Post by Tor Rolf Johansen Multi-Bridge Pro Here’s a great product from Blackmagic Design that literally has something for everyone. Multi-bridge Pro is an external PCI Express capture and playback solution that instantly switches between SD, HD and 2K, in 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 video quality. (Did I miss anybody? Nope.) Multibridge connects to your Mac or PC host via PCI Express and works just like a capture card†¦but on amphetamines. All the goods are contained in a compact 1RU external chassis connected to your host via an included PCI Express cable and plug-in board. This unique design allows space for lots of video and audio connections. Wanna talk speed? This 10Gb/s PCI Express has 25 times faster bandwidth than FireWire so editing is super responsive. Sometimes I finish shows before I even start them! For a very reasonable $1,595, out of the box, the Multibridge Pro supports SDI, HDMI and analog video input and output. Multibridge has many uses, the most common is to connect the built-in PCI Express connection to a host computer for a killer editing and design system. All outputs will play back video†¦all the time, whether it’s SDI, HDMI, or a variety of analog formats you might recall from your troubled youth. Of course, capturing video from any of these is also encouraged. That’s some serious connectivity options! And because Multibridge Pro includes the quality of 4:4:4 color sampling, you can feel confident you’re maintaining proper chrominance of the image through your entire post process. Not like the 4:1:1 limitations you may have learned to loathe from the 1394 era. Speaking of ancient history, remember HD-DVD? That was like soooo 2007. read more...

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