Blackmagic Design - DeckLink IP


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DeckLink IP is a new family of PCIe cards that capture and playback 10-bit uncompressed, broadcast-quality video directly into 2110 IP-based broadcast systems. DeckLink IP cards support multiple video channels, plus each channel can capture and play back at the same time. DeckLink IP provides total IP network security as all video is captured and played back using the DeckLink IP’s frame buffers, which act like a video-based firewall isolating the Ethernet port from anything other than video and audio.

There are three models in the new DeckLink IP family. DeckLink IP HD ($345 USD) features three channels of capture and playback to 2110 IP broadcast systems via a single RJ45 style Ethernet connection. DeckLink IP HD Optical ($345 USD) features three channels of capture and playback to 2110 IP broadcast systems via an SFP-based optical fiber Ethernet connection. DeckLink IP/SDI HD ($395 USD) allows connection to both 3G-SDI and 2110 IP systems. This model has two capture and playback channels to 2110 IP via RJ45 Ethernet, 3G-SDI and reference out. All models support 720p, 1080i and 1080p video standards up to 1080p60.DeckLink IP cards are the easiest way to capture and play back video directly into 2110 IP-based broadcast systems. They have the same DeckLink features, so all users’ existing software will work. This means users can build racks of servers generating broadcast graphics, virtual sets, or GPU-based AI image processing, all directly integrated into 2110 IP broadcast infrastructure. Users can even use DaVinci Resolve for 2110 IP-based broadcast editing workstations. DeckLink IP features a high speed PCIe connection so it works on the latest Mac Pro, Windows and Linux computers.DeckLink IP cards conform to the SMPTE ST2110 standard for IP video, which specifies the transport, synchronization and description of video, audio and ancillary data over managed IP networks for broadcast. It also keeps video sources in sync using a common PTP clock. DeckLink IP supports SMPTE-2110-20 uncompressed video, SMPTE-2110-21 traffic shaping/timing, SMPTE-2110-30 audio and SMPTE-2110-40 for ancillary data.

The big advantage of SMPTE 2110 is all video, audio and ancillary data are transported independently over the network. Plus, DeckLink IP supports multicast, which is an extremely efficient way of distributing video, audio and data from a single source to multiple destinations.The problem with computers and 2110 IP video networks is the vulnerability to rogue software or even hackers. That’s because anyone can send data to the computer’s Ethernet connection. However, DeckLink IP eliminates this problem because all video is transferred using frame buffers. It’s like a video-based firewall.

This means the DeckLink IP Ethernet port is isolated from anything other than video and audio. Instead, like all DeckLink cards, the video and audio are transferred to onboard DeckLink frame buffers where video playback is managed and then converted to 2110 IP video channels. This means it’s totally impossible for rogue software or hackers to access the 2110 IP network directly.With a high speed four lane PCI Express interface, DeckLink IP cards feature a PCIe connection to the host computer that's fast enough to handle multiple HD video channels, as well as simultaneous capture and playback on each of the channels. With PCI Express, users get very low latency combined with highly accurate time synchronization to the software that's capturing or playing video. Only DeckLink IP cards give users this performance all while using a simple and low cost four lane PCIe connection.

This means users can install DeckLink IP into compact and very low cost computers. Plus, DeckLink IP HD and DeckLink IP HD Optical are low profile, so they can be installed in rack mount servers.DeckLink IP connections are multi-rate, so they support all SD and HD formats. Plus, the DeckLink IP/SDI model includes both 2110 IP and 3G-SDI on the same card, so it can connect to existing SDI broadcast equipment, while simultaneously connecting to new IP-based infrastructure. Or users can just use the 3G-SDI output for local monitoring. In standard definition, DeckLink IP supports both 525i59.94 and 625i50 standards. In high definition, DeckLink IP cards support all 720p video standards up to 720p60, all 1080 interlaced standards up to 1080i60 and all 1080p standards up to 1080p60. There is no complex change over as the cards can switch instantly to a new video standard.