Bluefish444 Epoch | 4K SuperNova S+ (2/3 length PCIe)
Bluefish444 Epoch | 4K SuperNova S+ (2/3 length PCIe)


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VideoGuys Part # (SKU): EPOCH4KSNS+
Epoch | 4K Supernova & Epoch | 4K Supernova S+
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In an increasingly broadcast IT infrastructure dominated world, Bluefish444’s ambition is to ‘ever-stretch’ the boundaries to deliver tomorrows solutions today. Epoch | 4K Supernova & S+ are just that! A card that can do what no other on the market can do. Reduce your hardware costs, increase your capabilities, and give you more choice and flexibility than ever before.

New bidirectional I/Os deliver unparalleled flexibility
Like nothing ever seen before, Epoch | 4K Supernova & S+ encapsulate all the ground-breaking qualities of Epoch, yet now offers the user complete flexibility to choose between BNC connectors. With bidirectional connectivity built-in, you choose whether you want the BNC connectors to be EITHER input or output, SD, HD, 3G or ASI.

Combining two cards into one
The integration of bidirectional BNC Formats means you no longer have to invest in cards that only do input or output. Now, you can include as many Epoch | 4K Supernova & S+ cards as your hardware can take and decide what job you want the I/Os to do. The bottom line is a reduction in hardware costs, but the bright new star in this galaxy is that one Epoch | 4K Supernova or S+ with 4 independent BNC I/Os can do the job of two Epoch | 2K Horizon’s.

Everything Epoch | 2K + More
Epoch | 4K Supernova & S+ contain the current Epoch offering– Jetstream, Symmetry, Fluid, Adobe, Avid & Assimilate plug ins, Windows, Linux and Mac OSX SDK’s + an entirely new star that is 4K 60p. A world first bidirectional BNC I/O enables as many different combinations of I/O’s as Bluefish444 can engineer in firmware! And its all delivered with the same Bluefish444 reliability that you’ve come to expect and demand.

Product Differences Between Epoch | 4K Supernova & S+

The Epoch | 4K Supernova and Epoch | 4K Supernova S+ have an identical product specification except for the below differences:-

How it works


Advanced Multi-Format I/O BNC Connectors 1-4 (Bidirectional)


  • Dual Link channels, maximum: 2

  • Single-Link channels, maximum: 4

BNC Connectors 5 (input)

  • Bi-level & Tri-level Analogue Genlock, 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI, ASI, AES/EBU: Yes

SDI Specific Capabilities

  • Full support for 12-bit, 4:4:4, 4:4:4:4, RGBA, YUVA: Yes

Hanc I/O

  • RP188 timecode: Yes

  • 16 Channels of Embedded Audio per SDI: Yes

  • Video Payload ID: Yes

  • Custom Packets: Yes

VBI/Vanc I/O

  • Closed captioning: Yes

  • 3 Line VITC: Yes

  • Custom Packets: Yes

ASI Specific Capabilities

  • Full DVB/ASI support as per EN 50083-9: Yes

  • Ideal performance as per ETSI TR 101 891 V1.1.1 (2001-02): Yes

  • Bypass relays operate on power failure: Yes

  • Programmable Interrupt latency: Yes

ASI Input Capabilities

  • 188 & 204 Byte packet auto-detection: Yes

  • Burst & non-burst packet auto-detection: Yes

  • Inverted bit-stream auto-detection & correction: Yes

  • time-stamping of packets with genlockable clock: Yes

  • Bit-rate reporting: Yes

  • Automatic ASI/SDI detection: Yes

  • Huge receive packet buffer: Yes

ASI Outputs Capabilities

  • 188 & 204 Byte packet generation: Yes

  • Burst & non-burst packet generation: Yes

  • Very high resolution output bit rate generator: Yes

  • Switchable low latency loop-thru path from input: Yes

  • Automatic time-stamp removal: Yes

  • Automatic packet underflow tracking and recovery: Yes

  • Ideal (zero) aperiodicity of output packets: Yes

  • ASI carrier can be genlocked or manually tuned: Yes

  • Huge transmit packet buffer: Yes

Major Hardware Features

  • High Performance, 3G Bypass Relays: 2

  • Fully Programmable 4 x 4 x 32-bit Colour Matrix: Yes

  • 4 x 1D x 12-bit LUTs on all SDI Outputs: Yes

  • 12-bit video signal path throughout: Yes

  • 3:2 Pulldown support: Yes

  • Automatic Cross-Locking and intelligent output phasing across formats: Yes

  • Audio sample rate converters: Yes

  • Real time hardware overlay for internal keying: Yes

  • (MR2) Master Routing Resource: Yes

  • General Purpose Input Pins, Opto-Isolated: 2

  • General Purpose Output Pins, Opto-Isolated: 2

  • Built-in safe area, safe title and letterbox generator: Yes

  • ISIM (Input Stream integrity management): Yes

  • RS 422 Serial Ports: 2

  • 4-lane PCI-Express (8 and 16 lane compatible): Yes

  • Full Duplex DMA data transfer bandwidth: 1.1GB/s

  • On Board Memory: 256MB

Optional Hardware Enhancements

  • Jetstream Scaling & 3D Processing Modules, maximum: 2

  • VariVue Scaling, 3D Processing & DVI/HDMI Preview Module: Yes

  • Breakout Cable: 8x AES 3ID in, 8x AES 3ID out, 2x analog audio out, RS422, Genlock in: Yes

Supported Video Modes

  • 720x486i @ 59.94 Hz NTSC: Yes

  • 720x576i @ 50.00 Hz PAL: Yes

  • 1280x720p @ 23.976Hz, 24Hz, 25Hz, 29.97Hz, 30Hz, 50Hz, 59.94Hz, 60Hz: Yes

  • 1920x1080i @ 47.96Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 59.94Hz, 60Hz: Yes

  • 1920x1080PsF @ 23.976Hz, 24Hz, 25Hz, 29.97Hz, 30Hz: Yes

  • 1920x1080p @ 23.976Hz, 24Hz, 25Hz, 29.97Hz, 30Hz, 47.96Hz,

  • 48Hz, 50Hz, 59.94Hz, 60Hz: Yes

  • 2048X1080p @ 23.976Hz, 24Hz, 25Hz, 29.97Hz, 30Hz, 47.96Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 59.94Hz, 60Hz: Yes

  • 2048X1080i @ 47.96Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 59.94Hz, 60Hz: Yes

  • 2048x1556PsF @ 14.98Hz, 15Hz, 18.98Hz, 19Hz: Yes

Supported Pixel Formats

  • 2VUY, YUVS, BV8, V210, AYUV_4224, AYUV_4444, YV12, I420: Yes

  • ARGB, BGRA, RGB24, Cineon, DPX, RGB48: Yes

  • Custom using flexible hardware pixel format engine: Yes

Supported API'S

  • Windows API C++: Yes

  • DirectShow Filters API: Yes

  • Mac OS X QuickTime API: Yes

  • Linux API: Yes

Compatible With Popular Retail Apps

  • Bluefish444 Symmetry™: Yes

  • Adobe Creative Studio™: Yes

  • Apple Final Cut Studio 3™: Yes

  • Assimilate Scratch™: Yes

  • Drastic Technologies Quick Clip Pro™: Yes

  • Drastic Technologies Media NXS™: Yes

  • Autodesk Combustion™: Yes

  • Eyeon Digital Fusion™: Yes

  • Autodesk 3D Studio Max™: Yes

Where implied in the above, SMPTE specifications 12M, 125M, 259M, 272M, 274M, 291M, 292M, 296M, 299M, 372M, 424M, 425M and SMPTE recommended practice RP188 are conformed to.

Epoch | 4K Supernova & S+ Software Support

Flexible SDK to exploit bi directional, multi-channel BNC functionality
Our Windows, Linux and Mac OSX SDK’s share a common API allowing developers to port from one platform to another with greater ease and efficiency. An extensive set of samples and interfaces are provided making integration of Bluefish444 cards with developer applications extremely efficient. Please visit our website for further information or to download our “free” SDK.

Compatible with the industry’s most popular retail applications

Avid Media Composer
Avid and Bluefish444 have partnered to bring together the world’s highest quality SDI I/O support for Media Composer®, Symphony® and Newscutter®. AVID have created an open plug-in architecture,“Open IO”, enabling Bluefish444 hardware to input and output full resolution HD-SDI video using the Avid Media Composer family of software.

Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe and Bluefish444 have partnered to bring together the world’s highest quality SDI I/O support for Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe have launched a new plug in architecture called “Adobe Mercury Transmit” which, when combined with Bluefish444’s SDI I/O solutions enables up to 4K 60p playback of the industry’s most widely used formats.

Bluefish444 have partnered with ASSIMILATE to develop a freely available 12 bit and 2K SDI plug-in to enable SCRATCH® and SCRATCH Lab® customers to preview their 2K worklflows in 12 bit SDI, including 3D Stereoscopic. Bluefish444 have also developed a freely available 3G SDI 8/10 bit YUV/RGB 4K plug in to SCRATCH® & SCRATCH Lab®

Symmetry is Bluefish444’s integrated 3D and DI acquisition, review and playback software for Windows included free with the Epoch|4K Supernova & Supernova S+ video cards.Symmetry dispenses loss issues associated with color conversion by giving the user the choice of which color spaces best suits their needs from 8-bit YUV up to 16 bit RGB. Bluefish444 has continually added to Symmetry giving customers new features like  3D stereoscopic capture, side by side, 3D playback and new format integration including 2K and 4K R3D Red files all at no cost.

Fluid Modular Workflow Solutions

  • Cost Effective 4K YUV/RGB Player utilising 4 simultaneous HD SDI outputs to achieve 4K SDI review.

  • Ingest up to 4 simultaneous streams of HD/SD SDI recording directly to AVID DNxHD and other AVID compatible MXF media.

  • Bluefish444 Virtual VTR enables media files to be delivered via SDI to various 3rd party equipment for presentation, processing, mastering or analysis using the RS422 control protocol.

  • Capture multiple streams of SDI to H264 for archiving with automated capture feature

Symmetry Bundled FREE
Each Bluefish444 card comes with the acclaimed Symmetry 3D & DI acquisition, review and playback software for all Windows production environments.


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