Blackmagic Design Decklink SP PCIe - Uncompressed 10-bit Analog Video Capture PCI-Express Card with SDI Output for Apple Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro with Real-Time Effects Support - NTSC/PAL - Mac/Win

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Blackmagic Design Decklink SP PCIe - Uncompressed 10-bit Analog Video Capture PCI-Express Card with SDI Output for Apple Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro with Real-Time Effects Support - NTSC/PAL - Mac/Win
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Blackmagic Design BDLKSP-PCIE Overview

The DeckLink SP PCIe features high quality 10-bit uncompressed analog audio & video I/O and SD-SDI monitoring for the Mac and Windows platform through the use of a 2.5GHz PCI-Express slot. DeckLink SP PCIe is the perfect solution for connecting to high end broadcast analog decks such as Betacam SP and outputting to digital formats like, Digital Betacam, D5 and D1. True 10-bit YUV/RGB capture retains all the subtle detail in your images, even during the heaviest multi generation rendering and video processing.


Connect to Analog or Digital Video

Featuring the highest quality 10-bit uncompressed YUV & SD-SDI monitoring, DeckLink SP PCIe is perfect for connecting to high end decks such as Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, D1 and DVCPRO 50. True 10-bit YUV capture retains all the subtle detail in your images, even during multi generation rendering and video processing.

Built-In Professional Quality Audio

The DeckLink SP PCIe features unbalanced AES digital audio out for incredible quality and sample accurate AV sync. DeckLink SP PCIe unbalanced AES audio output is also compatible with S/PDIF consumer audio, so you can use inexpensive HiFi equipment for audio monitoring. When connecting to analog decks, DeckLink SP includes analog XLR audio in and out connectors for direct analog deck connection. 8 channel SDI audio output is supported.

Choose Windows XP or Mac OS X

DeckLink SP PCIe can be plugged into either Windows XP or Mac OS X systems. You can move the DeckLink SP PCIe between operating systems allowing you to constantly reconfigure your facility as your needs change.

On Windows XP, DeckLink SP PCIe supports DirectShow for compatibility with most video software. For editing, DeckLink SP includes a full suite of plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro including deck control. You can even playback AVI, QuickTime and still frames files all on the same Premiere Pro timeline and with multi-channel audio via our ASIO driver.

On Apple Mac OS X, DeckLink SP PCIe supports QuickTime for full compatibility with all video software such as Apple Final Cut Pro HD, Adobe After Effects, Shake, DVD Studio Pro, iDVD, Combustion and many more.

Flexible File Formats

When used with Mac OS X and Windows XP operating systems, you can select from the highest quality 10-bit uncompressed and 8-bit uncompressed. When used on Mac OS X, DeckLink SP PCIe includes support for DV and JPEG compressed video formats. On Windows XP, you can choose between AVI and QuickTime file formats and even play back TARGA and BMP image sequences in the Premiere Pro timeline without rendering.

Latest Technology & Features

DeckLink SP PCIe features blazing fast x1 lane 2.5GHz PCI-Express speed. Fast PCIe 2.5GHz keeps your system's PCIe bus running full speed. DeckLink SP PCIe also includes genlock input when using with larger systems and RS-422 serial remote so you won't need extra serial port adapters for deck control.


Design & Effects

High quality effects and design work has never been easier. The DeckLink SP PCIe card is fully compatible with the standard software tools for broadcast designers, such as Adobe After Effects, Apple Shake, Apple Motion, Combustion and Photoshop. For a complete solution for inputting and outputting media, Blackmagic Deck Control is included free and allows time code accurate remote capture and output to broadcast decks. DeckLink SP PCIe also includes an RGB QuickTime preview output for After Effects and Combustion. And, you can always preview on the DeckLink video-out interactively as you work, and then play pre-renders using real-time ram preview. When rendering your work, processing quality using the Blackmagic codec is full 16-bit, so you always get the advantage of 10-bit YUV/SDI video.

Broadcast Paint & Graphics

Broadcast graphics-work demands absolute quality and seamless integration with software for speed. Adobe Photoshop has become the tool of choice for broadcast designers worldwide because of its industry standard interface and powerful tool set. DeckLink SP PCIe includes Photoshop plug-ins so you can capture still frames from the video input, and output graphics to the video-output with a simple menu click. Photoshop documents can use 16-bit rendering to 10-bit YUV/SDI for the highest quality video. Blackmagic Deck Control can also be used to control your broadcast deck remotely. And, when used in live environments, DeckLink can even key graphics with an alpha channel over live input video.

HD to SD Down Conversion

The DeckLink SP PCIe card supports playback, software, down conversion from HDTV1080 and HDTV720 to SDTV. Software down conversion can be enabled or disabled with a software switch in the System Preferences>Blackmagic DeckLink on a Mac G5 system. A HD-capable Mac system and a hard drive array must be used even when performing down conversion, of uncompressed HD video, with the standard definition DeckLink SP PCIe card. If wanting to perform down conversion on capture, a DeckLink HD series cards is required.
HD to SD Down Conversion supported on Mac OS X ONLY.

Streaming Video

The DeckLink SP PCIe card is ideal for streaming as you get a clean uncompressed video source for your streaming files. Uncompressed source video also means you don't waste CPU time de-compressing video, so you get faster rendering of your streaming files. DeckLink SP is compatible with popular streaming software on both Mac OS X and Windows XP.

DVD Authoring

With DVD's replacing VHS tapes as the most popular consumer format, creating DVDs from your work has become important. DVDs from uncompressed media are much higher quality, and as all media files used on the DeckLink SP PCIe are QuickTime or AVI, you get full compatibility with DVD authoring software. Use DVD Studio Pro or even iDVD on Mac OS X or Adobe Encore DVD software on Windows XP for powerful DVD creation.

Great for Monitoring

The DeckLink SP PCIe card makes a great combination for monitoring in your edit suite. Even if you don't have a deck or camera connected to your computer, DeckLink SP PCIe makes a great high quality way to monitor your edit as you work. Equipment such as DV cameras generally have poor quality video monitoring limited to an NTSC/PAL output. With the DeckLink SP PCIe you can monitor high quality edits even in DV. The DeckLink SP PCIe card plays back DV and JPEG media as well as taking advantage of RT Extreme based Final Cut Pro HD effects. You can connect an SDI equip video monitor or inexpensive YUV component video monitor for quality monitoring, and without annoying FireWire latency when using only DV files.

Live Broadcast Graphics Presentation

Use the built-in keyer for overlaying graphics live over the video input. Even if you're only adding station indents, internal keying makes it easy. Use the Blackmagic LiveKey application for controlling key levels, and even adjusting the opacity of keys. Blackmagic LiveKey will also automatically fade graphics on and off for specific times.

Blackmagic Design BDLKSP-PCIE Specs

TypeAnalog video and audio capture and playback card with SD-SDI 4:2:2 monitoring
Compatible withiDVD
DVD Studio Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro
Apple Final Cut Pro HD
Adobe After Effects
Video SystemNTSC & PAL

720x576 @25fps PAL
720x486 @29.97fps NTSC
Video FormatsUncompressed Analog YUV/RGB
10-bit 4:2:2 SD-SDI
Audio Formats48 kHz, 24-bit
Host ConnectionPCI-Express x1, x4, x8 and x16 slot
Input and Output ConnectorsAll I/O connections via included AV breakout cable

1 x BNC SD-SDI, monitoring out

3 x BNC YUV, in
3 x BNC YUV, out
1 x BNC Composite, monitoring out

1 x RCA AES-S/PDIF, monitoring out
8-Ch. SDI embedded audio, out

2 x XLR L/R Balanced, in
2 x XLR L/R Balanced, out

Deck Control
1 x 9-pin RS-422

1 x BNC Genlock, in
Real-Time OutputYes
Real-Time LayersApplication Dependent
Hardware Real-Time EffectsApplication Dependent
WYSIWYG SupportYes
Agency CertificationsNot Specified by manufacturer
System RequirementsMac


  • Mac OS X 10.4.3
  • Final Cut Pro HD v5.0.3
  • QuickTime 7.0.3
  • DeckLink v5.1.2 drivers


  • Any PowerMac G5 with PCIe slots



  • Windows XP SP2
  • DirectX 9.0
  • Quicktime 7.0.3


DimensionsNot Applicable
WeightNot Applicable
Warranty1-year limited Warranty

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