Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad 2 8-Channel 3G-SDI Capture & Playback Card

Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad 2 8-Channel 3G-SDI Capture & Playback Card

Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad 2 8-Channel 3G-SDI Capture & Playback Card

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Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad 2 8-Channel 3G-SDI Capture & Playback Card

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Product Highlights

  • 8x Bi-Directional SD/HD/3G-SDI
  • 8-Lane PCIe Interface
  • Resolutions up to 1080p60
  • Inputs/Outputs Independently Switchable
  • Supports Uncompressed RGB 4:4:4 Signals
  • Supports 16 Channels of Embedded Audio
  • Reference Input
  • Up/Down/Cross Conversions
  • Media Express Application Included
  • Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux Compatible
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Price:  $995.00

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The Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad 2 is an 8-lane PCIe card that features eight bi-directional 12-bit SD/HD/3G-SDI connectors that are independently configurable to provide any combination of eight capture or playback channels at up to 1080p60. The card supports compressed video formats such as ProRes and DNxHD, as well as uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 video, making it ideal for use in both live broadcast and post production. It is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux computers and is supported by a wide range of software applications. For use with applications that don't capture video on their own, Blackmagic's Media Express software is included, allow you to capture, organize, and manage your media.

Key Features
  • 8x Bi-directional 12-bit SD/HD/3G-SDI connectors
  • 8-lane PCIe interface compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux based workstations and servers
  • Each SDI input and output can be a different video standard as they are all completely independent
  • Single Blackburst/Tri-Sync reference input
  • Supports uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 and 10-bit 4:4:4 signals
  • Cross-conversion between 720p and 1080p on video capture
  • SD up-conversion to 720p or 1080p on video capture
  • HD to SD down-conversion on video capture or playback
  • Supports 16 channels of embedded audio per input/output
Included Software
Media Express
Disk Speed Test
LiveKey
Blackmagic Desktop Video Utility
Drivers for Mac OS X, Windows 8/10, and Linux
Supported Software Applications
Supported Applications Include:
DaVinci Resolve
Fusion
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Adobe After Effects CC
Adobe Photoshop CC
Avid Media Composer
Avid Pro Tools
Avid Symphony
Avid News Cutter
Steinberg Cubase
Steinberg Nuendo
Nuke
Tools On Air just:in & live:cut & just:play & just:live
Softron OnTheAir
MovieRecorder and OnTheAir CG
Flash Media Live Encoder
Wirecast
Livestream Procaster
Resolume Avenue 4
Sony Vegas Pro
Corel VideoStudio Pro X4
CyberLink Power Director
MAGIX Video Pro X4
Vidblaster Pro & Studio & Broadcast
Uniplay
Playbox AirBox
CasparCG
Magicsoft CG
Xsplit Broadcaster
Imagine Communications Velocity & InfoCaster
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Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad 2 8-Channel 3G-SDI Capture & Playback Card
  • SD Card with Software
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Computer Interface PCI Express 8-lane, compatible with 8 and 16 lane PCIe slots
    Input / Output 8 x Bi-directional SD/HD/3G-SDI, 12-bit (DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors)
    1 x Reference Input (DIN 1.0/2.3 connector)
    SDI Audio Input 16 channels per input, embedded in SD and HD
    SDI Audio Output 16 channels per output, embedded in SD and HD
    Sync Input Blackburst in SD, 720p50, 720p59.94, 1080i50, and 1080i59.94 formats or Tri-Sync in any HD format
    Codecs Supported AVC-Intra, AVCHD, Canon XF MPEG2, Digital SLR, DV-NTSC, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, DPX, HDV, HEVC, 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
    Resolutions and Frame Rates 625/25 PAL
    525/29.97 NTSC
    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
    SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M, SMPTE 425M A/B
    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 and closed captioning
    Audio Sampling 48 kHz, 24-bit
    Video Sampling 4:2:2, 4:4:4
    Color Precision 8/10-bit YUV 4:2:2
    8/10/12-bit RGB 4:4:4
    Color Space Rec. 601, Rec. 709
    Compatible Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, and later
    Windows 8 and Windows 10 64-bit Linux
    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 6.3" (16 cm)
    Weight 4.59 oz (130.12 g)
    Packaging Infowwauqwazbdybczyrrqbueauzbtxafy
    Package Weight 0.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 5.5 x 1.1"
    DeckLink Quad 2 8-Channel 3G-SDI Capture & Playback Card is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just fantastic!!! I have been waiting for this product since they announced it. There are a few other product that can simultaneously capture several 1080p60 feeds but not under $1k. Alternatively you can use multiple cards or USB devices. I didn't have much luck with two usb3.0 devices. I now used vMix (similar to Wirecast) to allow me to switch between the inputs. I reused a Aja Kona 3 breakout box (the Sdi in/out ports) so I more easily access the ports and have the regular side SDI ports. I even set one output to the monitor the feed (capture) with very minimal latency. One thing I did notice is I will have to mix my audio and bring it in with an SDI feed or the audio and video will get out of sync. I anticipated that. Configuring the output and which port does what is a pain and took me way to long to figure out. I could not figure out how to get a feed out of the Blackmagic Media express. Using in and out at the same time is a royal pain. Overall for the cost I am very happy to finally be able to capture multiple 1920x1080 60p in one device.
    Date published: 2016-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quad 2 is so awesome! I bought the regular Quad a year ago, thinking it did what the Quad 2 does, but quickly realized it only provided 4 channels of configurable in or out. This card should be called Decklink Octo, because it supplies 8 channels of configurable in or out. I found it easy to use, once you have a compatible version of Blackmagic Desktop Video installed. Kudos to Blackmagic Design -- their staff is such a pleasure to work with! Definitely get this card!!
    Date published: 2016-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real deal This is an amazing card. Works well. Make sure you have good processing power and fast storage
    Date published: 2016-10-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dead on arrival for such expensive card Card didn't work on arrival, seems like not great quality control for such an expensive card. Waiting for RMA to have BH send out another card. This is a waste of time and if second card is dead on arrival, will just return and look for AJA or another brand altogether.
    Date published: 2016-11-09
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