San Francisco, California, USA – June 9, 2006 - Today, Blackmagic Design announced the immediate availability of Version 5.6 software for all Multibridge and DeckLink products. This release includes new exciting support for eyeon Fusion® 5, support for 720p/50 on DeckLink high definition cards, new HDV playback support in Premiere Pro 2.0™ on Windows XP™ and XP x64 systems.
“We are excited to support Fusion 5 which is one of the hottest finishing tools for visual effects professionals working in the high-end film industry,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “With DeckLink HD Extreme and Multibridge Extreme, Fusion 5 users now have access to the highest quality and most cost effective hardware options on the market today.”
Fusion 5 is a full-featured, node-based compositing system used for digital film pipelines. When integrated with Blackmagic’s Multibridge Extreme, compositors can take full advantage of a true 10 bit uncompressed 4:4:4 RGB workflow. Both 10 bit uncompressed Blackmagic AVI or QuickTime files can be used with Fusion 5, or simply use Blackmagic’s FrameLink™ to create instant DPX versions of any 10 bit uncompressed 4:4:4 RGB AVI file.
Multibridge Extreme also features ‘True 2K’ real time preview for Fusion 5 at 23.98 and 24fps. This enables broadcast paint and special effects professionals the ability to monitor 2K on Dual-Link DVI-D LCD displays, such as the Apple 30” Cinema Display. Each individual pixel is digitally mapped pixel-for-pixel with LUTS for the most color sensitive and accurate image quality available – perfect for detailed video and film work.
“Now Fusion 5 users can take advantage of Multibridge Extreme’s massive bandwidth and processing power for full 2048 x 1556 resolution, utilizing the most affordable hardware ever!” said Petty.
Also included in this release is 720p/50 support for older model DeckLink high definition cards, allowing customers running discontinued models of DeckLink high definition cards to add compatibility for the European broadcast industry’s chosen HD standard.
For editors, another exciting new feature when using Multibridge or DeckLink high definition models with Premiere Pro 2.0 on Windows XP is full speed HDV playback. Clips can now be intermixed with uncompressed 10 and 8 bit clips, allowing for true multi format editing with media from various sources. This is an exciting feature that enables Blackmagic customers to use lower cost HDV cameras for high end productions.
Software release Version 5.6 for Multibridge Extreme and DeckLink includes:
• Video Preview support for Fusion 5
• 720/50p native support for Adobe Production Studio
• Real Time HDV monitoring for Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0. Features the ability to mix HDV files with 8 bit and10 bit uncompressed files.
Blackmagic’s latest software driver Version 5.6 is available free and can be downloaded immediately from the Blackmagic Design website located at www.blackmagic-design.com/support/software
Photos of Multibridge Extreme, DeckLink cards and all other Blackmagic products are available at www.blackmagic-design.com/press/resources/images
About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design manufactures the world’s highest quality video cards and converters for the postproduction and television broadcast industries. The Multibridge Extreme and DeckLink family of leading quality video cards have changed the post-production industry and made HDTV more affordable for everyone. Blackmagic was founded by some of the world’s leading editors and engineers from the post-production industry. This industry knowledge and experience is constantly fed back into our products allowing us to introduce the most amazing creative tools for the industry.
Blackmagic Design has operations in the USA, Netherlands, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.