Click here for the Videoguys' NAB SHOW 2008 Page with all the news from the show! Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Video Recorder Introducing Video Recording for a new age! Blackmagic Video Recorder captures to H.264 files for iPodÃ¢â€ž ¢, iPhoneÃ¢â€ž ¢, Apple TVÃ¢â€ž ¢, YouTubeÃ¢â€ž ¢, IPTV or full resolution archiving from only US$119 Blackmagic Design Announces New Family of Powerful Mini Converters The worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most innovative mini converters with 3 Gb/s SDI technology. Blackmagic Design Announces New DeckLink HD Extreme with 3 Gb/s SDI The worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first SD, HD and 2K switchable editing card with SDI, HDMI and analog capture and playback, 3D Lookup tables, and 3 Gb/s SDI technology for $995 Blackmagic Design Announces Broadcast Videohub The worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest affordable SDI router with 72 inputs, 144 outputs, 72 deck control ports, and switchable SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI for US$14,995 Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Video Recorder Blackmagic Design Inc. today announced the new Blackmagic Video Recorder, a compact USB video capture product that captures files direct to H.264 files for iPodÃ¢â€ž ¢, iPhoneÃ¢â€ž ¢, Apple TVÃ¢â€ž ¢, YouTubeÃ¢â€ž ¢, IPTV, Web or full resolution archiving. The H.264 file format used with Video Recorder will allow direct capture to files compatible with mobile devices such as iPods, so users donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to do time consuming rendering. Long tapes can be captured, and then dropped into iTunes for syncing with iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV devices. There are two models of Blackmagic Video Recorder, an analog one for consumers, and an SDI one for professionals. Blackmagic Video Recorder has high quality analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video input, and allows capture from any analog source, such as VHS, Video-8, DVD, Set top boxes etc. Blackmagic Video Recorder SDI features standard definition SDI input and RS-422 deck control for connection to any broadcast deck. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Because videotapes such as VHS degrade over time, there are millions of hours of home movies sitting on old videotape that need to be converted to computer files or transferred to mobile devices such as iPods, so you can show family and friends!Ã¢â‚¬ said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. Ã¢â‚¬ But there are also millions of hours of professionally videotaped programs that need to be moved to computers so they can be sold to customers online, or used in IPTV applications. I feel this is an incredibly important product for moving all that television content into the future. The future is mobile and in your hand!Ã¢â‚¬ Included with the USB hardware is the Video Recorder software which lets customers capture video with easy to use controls. When this software is used with the Video Recorder SDI model, users can enter in and out points for the deck they are capturing from. The Video Recorder software also allows users to set video scaling to reduce the resolution for mobile devices. To make great captured movie files, the Video Recorder software allows interactive cropping of the video edges, so analog blanking, VHS switching marks, and VITC timecode artifacts can be cropped out. Video Recorder Key Features Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Capture direct to H.264 files for mobile devices such as iPod, iPhone, Apple TV. No video conversion rendering required because these devices play back native H.264 video. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Two low cost models, one analog, and one SDI. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Includes easy to use Video Recorder software for capturing video. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Compact size, USB powered Ã¢â‚¬Å“thumb driveÃ¢â‚¬ size. Availability and Price Blackmagic Video Recorder will be available in mid July for US$119 from Videoguys.com. Blackmagic Video Recorder SDI will retail at US$299 =========================================== Blackmagic Design Announces New Family of Powerful Mini Converters Blackmagic Design Inc. today announced a new family of powerful Mini Converters with innovative features and technologies. There are 5 models in the Mini Converter family, plus the new Broadcast Converter, a combination rack mount all-in-one model. Mini Converters include extremely powerful features such as 3 Gb/s SDI technology, redundant SDI inputs, balanced analog and AES/EBU switchable audio, standard 1/4-inch jack audio connections and an international power supply which includes adapter plates for all international power sockets. Unlike other converters on the market today, Mini Converters are designed to be easy to understand. All models have the same basic features, and there is only 1 model for each type of conversion for increased simplicity. This eliminates the dozens of confusing models that products of this type typically suffer from. Also unlike other converters, Mini Converters have simple names that are easy to understand. Other converters on the market use strange numbers for product names, which make it impossible to tell what the converter actually does. There are 5 models of Mini Converters: Mini Converter SDI to Analog, Mini Converter Analog to SDI, Mini Converter SDI to HDMI, and Mini Converter HDMI to SDI. All these models are priced at US$495. Mini Converter Sync Generator is a black burst and tri-sync sync generator model priced at US$295. For anyone who needs a complete bi-directional conversion solution, then the new Broadcast Converter model allows simultaneous SDI to analog and analog to SDI conversion at the same time. Broadcast Converter retail at US$995. To keep the Mini Converter product line incredibly simple to understand, there is only 1 model for each type of video conversion. This means each Mini Converter model has more features than found in other converters. Mini Converters have audio on standard 1/4 inch jack connectors, and the audio can be switched between balanced analog or AES/EBU audio. Jack connectors makes it easy to use off the shelf cables and a wide range of audio products. When we developed the new Mini Converters, we approached the problem from a design point of view to solve one of the biggest issues with converters, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s making them much more accessible to creative people who need to install them personally,Ã¢â‚¬ said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We made only one premium model of each conversion type, and called them simple descriptive names that anyone can understand. Then we packed them with innovative technology and features! We hope this helps make it easy for anyone to grow their post production studio as large as their creative talents make possible!Ã¢â‚¬ Redundant SDI inputs are designed to be used on live events where cables could be damaged by crowds so if video input is lost, the SDI inputs instantly change. Loop through SDI allows the SDI input to loop to other equipment. 3 Gb/s SDI allows Mini Converters to be upgraded via the built in USB connection to support new television formats in the future. Built in mini switches allow settings to be changed for audio types, audio de-embedding channels, analog video types and more. Mini Converter SDI to Analog includes everything needed to convert from SDI to analog in HD/SD component, NTSC and PAL video, plus balanced AES/EBU and analog audio. Easily connect equipment such as Betacam SP, VHS, and analog video monitors to SDI based equipment. Mini Converter Analog to SDI is perfect for converting from analog video in HD/SD component, NTSC, PAL or S-Video to SDI video with the choice to embed SDI audio from balanced AES/EBU or analog audi o inputs. Convert analog devices such as Betacam SP, VHS, Set top boxes and HDV cameras to SDI video. Mini Converter SDI to HDMI converts from SDI to HDMI video with embedded HDMI audio, plus balanced AES/EBU or analog audio. Imagine using big screen televisions and video projectors for broadcast video monitoring! Easily connect HDMI displays to SDI based equipment. Mini Converter HDMI to SDI is ideal for converting from HDMI devices to SDI video with the choice to embed SDI audio from HDMI, AES/EBU or balanced analog audio inputs. Add SDI outputs to cameras with HDMI connections, or add SDI outputs to computers with HDMI compatibility. Broadcast Converter combines all mini converters into a 1 rack unit chassis that allow bi-directional conversion. Convert SDI to analog/HDMI while at the same time converting analog to HDMI to SDI. Broadcast Converter is a complete solution for connecting analog decks such as Betacam SP to SDI based systems in a compact rack mount design. Mini Converter Sync Generator includes 6 crystal stabilized video reference outputs for referencing all the video equipment in your studio in either high definition Tri-Sync, or standard definition Black Burst, television standards. Mini Converters are shipping now. The Broadcast Converter will be shipping in May. ========================================= Blackmagic Design Announces New DeckLink HD Extreme with 3 Gb/s SDI Blackmagic Design Inc. today announced the new DeckLink HD Extreme, a more powerful version of the original award winning DeckLink HD Extreme card. The new DeckLink HD Extreme has all the features of the original model, which it replaces, plus now adds HDMI capture and playback, innovative 3 Gb/s SDI technology, and 3D lookup tables. DeckLink HD Extreme is the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first capture card to feature SDI, HDMI and analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video capture and playback, combined with 3 Gb/s SDI technology, and 3D lookup tables for only US$995. With SDI, HDMI and analog video capture and playback, combined with both balanced analog and AES/EBU digital audio, DeckLink HD Extreme lets customers connect to all decks, cameras and monitors. DeckLink HD Extreme instantly switches between SD and HD video, so is the ideal solution for all post production and broadcast users when working on design, editing, paint and effects tasks. Now with the new 3 Gb/s SDI, DeckLink HD Extreme can also instantly switch to full resolution 2K feature film editing. DeckLink HD Extreme also includes built in 3D lookup tables that allow customers to simulate feature film stocks. Last year at NAB 2007, Blackmagic Design pioneered 2K workflows via SDI using 3 Gb/s on its new Multibridge Eclipse editing solution and HDLink Pro monitoring solution. Now for the first time, this same 2K feature film workflow is available on a capture card that costs less than $1000. DeckLink HD Extreme Key Features Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ 3 Gb/s SDI capture and playback with compatibility with existing HD-SDI and SD SDI equipment. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ HDMI capture and playback. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video capture and playback. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ SDI, HDMI and Analog component switches between SD and HD. SDI also switches to 2K film. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ 16 channels of SDI audio capture and playback in HD and 2K. 8 channels in SD. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ 2 channels of AES/EBU audio capture and playback with sample rate converter on input. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ 2 channels of XLR professional analog audio capture and playback Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Full resolution 2K capture and playback at 2048 x 1556 at 24 and 23.98 fps. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Genlock/Tri-Sync reference input for locking card to large systems. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ RS-422 remote control for broadcast decks. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ PCI Express plug in card at 10 Gb/s speeds for maximum real time effects. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Real time effects in Apple Final Cut ProÃ¢â€ž ¢ and Adobe PremiereÃ¢â€ž ¢ Pro. DeckLink HD Extreme is available now for only US$995 from Videoguys.com. ============================================== Blackmagic Design Announces Broadcast Videohub Blackmagic Design Inc. today announced the new Broadcast Videohub, the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest affordable SDI router. Broadcast Videohub is large enough for the biggest post production studio, and includes advanced technologies such as 3 Gb/s SDI. This is the first time a large SDI router has been affordable even for smaller post production studios. Broadcast Videohub includes 72 SDI inputs, 144 SDI outputs, 72 deck control ports, twin redundant power connections, SDI re-clocking, and 3 Gb/s SDI technology all in a compact 8 rack unit chassis less than an inch deep. Broadcast Videohub is a very affordable $14,995 so now even more studios can eliminate complicated manual patching between workstations and decks. Most studios currently use manual patch cables for connecting equipment because until now they could not afford a large SDI video router. Manual patching degrades SDI video signals, limiting cable length and limiting studio size. Broadcast Videohub eliminates these problems with built in SDI re-clocking which cleans up SDI signals so they can run down long cables for greater flexibility when designing studio layout.> Ã¢â‚¬Å“We designed Broadcast Videohub to eliminate complicated manual patching. As post production workflows have changed over the last few years, more and more creative people such as designers and artists have entered the industry. For them, patching cables manually is very intimidating, and complicated,Ã¢â‚¬ said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Now, with Broadcast Videohub, they can change connections from their desktop computer, so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s much easer to understand, plus the large 72 x 144 size gives them plenty of room to grow!Ã¢â‚¬ Broadcast Videohub is the only router thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s designed to be easy to install. All connections are grouped together to include an SDI input, SDI output, deck control port, and SDI monitor output for each user. Broadcast Videohub has twice as many SDI outputs as inputs, so each user can connect monitoring directly to the router. This lets people control their monitoring without affecting the input of their editing workstation. This is important when more than one person is working on a post production project, and the client wants to switch monitoring to see the entire project being worked on. Broadcast Videohub includes an easy to use control software application that works on Mac OS X and Windows systems, and all control is done via the local network so no extra cabling is required when installing. Twin auto changeover redundant power supply connections are included for industrial strength reliability. Broadcast Videohub will be available in early July for US$14,995. Broadcast Videohub Key Features Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ 72 SDI inputs compliant with SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 424M and ITU-R BT.656. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ 144 outputs compliant with SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 424M and ITU-R BT.656. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Automatically selects between SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3 Gb/s SDI on each input, so each input can be running a different television standard. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ 72 independent SonyÃ¢â€ž ¢ compatible RS-422 serial control ports. Each port is independently reversible via software control to allow broadcast decks or editing workstations to be connected. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Simultaneous connection of SD, HD and 3 Gb/s equipment in your facility using the one router. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Router input, output, control and monitoring outputs are grouped in a simple to understand layout for non-technical users. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Full SDI re-clocking supported allowing long SDI cable lengths. Re-clocking automatically detects between SD, HD or 3 Gb/s SDI video. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Computer based software router control panel for Mac OS XÃ¢â€ž ¢ and WindowsÃ¢â€ž ¢. Router communication via USB conn ected host computer, with other computers communicating via Ethernet. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Router connections are preserved in case of power failure and connections recover immediately when power is restored. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Compact and reversible rack mount in 8 rack unit size less than 1 inch deep. Ã¢â‚¬ ¢ Package includes Broadcast Videohub unit, power supply, spare power supply, 2 spare cooling fans, CD with software and operation manual.