InterBEE 2017 has started and Blackmagic Design are quick on the draw to announce their foray in to the daunting world of 8K – the new DeckLink 8K Pro high performance capture and playback card. The beast of a card features Quad-Link 12G‑SDI to allow real time high resolution 8K workflows. After Sharp surprised everyone by announcing their 8K Super 35 camcorder, the new DeckLink 8K Pro looks to me as a logical and natural progression into the resolution uphill battle, which Blackmagic Design have been at the front of with their capture cards, always pushing the envelope with their DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G card for example.
The new DeckLink 8K Pro supports capture and playback of 8 or 10-bit 4:2:2 video and 10 or 12‑bit RGB 4:4:4. Video can be captured as uncompressed or to industry standard broadcast quality ProRes and DNx files. DeckLink 8K Pro supports 8K/60p and supports stereoscopic 3D for all modes up to 4K DCI at 60 frames per second in 12‑bit RGB.
The advanced broadcast technology in DeckLink 8K Pro is built into an easy to install 8 lane generation 3 PCI Express for Mac, Windows, and Linux workstations. You still get support for all legacy SD and HD formats, along with Ultra HD, DCI 4K, 8K and DCI 8K, as well as Rec. 601, 709 and 2020 colour.
DeckLink 8K Pro has been designed to work seamlessly with the upcoming DaVinci Resolve 14.2 Studio for an incredibly seamless editing, colour and audio post production workflow that lets you master full resolution high dynamic range projects in full 8K resolution.
In addition, DeckLink 8K Pro also works with other professional applications such as Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer, Premiere Pro, After Effects, ProTools, Nuke and more.
The Blackmagic DeckLink 8K Pro will be available in early January for $645 USD from authorised dealers such as B&H and all other Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.
In addition, Blackmagic Design has also announced a new low price of $895 for DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G. If you are attending InterBEE 2017 in Japan, you can check out the DeckLink 8K Pro on the Blackmagic Design booth 8211.
In another announcement Blackmagic Design announced new lower cost USB powered micro converters, repacked without the power supply so you can use the power supplies you already have. The new repackaged, incredibly small, Micro Converter HDMI to SDI is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers for only $39, and the Micro Converter SDI to HDMI is also now available for only $45 USD.
The existing models, which include the micro converter and an AC power supply, have also been reduced in price. The Micro Converter HDMI to SDI wPSU can now be purchased for $55, and Micro Converter SDI to HDMI wPSU can now be purchased for $59.
You can also learn more about the next generation of 6G-SDI Mini Converters with advanced broadcast features in the video below:
And last, but certainly not least, Blackmagic Design also released Blackmagic Camera 4.7 Update for the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K and Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera. In summary, this firmware update adds new video formats, dramatically improved sensor performance, new gain settings, Raw output via SDI, and new control options for operating the cameras remotely.
“The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K have been incredibly successful,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Customers love their miniature size, the durability, great image quality and, most importantly, the expandability so they can create custom control solutions. They’re being used around the world in sports arenas, on motion picture sets, deep underwater and in massive multi camera VR rigs. We’re thrilled to be adding important new features that will make these cameras even better. Best of all, you don’t need to buy a new camera because it’s a free software update!”
New Features Camera Update 4.7 for Micro Studio Camera 4K
Added 720p/50, 720p/59.94 and 720p/60 format support
Improved sensor exposure sensitivity by 2 stops
Added new gain setting range which now goes from -12dB to +12dB
Added Raw SDI output feature:
Refer to the user manual for information about capturing and unpacking RAW SDI video
Added support for PTZ communication on Expansion port via VISCA
Refer to the user manual for protocol details
Added support for PTZ commands in the Blackmagic SDI Control Protocol
Added preview tally support for the front tally light
Added tally indication on the HDMI display overlay
Added indication to the user that camera is genlocked on the HDMI display overlay
Added option to change camera frame rate via S.Bus
Added option to toggle auto focus via S.Bus
Added option to toggle record via S.Bus for external recorders
Added feature to pass through remote record commands as SDI and HDMI record triggers for external recorders
New Features for Micro Cinema Camera
Added record start/stop trigger on HDMI output
Added HDMI timecode output support
Added indication to the user that camera is genlocked in the HDMI display overlay
Added option to change frame rate settings via S.Bus
Added option to change codec settings via S.Bus
Added option to toggle auto focus via S.Bus
Fixed issue with a small vertical pixel offset between HDMI output and RAW recording on Micro Cinema Camera