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Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2

B&H # BLBDLKSTUDIO Mfr # BDLKSTUDIO2
You Pay: $610.25
Product Highlights
  • Multi-Format Support
  • Video & Audio Support
  • RS-422 Deck Control
  • Blackburst & Tri-Sync Reference

The Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2 is an HD/SD broadcast video capture card with an array of digital and analog video and audio connections. The connections are non-independent so only one can be used at a time. The outputs are all live, so any input can be routed through any output.

HD/SD-SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs are integrated, and the rest of the connections are accessible via an included 3 ft breakout cable. The cable features Component BNC, S-Video, and Composite BNC video inputs and outputs, 1/4" analog audio and AES/EBU digital audio inputs/outputs, a sync input, an RS-422 deck control output, and an SD-SDI only output.

The card features two PCI slot plates and takes up two slots, but it only connects into the motherboard through one slot. The reason for the second plate is to provide easier access to the card's HDMI input and output ports. The actual ports are on the rear of the card but are accessible on the second plate through cabling connecting the plate to the rear ports.

This video card supports fully independent connections for SDI, HDMI, analog component, S-video, and composite video
Audio connections include 4 channels of balanced analog audio, 8 channels of SDI audio, and 2 channels of AES/EBU digital with sample-rate converters
Support for NTSC & PAL standards is included
It features an RS-422 deck control
The device offers blackburst and tri-sync reference input
This unit is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems and 1, 4, 8 and 16 PCIe slots
Inputs/Outputs SDI Video Input: 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable
SDI Video Output: 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable
Supported Video formats: 525i NTSC, 625i PAL, 720HD and 1080HD
SDI Audio Input: 8-channel embedded in SD and HD
SDI Audio Output: 8-channel embedded in SD and HD
Analog Audio Input: 4 channels of professional balanced analog audio via 1/4" jack connectors
Analog Audio Output: 4 channels of professional balanced analog audio via 1/4" jack connectors. Channels 3 and 4 can switch to AES/EBU outputs
HDMI Audio Input: 2 channels
HDMI Audio Output: 2 channels
HDMI Video Input: Direct HDMI connection supports HDMI capture from HDMI compatible cameras, set-top boxes, decks and video games
HDMI Video Output: Direct HDMI connection supports HDMI digital compatible displays, such as a TV or video projector (includes both audio and video)
HDMI Configuration: HDMI automatically configures to connected display
HDMI Resolution: Pixel-for-pixel HD resolution input to connected device.
Multiple Rate Support: Standard-definition SDI and high-definition SDI
Sync Input:
Blackburst in SD and 1080i50, 720p50, 1080i59.94, 720p59.94 HD formats
TriSync in all HD formats.
Device Control:
Sony compatible RS422 deck control ports
Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control
Settings Control:
DeckLink System Preferences (Intel Mac OS X)
DeckLink Control Panel (Windows)
Updates:
Firmware for cards built into software driver
Loaded at system start, or via updater software
Standards HD Format Support: 1080PsF23.98/24, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 720p50 and 720p59.94
SD Format Support: 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC and 525/23.98 NTSC
SDI Compliance: SMPTE 259M, 292/296M
Video Sampling: 4:2:2
Color Precision: 4:2:2 10-bit
Color Space: 4:2:2 YUV
SDI Metadata Support: VITC read for 3:2 pulldown removal
VANC capture and playback using up to 3 lines of video in file. HD RP188
Audio Sampling: Television rate of 48kHz at 24 bit
Card Type: PCI Express 1 lane, compatible with 1,4,8 and 16 PCIe slots
Copy Protection: For legal reasons, capture devices from Blackmagic Design are designed not to capture, convert or transmit video or audio from copy-protected sources, e.g. video devices using HDCP
Signal Processing Colorspace Conversion: Hardware-based real time
HD Down Conversion: Built-in hardware down conversion. High-quality down converter always outputs to SD-SDI, composite and S-video outputs when working in HD video formats. Selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3 styles
HD Up Conversion:
Real-time up conversion from 720HD to 1080HD during video capture
Real-Time Effects:
Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects in DV, ProRes and uncompressed on Intel Mac OS X
Adobe Premiere Pro internal effects in DV, MJPEG and uncompressed
Dimensions (HxWxD) PCI-Express 1-lane card type
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2
  • DeckLink Studio Breakout Cable
  • Software:
    Deck Control
    Disk Speed Test
    LiveKey
    FrameLink
    Blackmagic Driver
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Blackmagic DesignDeckLink Studio 2
     
    4.4

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Quality output (19)
    • Easy to install (18)
    • Reliable (16)
    • Highly compatible (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia (10)
      • Everyday (8)
      • Independent films (4)
      • In the studio (4)
      • Complex projects (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (21), Business owner (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (22)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good card, but cheap break out cable!

      This was purchased to replace an older edit suite running a DecklinkSP card, and to prep me for the switch to HDV editing. So far this card seems comparable to the SP in...Read complete review

      This was purchased to replace an older edit suite running a DecklinkSP card, and to prep me for the switch to HDV editing. So far this card seems comparable to the SP in performance. I haven't noticed any issues with Premiere CS4 or in importing older projects created with the SP card. My only complaint stems from the break out cable. I consider this card on par with the SP card and yet the SP card had a much higher quality break out cable than the Studio. It's quite a bit shorter (I have spoken to Blackmagic and understand their reasoning behind this), all the BNC connections are female, and the audio connections are 1/4". Granted this is listed in the product description and it's my fault for paying too much attention to the card specs and not enough to the cable specs, but I am still shocked that a card of this caliber has such a disappointing break out cable. Even the RS422 control cable is a female out, opposite of the SP's control cable. Basically I now have to rewire my entire edit suite for this card and I just don't understand their reasoning behind it other than the possibility that this is Blackmagic's marketing ploy to convince you to purchase the Pro card.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Solid Card

      This card works great with our cheap Toshiba monitor. The quality is pretty good with the output.

      The big downfall is the card doesn't play well with the MacPros bluetooth...Read complete review

      This card works great with our cheap Toshiba monitor. The quality is pretty good with the output.

      The big downfall is the card doesn't play well with the MacPros bluetooth antenna. My Magic mouse now has a lag that can be annoying.

      Reviewed by 28 customers

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      4.0

      Doesn't work with Adobe FMLE

      By Phil

      from Québec, Canada

      About Me Power user

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

        Nice card, works well, nice features. The only con: Doesn't work with Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder for HD capture and streaming. Only the SD composite input is available. BlackMagic answer that we should address this issue to Adobe, and Adobe doesn't answer to this request. So, very nice card, but don't try to stream with it on Adobe FMLE

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        4.0

        I like it

        By Ayman

        from Sarasota, FL

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Multimedia

          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

          good card

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          • Business

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          5.0

          Great card for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

          By Tom

          from Fresno, CA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Audio Interface Issues

          Best Uses

          • Pro Video Editing

          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

          Just built a new system for a client with this card, running Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. I did find one problem with the audio output as the audio consol used was unbalanced in. I needed to install a balanced to unbalanced interface. Input to the card was no problem.

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          • Business

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          4.0

          I like it

          By Erik Díaz

          from Quito, Ecuador

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Output

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

            This card works fine, I like it. Two things I notice I dislike, I found some delay on the hdmi output of 2 frames in premiere cs6, not big deal but I would like the signal to be in sync. And it doesn't scale 4k to HD.

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            5.0

            GOOD PRODUCT

            By irey77

            from Maldives

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Graphic Design
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

              A video card with all the outs and in you ever needed through the breakout cable

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              • Business

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              4.0

              Versatile card but watch compatibility!

              By flumeboy

              from Toronto, Canada

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Compatibility Issues

              Best Uses

              • Multisource Ingest

              Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

              For the price point, no doubt this is an excellent and versatile card.
              Just one caution for the user and that is do your research on compatible motherboards and system setups before purchasing! Just because you have a PCIe port does not mean this card will work!
              Also, was a little dissapointed that BlackMagic is now doing 1/4" TRS audio connections instead of XLR, but overall, a solid card.

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              5.0

              Flexible Solution

              By The Professor

              from San Luis Obispo, CA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Graphic Design
                • Multimedia

                Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                I've been using this to digitize SD video and authorize with Avid Symphony and Sorenson Squeeze. Easy to setup. Everything in everything out flexibility. I've read comments that the breakout cable is flimsy. It looks well made to me in the last months worth of work and 2TB of video capture. I'm learning to love the Media Express software. I capture in 8bit AVI, import to Avid through AMA and output to H264 or WMA. Results are great. I wish Media Express recorded to more codexs.

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                4.0

                Great I/O

                By Cole Video Guy

                from West Monroe, La

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                  This is a great way (and fairly cheap way) to get signal in and out of your computer. Black Magic has always made quality products and this is no exception. While I do prefer a breakout box over a breakout cable, you just can't beat the price on this one.

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                  4.0

                  Great video editing compatability

                  By Handmade Pix

                  from Southern California

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                      I do a lot of audio and video work and needed a card that works with Sony Vegas Pro 11. This card does that and more. My only negative for this card is that while it will play audio back in any application it will not record audio except in video capture applications. This requires another high end audio card or USB device for audio only applications. That said it does everything else exactly as advertised! Very easy installation and setup.

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                      4.0

                      connections "problem"

                      By vagvid

                      from jersey

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                      people compaining about the beakout -- those are not cables, they are connectors. just like on the back of a deck (for those old enough to remember decks).

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                      5.0

                      Best io card I ever bought.

                      By Ryan

                      from Clovis nm

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                            Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                            Just plain works every time .

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                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Excellent product, i would buy it again

                            By Mac

                            from Bs As Argentina

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                              I use this product in SNG mobile for post production or video edition

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                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Driver install frustration

                              By Puddinhead

                              from Lancaster, Pa

                              About Me Power user

                              Pros

                              • Media Express software
                              • Nice capture software

                              Cons

                              • Cables stress board
                              • Difficult To Use
                              • Driver install issues

                              Best Uses

                              • Cheap
                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                              Took me a few days to figure out why the BlackMagic driver(s) [there are several](8.5) failed to properly install. Unless it installs the board is useless of course. If it was a weekeday I would have given up and sent it back.

                              However, on a whim, i looked in the Device Manager and found that the Microsoft Media Controller was not properl;y working and it asked me to try and update it's driver. I decided instead to delete the not functioning Microsoct Driver driver (since at this point I was feeling learned helplessness. Then after a reboot I tried to install what i figured was the only media controller of importance (why have two ?) and the Blackmagic Drivers installed with no problem !

                              I spent two days searching the WWW regarding various error codes (code 2753 and another 80005 ish) and it was all not needed. NO error codes after installing the Blackmagic 8.5 set of drivers and no error core after deleting the Microsoft Media Controller.

                              Patrick

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                              4.0

                              Decklink Studeio 2

                              By Fred

                              from Washington, D.C.

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Quality Output
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                                  The card installed nicely, however I had some confusion(I need no brainer instructions) as to which program to install as there was many.
                                  Also the breakout cables come without any length making you go out and have to purchase several cables , a remote 422 for one.

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                                  3.0

                                  Solid Card

                                  By Ry the Creative Guy

                                  from Benton Harbor, MI

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Quality Output

                                  Cons

                                  • Unreliable Performance

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                                  This card works great with our cheap Toshiba monitor. The quality is pretty good with the output.

                                  The big downfall is the card doesn't play well with the MacPros bluetooth antenna. My Magic mouse now has a lag that can be annoying.

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                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product again

                                  By Dario

                                  from Lighthouse Point - FL

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                                    Things that are great about it

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                                    • Business

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Card

                                    By flue

                                    from Austin Texas

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Multimedia
                                      • Video editing

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                                      I'm using this card to connect HDMI to external monitor for editing
                                      The card is very fast and has a lot of applications with the breakout cable. I can connect a client monitor with HDMI and at the same time, connect an pro monitor with SDI. Works fantastic.
                                      The breakout cable is a little heavy with all the input/output options. I don't like how it hangs down from the parallel port.

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                                      5.0

                                      Final Cut Pro requirement

                                      By Dan

                                      from Orlando, FL

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                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                                          Using this with FCP is a must. Installs easy and works with little troubles. We have a Sony 24p LED LCD TV hooked to this to view FCP in real time. Amazing product!

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                                          1.0

                                          Horrible Audio

                                          By Decklinkster

                                          from New York

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                                          This card for audio is awful. I had to return it. The problem is if you connect any of the 1/4" cables to consumer equipment, there is a huge distortion sound! Also, if you get a pro-consumer adapter, going 1/4" to RCA, it fixes the problem but does not completely eliminate it.

                                          If you connect it to professional audio gear there is no issue.

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                                          5.0

                                          Works Great

                                          By Steve the Broadcaster

                                          from IL

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                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                          • none

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Video editing

                                          Comments about Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 2:

                                          Easy to install work great with adobe CS5

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