Blackmagic Design Announces New Version 5.6 Software for Multibridge and DeckLink Models with eyeon Fusion 5 Support
Posted Jun 13, 2006

Blackmagic Design has announced the immediate availability of Version 5.6 software for all Multibridge and DeckLink products. This release includes new support for eyeon Fusion 5, support for 720p/50 on DeckLink high-definition cards, and new HDV playback support in Premiere Pro 2.0 on Windows XP and XP x64 systems.

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 more color-sensitive and accurate image quality. "

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 enables Blackmagic customers to use lower-cost HDV cameras for high-end productions.

Software release Version 5.6 for Multibridge Extreme and DeckLink includes the following:

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.