Blackmagic Design reveals DeckLink 8K Pro

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Blackmagic Design has announced a new high-performance capture and playback card featuring quad link 12G‑SDI to allow real-time high-resolution 8K workflows. DeckLink 8K Pro supports all film and video formats from SD up to 8K DCI, 12‑bit RGB 4:4:4, it also handles advanced colour spaces such as Rec. 2020 for deeper colour and higher dynamic range as well as 64 channels of audio, stereoscopic 3D, high frame rates and more.

Available in January, DeckLink 8K Pro features four quad link multi rate 12G‑SDI connections and is compatible with all existing professional SDI equipment. The 12G‑SDI connections are also bi-directional so they can be used to either capture or playback quad link 8K, or for the simultaneous capture and playback of single or dual link SDI sources.

The combination of higher resolution, a larger colour space and wide dynamic range means that DeckLink 8K Pro delivers sharp images for editing, colour and high end visual effects work.

DeckLink 8K Pro supports capture and playback of 8- or 10-bit YUV 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. The card lets users work at up to 60 frames per second in 8K and supports stereoscopic 3D for all modes up to 4K DCI at 60 frames per second in 12‑bit RGB.

“DeckLink 8K Pro is our most advanced PCIe capture and playback card ever,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s exciting because the 8K images have so much clarity and detail that it’s as if you’re looking out a window. Whether it’s for the 2020 Olympics or the next generation of Hollywood blockbusters, DeckLink 8K Pro has the speed, quality and compatibility customers need to do their best work.”