At NAB 2008, Blackmagic announced two small h.264 encoders to be released in July, the Video Recorder, and Video Recorder SDI.
The Blackmagic Video Recorder ($119) is an analog device aimed at consumers wanting to to convert media from videotapes or DVDs to h.264 video compatible with iPods, iPhones, YouTube, IPTV, Web or for full resolution archiving.
The Blackmagic Video Recorder SDI ($299), is similar to the Video Recorder, but instead of analog connectors, it comes with SDI in, and an rs-422 port for deck control. A very nice feature for those of you using broadcast level VTRs.
The thumb drive size device fits into a USB port, and the provided software allows you to tweak the parameters of the video itself, and it’s final output file.
In a few short years Blackmagic has become one of the leading players in the video capture industry, with many different products from the consumer to the post production professional. We talked with CEO Grant Petty about Blackmagic’s design philosophy.
For more details you can go to Blackmagic’s Website.