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Bluefish444 Upgrade

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bluefish444Bluefish444, a manufacturer of uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, has announced important software upgrades for both their Windows and Mac OSX installers.  The new OSX installer adds support for Avid Open I/O to its Create line of uncompressed HD-SDI cards. Avid Open I/O is designed to let third-party manufacturers develop plug-ins allowing their hardware to work with Media Composer and Symphony. 

The OS X 10.7 installer "provides cross-platform SDI I/O solutions to Avid users for the first time," said Bluefish444 Managing Director Craige Mott in a prepared statement. "Bluefish444 regards Avid as a long-term strategic partner and we will continue making Open I/O OS X releases in the future."

The Create 3D Ultra, Bluefish444's flagship card for digital content creators, features 2x HD/SD 3G-SDI IO, 2K dual-link IO, 3D stereo IO, 12-bit video processing, hardware-based scaling, DVI/HDMI preview, three 1D LUTs, eight channels of AES/EBU digital audio and two channels of analog audio monitoring. The Create card line starts at $1999.

The Mac OS X 10.7 installer v8.5.0 is available as a free download from the Bluefish444 homepage. The release notes [PDF] are also available for download, and more information is in Avid's FAQ.
For Windows users, the new v5.11.2 installer provides multiple free software upgrades for Bluefish444’s Epoch | 4K Supernova card.  “Epoch | 4K Supernova has quickly become Bluefish444’s flagship product. It’s bi-directional BNC structure ensures that it can be used in either a multi channel SDI ingest, 3D stereoscopic SDI I/O or 4K SDI Preview workflow solution and virtually anywhere in between at multiple different video resolutions”, states Mott. “By working with our software partners we have provided a host of new SDI workflow solutions for production and post production, including the increasingly popular 4K SDI workflows.”

The Windows installer 5.11.2 and Epoch | 4K Supernova enables SCRATCH customers the new functionality of both full resolution 4K HD SDI video preview and 12-bit HD SDI preview.  The latter function allows SCRATCH customers to preview high bit depth imagery available with modern digital cameras.

Bluefish444 Epoch | 4K Supernova video cards support the following 4K SDI previews from within SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab:

•    Digital Cinema 4096 X 2160 4:2:2 YUV 8/10 bit HD-SDI preview
•    4K QFHD 3840 X 2160 4:2:2 YUV 8/10 bit HD-SDI preview
•    Digital Cinema 4096 X 2160 4:4:4 RGB 8/10 bit Dual Link HD-SDI preview
•    4K QFHD 3840 X 2160 4:4:4 RGB 8/10 bit HD-SDI preview
•    Up to 2048 X 1080 4:4:4 RGB 12 bit HD-SDI preview
•    Hardware color space conversion between 8/10/12 bit YUV and RGB for HD-SDI preview

Windows installer 5.11.2 supports the Avid Open IO software packages of Avid Media Composer 6.5, Symphony 6.5 and Newscutter 10.5, and adds improvements and new functionality. Epoch | 4K Supernova can provide the Avid Open IO applications with HD/SD SDI I/O, 12 bit processing of YUV  RGB color space conversions, Hardware Release and Acquire support and full PsF Video IO support

Both the Windows and OSX installers are immediately available for download from the Bluefish444 home page Epoch 4K | Supernova is available through authorized Bluefish444 resellers with a MRSP of $3,995.

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