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Bluefish444’s new cross-platform cards

12 December 2006

Bluefish444 has introduced the SD | Fidelity and SD | Focus SDI PCI Express video cards, which are compatible with the most popular nonlinear editing and compositing software products on both the Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

SD | Fidelity and SD | Focus are multipurpose uncompressed SD SDI / analogue video cards that cater to both the boutique and studio video professional with a unique number of SD SDI and analogue video and audio I/O connections and options.

The SD | Fidelity product is designed to allow a video professional to migrate from low cost consumer analogue equipment to professional SDI and digital audio devices by merely changing the connections on the card. This allows users to work in either analogue or digital as needed and provides them with the opportunity to redeploy existing analogue products.

For a video professional on a tight budget who demands flexibility in connectivity and wants to work with the quality benefits of uncompressed SDI and analogue video, SD | Fidelity offers 10/12-bit SD SDI I/O, 12-bit analogue component, composite, s-video I/O, a built – in A/D and D/A converter, 2 channels of balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue audio, embedded audio I/O and 8 channels of SP/DIF audio I/O for monitoring 5.1 surround sound from inexpensive consumer digital audio devices.

SD | Fidelity offers an internal keyer for logo insertion, embedded audio and 6 channels of AES/EBU XLR digital audio I/O connections with built in sample rate converters for 5.1 surround sound monitoring from professional audio devices.

SD | Focus has been designed as a SDI I/O professional video product with analogue video and audio monitoring options, which saves the artist having to monitor on SDI devices which can be expensive. SD | Focus offers 10/12 bit SD SDI I/O, 6 channels of AES/EBU XLR digital audio I/O, 8 channels of SP/DIF audio I/O, embedded audio, an internal keyer for logo insertion together with analog video and analog audio monitoring connections.

Both SD | Fidelity and SD | Focus are designed with a stable, broadcast quality genlocking circuit design, ensuring an output that meets the most stringent of broadcast jitter requirements.

Craige Mott, MD of Bluefish444 said: “SD | Fidelity and SD | Focus were developed to provide uncompressed NLE and compositing solutions, for both the boutique and professional uncompressed video artist. We designed the hardware with the maximum number of I/O connections to enable the artist to simply change the connection depending on the video and audio devices they wanted to use. The flexibility to use cross platform NLE and compositing software, together with the bundling of our acclaimed Windows Symmetry software, will appeal to the SD graphics market in particular.”

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