IT

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Improves Performance
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • In The Studio

                                        Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                                        used it with Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder,works great, super video quality with no lip sync

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                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        Solid value

                                        By Rfoil

                                        from Rockaway, NJ

                                        About Me Business Owner

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Professional Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                                            Needed a board for straightforward HD-SDI ingestion on a Win7 64 bit machine. This board was inexpensive and very easy to install. Simple, quick, and effective.

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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Plug & play!

                                            By Fuzzy

                                            from Richmond, Va

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Professional Quality

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI PCI Express Capture Card:

                                                We purchased a couple of these cards to stream HD-SDI video of our sports programs (we're a university). We stuck the cards in a couple of MacPros, installed Flash Media Live encoder, along with the smorgasbord of apps that come with the cards, and started streaming. Literally 'plug-n-play'. Not to mention the fact that you can't beat the price!

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