from a Black Magic press release

San Francisco, California, USA – March 28, 2006 – Today, Blackmagic Design
announced true 2K resolution support with Version 5.5 software for the
highly popular Multibridge Extreme all-in-one bi-directional converter
with PCI-Express.

The Multibridge Extreme is the world’s first uncompressed video product
to feature 2K, real time 10 bit RGB playout for the world’s two most popular
editing applications – Apple Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X and Adobe Premiere
Pro 2.0 on Windows XP. This new software driver 5.5 for Multibridge Extreme
also features 2K real time preview for popular compositing and paint applications
such as Adobe After Effects 7.0, Combustion, Shake and Photoshop.

True 2K, at 23.98 and 24fps enables editors, broadcast paint and special
effects professionals the ability to monitor 2K video and graphics on Dual-Link
DVI-D LCD displays, such as the Apple 30 Cinema Display and the DELL 30
flat-panel display. Each individual pixel is digitally mapped pixel-for-pixel
for the most color sensitive and accurate image quality available – perfect
for detailed video and film work.

"We originally designed Multibridge Extreme with massive bandwidth and
processing power for high end tasks, such as true 2K film resolution support.
Multibridge Extreme enables digital effects artists to work in full 2048
x 1556 resolution, exceeding the high resolution of the HDTV format, which
is perfect for Digital Intermediate feature film work" said Grant Petty,
CEO, Blackmagic Design.

"Blackmagic Design is the first company to offer a product that features
the low cost of SD, combined with the ability to work in HD and native


Software release Multibridge Extreme 5.5 includes:

  • True 2K, 10 bit RGB real time playout support for Apple Final Cut Pro
    on Mac OS X and Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 on Windows XP
  • True 2K real time preview for popular effects and paint applications
    such as Adobe After Effects 7.0, Photoshop, Shake and Combustion
  • Support for 30 inch dual-link DVI-D displays at full resolution 2K 2048×1556,
    and support for 2048×1536, 2048×1157, 2048×1106, 2048×1080 at 23.98 and
    24 fps
  • Closed caption support in high and standard definition analog and digital
  • Added Windows 2003 server support for software version 5.5 for Windows
  • About Multibridge Extreme
    Multibridge Extreme is the world’s first all-in-one bi-directional converter
    featuring a new high-speed 10GBps PCI-Express connection. 25 times faster
    than FireWire, Multibridge Extreme’s PCI-Express allows capture and playback
    of uncompressed video up to 2K feature film resolutions when plugged into
    a computer.

    Multibridge Extreme can be used as the highest quality audio and video
    converter, or as a high-end editing and compositing system for broadcast,
    post-production and film projects. It instantly switches between HD and
    SD with 4:2:2 and Dual Link 4:4:4 video quality. Multibridge Extreme features
    SDI digital video, Analog Component video, 8 channels of AES/EBU digital
    audio, two channels of balanced professional XLR analog audio and two unbalanced
    audio outputs for low cost in-suite monitoring.

    Multibridge Extreme is available now for US$2,595 from authorized Blackmagic
    Design resellers worldwide.