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Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt

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Product Highlights
  • For Thunderbolt-Enabled Computers
  • 10-Bit Editing Solution
  • HDMI Input / Output
  • Analog Video / Audio by Breakout Cable
  • 1080p24, 1080i60/50, 720p60/50
  • NTSC & PAL
  • Real-Time Final Cut & Premiere Effects
  • Machined Aluminum Body

Intensity Extreme from Blackmagic Design is a 10-bit editing solution that leverages the blazing-fast speed of a Mac's Thunderbolt connection to provide capture and playback of standard- and high-definition video via analog and HDMI connections. The breakout box is machined out of a solid piece of aluminum for a sturdy design and a professional look & feel.

You can connect your camera, deck, or any other video source to the Intensity Extreme via the HDMI port or, using the included breakout cable, analog connections for HD or SD video capture to your computer. With the 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt connection, data rates up to 20x that of USB 2.0 are supported.

For monitoring to a HDMI- or analog screen, the Intensity Extreme features connections for both HDMI and analog (3x RCA on the breakout cable). Stereo audio monitoring is also possible via the embedded channels on the HDMI port, the dual RCAs, or the S/PDIF output.

Intensity Extreme is fully compatible with Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, The Foundry's Nuke, DaVinci Resolve, and more. With Final Cut, for instance, Intensity Extreme enables you to monitor RT Extreme effects in real time, and you can also capture uncompressed video to feed the NLE.

Note! Thunderbolt cable not included.

Thunderbolt Technology
Intensity Extreme is built with blazingly fast Thunderbolt technology. Machined from a solid piece of aluminum, Intensity Extreme gives you incredible quality HDMI, component video, and composite 10-bit capture and playback. Better still, this super-sleek, high-speed data transfer system offers an incredible 10 Gb/s connection that's up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and up to 11.5x faster than FireWire 800
High-Quality HDMI and Component Analog Capture and Playback
Intensity Extreme lets you capture and playback in the most incredible quality of HDMI and component analog video in both SD and HD. Smash the quality barrier for your video work because Intensity is not only the highest quality, but also affordable
Professional Performance
Go beyond the limits of your AVCHD or HDV camera. Simply plug in using HDMI or analog and capture direct from your camera's imaging sensor. You get incredible quality that completely bypasses the camera's video compression. Use Intensity Extreme for monitoring from your edit software for maximum real-time effects. Intensity connects directly to your editing software's real-time effects processing
Professional Video Standards
Intensity will instantly switch between HD and SD video standards including HDTV 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p59.94, 720p50, 1080p24, NTSC, and PAL. Intensity can also capture and play back all professional file formats so you can deliver finished television programs, music videos, and other work at broadcast standards. Add broadcast quality to your editing system and move to a new world of video editing where your images always stay absolutely perfect at full resolution HDTV
True HDMI Digital Connections
Intensity Extreme features an HDMI input for connecting to cameras and digital set-top boxes for the highest-quality capture. Get higher-quality capture from HD cameras by capturing direct and bypassing the HDV compression chip for high-quality video captured directly from the image sensor. As edit software can't play back to HDV cameras for monitoring, Intensity is ideal to use for monitoring uncompressed HD or HDV, and even DV edits on the latest big-screen televisions and video projectors by connecting to the built-in HDMI out
Highest-Quality Analog Connections
The included breakout cable connects Intensity Extreme to all types of analog video and audio equipment. This gives you full compatibility with analog component, NTSC, PAL, and analog audio
Uncompressed or Compressed Video
HDV and DV use heavy compression. With HDV, the compression is time-based, which tangles up the system CPU as the editing software reassembles the video just to display each frame of the video. With Intensity Extreme you're working in uncompressed, so all CPU time is free for real-time effects, and the system feels snappy and fast to use. Because uncompressed video in HD requires a fast disk array, to save cost you can also choose compressed video that's higher-quality than HDV. For example you can use the DV 100 codec on Mac OS X, which is 4x better-quality than HDV
Full Resolution
Intensity captures and plays back full-resolution HDTV formats, which are up to 1920 x 1080 pixels for every video frame. HDV only uses 1440 horizontal pixels due to the limitations of the small cassette tapes used and the FireWire transfer speeds build into the cameras. Of course, all newer cameras have built-in HDMI video output, which allows access to the raw, uncompressed video directly from the chip. That provides incredible quality. If you're capturing from HDV tape, you can still enjoy editing video in full resolution, so your graphics and effects look sharp because only uncompressed video eliminates the horizontal scaling that's required when rendering HDV footage with graphics and effects
DVD Authoring
DVDs from uncompressed media are much higher-quality, and as all media files used on Intensity Extreme are QuickTime, you get full compatibility with DVD authoring software. Use DVD Studio Pro or even iDVD on Mac OS X for powerful DVD creation
Live Streaming
Always get a clean, uncompressed video source for your streaming files. Uncompressed source video also means you don't waste CPU resources de-compressing video upon capture, so all the computer's CPU is free for compressing to streaming standards. You get faster rendering of your streaming files and more real-time support. Intensity Extreme is compatible with all streaming software on Mac OS X
Record Your Game Play
Connect Intensity to your gaming console for game-play recording. Intensity is based on high-quality broadcast television electronics, so you'll get full quality and full motion without dropped frames. This means you get incredible quality, totally perfect and in full resolution
Blackmagic Media Express Software Included
Blackmagic Media Express is free software that comes with Intensity Extreme. Media Express lets you batch-capture and play back 2D and dual-stream stereoscopic 3D in DPX, ProRes, uncompressed YUV and RGB, DVCPRO HD, and MJPEG files. You can even create your own playlist. Media Express also supports CMX EDL import and export, frame-accurate deck control via RS-422, and will even insert and assemble to tape. Media Express is fast, accurate, and easy to use, and it works on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. You can even grab still frames directly from your deck and save them as perfect digital still images. That's a complete solution for capture and playback 1
Final Cut Pro 7 Support
Edit in Final Cut Pro with Intensity Extreme, while using the highest-quality uncompressed video, or choose DVCPRO HD or ProRes 422, which are higher-quality and faster than native HDV or AVCHD. You can even use Intensity Extreme just for monitoring to HDMI televisions from HDV Final Cut Pro timelines. When playing back video, you get full RT Extreme real time effects, all with sample-accurate AV sync. Intensity Pro supports many of the advanced Final Cut Pro features such as 10-bit rendering, RT Extreme, and support for ProRes 422, HDV, JPEG, DV, DV50, DV100, an d8- & 10-bit uncompressed media types.
Effects Software Support
Intensity even facilitates high-end design and effects work – great for the special effects you've always wanted for your independent films – using After Effects, Photoshop, and more. Intensity also includes an RGB QuickTime preview output for After Effects. And you can always preview on the video output interactively as you design and then play pre-renders using real-time RAM preview. When rendering your project, processing quality using the Blackmagic codec is full 16-bit, so you always get the advantage of uncompressed video
Adobe Photoshop Support
Intensity Extreme includes special Photoshop plug-ins, so you can directly capture and output still frames from within Photoshop. Outputting Photoshop graphics from Intensity lets you see the correct color and the effects of video interlace and field movement. Intensity uses the correct video levels so you can't get illegal 100% RGB video levels, eliminating surprises when graphics are displayed
Included Blackmagic Utilities
Intensity also includes Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, which checks your disk array and gives you an easy to understand speed test with the results in video frames per second. Also included is the Blackmagic Software Codec. Sometimes you might not have an Intensity card installed, so with the Blackmagic Software Codec you can still access 10-bit uncompressed files, even with 16-bit rendering. It only takes a minute to download and get full media file access even without Intensity hardware installed. You can read and render files on as many systems as you like. Even pass our codec to your clients and freelancers so they can move files to portable disks and work offline too! The Blackmagic Software Codec even reads and renders other uncompressed files for QuickTime
Video Inputs HDMI type A x1
Analog (via included breakout cable): HD/SD Component, NTSC, PAL
Video Outputs HDMI type A x1
Analog (via included breakout cable): HD/SD Component, NTSC, PAL
Audio Inputs 2 channels via 1x HDMI
Analog (via included breakout cable): 2 channels, 24-bit, HiFi
Audio Outputs 2 channels via 1x HDMI
Analog (via included breakout cable): 2 channels, 24-bit, HiFi
S/PDIF x1: 2 channels, 24-bit
Format Support HDMI:
525 NTSC, 625 PAL, 720HD and 1080HD switchable

SD:
625i/50 PAL and 525i/59.94 NTSC

HD:
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60
Sampling HDMI video: 4:2:2
HDMI audio: 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 Yes, HDCP. For legal reasons HDMI input is unable to capture from copy-protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content
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
Real-Time Effects Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects and Adobe Premiere Pro internal effects in DV, DVCPRO HD, JPEG, and uncompressed edit formats
Firmware Upgrade Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start, or via updater software
System Requirements Macintosh computer with Thunderbolt running Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7
Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt
  • Breakout Cable for Intensity Pro
  • Media Express, Disk Speed Test, Blackmagic System Preferences & Blackmagic Driver Software
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    Blackmagic DesignIntensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt
     
    4.2

    (based on 54 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (29)
    • Lightweight (26)
    • Professional quality (26)
    • Easy to use (24)
    • Highly compatible (19)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (3)

    Best Uses

    • In the studio (18)
    • Independent films (14)
    • Complex projects (12)
    • Multimedia (10)
    • Home movies (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (12), Professional artist (9), Enthusiast (4)
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      • Business (11)
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      • No (34)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    iPad Screen Capture - Works!

    I am developing an iPad application and wanted to create some training videos. I have a 13" MacBook Pro with a Crucial Technology 512GB m4 Solid State Drive. Since this is a...Read complete review

    I am developing an iPad application and wanted to create some training videos. I have a 13" MacBook Pro with a Crucial Technology 512GB m4 Solid State Drive. Since this is a laptop a capture card was not an option. I tried doing research on the web before I purchased the Intensity Extreme but did not find much information about its suitability in this role. My purpose in writing this review is to pass on the information I wish I had before going down this path.

    I had tried several other approaches for doing screen capture – to include HDMI to Component Video adaptors (several of them). None of those worked. I also tried using web cams to try and capture the screen. This approach worked but had the usual problem of video ripple when animations were running in the iPad app and having my fingers in the video as I used the app being filmed.

    That said, the Intensity Extreme turned out to be the cheapest approach that gave professional (five stars) results. Now for the things you need to know. You need the Solid State Drive and the Thunderbolt port. I had these anyway so it worked out for me but the speed needed to capture the video on the fly does not seem to leave many other options. The capture will be over a GByte a minute worth of data. The 512GB SSD is well worth the investment and the Intensity Extreme does an amazing job for the price. Remember that you will also need to purchase a Thunderbolt cable as the Intensity Extreme does not come with one.

    To save you time in getting up and going the only software from Blackmagic Design that you will need to install is the Desktop Video. There are many other software packages on the DVD that ships with the product, none of which seemed to have any function with the Intensity Extreme. You will also want to skip the DVD and just go to Blackmagic's web site to get the latest copy of Desktop Video. You will need the SN of your unit for this.

    The next piece of information you will need is the setting for the video. In the preferences of the Desktop Video app (cmd ,) you need to set the Video to 720p60; no other setting will give you an image for the iPad. With the iPad connected with the HDMI adaptor from Apple and the "Log and Capture" tab selected in the Capture software you should see your iPad' screen in the Preview window. If you already an HDMI adaptor for your iPad then you are set. If you do not have one I strongly recommend that you not bother with getting one but rather spend a few more dollars and purchase an Apple TV. This is another bit of info I which I had beforehand. With my Apple TV I can plug it into the HDMI port of the Intensity Extreme and then use Air Play (built in feature of the iPad) to wirelessly broadcast the iPad's screen. This allows me run the iPad app that I am recording without any cables attached to iPad. Otherwise trying to move the iPad around as you use it will always have the risk of the HDMI adaptor cable becoming unplugged in the middle of your recording session. The only thing you will not be able to record regardless of the type of HDMI connection is any media being played that is HDCP protected (iTunes movies).

    In summary configuration that worked for me:

    • Macbook Pro with Thunderbolt Port.
    • Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme (Desktop Video comes with this)
    • Apple - Thunderbolt Cable
    • Crucial Technology 512GB m4 SSD
    • Apple TV (1080p)
    • HDMI cable
    • Video editing software to turn your raw footage into a finished product (I am currently Camtasia 2 which seems fine for my needs).

    Both the product and B&H's service deserve five stars. Hope this helps.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Video Editor's Take

    I am a professional video editor and purchased this product for my home editing suite. At my office we use AJA Kona 3G cards ($2000.00) on Mac Pro towers. For my home office...Read complete review

    I am a professional video editor and purchased this product for my home editing suite. At my office we use AJA Kona 3G cards ($2000.00) on Mac Pro towers. For my home office with my iMac, I considered getting the AJA IO XT (a similar thunderbolt device from AJA), but since I am using this primarily as a client monitor, I concluded that I'd save $1200 and use BlackMagic instead.BlackMagic often (though not always) takes a backseat to AJA. This was my first BlackMagic device, but overall, I am pleasantly suprised with this little gizmo.THE GOOD:1. Works great with Final Cut Pro 7: BlackMagic has always kind of leaned in supporting Final Cut Pro over other NLE software, and though they have expanded their capability in recent years, FCP 7 worked best with the BMD IE of my three NLE software (I also own Avid MC and Adobe CS6). The only problem is that this is an end of life program.2. Ascetically pleasing: You can tell BMD had Mac users in mind. The aluminum build of the BMD IE goes well with my 27" iMac.3. Suitable connectivity: The unit comes with HDMI built into the device and a breakout cable via a serial port for Component and Stereo audio (both in and out) and AES/EBU (out only) which I was not expecting. Though the IO ports on the breakout cable use RCA connectors as opposed to higher end BNC connectors, this is to be expected from a cheaper device.4. Handles inputs well: I wasn't planning on using this much as a capture device, but got that functionality on the rare occasions that I thought it would be needed. And so far, it works like a charm. I had to capture some video for an iPad beta app for a review I was editing, and the Blackmagic handled it flawlessly. I'll also add that I used their provided Media Express software which I found to be a great capture app for basic needs.5. Powers itself through the Thunderbolt port: This doesn't sound like it would be a big deal, but it is to me and is a great advantage over other similar IO devices.THE BAD:1. No thunderbolt daisy-chaining: This only has one thunderbolt port, meaning that you will not be able to daisy-chain other devices to it. I find this to be a huge drawback, especially as a video editor, when often I need to connect 3-4 thunderbolt or MDP devices on my iMac (which only provides two ports). Though I know this is a cheaper device, for $300, I think they could have tried to include one...2. Works OK with Avid: Unfortunately, the BMD IE does not do video converting in the box itself when it comes to outputting from Avid. You can convert from HD to SD, but not from say 1080P at 23.98 FPS to 1080i at 59.94. This is a big drawback if your TV doesn't do pure 24P inputs (mine doesn't) or if you want to connect an external monitor via Component cable (which can only handle 1080i or 720P). This means that if my Avid project is 1080P, to work in Avid, I need to change my Avid project settings to 720P to get the device to output. In Final Cut Pro 7, there is an option within Final Cut to do this conversion so I don't need to actually change my sequence settings to get it to work.4. Premiere Pro 6 requires specific sequence settings. Unlike FCP and Avid which output independently of the sequence, for some reason, PP6 requires a specific BlackMagic Design sequence setting to output. This means two things. This makes it incredibly cumbersome to open old projects, or to move projects to another systen that doesn't use BlackMagic. Premiere Pro 7 released through Creative Cloud fixes this issue, but a lot of people out there are still on CS6.3. No headphone jack: It would be nice if this device had a 3.5MM headphone jack, especially in Avid which requires you to output audio AND video through the BMD IE or nothing at all. This means that if you want to have both your client monitor and headphones while using Avid, you need to buy additional adapters for the RCA Stereo ports.THE BOTTOM LINE:If I were using this for ProSumer use only, I would easily rate this product 4 or 5 stars. As a professional IO device, it falls short, but in all honesty I knew that is was going to fall short in most areas before I bought it. Though I would not recommend this for a professional post-facility (except maybe for mobile editing), for a home office, even for professional editors, this is a steel.

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    5.0

    Great quality and ease of use!

    By Sid the SID

    from Madison, MS

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
    • Easy to Customize
    • Easy to Navigate
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Educational Purposes
      • Live Event Streaming
      • Multimedia

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

      Switched production computer from PC to Mac and absolutely LOVE this product! Allows for choosing the format of the HD input prior to streaming live athletic and school events. Hopes are to purchase additional units to increase the number of cameras during broadcast.

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

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      5.0

      It's Blackmagic, what more can I say

      By flcoasterguy

      from Orlando, FL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to set-up
      • Easy to use
      • Resonably Priced

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

        I have always had great luck with all of the Blackmagic products I have owned and this one is no exception. It just works and works great.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        This is the Ustream solution!!!

        By Chad

        from Corsica SD

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
        • Easy to Navigate

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Multimedia

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

          Streaming HD video Church services live.

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

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          4.0

          Thunderbolt HDMI Interface

          By Johnny 5

          from VT

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Multimedia

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

            High Quality Device
            Perfect for Macs
            Difficult to sync properly

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Great product

            By Comfort Dental

            from Denver, Co

            About Me Dentist, Video Specialist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Navigate

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia
              • Webcasting With Wirecast

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

              Very easy to use. I ordered two of these as I made the move from Old Mac pro to the new generation with Thunderbolt. I use these along with Wirecast pro.

              One of the two I received was defective. B&H was great about getting a return in place and a replacement sent out.

              Once I had two good ones they populated in my program and worked great.

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

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              4.0

              Prefect Device

              By Gossy

              from Mandeville, Jamaica

              About Me Tech Media Engineer

              Pros

              • Easy to Navigate
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • All Rca Ends On Breakout

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia
              • Video Capturing

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

              We use to carry our VTR's with firewire on all our productions to do a tremendous amount of work like inputting graphics into our multi-cam system, getting video into a computer for internet streaming and capturing live during an event. We bought 3 of this device and immediately loved them. It immediately dropped the amount of equipment we carried around while at the same time increasing our quality.

              A few drawbacks-
              1. Nothing really points you to the setup panel it installs in the control panel initially. Wished they had put a shortcut in the blackmagic software it installs (blackmagic Express)
              2. Wish it had a secondary thunderbolt interface for daisy-chaining.
              3. Wished it had BNC connections instead of RCA on the breakout cable.

              But all in all, it's a good device.

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

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              5.0

              Clear HD.monitoring

              By SusanaM

              from Miami

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

              Like all BM products: Amazing
              We use for monitoring video sígnal from FCPX

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              5.0

              Easy and well made

              By Per

              from DC

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Navigate
              • Easy to set up
              • Versatile
              • Well built

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Video
                • Live Streaming

                Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                I bought this device to use to connect a Sony EX-1R through the uStream livestreaming service. The Intensity Extremely works seamlessly with this setup.

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

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                4.0

                Quality Conversion Box

                By marcioguitar

                from New york

                Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                Easy option to convert your footage, being Black Magic there is not much to say, they rock!
                I had trouble setting up this box initially with my Mark III and MacBookPro but after spending time online looking for a solution I got everything done.

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                5.0

                I love this!!!!

                By TK

                from San Anselmo, Ca

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Tech Support

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                  I am excited to have this product as it will allow us to broadcast using much better cameras than before and so we can broadcast at the same time we are recording using multiple sources. The tech team was super helpful in walking me through the set up and as always the bh staff is simply the best when i need help as to the best solutions for my needs. I live on the west coast but BH is my go to place for material.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great Device

                  By Chris Evans

                  from Kansas City

                  About Me Video Specialist At Naia

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Multimedia
                    • Online Streaming

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                    We used the product to bring our camera feed into our mac for a live streaming event. Our actors were on a green screen and the key was very clean.

                    This device works great, easy to set up with the Mac. I had a few issues, but I just had to find the settings. The strangest thing is that some of the settings are in the Mac Preferences and wouldn't have found them if I didn't previously know about it or didn't read the manual.

                    The quality of the stream is great. As I said, we had a green screen and it keyed very well. We had a little green spill, but that has to do with the lighting and keyer we were using, not the device.

                    If you need something that is reliable and proven to work, this is your choice.

                    Only problem I had was that I had to unplug it and restart the camera every time I removed the camera from our live streaming program in order to reconnect it and get it working.

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

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                    5.0

                    Awesome device

                    By Andrea

                    from New York

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                    • Easy to Customize
                    • Easy to Navigate

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Educational Purposes
                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                      Works the way that it is supposed to. Easy setup for novices.

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

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                      5.0

                      Affordable and high quality Blackagic

                      By Harry

                      from Glendale, California 91204

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                      • Easy to Customize
                      • Easy to Navigate
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Educational Purposes
                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                        Very good product for post production, dvd authoring and mach more.Highly recomended, I have 23 years of experience in production, post production, graphics and sound. This product is realy good.

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

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                        5.0

                        Very satisfied with this product!

                        By Vikki Waters

                        from Chattanooga, Tn

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                        • Easy to Customize
                        • Easy to Navigate

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Educational Purposes
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                          This product enabled us to stream live without a hitch!

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

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                          4.0

                          Great concept, Half baked

                          By Denis

                          from Washington DC

                          About Me Tv Pro

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Plug and play
                          • Simple
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Freezes or Crashes
                          • Lack Of Compression Stand

                          Best Uses

                          • Hdmi Digitization

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                          I'm using this device to digitize HD video from an HD decoder box at our television studio at the United Nations.

                          The quality is great, but there are two major issues with the box:
                          1. It takes up the only thunderbolt port without offering a pass-through port, which means I can either use Intensity Extreme or a thunderbolt drive, never together.
                          2. It doesn't record in compressed formats, so the files take up a lot of space. I wish it would record in h.264 as well as already implemented uncompressed or Pro Res.

                          Still, I give this box solid four stars it rightfully deserves: it delivers way more than would be expected for the price.

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

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                          3.0

                          Video Editor's Take

                          By Jonathan

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          Pros

                          • Ascetically Pleasing
                          • Compact Design
                          • Lightweight
                          • Power Through Thunderbolt

                          Cons

                          • No Daisy-chaining

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Editing Office

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                          I am a professional video editor and purchased this product for my home editing suite. At my office we use AJA Kona 3G cards ($2000.00) on Mac Pro towers. For my home office with my iMac, I considered getting the AJA IO XT (a similar thunderbolt device from AJA), but since I am using this primarily as a client monitor, I concluded that I'd save $1200 and use BlackMagic instead.BlackMagic often (though not always) takes a backseat to AJA. This was my first BlackMagic device, but overall, I am pleasantly suprised with this little gizmo.THE GOOD:1. Works great with Final Cut Pro 7: BlackMagic has always kind of leaned in supporting Final Cut Pro over other NLE software, and though they have expanded their capability in recent years, FCP 7 worked best with the BMD IE of my three NLE software (I also own Avid MC and Adobe CS6). The only problem is that this is an end of life program.2. Ascetically pleasing: You can tell BMD had Mac users in mind. The aluminum build of the BMD IE goes well with my 27" iMac.3. Suitable connectivity: The unit comes with HDMI built into the device and a breakout cable via a serial port for Component and Stereo audio (both in and out) and AES/EBU (out only) which I was not expecting. Though the IO ports on the breakout cable use RCA connectors as opposed to higher end BNC connectors, this is to be expected from a cheaper device.4. Handles inputs well: I wasn't planning on using this much as a capture device, but got that functionality on the rare occasions that I thought it would be needed. And so far, it works like a charm. I had to capture some video for an iPad beta app for a review I was editing, and the Blackmagic handled it flawlessly. I'll also add that I used their provided Media Express software which I found to be a great capture app for basic needs.5. Powers itself through the Thunderbolt port: This doesn't sound like it would be a big deal, but it is to me and is a great advantage over other similar IO devices.THE BAD:1. No thunderbolt daisy-chaining: This only has one thunderbolt port, meaning that you will not be able to daisy-chain other devices to it. I find this to be a huge drawback, especially as a video editor, when often I need to connect 3-4 thunderbolt or MDP devices on my iMac (which only provides two ports). Though I know this is a cheaper device, for $300, I think they could have tried to include one...2. Works OK with Avid: Unfortunately, the BMD IE does not do video converting in the box itself when it comes to outputting from Avid. You can convert from HD to SD, but not from say 1080P at 23.98 FPS to 1080i at 59.94. This is a big drawback if your TV doesn't do pure 24P inputs (mine doesn't) or if you want to connect an external monitor via Component cable (which can only handle 1080i or 720P). This means that if my Avid project is 1080P, to work in Avid, I need to change my Avid project settings to 720P to get the device to output. In Final Cut Pro 7, there is an option within Final Cut to do this conversion so I don't need to actually change my sequence settings to get it to work.4. Premiere Pro 6 requires specific sequence settings. Unlike FCP and Avid which output independently of the sequence, for some reason, PP6 requires a specific BlackMagic Design sequence setting to output. This means two things. This makes it incredibly cumbersome to open old projects, or to move projects to another systen that doesn't use BlackMagic. Premiere Pro 7 released through Creative Cloud fixes this issue, but a lot of people out there are still on CS6.3. No headphone jack: It would be nice if this device had a 3.5MM headphone jack, especially in Avid which requires you to output audio AND video through the BMD IE or nothing at all. This means that if you want to have both your client monitor and headphones while using Avid, you need to buy additional adapters for the RCA Stereo ports.THE BOTTOM LINE:If I were using this for ProSumer use only, I would easily rate this product 4 or 5 stars. As a professional IO device, it falls short, but in all honesty I knew that is was going to fall short in most areas before I bought it. Though I would not recommend this for a professional post-facility (except maybe for mobile editing), for a home office, even for professional editors, this is a steel.

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                          1.0

                          Not a Silver Bullet

                          By Mike

                          from Boston

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                                I'm trying to input HDMI video to My MacPro from a Canon camcorder.My first attempts to use this project with their enclosed applicaiton did not work and I haven't had time troubleshoot the problem. I hate stuff that doesn't work right out of the box!The enclosed manuals and disk are confusing because they cover many models of equipment by BlackMagic, not just the Intensity Extreme so it's confusing which coverage applies.

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                                5.0

                                Works great right out of the box

                                By MobiArte, Motion Based Interactive Artis

                                from Champaign, IL

                                About Me Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                                    I bought this to do live web streaming with a MacBook Pro. Opened it up, plugged it in with Apple brand Thunderbolt cable, started Max/MSP (the program I use for streaming which is particularly touchy about which cameras it will see, particularly HD) and within seconds all was well. Quite fast video transfer, too, much faster than FW. Excellent picture quality. I haven't used any of the analog input or output functions yet, but I am sure they will work fine. I also haven't done the HDMI mirroring out but so far I'm extremely happy.

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                                    5.0

                                    this thing works great

                                    By ToddH

                                    from Chicago

                                    About Me Professional Artist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Complex Projects
                                      • In The Studio

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                                      This thing works great right out of the box ,It is a great piece of hardware .

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                                      4.0

                                      Takes time to configure

                                      By K. Weaver

                                      from Fort Washington, MD

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact Design
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Complex Projects
                                        • In The Studio

                                        Comments about Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt:

                                        I used this Intensity Extreme to capture the HDMI output from a Canon HV40 directly into Final Cut Pro 7 (using "Log and Capture").

                                        I did not use the provided CD, but downloaded the latest apps and drivers directly from Blackmagic.

                                        My setting in Apple System Preferences | Blackmagic Intensity Extreme are:

                                        Set Output: HDMI & Componant
                                        Set Input: HDMI Video & HDMI Audio
                                        Set default video standard as: HD 1080i 59.94

                                        My FCP7 Audio/Video Settings are:

                                        Sequence Preset: Blackmagic HDTV 1080i 59.94 Uncompressed
                                        Capture Preset: Blackmagic HDTV 1080i 59.94 - Apple ProRes (HQ)
                                        Devide Control Preset: Non-Controllable Device

                                        You must connect all cables and turn on camera before you power on the MacPro/Laptop.

                                        If you have a different camera, make sure you use the drivers that start with "Blackmagic" and not the Apple ones.

                                        The unit is small and self-powered.

                                        The same camera is also connected to a Laptop with Firewire to do Ustream Live Video Streaming.

                                        This is the cheapest way to do Video Streaming and Capture(ProRes)from a single camera.

                                        I would have given it 5 Stars if Blackmagic would have a matrix guide of all settings to make it easier to configure.

                                        B&H is tops in my book for your Video Needs!

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