Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K Capture & Playback Card

Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K Capture & Playback Card

Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K Capture & Playback Card

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Product Highlights

  • 6G-SDI Input/Output
  • 4K HDMI Input/Output
  • PCIe Interface
  • Supports SD, HD, 2K, and 4K Formats
  • UHD / DCI 4K 4:2:2 via 6G-SDI or HDMI
  • 1080p 4:4:4 by Single-Link 3G-SDI
  • Analog I/O via Breakout Cable
  • Genlock, RS-422, SD/HD Keyer
  • Down/Up/Cross Conversions
  • Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux Compatbile
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The DeckLink Studio 4K Capture & Playback Card from Blackmagic Design features 6G-SDI and 4K HDMI inputs/outputs which support resolutions from SD to Ultra HD 4K (3840x2160) and DCI 4K (4096x2160). Additionally, the DeckLink Studio 4K offers a wide range of video and audio connections via an included breakout cable. These connections consist of analog component, S-Video, composite video, two channels of AES/EBU audio, and four channels of balanced analog audio. The card also provides RS-422 deck control, a reference input, and a down converted SD output.

DeckLink Studio 4K offers flexible format and system support, letting you work with compressed video formats such as ProRes and DNxHD, as well as 10-bit uncompressed video. When working with uncompressed video, all images are pixel-for-pixel identical to the source, without any generational loss. This lets you get sharper keying with green screens, cleaner compositions, superior color correction, and more. Support for common file formats provides ready-to-edit files for use in popular editing, effects, and design software applications. DeckLink Studio 4K is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux based workstations.

Key Features
  • PCIe capture/playback card compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux based workstations and servers
  • Multi-rate SDI and HDMI connections accept SD, HD, 2K, and 4K resolutions
  • 10-bit, 4:2:2 UHD 4K or DCI 4K by single-link 6G-SDI
  • 10-bit, 4:4:4 1080p by single-link 6G-SDI
  • 8-bit RBG / 10-bit YUV HDMI output
  • HD to SD down-conversion
  • SD to HD up-conversion
  • Hardware cross conversion between 720p and 1080p on playback
  • RS-422 deck control
  • Internal SD keying
  • Reference input
  • Blackburst and tri-sync
  • Supports 16 channels of embedded SDI and 8 channels of embedded HDMI audio in HD, 2K, and 4K resolutions (8 channels of embedded SDI audio in SD)
In the Box
Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K Capture & Playback Card
  • SD Card with Support Software/Drivers
  • Breakout Cable for Analog and RS-422 Control
  • HDMI Bracket
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    SDI Video Input 1 x 10-bit 6G-SDI via BNC Connector

    Supports 6 Gb/s 4:2:2 and 3 Gb/s 4:4:4
    SDI Video Output 1 x 10-bit 6G-SDI via BNC Connector

    Supports 6 Gb/s 4:2:2 and 3 Gb/s 4:4:4
    Analog Video Input Via included breakout cable:
    1 x Component YUV on three BNC connectors (HD and SD)
    1 x Composite
    1 x S-Video
    HDMI Video Input 1 x HDMI Type A
    HDMI Video Output 1 x HDMI Type A
    SDI Audio Input 16 Channels embedded in HD, 2K, and 4K; 8 Channels embedded in SD
    SDI Audio Output 16 Channels embedded in HD, 2K, and 4K; 8 Channels embedded in SD
    HDMI Audio Input 8 Channels embedded
    HDMI Audio Output 8 Channels embedded
    Analog Audio Input 4 Channels of professional balanced analog audio via 1/4" jack connectors (via included breakout cable)
    Analog Audio Output 4 Channels of professional balanced analog audio via 1/4" jack connectors (via included breakout cable)
    Channels 3 & 4 can switch to AES/EBU outputs
    AES/EBU Audio Input 2 Channels unbalanced with sample rate converter (via included breakout cable)
    AES/EBU Audio Output 2 Channels unbalanced (via included breakout cable)
    Analog outputs 3 and 4 can switch to AES/EBU outputs for audio 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 output, for a total of 6 AES/EBU output audio channels
    Sync Input Blackburst in SD, 720p50, 720p59.94, 1080i50 and 1080i59.94 formats or Tri-Sync in any HD, 2K, or 4K format
    Device Control RS-422 deck control port (Sony-compatible)
    Serial ports TxRx direction reversible under software control
    Computer Interface PCI Express 4 lane generation 2, compatible with 4, 8, and 16 lane PCIe slots
    Codecs Supported AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 10 bit 4:4:4
    Format Support SD
    625/25 PAL
    525/29.97 NTSC

    HD
    720p 50/59.94/60
    1080i 50/59.94/60
    1080PsF 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
    1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60

    2K
    2048x1080p 23.98/24/25

    4K
    3840x2160p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
    4096x2160p 23.98/24/25
    SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M SMPTE 372M, SMPTE 425M, ITU-R BT.656, and ITU-R BT.601
    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
    Closed captioning
    Audio Sampling 24-bit, 48 kHz
    Video Sampling 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 (4K is 4:2:2)
    SDI Color Precision 10-bit
    Color Space REC 601, REC 709
    HDMI Configuration HDMI automatically configures to connected display
    HDMI Resolution Pixel-for-pixel up to 4K resolutions
    HDMI Color Precision 8-bit RGB, 10-bit YUV
    HDCP Compatible No. HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.
    Multiple Rate Support SDI video connections are switchable between SD, HD, 3G, and 6G formats
    Colorspace Conversion Hardware based, real-time
    HD Down Conversion Built in, high quality hardware down converter outputs HD-SDI on SDI output, SD on SD-SDI, Composite and S-Video outputs when working in HD video formats on playback. Switch analog video to Component and choose HD or SD output. Selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3 styles.
    HD Up Conversion Built in, high quality hardware up-conversion from SD to 720HD or 1080HD on playback. Selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 pillarbox and 16:9 zoom. HD outputs via HD-SDI, HDMI and component analog.
    Cross Conversion Built-in, high-quality hardware cross conversion from 1280x720 to 1920x1080 and 1920x1080 to 1280x720 on playback
    Real-Time Effects Apple Final Cut Pro internal effects
    Adobe Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects
    Avid Media Composer internal effects
    Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve
    Supported Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Max OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later
    Windows 7 or Windows 8
    Linux
    Supported Applications Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Nuke - The Foundry, DaVinci Resolve, Avid Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, Autodesk Smoke, Adobe Photoshop, Steinberg Nuendo, Avid Symphony, Avid News Cutter, Tools On Air just:in & live:cut & just:play & just:live, Softron OnTheAir, MovieRecorder and OnTheAir CG, Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, Livestream Procaster, Resolume Avenue 4, Sony Vegas Pro, Corel VideoStudio Pro X4, CyberLink Power Director, MAGIX Video Pro X4, Vidcaster Pro & Studio & Broadcast, Uniplay, Playbox AirBox, CasparCG, Magicsoft CG, Xsplit Broadcaster, Imagine Communications Velocity & InfoCaster
    Software Included Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Blackmagic System Preferences and Blackmagic driver on Mac OS X

    Media Express, Disk Speed Test, LiveKey, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic driver on Windows 7 and Windows 8

    Media Express, Blackmagic Control Panel and Blackmagic driver on Linux
    Internal Software Upgrade Firmware built into software driver; loaded at system start or via updater software
    EMC certifications FCC, CE and C-Tick
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104° F (5 to 40°C)
    Storage Temperature -4 to 113°F (-20 to 45°C)
    Relative Humidity 0 to 90%, non-condensing
    Length 5.55" (14.10 cm)
    Weight 5.9 oz (167.3 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 5.5 x 3.5"
    DeckLink Studio 4K Capture & Playback Card is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid performance. I use this in my broadcast studio to capture the program output of my Blackmagic Design ATEM 1 M/E 4K Production Switcher, for ingest into Wirecast for my streaming workflow. Initially I was testing the installed card with an HDMI camera previously (i.e. an hour before we installed the new card) used with a Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro capture card. The DeckLink would not read the HDMI input, even though the Intensity would. A bit frustrating when the cards are from the same manufacturer. Therefore, it can be reasonably said that the HDMI input on this card will not necessarily read ever HDMI camera source. And yes, the frame rate etc. was a compatible setting. However, I bought this card for SDI ingest, which it does superbly. Very clean and fast. Very happy :) The breakout cable was a bit of a surprise in that it has TRS connectors instead of XLR, which is a bit of a pain really, but a Neutrik NA3FP adapter or two soon fixes that :) Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this equipment though is the amount of phyiscal memory (RAM) used by this device. I'm estimating it uses approximately 4GB - i.e. makes 4GB unusable to software. Overall, a great piece of equipment, with some caveats that one should be aware of before making their decision.
    Date published: 2015-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much Improved Card No delays For now, I have no problems at all. No bug issues either. I had a Decklink 3D extreme prior and had a problem of having a 1/4 second delay on my 42 inch client monitor from AVID Media composer...it was extremely annoying. But now Studio 4K card had no delays and it works perfectly for now. I also have a TVLogic 17in for grading resolve and it works great. Also tried the Media Express to capture SD footage to HD upconvert, but then it wasn't as good as I thought would be. Only option of capture file format is AVI 8 & 10 bit and DPX 10bit RGB. I have not tested out with 4K monitor yet...
    Date published: 2014-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for SDI and HDMI playback I use this card for playback in a color correction suite. It works great. The two main reasons I got this card specifically are 1) Supports 4:4:4 color at 2K and 4K DCP aspects. 2) Simultaneous HDMI and SDI output. This second reason is important to me because our color suite doubles as a DCP screening room. For DCP's the image is sent thru the SDI to a projector and the 5.1 audio is sent thru the HDMI to a surround preamp. Works perfectly.
    Date published: 2016-10-13
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does NOT support Digital Cinema BUYER BEWARE! Contrary to BMD published specs, card does NOT output true Digital Cinema (DCI) 2K format resolutions. True DCI 2K Flat is 1998x1080; Scope is 2048x858. This card does not output either resolution.
    Date published: 2014-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As promised I am using this card for playback on several platforms and works well with all. I am sending from my mac pro to a HP Dreamcolor z27x. No problems yet.
    Date published: 2015-02-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from No cross conversion There's no cross conversion on this product so in some programs your output has to match your timeline. In Resolve, you can view any format since the software down converts the raw footage to output HD. But if you use Premiere or AE, if you have 6K footage, it won't output unless you have an HD timeline. We had to go back to our Kona 3G which cross converts and give up on using Resolve.
    Date published: 2017-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great solution Honestly I had a bit of a struggle with a couple of other cheaper cards: the Intensity Pro 4K and the Decklink SDI 4K. A couple cards that basically do what this one does combined. My issue (in hindsight) was that an HP Z840 with only one processor in it, can only use 5 of the 7 PCIe slots that it has and I had run out of space trying to put those 2 cards in. I had missed the Decklink Studio 4K somehow and decided to send the others back and get this instead. I prefer the balanced analog audio that this has also (via 1/4inch female jack connectors) as opposed to the RCA (phono) connections on the Intensity Pro 4K. What looks in the picture to take up 2 slots doesn't in reality because the HDMI part can go in the top (mechanical) slot of a Z840 without a PCIe connection. You just connect it via the cables provided to the back on the main card. I don't find this noisy, like some have complained about. I do find the BMD software a little irritating,because although you save settings it reverts the next time you restart your system. All in all though, an excellent value solution to any analog or digital video I/O requirements you're likely to have.
    Date published: 2017-02-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not an AJA I'm running a Mac Pro circa 2008 2.8 Quad Core Intel Xeon. We upgraded the card from AJA LHE and this is fine but it can be sluggish. Does not seem to run as smooth as the AJA. This may be due to the older MAC but card just feels to have a cheaper build compared to AJA products. But so far it does the job until we upgrade the system.
    Date published: 2014-06-24
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