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Operation Manual

Multibridge
Mac OS X

April 2011
Contents
Multibridge Eclipse
Multibridge Pro
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09
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51 Product Diagrams
Multibridge Eclipse connectors overview 52
Multibridge Pro connectors overview 53

Developer Information
Blackmagic 2K Format Overview 56
Blackmagic 2K Format Vertical Timing Reference 57
Blackmagic 2K Format Data Stream Format 58
Using as a Converter
Installation as a Converter 60
Blackmagic Software 63
Supported Connection Formats 67
Troubleshooting when used as a Converter 68
Warranty
Warranty Terms and Conditions 70
How to Install
Connecting to your Mac 7
Installing Desktop Video software 8

Software
Blackmagic Software 10
Setting Blackmagic Preferences 10
Blackmagic Media Express 19
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test 30
Disk Arrays 28
Third Party Applications 31
Apple Final Cut Pro 31
Adobe Premiere Pro 36
Adobe After Effects 39
Adobe Photoshop 40
Supported File Formats 41
Troubleshooting Video Capture and Playback 42
Connection Diagrams
Connecting to a Betacam SP analog deck 44
Connecting to an SDI digital deck 45
Connecting to a Sony HDCAM SR deck in 4:2:2 46
Connecting to a Sony HDCAM SR deck in 4:4:4 47
Connecting to an HDTV 48
Connecting to an NTSC/PAL monitor 49
Connecting to a YUV component monitor 50
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Welcome 3
Welcome to Multibridge!
We hope you share our dream of making the television industry a truly creative industry by allowing
everyone access to the highest quality video.
Previously high end television and post production required investment of millions of dollars in hardware;
however, Multibridge is the rst uncompressed editing solution that includes the new 3 Gb/s SDI
connections, so features the highest quality video possible. We hope you get many years of use from your
new Multibridge and have fun working with some of the worlds hottest television and design software!
This instruction manual contains all the information youll need for installing your Multibridge for use as either
a video converter, or as a powerful PCI Express based editing, design, effects and broadcast paint solution.
If youre not much of a tech head and have not installed hardware cards in your computer previously, then
it might be a good idea to ask a technical assistant for help. As Multibridge features uncompressed video
capture and playback, and these data rates are quite high, youll need fast disk storage and a high-end PCI
Express computer if youre working with uncompressed video formats.
Before you install Multibridge, please check our website at www.blackmagic-design.com and click the
support page to download the latest updates to this manual and Multibridge driver software.
Lastly, please register your Multibridge when downloading software updates. We would love to keep you
updated on new software updates and new features for your Multibridge.
Perhaps you can even send us your latest show reel of work completed on your Multibridge and
any suggestions for improvements to the software. We are constantly working on new features and
improvements, so we would love to hear from you!
Grant Petty
CEO Blackmagic Design
Welcome 4
Introducing Blackmagic Multibridge
Multibridge Eclipse and Multibridge Pro are bi-directional converters which feature built in PCI Express.
Connect to a PCI Express based Mac Pro or Power Mac G5 workstation for the worlds highest quality
and most versatile editing solution.
Connect to any deck, camera or monitor
Multibridge supports all the traditional video connections including standard and high denition SDI
4:2:2, SDI 4:4:4, analog YUV, S-video and NTSC/PAL video in and out. HDMI and 3 Gb/s SDI are also
included for connection to the latest video hardware. Thats great for connecting to any deck, camera
or monitor. Multibridge also features multiple channels of AES audio with sample rate converters on
all inputs. 12 channels are supported on Multibridge Eclipse and 8 channels on Multibridge Pro. For
analog audio, Multibridge supports stereo XLR audio in and out on Multibridge Pro and 4 channels on
Multibridge Eclipse, combined with two channel RCA audio outputs for low cost HiFi monitoring.
Advanced digital monitoring
Multibridge includes built-in HDMI capture and playback which is great for working with uncompressed
digital video and audio without the expense associated with SDI. With HDMI, Multibridge can support large
LCD and Plasma monitors or TVs as well as video projectors. The HDMI input means you can also capture
uncompressed, digital video and audio from the latest video cameras which provide HDMI output.
Worlds highest quality
Multibridge works natively in 4:2:2 for SD and HD, as well as RGB 4:4:4 for HD or 2K digital lm resolutions.
Also included is the industrys only true 14 bit analog conversion for the highest quality analog video.
Converter or a capture card
When not connected to your Mac Pro or Power Mac G5 for editing, Multibridge works as a bi-directional
video and audio converter. Only Multibridge is two products in one so it will stay useful, long after the
computer you plug it into.
Compatible with all video software
Compatible with QuickTime, Multibridge can use a wide range of video software for video capture and
playback in either standard denition, high denition 4:2:2, high denition 4:4:4 RGB, and even 2K digital
lm resolutions.
Multibridge lets you can customize your system for different tasks simply by selecting the video software
you prefer to use. Use Final Cut Studio on Mac OS X for editing, then combine Adobe After Effects
and Photoshop for broadcast design and paint. Then nish your job by using DVD authoring software
to give your clients a DVD.
Welcome 5
Multibridge has two main modes which are distinguished by the PCI Express cable being connected to
your Mac (capture and playback mode) or when not connected (converter mode).
Capture mode
When the PCI Express cable is connected to your Mac Pro or Power Mac G5, Multibridge becomes a
PCI Express extension to your computer working as a video capture playback card. While independently
powered, its really a part of your systems operating hardware, just as if it was connected internally.
This unique design allows more connector space for a breakout box style solution, while totally
eliminating the noise and interference from the computers digital electronics - so you get clean audio
and video, vital when working with precision broadcast quality analog signals.
When you connect PCI Express to a host computer, Multibridge uses the same software as used on
Blackmagic Designs DeckLink cards, so you get the same software compatibility, and options as a
DeckLink card. This means that when used as a capture playback device all settings on Multibridge can
be accessed via the Blackmagic Design system preferences.
Note: Do not remove the power or disconnect the PCI Express cable from the workstation while the
workstation is powered on. Power off the workstation before unplugging the Multibridge power, or
disconnecting the PCI Express cable. When connected, make sure you tighten the PCI Express lock screws.
Also, the PCI Express cable is NOT a DVI cable and only a Blackmagic PCI Express cable should be used.
Converter mode
When the PCI Express connection is NOT connected to a computer, or the computer is connected but
turned off, Multibridge instantly switches to a stand alone converter. Multibridge can then be congured
via the USB 2.0 connection using the included Multibridge Utility software.
This manual has two sections, the rst section describes using Multibridge as a capture and playback
device, and the second section describes how to use it as a stand alone converter.
Included 4 lane PCI Express card.
Dont disconnect with computer on.
Be sure to keep lock screws tight.
How to Install
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Installation 7
Connecting to your Mac
1. Shutdown and remove the power plug from the back of your Mac. This is a safety precaution before
opening your computer. Ensure that you are statically discharged by using a static strap.
2. Remove the side cover of your Mac to gain access to the PCI Express slots.
3. Remove your Multibridge PCI Express card from the protective static bag making sure you dont
touch the gold connectors on the base of the card. Although there are no electronics on this card,
these precautions should be taken when handling any PCI Express card.
4. It is best to use the top slot, slot 4, with a Mac Pro but any slot can be used on a Power Mac G5.
Unscrew the captive screws in the PCI bracket and remove the bracket. Remove the port access
cover from the slot in which you plan to install the card.
5. Insert your Multibridge PCI Express card and ensure that it clicks rmly into place.
6. Secure the card with a screw or the PCI bracket and replace the side cover of your Mac.
7. Connect the PCI Express cable to the PCI Express card at the rear of the Mac and connect the other
end of the cable to the PCI Express connector on your Multibridge. Please make sure you connect
the cable to the PCI Express connectors, and not the Mac display connectors!
8. Connect USB 2.0 cable from host computer to Multibridge.
9. Power up Multibridge rst, then reconnect the computer power and start up.
If you want to disconnect your Multibridge, use this sequence:
1. Power off your Mac.
2. Power off Multibridge.
3. Disconnect PCI Express cable.
Note: Connecting audio and video cables to the Multibridge can be done at any time while the unit is
powered on or off. You can leave the PCI Express card in the computer when the PCI Express cable is
disconnected. It will then be ready to reconnect quickly when you need to use Multibridge as a capture
and playback device again.
Connect PCI Express cable here.
Insert card into PCI Express slot.
Then connect PCI Express cable here.
PCIe Slot 2
PCIe Slot 1
PCIe Slot 3
PCIe Slot 4
Installation 8
Installing Desktop Video software
Contents
The Desktop Video software installer will install the following components:
Blackmagic Desktop Video drivers
Blackmagic Design system preference
Blackmagic Media Express application
Blackmagic QuickTime

codecs
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
Blackmagic Multibridge Utility
Adobe

presets and plug-ins


Apple Final Cut Pro

Easy Setups, presets and enablers


Note: Before installing any software or hardware you will need administrator privileges.
Desktop Video software
1. The CD supplied with the DeckLink card contains the Desktop Video software. Before you install,
ensure you have the very latest driver. Visit www.blackmagic-design.com/support
2. Open the Desktop Video Installer folder and launch the Desktop Video Installer application.
3. Click Continue, Agree and Install buttons and the drivers will be installed on your system.
4. Now restart your machine to enable the new software drivers.
Automatic rmware updating
After your Mac has restarted, the software will check the DeckLink hardware to see what rmware the card
contains. If the rmware version does not match the software version, Desktop Video will offer to update
the rmware. This is automatic and all you need to do is click OK to start the update. After the rmware has
updated, restart your Mac to complete the process.
Programmable rmware can provide new features, compatibility with new hardware and support for
new formats.
Follow install prompts.
Select Destination.
Software
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Blackmagic Software 10
System Preferences.
Blackmagic preferences.
Settings
Input and Output connections
NTSC Setup
4:4:4 color mode
Single Link/Dual Link switch
1080p/1080PsF switch
Field Jitter
Output black/last played frame switch
Reference Output Timing (Genlock)
Processing
Down conversion
Up conversion
Lookup Table
VITC Reader A Frame -
3:2 Pulldown Removal
VANC input
Fan speed
Audio Level Meter Display
Video Levels
Calibrate Analog Video In
Calibrate Analog Video Out
Betacam/SMPTE level switch
Audio Levels
HiFi/Professional Audio Levels
Analog Audio Input Levels
Analog Audio Output Levels
AES/EBU Input Reference Level
AES/EBU Output Reference Level
Setting Blackmagic Preferences
Blackmagic preferences are located in your Macs System Preferences in the Other category. Different
Multibridge models have some different features. Any preferences not available to your Multibridge will
be grayed out and unavailable. The following preferences contain options for setting up your Multibridge.
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Setting Blackmagic Preferences
Blackmagic video and audio output connections
All of the video and audio outputs of Multibridge are active all of the time and the only choice you need to
make is whether you wish to output S-Video or component analog video as they use shared connectors.
The SDI, HDMI and component analog video outputs support HD and SD video. S-Video and composite
analog video do not support high denition video and so you will not see video on these outputs when
working with HD video.
Blackmagic video and audio input connections
The following combinations are available:
SDI Video & SDI Audio
SDI Video & AES/EBU Audio
SDI Video & Analog XLR Audio
HDMI Video & HDMI Audio
HDMI Video & AES/EBU Audio
HDMI Video & Analog XLR Audio
Component Video & AES/EBU Audio
Component Video & Analog XLR Audio
Composite Video & AES/EBU Audio
Composite Video & Analog XLR Audio
S-Video & AES/EBU Audio
S-Video & Analog XLR Audio
Video and Audio output connections.
Video and Audio input connections.
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Setting Blackmagic Preferences
NTSC setup
The NTSC composite video used in the USA, and some other countries uses 7.5% setup. However setup
is only used in composite video, but is never used in SDI video. Your Multibridge will handle adding and
removing setup from NTSC video automatically for you. The USA and countries that use 7.5% setup should
enable this setting; if youre working in Japan and countries that dont use this setup, leave this set to 0 IRE
setup. The PAL and high denition standards do not use this setup.
Output 4:4:4 color mode
While most users work with 4:2:2 video, you will need to Select 4:4:4 on video output if you wish to
play out 4:4:4 video, such as when using a HDCAM SR deck in 4:4:4 color mode. This feature will only be
available if 4:4:4 video output is a feature of your Blackmagic capture device.
The choice of color mode may be overridden in some cases. For example, if 4:4:4 output was enabled for
use with 1080p50/60 video, Multibridge would ouput 4:2:2 video as there is not enough capacity in dual-
link HD-SDI or 3 Gb/s SDI connections to support this video mode.
If you enable Select 4:4:4 on video output, the default setting is to use dual link 4:4:4 output.
Traditional dual link 4:4:4 requires two SDI cables which is more complicated and doubles the cabling
cost. However if your Blackmagic capture device includes 3 Gb/s SDI, you will also have available the
option to Use 3 Gb/s Single Link SDI not Dual Link SDI output with one SDI cable.
Single Link/Dual Link switch
When working with video formats which require more bandwidth than a single HD-SDI connection will
provide, this option determines whether a dual-link HD-SDI, or a single-link 3 Gb/s SDI connection will
be used. This feature will only be available if dual-link HD-SDI and 3Gb/s SDI output are features of your
Blackmagic capture device.
NTSC Setup.
Output 4:4:4 color mode
Single Link/Dual Link switch
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Setting Blackmagic Preferences
Progressive HD1080 video
By default, progressive HD1080 video frame rates are treated as progressive segmented frame, ie 23.98PsF,
24PsF and 25PsF. If you enable Use 1080p not 1080PsF progressive HD1080 video frame rates will be
treated as true progressive, ie 23.98p, 24p and 25p.
Remove Filter Jitter
Remove eld jitter when video is paused allows Multibridge to display only a single eld when paused,
while turning this mode off will display a complete frame in pause. Single eld is similar to how Betacam SP
decks work when paused, eliminating eld icker from paused images.
If youre doing work without interlaced video, such as animation, then you can turn this mode off
so you can see both elds in full resolution for best quality. Regardless of this setting, you always get the
correct full frame dual eld output when in playback mode, as this setting only effects paused video.
Output black/last played frame switch
If you have switched out of a video application and so video is not being played, this setting determines
whether your Multibridge will output black or the last played frame of video.
If you are adjusting LUTs on some Multibridge models, set this option to Last Played Frame so you can
observe the effect of any adjustment to LUTs.
Reference Output Timing
Genlock, also known as black burst, reference or house sync is used to lock various equipment in your
facility to the same timing point. When two or more video devices are connected to the same sync signal,
their video signals can be switched without jumping or rolling. This is critical when connecting equipment
in large post production facilities and broadcast stations.
To change video to reference timing:
1. Go to the Macs System Preferences and click the Blackmagic Design icon.
2. Select the Settings tab and adjust the Set reference output timing for timed output
until the picture locks and is no longer rolling on the display.
1080p/1080PsF switch
Video Output Behavior.
Genlock timing adjustment.
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Setting Blackmagic Preferences
HDTV Up/Down Conversion
The Mac OS X software drivers included with Multibridge, can be used to downconvert high denition
to NTSC or PAL video in real time during capture or playback.
Output
1080 HD to SD Letter box 16:9
1080 HD to SD Anamorphic 16:9
720 HD to 1080 HD
Input
1080 HD to SD letterbox 16:9
1080 HD to SD Anamorphic 16:9
720 HD to SD Letterbox 16:9
720 HD to SD Anamorphic 16:9
VITC Reader A Frame - 3:2 Pulldown Removal
Set A-frame VITC reference (to) Frame ## in 23.98 fps capture from NTSC using
3:2 pulldown
This option decodes the VITC and uses it to correctly locate the A-frame when performing 3:2 pulldown
while capturing video at 23.98fps. Carefully set the correct A-frame VITC reference to match the timecode
on tape. Selecting the wrong A-frame will generate incorrect presentation of elds and frames.
HDTV Up/Down Converter preferences.
Set the A-Frame VITC Reference when
performing 3:2 pulldown.
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VANC preferences.
Setting Blackmagic Preferences
Preserving Blanking Data or VANC
This feature lets you use up to 3 video lines at the top of a captured QuickTime movie le to store
any 3 lines from vertical blanking. This allows 3 line timecode, VITC (vertical interval test signals) subtitle
info or any other VANC data to be preserved during capture. These lines are then inserted back into the
video blanking when the le is played back.
To preserve VANC data:
1. Go to the Macs System Preferences and click the Blackmagic Design icon.
2. Select the VANC and 3:2 Pulldown tab and tick the On check box for video line 1, 2 or 3
depending on how many blanking lines you want to capture.
Note: Before installing any software or hardware you will need administrator privileges.
Because these lines can be passed to the application, a developer could write software to read the
VANC data and use it for various purposes, e.g. 3-line timecode and audio chasing, or other uses.
An example of VANC data is 3-line timecode, which uses lines 18, 19, and 20 in NTSC or lines 19,
20 and 21 in PAL. 3-line timecode, as used in AATON equipped telecine suites, featuring audio
timecode and keycode information along with the normal timecode numbers.
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Lookup Tables (LUTs) in Multibridge for Mac OS X
Multibridge Eclipse and Multibridge Pro can use 1D LUTs during capture, and either 1D or 3D LUTs during
playback. Lookup tables can be used for standard denition and high denition video as well as 2K lm.
Lookup tables are not implemented in standalone convertor mode.
1D LUTs are useful for altering the brightness of an image but do not affect color. They are often used
when working with log video so that the image can be displayed on screen as normal linear video. Built-in
1D LUTs are provided for log to linear conversion when capturing from Panasonic Cinegamma

and Viper
Filmstream

cameras.
3D LUTs provide the ability to increase and decrease the amount of color in each color channel,
independently from brightness. This allows for precise color grading to ensure a video monitor matches
the color printed to tape or lm.
How to use Lookup Tables in Multibridge
When the System Preferences are opened to access the Blackmagic lookup table settings, your broadcast
monitor will usually stop showing any video being played and instead will show black. It is possible to
replace black, with the last played frame of video, so that adjustments to lookup tables can immediately be
seen on the frame of video.
To use this feature, open the System Preferences and click on Blackmagic Design. Under the Settings tab,
look for, When not playing video, send ... to all the video outputs. This setting is usually set to Black.
Switch it to Last Played Frame and then restart the computer.
After the computer has restarted, use your preferred video software application to play some video and
then open the System Preferences in Mac OS X. The last played frame of video should remain on your
broadcast monitor. Click on the Blackmagic Design icon in System Preferences and then click on the
Processing tab. A Lookup Table button is available for output processing and this can be used even when
all other processing functions are set to Off. Click on the output Lookup Table button and then activate
the Enable Lookup Tables checkbox.
The lookup table interface in Blackmagic can be adjusted using a method similar to that used for image
adjustment with the Curves feature in Adobe Photoshop

. The horizontal axis of each graph represents the


original color input values and the vertical axis represents the new colour output values. When rst opened,
each lookup table displays a straight diagonal line because the color values have not yet been changed.
Changes made to the lookup tables can immediately be seen on all SDI, analog and HDMI outputs of
Multibridge. Changes are saved to the Blackmagic preferences by clicking the OK button. Lookup tables
can be reset to original values by clicking the Reset Unity button. Lookup table processing can be disabled
by deselecting the Enable Lookup Tables checkbox.
Enable Last Played Frame.
Click on the Lookup Table button.
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Load Lookup Table from File.
Load Built-In Lookup Table.
Lookup Table interface.
Importing and exporting 3D LUTs
Multibridge Eclipse and Multibridge Pro support the popular Autodesk .3dl, IRIDAS .itx and IRIDAS
.cube lookup table formats when importing 3D LUTs.
3D LUTs can also be exported from Multibridge Eclipse and Multibridge Pro in the .cube format.
Multibridge uses the .cube format to store 3D LUTs internally as this is a most memory efcient way to
store complex lookup tables. Both 3D LUTs created with curves in the lookup table interface, and 3D
LUTs imported from .3dl, .itx and .cube les, are exported from Multibridge in the .cube format.
The .cube le format is fully compatible with the following Blackmagic Design products which share the
same LUT format: Multibridge Eclipse, Multibridge Pro (October 2007 model) and HDLink Pro.
Importing and exporting 1D LUTs
Multibridge Eclipse and Multibridge Pro can import 1D LUTs. The 1D le format is any tab-delimited
text le with red, green and blue values for each record and the rst line (title line) is skipped. Lookup
tables need to be 1024 records long with the rst line reserved for the title line. A le named HDLink
Example 1D Lookup Table.txt is included on the installer disk.
1D LUTs can also be exported from Multibridge Eclipse and Multibridge Pro in the same text format
mentioned above. Both 1D LUTs created with the curves in the lookup table interface, and 1D LUTs
imported from text les, are exported from Multibridge in the same text format.
The 1D LUT text le format is fully compatible with the following Blackmagic Design products which
share the same LUT format: Multibridge Eclipse, Multibridge Pro (October 2007 model), Multibridge
Extreme (DVI output), HDLink Pro, HDLink and DeckLink HD Pro 4:4:4 (PCI-X).
1D LUTs can also be exported in the .cube 3D LUT format for use in 3D coloring applications.
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Setting Blackmagic Preferences
Video Levels
A video processing amplier (Video Proc Amp) is provided for use with analog video and chroma levels
and ideally should always be used in conjunction with a waveform monitor. By contrast to digital video,
analog video can suffer from inconsistencies even between identical analog devices such as two analog
tape decks. The video level controls can be used to correct inconsistencies in analog video input and
output. The option to Calibrate Analog Video In will only be available if the Set Input option in
the Settings are set to an analog video option. If a digital input is being used, such as SDI or HDMI, or if
your Blackmagic capture device does not include analog input, the option to Calibrate Analog Video
In will remain grayed out and unavailable. The Reset Gain button resets the video levels back to their
original settings.
By default, Blackmagic products use SMPTE component analog levels as almost all analog video monitors
and modern video equipment use SMPTE levels. Sony Betacam SP decks can use Betacam levels and you
may need to enable the checkbox Use Betacam Y,B-Y,R-Y Levels with these analog decks. Sony CRT
monitors support Betacam and SMPTE levels to allow direct monitoring from a Betacam SP deck. These
monitors include a switch so you can choose between Betacam and SMPTE and you also need to choose
the corresponding SMPTE/Betacam setting in the Blackmagic Video Levels. If in doubt, try a test capture
and you should see a very noticeable brightness shift if you choose the wrong levels.
Audio Levels
An audio processing amplier (Audio Proc Amp) is provided for use with analog audio. It can be used to raise
or lower an audio signal. By contrast to digital audio, analog audio can suffer from inconsistencies between
audio channels and so analog audio channels can be adjusted independently from each other. AES/EBU
audio is digital and does not suffer from level inconsistencies between audio channels. Accordingly all AES/
EBU audio channels are raised or lowered together. The Reset Gain button resets the audio levels back
to their original settings.
Professional analog audio levels and XLR audio connectors are standard on DeckLink and Multibridge
products. If you need to connect to consumer audio equipment with analog RCA inputs, enable the option
to Use HiFi Audio Levels and use an inexpensive XLR to RCA adapter for each audio connection.
Video levels
Audio levels
Welcome 19 Blackmagic Media Express 19
Welcome to Media Express 2.0.
Blackmagic Media Express 2.0 is a sophistocated software application which enables UltraStudio, DeckLink,
Multibridge and Intensity users to capture, play back and preview video and audio via Blackmagic capture
hardware. DeckLink and Multibridge users can also master to tape, using insert or assemble edit, with frame
accurate RS-422 device control.
Media Express 2.0 replaces all previous versions of Blackmagic Deck Control and Blackmagic Media Express.
We hope you love the new interface and features.
Media Express has an intuitive interface and requires a 1920 x 1200 pixel computer display, or larger, to compliment
its uncluttered appearance. The capture, playback and master views are color-coded so you will know at a glance
which mode is being used.
Media Express uses many of the same keyboard shortcuts which are standard in the video industry so there is
little to learn. Use j, k, l to shuttle backwards, pause and shuttle forwards, or use i and o to mark in and
out points when batch capturing or mastering to tape. Hold down the control and shift keys to reveal a jog wheel
and then use your mouse, with the jog wheel, for precision control of your tape deck.
VITC timecode is supported via RS-422 and RP188 timecode is supported via SDI.
DeckLink and Multibridge users can use the Media List feature to log multiple clips for batch capture or to
seamlessly play back multiple clips from a playlist and master them to tape.
Media Express can directly capture to, and play back from, DPX les or movie les.
Use the Grab Frame feature to capture still images during capture, playback or when mastering to tape.
Frame grabs are saved in the targa (.tga) graphic le format.
Blackmagic Media Express 2.0 is not NLE software and does not have a timeline. It is a great tool when you dont
need the complexity of NLE software but simply want to capture, play back and output clips to tape, especially
when working with video compositing software.
Welcome 20 Blackmagic Media Express 20
Media List
Search eld
Remote indicator
VTR / deck timecode
Video Preview
Transport Control
Mark In / Mark Out
Track enable/disable
Project name, video format
and frame rate
Blackmagic Media Express 2.0 Interface
Welcome 21 Blackmagic Media Express Preferences 21
Media Express preferences are accessed from Media Express>Preferences on Mac OS X.
Project Video Format
Project Video Format denes the frame rate and frame size of the current project. The formats displayed are
those supported by your model of DeckLink, Multibridge or Intensity. The screenshots on this page show the
video formats supported by a DeckLink SDI card. If a DeckLink HD Extreme 3D card had been used, additional
formats would have been displayed including HD 1080p 50/60 and 2K.
Capture File Format
Capture File Format sets the video codec and le format when capturing in the current project.
On Mac OS X, the capture le format options are either QuickTime movies or DPX les. If Apple Final Cut Pro is
installed, Media Express can capture QuickTime movies with DVCPRO/DVCPRO HD and ProRes codecs as well
as Apple Uncompressed codecs.
Preferences
Video formats
Capture le formats
Welcome 22 Blackmagic Media Express Media List 22
The Media List holds a list of clips used in a project. When in Capture view, the Media List can be a list of clips
to be batch-captured. Media List becomes a playlist when used in Playback or Master view. These views are
explained later in the manual.
The Media List can contain clips that are of different codecs as long as they are of the same frame rate and size.
The Media List is a project which can contain clips of the same frame size and frame rate.
The list can be sorted by each column heading. Columns can be rearranged and widened if desired.
The order of the clips in the list can be sorted manually by dragging and dropping within the list. Single or
multiple clips can be dragged and dropped together.
The lm strip icon on the left of the list shows whether a clip has linked media. If a clip has no linked media,
the lm strip icon displays a red X and selecting the clip will show a Media Ofine message in the Video
Preview Window.
Clips can be added to the list by:
double-clicking on an empty area in the list
selecting File > Import > Media Files
right-clicking on the list and selecting Import Media Files
capturing a clip from tape.
Right-clicking in the Media List will open a contextual menu. Depending upon the menu item chosen, Media
Express will switch to the appropriate Capture, Playback or Master view that ts the operation. For example,
right-clicking on a clip, and selecting Batch Capture while in Playback view, will cause Media Express to switch
to Capture view and carry out the batch capture operation.
Media Express can play back les of different codecs, in the same playlist, as long as they are of the same frame
rate and size. For example, you may have a mix of 1080p23.98 MJPEG and 1080p23.98 Uncompressed video
clips in the same playlist and Media Express will play them out seamlessly.
Media List showing an untitled clip which is not linked to any media. Right-clicking on the missing media icon will reveal a
contextual menu from where Batch Capture can be selected.
Contextual menu
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Capture View showing the contextual menu, in the Media List, can be used to start a Batch Capture. This performs the same function as clicking the Get Clip button.
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Capture operations are performed in the Capture view (cmd-1)
Capturing on the y with DeckLink, Multibridge and Intensity.
Ensure the Project Video Format is set to the format of video you wish to capture.
Ensure the Capture File Format is set to the format you wish to capture.
Connect a video source to an input of your DeckLink, Multibridge or Intensity. Ensure the desired input has been
selected in the Blackmagic Design system preferences.
If deck control is required (with DeckLink or Multibridge), ensure an RS-422 serial cable is connected and remote
has been selected on the deck. If an RS-422 cable is not connected, or remote is not selected on the deck,
the transport controls will be grayed out and No Remote will be displayed in the top right corner of the Video
Preview Window.
Enter Reel and Name information into the information area. The Name will be applied to the clip(s) which are
about to be captured.
Before capturing, the audio channels to be captured can be switched on or off via the track enable/disable
buttons. The video track cannot be turned off.
Click on the Capture button to commence capturing.
To end capture, click on the Capture button again or press the Esc key.
Logging Clips for future batch capture with DeckLink and Multibridge.
Click the Mark In button to mark the In point, or use the shortcut key i.
Click the Mark Out button to mark the Out point, or use the shortcut key o.
Click the Log Clip button to log the clip, or use the shortcut key p. The entry should now appear in the Media
List window.
Continue logging other clips.
When logging is completed, select the clips in the Media List and either:
Click on the Get Clip(s) button.
Right-click on the selection and select Batch Capture.
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Capturing a clip with precise In and Out timecode with DeckLink and Multibridge.
Click on the Mark In button to mark the In point or use the shortcut key i.
Click on the Mark Out button to mark the Out point or use the shortcut key o.
Click on the Get Clip button.
Media Express will cue the tape and precisely capture the clip from the In to the Out timecode points, including
any handles specied in the application preferences.
While capturing, if the le name (Name) of a clip already exists on the selected capture drive, the user will be
prompted if they want to over-write the le or not. If No is selected, the le name will be auto-incremented
with a number.
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Playback View
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Playback operations are performed in the Playback tab (cmd-2)
Importing clips into the Media List
Import media into the Media List using one of the following methods:
Double-click on an empty area of the list.
Select File > Import > Media Files.
Right-click on the list and select Import Media Files.
Capture a clip from tape.
Any of these actions will reveal an Open Video Clip window where more where one or more les can be selected.
If the les being imported match the frame rate and size of those in the Media List, the import will be successful.
If the les being imported do not match the frame rate and size of existing clips in the Media List, the user will be
prompted to create a new project and to save the current project.
If the current project has had no changes, and has already been saved, the user will only be prompted to start a
new project as there is no need to save the existing project.
Playing back a single clip
Selecting a clip (single click) on the list will load it into the Video Preview Window.
To play back a single clip in the Media List, double click the clip and it will start playing in the Video Preview Window.
To loop the playback of the clip, click on the loop button in the transport control. The selected clip will now play
back and loop until the user clicks on the pause button or presses the spacebar.
Playing back multiple clips
To play back multiple clips, select the clips in the Media Library and click the Play button or press the spacebar.
Selected clips in the playlist will be played back in sequence. Unselected clips will not be played.
If no clips are selected, the whole playlist is played back, starting from the last-played clip.
Clicking on the loop button will cause the playback to loop.
During playback, the audio channels being monitored can be switched on or off via the track enable/disable
buttons. The video track cannot be turned off.
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Master View
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Mastering to tape operations are performed in the Master view (cmd-3)
Media Express can use DeckLink or Multibridge to master to tape via Insert or Assemble editing.
Only clips that are selected in the Media List will be output to tape. If no clips are selected, it is assumed that the
entire Media List will be output.
To master to tape, click on the Master view and ensure RS-422 device control is connected.
Enter the In and Out points of the tape by entering timecode into the respective text boxes, or by cueing the tape
to the desired point via the transport control and then clicking the Mark In button, or use the shortcut key i.
If no Out point is entered, Media Express will set the duration of the edit to the total length of the clips in the
Media List. If an out point is dened, Media Express will leave edit mode once the Out point timecode is reached,
even if some clips have not been output.
The Insert and Assemble buttons are mutually exclusive and only one mode can be selected at a time.
This determines which mode Media Express will use to master to tape. Select the Insert or Assemble
button as required.
The Preview and Master buttons are also mutually exclusive. Clicking on either button will instruct Media Express
to proceed with the specied operation. Preview mode mimics the edit process but does not record to tape.
This mode allows one to check the edit point is correct.
Preview edit operations should always be checked on monitors connected directly to the output of the deck to
view the preceding video already on tape, the new video and the following video already on tape.
If Record Inhibit is enabled either on the deck or on the tape in the deck, Media Express will display a dialog box,
when the user clicks on the Master button, informing the user that Record Inhibit is enabled. Check the deck/tape
and disable Record Inhibit before trying again.
Before mastering, the audio channels to be put to tape can be selected on or off via the track enable/disable
buttons. The Video track cannot be turned off.
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Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
If you want to check your disk array speed, Blackmagic Disk Speed Test can be run to check the array
speed, and to provide the results in video frame rates. This makes it much easier to understand how
various disk arrays will handle video capture and playback at various video resolutions and frame rates.
Disk Speed Test provides more accurate results for large disk arrays, as often the manufacturer provided
speed results only check small data blocks, so you only get an indication of the cache speed of the disk
and not the sustained data rate of the disk. Video uses sustained data rates and only Disk Speed Test
provides a long burst of data for more accurate results.
Please see the seperate Disk Speed Test Manual for detailed information about using Blackmagic Disk
Speed Test. The manual is a PDF le and can be found on the installation CD or in the downloaded disk
image for your capture hardware.
Apple Xserve RAID disk arrays
The Apple Xserve RAID works great for both SD and HD when fully populated with 14 disks and at
least 512 MB of RAM for each RAID controller. We tested an Apple Xserve RAID

and for maximum


performance, stable capture and playback with uncompressed video we recommend the following
settings:
Check Use Controller Write Cache
Uncheck Allow Host Cache Flushing
Check Use Drive Write Cache
Uncheck Use Steady Streaming Mode
Set Read Prefetch to 128 Stripes (8 MB/disk)
These are the settings we have found delivers stable capture and playback with uncompressed 10 and 8
bit video. However we have found uncompressed 10 bit 4:4:4 RGB is still not possible on a single Xserve
RAID. Other settings might also provide optimal performance and we recommend you check with your
local reseller before changing settings if youre unsure of what these controls do.
Apple Xserve RAID preferences.
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test.
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Apple Final Cut Pro
Apple Final Cut Pro is a powerful real-time video and audio non-linear editing application. In conjunction
with your new Multibridge, Final Cut Pro will allow you to work in every video standard, from DV up to
uncompressed 4:4:4 RGB high denition and even 2K for lm work.
Easy Setups for Final Cut Pro will have been added automatically during the Multibridge installation
process if Final Cut Pro is previously installed. Its important to install Final Cut Pro before installing the
Multibridge software.
Setting Up
1. Launch Final Cut Pro.
2. The Easy Setup window will appear.
3. Click on the popup menu and select a relevant Blackmagic Easy Setup. For each TV format (NTSC,
PAL and HDTV) you will nd a range of compressed and uncompressed le formats you can
choose. For example, if you are working in NTSC format, you could choose one of the following
Easy Setups:
Blackmagic NTSC - 10 Bit
Blackmagic NTSC - 8 Bit
Blackmagic NTSC - Apple ProRes (HQ)
Blackmagic NTSC - DV
Blackmagic NTSC - DV50
Blackmagic NTSC - IMX MPEG (50 Mb/s)
Blackmagic NTSC - JPEG
The Easy Setup you choose will be dictated partly by the speed of your disk array and partly by
whether you already have movie clips in a particular format. If you have a fast disk array, you can choose
a 10 bit format and the quality will be very high and visually stunning. If you only have a single disk for
storage, you could choose either DV, DVCPRO HD, JPEG or ProRes. ProRes is a good choice as it is a
full resolution, 10-bit, compressed codec and supports RT Effects. Most compressed codecs are 8-bit
which can sometimes lead to some color banding.
4. Click on the popup menu named Primary Scratch Disk and select your disk array from the
popup menu. Then click OK
5. Final Cut Pro will appear.
Final Cut Pro.
Easy Setup options.
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Playback
As a quick test to make sure everything is connected correctly, use the Blackmagic test media (bars and
tone) which can be found on the installer CD. Find a test clip which matches the format of your project, e.g.
NTSC 8 bit, and copy it to your disk array. Import this clip into your Final Cut Pro project and drop it into the
timeline. You should now see the image on both your computer desktop and your Multibridge output.
If you cant see any video on your Multibridge output, check the connections again and ensure you have
the correct output settings congured within Final Cut Pro by going to the View > Video Devices In the
same menu, make sure External Video is set to All Frames.
Note: SDI, HDMI and analog outputs are always active with Multibridge, however the NTSC/PAL composite
output will be disabled when running in high denition formats.
Capture
To capture, go to and choose File > Log & Capture. (Command + 8)
Your video deck will respond in the same way as a clip in the timeline, via the <spacebar>, j, k and
l keys.
It is important to set the correct tape number for your clip as this will allow you to nd the same frame off
tape at any time in the future.
To immediately capture, click the Capture Now button.
If you wish to log the clip, enter the desired in and out points using either the i and o keys on
your keyboard, or manually by typing in the timecode and clicking Log Clip. If you have the Prompt
checkbox selected, Final Cut Pro will now ask you to name the clip. Name it and click OK; the clip will
appear in your browser with a diagonal red line indicating that its ofine. Repeat this until you have
logged all of the clips you wish to capture in a batch.
Note: When logging sequential clips from tape, Final Cut Pro will automatically suggest a name for each
clip based on the previous clip. So, if your rst clip is called Mary, MCU, Final Cut Pro will suggest the next
clip be called Mary, MCU 01 etc. This can make the logging large numbers of clips much faster.
Log and Capture.
Logging a clip.
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Batch Capture
Select the clips you wish to capture by drag selecting or shift-click. Go to and choose
File > Batch Capture or click on the Batch button in the Logging tab of the Log & Capture
window. (Control + C)
To set handles on the clips, go to and choose File > Batch Capture (Control + C). Enable the Add
Handles box to capture additional frames (handles) before and after the In and Out points of a clip.
RT Extreme Real Time Effects
Real Time Effects are one of the great features of Final Cut Pro, and with your Multibridge you are fully
compatible with Apples RT Extreme

. Be sure to select Effects Handling to Final Cut Pro Internal.


Recording to Tape
Once you have captured your clips, edited them and applied any effects, you will want to record
the completed project to tape. One easy method is to go to and choose File > Print to Video
If you want to perform precise insert and assemble edits onto a timecode striped tape, go to and choose
File > Edit to Tape
Batch Capture.
Edit to Tape.
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Capture from non-controllable devices
Video sources including AVCHD cameras, VHS tape players and security cameras do not provide any
method of device control and are classied as non-controllable devices. For this reason, after selecting a
Blackmagic Easy Setup, Final Cut Pro will sometimes warn that device control is set to non-controllable
device. This is as expected. Click OK and then create a project with these settings.
To capture video from a non-controllable device, choose File > Log & Capture. (Command + 8). Press
play on your video source and then press the Now button in the Log and Capture window. Final Cut Pro
will show you a preview of the video you are capturing. Press the esc key at the top left of your keyboard
when you wish to stop capturing.
Conguring FireWire-controllable devices
DeckLink and Multibridge hardware include built-in RS-422 device control. If you are capturing from a deck
or camera which does not support RS-422, you might be able to perform batch captures using FireWire
device control. FireWire device control is provided by Final Cut Pro and is independent of Blackmagic
hardware. No support is provided by Blackmagic Design for FireWire device control problems. Questions
relating to FireWire device control should be referred to Final Cut Pro support and the relevant camera and
deck vendors.
DV cameras include FireWire device control which can be enabled in the Audio/Video Settings >
Device Control Presets of Final Cut Pro 6.0. Select a preset by clicking in the far left column so that a
checkmark appears next to FireWire NTSC or FireWire PAL. Click OK. Open the Log and Capture
window and you should now be able to control the tape in the DV camera via FireWire and capture video
and audio via your DeckLink or Multibridge.
HDV cameras include FireWire device control. However Final Cut Pro 6.0 only enables the use of HDV
FireWire device control when HDV video is being captured via FireWire. Fortunately the following method
can be used to control most HDV cameras which support HDV>DV down conversion on their FireWire
output. Set the HDV camera to output standard denition DV on its FireWire output. This can be achieved
using the i.LINK CONV setting on Sony cameras and the DV LOCKED setting on the Canon HV20.
In Final Cut Pro, go to Audio/Video Settings > Device Control Presets. Select a preset by clicking
in the far left column so that a checkmark appears next to the desired preset. Choose the FireWire NTSC
preset if you are working in HD720p59.94 or HD1080i59.94 video. Choose the FireWire PAL preset if
you are working in HD720p50 or HD1080i50 video. Click OK. Open the Log and Capture window and you
should now be able to control the tape in the HDV camera via FireWire and capture video and audio via
your DeckLink or Multibridge.
Log and Capture.
Logging a clip.
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The Sony HVR-M25U deck can be controlled and used with a DeckLink or Multibridge using the same
instructions detailed above for HDV cameras.
Capture from FireWire-controllable devices
To capture, choose File > Log & Capture. (Command + 8) Your video deck or camera will respond in
the same way as a clip in the timeline, via the <spacebar>, j, k and l keys. It is important to set the
correct tape number for your clip. To immediately capture, click the Capture Now button.
If you wish to log the clip, enter the desired in and out points using either the i and o
keys on your keyboard, or manually by typing in the timecode and clicking Log Clip. If you have
the Prompt checkbox selected, Final Cut Pro will now ask you to name the clip. Name it and
click OK; the clip will appear in your browser with a diagonal red line indicating that its ofine.
Repeat this until you have logged all of the clips you wish to capture in a batch.
Note: When capturing sequential clips from tape, Final Cut Pro will automatically suggest a name
for each clip based on the previous clip. So, if your rst clip is called Mary, MCU, Final Cut Pro
will suggest the next clip be called Mary, MCU 01 etc. This can make logging large numbers
of clips much faster.
Capture from FireWire-controllable devices
To capture, choose File > Log & Capture. (Command + 8) Your video deck or camera will respond in the same
way as a clip in the timeline, via the <spacebar>, j, k and l keys. It is important to set the correct tape
number for your clip. To immediately capture, click the Capture Now button.
Batch Capture
Select the clips you wish to capture by drag selecting or shift-click. Choose File > Batch Capture or click
on the Batch button in the Logging tab of the Log & Capture window. (Control + C)
To set handles on the clips, go to and choose File > Batch Capture (Control + C). Enable the
Add Handles box to capture additional frames (handles) before and after the In and Out
points of a clip.
Batch Capture.
Third Party Applications 36
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Adobe Premiere Pro

is a powerful real-time video and audio non-linear editing application. Full presets for
Premiere Pro are included with the Blackmagic driver software and will be automatically loaded into your
system during the installation process. Premiere Pro must be installed on your system before running the
Desktop Video installer.
Premiere Pro can capture and playback with sequences of different formats within the one project. For
example, Multibridge can capture 1080i59.94, 1080i50 and NTSC video to corresponding sequences within
the one Premiere Pro project.
Setting Up
1. Launch Premiere Pro CS5.
2. Create a New Project and click on the Scratch Disks tab.
3. Set the desired Location and Name for your project at the bottom of this window.
4. Set the locations for your captured video, captured audio, video previews and audio previews.
5. Click on the General tab and set the Capture Format to Blackmagic Capture.
6. Click on the Settings button to reveal the Blackmagic Capture Settings for your project. The Video
Standard can be set to NTSC, PAL, HD720, HD1080 or 2K. The Video Format can be uncompressed
or compressed. Now click OK.
7. The New Sequence window will appear. Select the desired Blackmagic preset, give the sequence
a name and then click OK.
Audio
Blackmagic software features support for multiple channels of audio in Premiere Pro CS5 using the
Blackmagic audio plugin. Blackmagic audio hardware is automatically chosen when a new project is created
and the capture format is set to Blackmagic Capture. The choice of audio hardware can also be congured
through Premiere Pro > Preferences > Audio Hardware. Verify that the Default Device is set to
Blackmagic Audio.
You may also wish to visit Premiere Pro > Preferences > Audio Output Mapping to select the mix
of the multi-channel audio. Set Map Output for to Blackmagic Audio.
Adobe Premiere Pro
New Sequence
Audio Output Mapping
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Device Control
Multibridge includes RS-422 device control for connection to decks. Blackmagic Device
Control is automatically chosen when a new project is created and the capture format is
set to Blackmagic Capture. The choice of device control can also be congured through
Premiere Pro > Preferences > Device Control.
The Options button is disabled as the settings are automatically detected and congured when you choose
Blackmagic Device Control.
Player Settings
The default player should be switched from Adobe Player to Blackmagic Playback. The choice of player
settings can be congured through Premiere Pro > Preferences > Player Settings.
Playback
As a quick test to make sure everything is connected correctly, use the Premiere Pro test media (Bars and
Tone or Universal Counter Leader). Drag your test media from within the Premiere Pro project and drop it
on to the timeline. You should now see the image on both your computer desktop and the output of your
Multibridge. If you cant see any video on your Blackmagic output, check the connections again and ensure
you have the correct output settings congured in the Blackmagic Design system preference. SDI, HDMI
and analog outputs are always active.
Capture
To capture choose: File > Capture [F5]
To immediately capture, click the red record button [G]. If you wish to log the clip, enter the desired In and
Out points using either the Set In and Set Out buttons, or manually by typing the timecode and clicking
Log Clip. The empty clip will now appear in the Project window. Repeat this until you have logged all of
the clips you wish to batch capture.
To change the capture format, click on the Settings tab and then the Edit button. Ensure the Capture
Format is set to Blackmagic Capture, click on the Settings button and then change the Blackmagic
Capture Settings as desired.
Device Control
Capture
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Batch Capture
Select the clips you wish to capture by drag-selecting or shift-clicking each clip. Then choose:
File > Batch Capture [F6]. To set handles on the clips, enable the option to Capture with handles
and type the number of additional frames you require at the start and end of each clip.
Export to Tape
To export to tape, select the sequence you require and then choose File > Export > Tape
Insert editing requires unbroken timecode over the full length of the project which is to be laid to tape. The
process of creating unbroken timecode is referred to as blacking the tape.
In assemble mode the tape needs only to be blacked until a point just beyond the start time of the
project. As assemble editing erases the tape ahead of the record heads, it should not be used where other
projects already exist on the tape after the out point of your edit.
When editing to tape, the software waits at the rst frame of your project for the deck to drop into record
at the predetermined timecode. At that exact moment, the software begins to play until the edit is
completed. Should you nd that either the rst frame of your program is repeated or lost, during the edit
to tape procedure, you will need to adjust the playback offset to bring the deck and computer in sync.
You should only need to do this once with any combination of deck and computer and the correct setting
will be retained.
Now, simply enter the desired in point and offsets if required, and click OK.
Export to Tape
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Adobe After Effects CS5
Its very easy to set up playback and rendering in Adobe After Effects

for a complete broadcast and


design workstation that connects direct to decks for capture and playback of clips. Multibridge also
supports real time preview while working on your compositions.
Create a New Composition
Go to the Composition menu and select Composition > New Composition. (Command + n)
In the dialogue box, select the desired television standard from the Preset pulldown menu. Click OK
How to use Multibridge as a preview output frame buffer
To allow your Adobe After Effects composition to be displayed in real-time through your Multibridge, go to
After Efects > Preferences > Video Preview. Select Blackmagic Video Output and the appropriate
Output Mode. This lets you view your Adobe After Effects compositions in the correct video colorspace on
your broadcast monitor as you work. You will always see the correct color and interlace when working, and
you dont have to wait until your composition is rendered to see what it looks like when output as video.
Rendering
When you have completed your composition, you will need to render to a pixel format supported by
Multibridge. Following is a list of some supported QuickTime

codecs:
Blackmagic RGB 10 bit (uncompressed)
Apple Uncompressed YUV 10 bit 4:2:2
Apple Uncompressed YUV 8 bit 4:2:2
Apple Photo - JPEG (compressed)
Apple DV - NTSC (compressed)
Apple DV - PAL (compressed)

If Apples Final Cut Studio is installed on the same computer, Multibridge will also be able to render to
additional professional compressed codecs including ProRes and DVCPRO HD.
Launching After Effects
Video Preview preferences
Composition Settings options
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Adobe Photoshop CS5
Multibridge includes Adobe Photoshop

plug-ins, so you can directly capture and output still frames


from within the Photoshop application itself.
If youre working with 10 bit HD/SD-SDI, you can even import and export 16 bit Photoshop images
for full quality. Use Multibridge keying to export and key graphics from the video input using Photoshop
alpha channels.
Import an image into Photoshop
1. From Photoshop select File > Import > Blackmagic Image Capture
2. Select the Video Input Format and the Image Bit Depth and then click Capture Image
Export an image from Photoshop
1. Select File > Export > Blackmagic Image Export
2. Select Video Output Format and then click Output Image
Note: Once you have set the options in the Import or Export windows, each subsequent Import and
Export will not display the window, so you can grab and output frames much faster. However if you would
like to change your import or export formats, hold the Option key, when selecting import or export.
Image Capture
Image Export
Launching Adobe Photoshop
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Uncompressed data rates for capture and playback
The data rates for uncompressed video are quite high, and listed below are minimum recommended disk
requirements for uncompressed standard denition and high denition video.
Uncompressed 10 bit YUV (4:2:2)
Standard Denition
Frame Size MB per second MB per minute GB per hour
720x486/29.97fps 27 1 600 94
720x576/25fps 26 1 582 93
High Denition
1280x720p/60fps 141 8 438 494
1920x1080/24PsF 127 7 594 445
1920x1080/50i 132 7 910 463
1920x1080/60i 158 9 482 556
Uncompressed 10 bit RGB (4:4:4)
High Denition
1280x720p/60fps 211 12 656 742
1920x1080/24PsF 190 11 391 667
1920x1080/50i 198 11 865 695
1920x1080/60i 237 14 238 834
Due to disk seeks, when calculating the data rates required for your disk system, it is a good idea to add a
safety margin due to uctuations in disk speed. Disk speeds can be increased by adding more disks.
Serial ATA (SATA) disks can reduce to half their speed as they become full, so in a 2-disk SATA array you
should aim for a 100% safety margin. In an 8-disk SATA array, a 30% safety margin should be adequate. SCSI
disk arrays seem to display less uctuation and so a 20% safety margin should be adequate for an 8-disk
SCSI array. Generally the more disks in the array, the better.
Note: Although other vendors and third parties may provide different data rates for uncompressed video,
the above recommendations are tested for use with Multibridge.
Troubleshooting 42
Using your Multibridge as a capture and playback solution when connected to a computer is exciting, but
also complex due to the huge range of different software applications. Video data rates are also very high,
so the disk array you use for video storage can have a big impact on your systems performance.
Information about a wide range of disk array solutions and compatible application software would be
outside the scope of this manual, however there are three ways to get more information.
There are four steps to getting help.
1. Check out the Blackmagic Design website www.blackmagic-design.com/support for the latest
support information. We have a huge number of technical notes covering all the common
questions we are asked.
2. Call your reseller. Your reseller will have the latest technical updates from Blackmagic Design and
should be able to give you immediate assistance. We also recommend you check out the support
options your dealer offers as they can arrange various support plans based on your workow
requirements. Your reseller will also understand your disk array conguration, and as disk array
problems account for around 90% of support questions with NLE systems, your reseller or disk
array vendor will be able to provide expert help.
3. The next option is to email us with your questions using the web form at
www.blackmagic-design.com/support/contact
4. Phone a Blackmagic Design support ofce. Please check our web site for current support phone
numbers in your area. www.blackmagic-design.com/company/.
Note: Please provide us with as much information as possible regarding your technical problem and
system specications so that we may try to reproduce your problem quickly. Also please let us know how to
reproduce any problem youre having, so we can try it on our test systems before replying to your email.
Connection Diagrams
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Connection Diagrams 44
Connecting to a Betacam SP analog deck
This example shows Multibridge connected to an analog deck. If PCI Express is connected you can
capture and play back video to the analog deck. If PCI Express is not connected, Multibridge will
operate as a bi-directional converter with the SDI connections used to connect the deck to SDI based
systems. The HDMI output can be used in both modes for local monitoring.
VIDEOINPUT
REF. VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
COMPONENT 2 COMPONENT 2
COMPONENT 1 COMPONENT 1
IN OUT AUDIO
CH-1 CH-2
CH-1 CH-2
S VIDEO
S VIDEO
TIME CODE MONITOR
REMOTE TBC REMOTE
VIDEOOUTPUT AUDIOINPUT
AUDIOOUTPUT
Computer
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Connecting to an SDI digital deck
This example shows Multibridge connected to an digital deck in 4:2:2 SD mode. If PCI Express is
connected you can capture and playback video to the SDI deck. If PCI Express is not connected,
Multibridge will operate as a bi-directional converter with the analog video connections, and the
analog audio connections used to connect the deck to analog equipment or monitors. The HDMI
output can be used in both modes for local monitoring.
ANALOGVIDEOI/O DIGITAL AUDIOI/O(AES/EBU)
REF VIDEO
IN
IN
IN
IN 1
2
3
OUT
CH-1 CH-2 CH-3 CH-4
CH-1 CH-2 CH-3 CH-4
IN
OUT
OUT
OUT
OUT
OUT
VIDEOIN
VIDEOOUT
S VIDEO
MONITOR AUDIO
AUDIOOUT
AUDIOIN
SDI OUTPUT SDI INPUT
TIME CODE
VIDEOCONTROL
CONTROL PANEL
REMOTE - IN AC IN
REMOTE - OUT
COMPONENT VIDEO
Computer
Connection Diagrams 46
Connecting to a Sony HDCAM SR deck in 4:2:2
This example shows Multibridge connected to a Sony HDCAM SR series digital 4:2:2/4:4:4 deck in
4:2:2 HD mode. If PCI Express is connected you can capture and playback video to the SDI deck. If
PCI Express is not connected, Multibridge will operate as a bi-directional converter with the analog
video connections. The HDMI output can be used in both modes for local monitoring.
Computer
ANALOGI/O DIGITAL I/O(AES/EBU) DIGITAL I/O
AUDIOOUTPUT REF INPUT INPUT HD SDI INPUT
HD SDI OUTPUT
FORMAT CONV. OUT (OPTION)
MONITOR 1 2
SD SDI OUTPUT
FC OUT B OUTPUT
AUDIO
A 1
2 B(OPTION)
B(OPTION) B(OPTION) B(OPTION)
1
A
2
A
MONITOR
A
1 2 MONITOR
INPUT
MONITOR
BINPUT
MONITOR
CH1/2 CH3/4
CH5/6 CH7/8
CH9/10 CH11/12
AUDIO
MONITOR OUTPUT
CUE HD REF OUT SD OUT
TIME CODE
IN OUT R L
CH3 CH4 1 2
1 SYNC
2
COMPOSITE
(MONITOR)
CH1 CH2
IN OUT
CH1/2 CH3/4
CH5/6 CH7/8
CH9/10 CH11/12
REMOTE 2 PARALLEL I/O(50P)
REMOTE 1-IN(9P) REMOTE 1-IN/OUT (9P)
RS422
USB
VIDEOCONTROL
SDI monitoring
Connection Diagrams 47
Connecting to a Sony HDCAM SR deck in 4:4:4
This example shows Multibridge connected to an digital deck in 4:4:4 HD mode. In this case 2 SDI
connections are used for 4:4:4 SDI video in and out. If PCI Express is connected you can capture
and playback video to the SDI deck. If PCI Express is not connected, Multibridge will operate as a
bi-directional converter using the analog video connections. The HDMI output can be used in both
modes and monitoring will be in 4:4:4.
Computer
ANALOGI/O DIGITAL I/O(AES/EBU) DIGITAL I/O
AUDIOOUTPUT REF INPUT INPUT HD SDI INPUT
HD SDI OUTPUT
FORMAT CONV. OUT (OPTION)
MONITOR 1 2
SD SDI OUTPUT
FC OUT B OUTPUT
AUDIO
A 1
2 B(OPTION)
B(OPTION) B(OPTION) B(OPTION)
1
A
2
A
MONITOR
A
1 2 MONITOR
INPUT
MONITOR
BINPUT
MONITOR
CH1/2 CH3/4
CH5/6 CH7/8
CH9/10 CH11/12
AUDIO
MONITOR OUTPUT
CUE HD REF OUT SD OUT
TIME CODE
IN OUT R L
CH3 CH4 1 2
1 SYNC
2
COMPOSITE
(MONITOR)
CH1 CH2
IN OUT
CH1/2 CH3/4
CH5/6 CH7/8
CH9/10 CH11/12
REMOTE 2 PARALLEL I/O(50P)
REMOTE 1-IN(9P) REMOTE 1-IN/OUT (9P)
RS422
USB
VIDEOCONTROL
Connection Diagrams 48
Connecting to an HDTV
This example shows Multibridge connected to a consumer HDTV with HDMI input. Connect the
HDMI cable from the HDTV to Multibridges HDMI output.
Computer
AUDIOOUT
DIGITAL OUT
(OPTICAL)
AUDIO
VIDEO
S VIDEO
R
L
R
L
AUDIO
R
L
PR
PB
Y
L
R
IN
RGB
PCIN
AUDIO
HDMI
INAUDIO
CONTROLS
VIDEOIN HD/DVDIN
IN OUT
AUDIOOUT
DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL)
AUDIO
VIDEO
S VIDEO
R
L
R
L AUDIO
R
L
PR
PB
Y
L
R
IN
RGB
PCIN AUDIO
HDMI INAUDIO
CONTROLS
VIDEOIN HD/DVDIN IN OUT
HDTV with HDMI
Connection Diagrams 49
Connecting to an NTSC/PAL monitor
This example shows Multibridge connected to a Sony PVM monitor via composite analog video.
You can use this for capture and playback monitoring when Multibridge is connected via PCI
Express. When Multibridge is used as a standalone convertor, you can monitor the SDI input on the
composite output of Multibridge.
Computer
LINE A LINE B
VIDEO
IN
AUDIO
IN
VIDEO
IN
Y/C
Y/C
IN OUT OUT OUT
AUDIO
IN AC IN
LINE A LINE B
VIDEO
IN
AUDIO
IN
VIDEO
IN
Y/C
Y/C
IN OUT OUT OUT
AUDIO
IN
AC IN
Connection Diagrams 50
Connecting to a YUV component monitor
This example shows Multibridge connected to a Sony BVM monitor. You can use this for capture
and playback monitoring when Multibridge is connected via PCI Express. When Multibridge is used
as a standalone convertor, you can monitor the SDI input in either 4:2:2 or 4:4:4. Multibridge will
automatically switch between HD and SD.
Computer
AC IN
MAINPOWER
I
O
ANALOGCONNECTORS
REMOTE 1
IN
REMOTE 1
OUT
REMOTE 2
ISR
Y/G
PB/B
PR/R
CONTROL UNIT
SYNC
IN
OUT
IN
OUT
IN
OUT
IN
OUT
AC IN
MAINPOWER
I
O
ANALOGCONNECTORS
REMOTE 1
IN
REMOTE 1
OUT
REMOTE 2
ISR
Y/G
PB/B
PR/R
CONTROL UNIT
SYNC
IN
OUT
IN
OUT
IN
OUT
IN
OUT
Product Diagrams
51
Product Diagrams 52
Multibridge Eclipse connectors overview
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 1
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 3
Digital
Audio
IN
CH 5/6
Digital
Audio
OUT
CH 5/6
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 1
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 3
Digital
Audio
IN
CH 1/2
Digital
Audio
OUT
CH 1/2
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 2
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 4
Digital
Audio
IN
CH 7/8
Digital
Audio
OUT
CH 7/8
Digital
Audio
IN
CH 9/10
Digital
Audio
OUT
CH 9/10
Digital
Audio
IN
CH 11/12
Digital
Audio
OUT
CH 11/12
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 2
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 4
Digital
Audio
IN
CH 3/4
Digital
Audio
OUT
CH 3/4
SD/
HD-SDI
IN
CH-A
SD/
HD-SDI
IN
CH-B
SD/
HD-SDI
OUT
CH-A
SD/
HD-SDI
OUT
CH-B
HDMI
IN
HDMI
OUT
Remote
IN/OUT
USB
Analog
Video
NTSC/PAL
OUT
Analog
Video
Y
OUT
Analog
Video
B-Y
OUT
Analog
Video
R-Y
OUT
Monitor
Audio
Right
OUT
Monitor
Audio
Left
OUT
PCI Express
REF IN Analog
Video
Y/NTSC/PAL
IN
Analog
Video
B-Y
IN
Analog
Video
R-Y
IN
Product Diagrams 53
Multibridge Pro connectors overview
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 1
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 1
Analog
Audio
OUT
CH 2
Analog
Audio
IN
CH 2
Analog
Video
NTSC/PAL
OUT
REF IN SD/
HD-SDI
IN
CH-A
SD/
HD-SDI
IN
CH-B
SD/
HD-SDI
OUT
CH-A
SD/
HD-SDI
OUT
CH-B
Analog
Video
Y
OUT
Analog
Video
Y/NTSC/PAL
IN
Analog
Video
B-Y
OUT
Analog
Video
B-Y
IN
HDMI
IN
HDMI
OUT
Remote
IN/OUT
USB
Analog
Video
R-Y
OUT
Analog
Video
R-Y
IN
Monitor
Audio
Left
OUT
Monitor
Audio
Right
OUT
AES/EBU Digital Audio
IN & OUT
(8 Channels)
DB-25 pin outs also compatible
with Yamaha

, Mackie

, Sony


and Apogee

connectors.
PCI Express
Product Diagrams 54
Multibridge Pro AES audio connector pin connections.
Remote pin connections.
Receive
()
Receive
(+)
Transmit
()
Transmit
(+)
Ground
Pins
2 7 8 3 1, 4, 6, 9
5 4 3 2 1
9 8 7 6
Audio Ch. Hot Pins (+) Cold Pins () Ground Pins
1&2 IN 1 14 10
3&4 IN 2 15 12
5&6 IN 3 16 13
7&8 IN 4 17 22
1&2 OUT 5 18 23
3&4 OUT 6 19 24
5&6 OUT 7 20 25
7&8 OUT 8 21
13 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14
DB-25 pin outs also compatible with Yamaha

, Mackie

,
Sony

and Apogee

connectors.
Device Control pin connections
All Multibridge models feature an RS-422 serial control port, compatible with Sony

deck control pin


connections and protocol.
Multibridge features an industry standard Sony

compatible deck control port, that has the correct pin


connections for a direct connection to any deck. If you would like to use custom cables (e.g. to increase
length), use the wiring diagram. You can also use pre-manufactured 9 pin cables as long as each end of
the cable are wired pin for pin where the same pin number on each end of the cable are connected
together.
Multibridge Pro AES/EBU digital audio pin connections
Multibridge Pro features 8 AES/EBU digital audio inputs and outputs on a multi-pin DB-25 connector. All
inputs have sample rate converters. The DB-25 pin out is compatible with Yamaha, Mackie, Sony
and Apogee connectors.
Developer Information
55
Developer Information 56
Frame Structure
Transmitted at 23.98, 24 or 25 frames per second as a Progressive Segmented Frame.
Active video is 2048 pixels wide by 1556 lines deep.
Total lines per frame : 1650
Active words per line are 1535. One word consists of a 10-bit sample for each of the four data streams,
i.e. a total of 40 bits. See the diagram named Blackmagic 2K Format - Data Stream Format.
Total active lines : 1556
Total words per line : 1875 for 23.98/24Hz and 1800 for 25Hz.
Fields per frame : 2, 825 lines each
Active lines located on lines 16-793 (eld 1) and 841-1618 (eld 2).
Transport Structure
Based on SMPTE 372M Dual Link mapping and SMPTE 425M-B support for mapping SMPTE 372M
into a single 3 Gb/s link.
Timing reference signals, line number and line CRC insertion is the same as above.
Optional ancillary data is inserted into both virtual interfaces.
At present, only audio data is included: as per standard HD audio insertion (SMPTE S299M) the audio
data packets are carried on data stream two and audio control packets are carried on data stream one.
During active video, 10-bit Red, Green and Blue data is sent in the following sequence:
Data stream1: Green_1, Green_2, Green_3, Green_5...Green_2047
Data stream 2: Blue_1, Blue_2, Green_4, Blue_5...Green_2048.
Data stream 3: Red_1, Blue_3, Blue_4, Red_5...Blue_2048.
Data stream 4: Red_2, Red_3, Red_4, Red_6...Red_2048.
The diagram, Vertical Timing Reference, shows the vertical timing details with line numbers and Field,
Vertical and Horizontal bits for the Timing Reference Signal codes.
The diagram, Data Stream Format, shows the data stream formats around the optional ancillary data
section of the horizontal line. Note that each active pixel takes up three samples.
Blackmagic 2K Format Overview
The latest Blackmagic Design products use the new
3 Gb/s SDI video, which allows twice the data rate of
traditional HD-SDI video. We thought it would be a
really nice idea to add 2K lm support, via this new
3 Gb/s SDI technology, so we could simplify feature lm
workows. With the popularity of Blackmagic Design
editing systems worldwide, now thousands of people
can benet from a feature lm workow revolution.
This information includes everything product
developers need to know for building native 2K SDI
equipment. Of course, all Blackmagic products can
be updated, so if the television industry adopts an
alternative SDI-based lm standard, we can add
support for that too!
Developer Information 57
FIELD 1 ACTIVE
F 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
V 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
LINE # 1650 1 2 14 15 16 792 793 825
Blackmagic 2K Format Vertical Timing Reference
FIELD 2 ACTIVE
F 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
V 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
LINE # 825 826 827 839 840 841 1617 1618 1650
Developer Information 58
DATA
STREAM
1 G
2
0
4
1
G
2
0
4
2
G
2
0
4
3
G
2
0
4
5
G
2
0
4
6
G
2
0
4
7
E
A
V
(
3
F
F
h
)
E
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
E
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
E
A
V
(
X
Y
Z
h
)
L
N
0
L
N
1
C
R
C
0
C
R
C
1
ANC/AUDIO
DATA
S
A
V
(
3
F
F
h
)
S
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
S
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
S
A
V
(
X
Y
Z
h
)
G
1
G
2
G
3
G
5
DATA
STREAM
2 B
2
0
4
1
B
2
0
4
2
G
2
0
4
4
B
2
0
4
5
B
2
0
4
6
G
2
0
4
8
E
A
V
(
3
F
F
h
)
E
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
E
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
E
A
V
(
X
Y
Z
h
)
L
N
0
L
N
1
C
R
C
0
C
R
C
1
ANC/AUDIO
DATA
S
A
V
(
3
F
F
h
)
S
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
S
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
S
A
V
(
X
Y
Z
h
)
B
1
B
2
G
4
B
5
DATA
STREAM
3 R
2
0
4
1
B
2
0
4
3
B
2
0
4
4
R
2
0
4
5
B
2
0
4
7
B
2
0
4
8
E
A
V
(
3
F
F
h
)
E
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
E
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
E
A
V
(
X
Y
Z
h
)
L
N
0
L
N
1
C
R
C
0
C
R
C
1
0
4
0

0
4
0
S
A
V
(
3
F
F
h
)
S
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
S
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
S
A
V
(
X
Y
Z
h
)
R
1
B
3
B
4
R
5
DATA
STREAM
4 R
2
0
4
2
R
2
0
4
3
R
2
0
4
4
R
2
0
4
6
R
2
0
4
7
R
2
0
4
8
E
A
V
(
3
F
F
h
)
E
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
E
A
V
(
0
0
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A
V
(
X
Y
Z
h
)
L
N
0
L
N
1
C
R
C
0
C
R
C
1
2
0
0

2
0
0
S
A
V
(
3
F
F
h
)
S
A
V
(
0
0
0
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)
S
A
V
(
0
0
0
h
)
S
A
V
(
X
Y
Z
h
)
R
2
R
3
R
4
R
6
WORD#
23.98/24
PsF
1
8
7
0
1
8
7
1
1
8
7
2
1
8
7
3
1
8
7
4
1
8
7
5
123456789

3
3
5
3
3
6
3
3
7
3
3
8
3
3
9
3
4
0
3
4
1
3
4
2
3
4
3
WORD#
25 PsF
1
7
9
5
1
7
9
6
1
7
9
7
1
7
9
8
1
7
9
9
1
8
0
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123456789

2
6
0
2
6
1
2
6
2
2
6
3
2
6
4
2
6
5
2
6
6
2
6
7
2
6
8
Blackmagic 2K Format Data Stream Format
Using as a Converter
59
Using as a Converter 60
Installation as a Converter
Multibridge operates as an independent converter when not connected to a computer via PCI Express, or
when the computer is connected, but turned off.
All thats required for converter operation, is for there to be no PCI Express connection. The default settings
allow SDI to analog conversion while simultaneously converting analog in to SDI with both audio and video.
These defaults can be changed to various combinations of conversion options, and you can choose which
SDI audio pair are de-embedded or embedded into various audio connections on the converter.
Requirements
Supported systems
Mac OS X 10.6
USB 2.0
Environment
1. The intended use is for commercial and industrial controlled environments.
2. The unit should not be exposed to damaging environments including moisture, dirt, knocks, heat
or sunlight.
For installation in an OBV (outside broadcast vehicle) the unit should be rack-mounted to avoid extended
periods of vibration.
Note: Power connectors are located at the rear of the unit.
Warning
Do not disconnect power or USB cables while rmware is being updated. It is vital the rmware update process
is completed without malfunction. Stable operating conditions should be maintained to guarantee usability.
Solid copper-core HD-SDI cables will work reliably over 300 feet or 100 meters. Cables should be shielded
and installed away from power supplies, generators or other potential EMF (electromagnetic eld) sources.
Using as a Converter 61
Installation procedure
1. Install Multibridge software package.
This can be downloaded from www.blackmagic-design.com/support
Reboot after installation.
2. Start Multibridge Utility by clicking on the Multibridge Utility icon.
Applications > Multibridge Utility
3. Connect power and USB cables. Multibridge will be detected by the computer.
4. A system message may appear requesting that you update rmware.
Select Update Firmware (This can take a couple of minutes.)
Once complete, disconnect the power.
Wait 5 seconds and then reconnect.
Note: If the message does not appear, your rmware is already up to date.
5. The menus of the Multibridge Utility should now be accessible and you should now be able to
modify the settings. If you nd any menus are grayed out and inaccessible, it may be that the menu
is not relevant to the current workow and has been automatically grayed out.
If all menus are grayed out, you may need to download a newer version of the Multibridge
Utility. Alternatively, the computer may not be connected to Multibridge via USB. Sometimes
older USB 1.1 cables dont work well with USB 2.0 connections and it is better to use a well
shielded USB cable.
Power USB
Connect USB and power cables.
Updating rmware.
Using as a Converter 62
Interfaces
Workow View
Workow View enables users to graphically congure and depict analog-to-digital, digital-to-analog and
digital-to-digital workows.
SDI Channel 1 & 2
SDI Channel 3 & 4
SDI Channel 5 & 6
SDI Channel 7 & 8
SDI Channel 9 & 10
SDI Channel 11 & 12
SDI Channel 13 & 14
SDI Channel 15 & 16
Analog In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
SDI In to Component Out
SDI Channel 1 & 2
SDI Channel 3 & 4
SDI Channel 5 & 6
SDI Channel 7 & 8
SDI Channel 9 & 10
SDI Channel 11 & 12
Bi-Directional Converter
Use Analog Component Inputs
SDI Channel 1 & 2
SDI Channel 3 & 4
4:4:4 RGB
Monitoring Audio Out
Analog Audio Out 3&4
Analog Audio Out 1&2
Digital to Analog Conversion Mode
HD/SD-SDI Outputs
SDI Input Format
Y (G)
1
2
4
3
2
1
B-Y (B)
R-Y (R)
AES Digital Audio Outputs
1&2
3&4
5&6
7&8
video
D-A
audio
D-A
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
9&10
11&12
SDI input
audio de-embedder
Analog to Digital Conversion Mode
Y (G)
B-Y (B)
R-Y (R)
video
A-D
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
audio
D-A
audio
D-A
AES Digital Audio Inputs
1&2
3&4
5&6
7&8
9&10
11&12
Analog Audio In 3&4
Analog Audio In 1&2
1
2
4
3
audio
A-D
audio
A-D
Audio
Video
D
-
A
Workflow
A
-
D
Workflow
SDI output
audio embedder
Using as a Converter 63
Blackmagic Software
Workow example 1 Connecting analog deck to SDI system
This workow example shows how to connect a Sony Betacam SP deck in and out, via Multibridge for
connection to an SDI based system. You can place Multibridge right next to your analog deck to turn it
into an SDI digital device in your system, or on your routing switcher.
To begin, power on Multibridge and launch Multibridge Utility software.
Analog to digital connections
1. Connect Betacam SP analog audio out to XLR inputs 1 and 2 on your Multibridge. From the pull
down menus within the Multibridge Utility select:
Analog Audio In 1 & 2 > SDI Channel 1 & 2
You may be prompted to Embed this input if another audio source was previously congured to
embed to SDI channels 1 & 2.
2. Connect Betacam SP Y,B-Y,R-Y out to Analog Y-B-Y,R-Y Multibridge Video In.
From the pull down menus in the Multibridge Utility select:
Analog to Digital Conversion Mode > Use Analog Component Inputs
Digital to analog connections
4. Connect Multibridge analog audio out to XLR inputs 1 and 2 inputs on your Betacam SP deck. From
the pull down menus within the Multibridge Utility select:
SDI Channel 1 & 2 > Analog Audio Out 1 & 2
5. Connect the Multibridge Y,B-Y,R-Y out to Analog Y-B-Y,R-Y Betacam SP video In. From the pull
down menus in the Multibridge Utility select:
Digital to Analog Conversion Mode > SDI Input to YUV Analog Output
To store this prole for later recall, select New Prole from the Proles menu and enter a name.
You can save various proles to make setting up Multibridge faster in the future.
After conguring Multibridge to these settings, you will now be using Multibridge as a bi-directional converter,
converting the audio and the video in and out of the Betacam SP deck. The deck can be directly connected
into SDI based television systems and can be patched or routed into any other SDI based device.
Select SDI Channel 1&2.
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Analog In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
SDI In to YUV Analog Out
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Video Converter
Use Analog Component Inputs
SDI Channel 1&2
SDI Channel 3&4
4:2:2
Monitoring Audio Out
Analog Audio Out 3&4
Analog Audio Out 1&2
Digital to Analog Conversion Mode
HD/SD-SDI Outputs
SDI Input Format
Y (G)
1
2
4
3
2
1
B-Y (B)
R-Y (R)
AES Digital Audio Outputs
1&2
3&4
5&6
7&8
video
D-A
audio
D-A
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
9&10
11&12
SDI input
audio de-embedder
Analog to Digital Conversion Mode
Y (G)
B-Y (B)
R-Y (R)
video
A-D
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
audio
D-A
audio
D-A
AES Digital Audio Inputs
1&2
3&4
5&6
7&8
9&10
11&12
Analog Audio In 3&4
Analog Audio In 1&2
1
2
4
3
audio
A-D
audio
A-D
Audio
Video
D-A
Workflow
A-D
Workflow
SDI output
audio embedder
SDI Channel 1&2
SDI Channel 3&4
SDI Channel 5&6
SDI Channel 7&8
SDI Channel 9&10
SDI Channel 11&12
SDI Channel 13&14
SDI Channel 15&16
Dont Embed
Select Analog In to SDI 4:2:2 Out.
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Dont Embed
Analog In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
SDI In to YUV Analog Out
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Video Converter
Use Analog Component Inputs
SDI Channel 1&2
SDI Channel 3&4
4:2:2
Monitoring Audio Out
Analog Audio Out 3&4
Analog Audio Out 1&2
Digital to Analog Conversion Mode
HD/SD-SDI Outputs
SDI Input Format
Y (G)
1
2
4
3
2
1
B-Y (B)
R-Y (R)
AES Digital Audio Outputs
1&2
3&4
5&6
7&8
video
D-A
audio
D-A
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
9&10
11&12
SDI input
audio de-embedder
Analog to Digital Conversion Mode
Y (G)
B-Y (B)
R-Y (R)
video
A-D
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
audio
D-A
audio
D-A
AES Digital Audio Inputs
5&6
7&8
9&10
11&12
Analog Audio In 3&4
Analog Audio In 1&2
1
2
4
3
audio
A-D
audio
A-D
Audio
Video
D-A
Workflow
A-D
Workflow
SDI output
audio embedder
Analog In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
Analog In to SDI 4:4:4 RGB Out
SDI In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
SDI In to SDI 4:4:4 RGB Out
HDMI In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
HDMI In to SDI 4:4:4 RGB Out
Select Use Analog Component Inputs.
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Analog In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
SDI In to YUV Analog Out
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Video Converter
Use Analog Component Inputs
SDI Channel 1&2
SDI Channel 3&4
4:2:2
Monitoring Audio Out
Analog Audio Out 3&4
Analog Audio Out 1&2
Digital to Analog Conversion Mode
HD/SD-SDI Outputs
SDI Input Format
Y (G)
1
2
4
3
2
1
B-Y (B)
R-Y (R)
AES Digital Audio Outputs
1&2
3&4
5&6
7&8
video
D-A
audio
D-A
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
9&10
11&12
SDI input
audio de-embedder
Analog to Digital Conversion Mode
Y (G)
B-Y (B)
R-Y (R)
video
A-D
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
audio
D-A
audio
D-A
AES Digital Audio Inputs
5&6
7&8
9&10
11&12
Analog Audio In 3&4
Analog Audio In 1&2
1
2
4
3
audio
A-D
audio
A-D
Audio
Video
D-A
Workflow
A-D
Workflow
SDI output
audio embedder
Use Analog Component Inputs
Use Analog NTSC/PAL Input
Use S-Video Input
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Blackmagic Software
Workow example 2 Multiple sources to a Multibridge
Destination: SDI capture device
Scenario A Video Editor has three sources for video material. A Betacam SP (Analog), Digital
Betacam(SDI) and a television tuner receiver (composite). Using the Multibridge, the SDI capture device
is now able to capture video and audio from these varied sources.
1. Connect the Digital Betacam SDI output to the SDI Input on your Multibridge.
2. Connect the Betacam SP component output to the component input on your Multibridge.
3. Connect the television tuner receivers composite input to composite output on your Multibridge.
4. Connect the SDI Input on your SDI capture device to the SDI Output on your Multibridge.
5. From the Multibridge Utility select:
Analog to Digital Conversion Mode > Choose the From input to route source
Select Analog In to SDI 4:2:2 Out.
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Analog In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
SDI In to YUV Analog Out
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Video Converter
Use Analog Component Inputs
SDI Channel 1&2
SDI Channel 3&4
4:2:2
Monitoring Audio Out
Analog Audio Out 3&4
Analog Audio Out 1&2
Digital to Analog Conversion Mode
HD/SD-SDI Outputs
SDI Input Format
Y (G)
1
2
4
3
2
1
B-Y (B)
R-Y (R)
AES Digital Audio Outputs
1&2
3&4
5&6
7&8
video
D-A
audio
D-A
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
9&10
11&12
SDI input
audio de-embedder
Analog to Digital Conversion Mode
Y (G)
B-Y (B)
R-Y (R)
video
A-D
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
audio
D-A
audio
D-A
AES Digital Audio Inputs
5&6
7&8
9&10
11&12
Analog Audio In 3&4
Analog Audio In 1&2
1
2
4
3
audio
A-D
audio
A-D
Audio
Video
D-A
Workflow
A-D
Workflow
SDI output
audio embedder
Analog In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
Analog In to SDI 4:4:4 RGB Out
SDI In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
SDI In to SDI 4:4:4 RGB Out
HDMI In to SDI 4:2:2 Out
HDMI In to SDI 4:4:4 RGB Out
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Blackmagic Software
Device names
Device Names provides a naming convention for identifying Multibridges. Multibridge Utility can connect
to many different types of Multibridge models on a single USB connection. Using the custom name, you
can set names to make sure you select the correct unit when changing settings in complex systems.
Names can be in Unicode, so you can use non Roman character sets such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean,
Thai, Arabic and many more.
Stored custom proles
Proles are a simple way of managing your conguration settings.
Once you have a conguration you wish to store, select:
Profiles > New Profiles > Enter a name of profile
The prole is now stored.
Once you have selected a prole, it remains in memory as the prole to be used. If the power is removed
the current settings will be restored at power up.
You can save a prole any time you would like to change settings and want to restore a known setting state
or when you want to use Multibridge for different tasks in your facility, and settings can be restored quickly.
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Video Levels
Although Multibridges 14 bit analog outputs are automatically voltage calibrated at power on, by selecting
Set video Levels you will be able to congure and adjust the output of your Multibridge to suit your
equipment. This can be useful when you need to compensate for cable length to equipment connected to
the Multibridge analog outputs.
Analog input and output sliders allow individual color bias adjustment.
Please consult the user manuals of your decks and monitors before conguring these options.
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Supported Connection Formats
Video
SD/HD-SDI 4:2:2, Dual link HD-SDI 4:4:4, 3 Gb/s SDI 4:4:4 input and outputs
Analog HD or SD, YUV or RGB, Component video input and output
S-Video input and output
Composite NTSC or PAL input and output
HDMI input and output
Control
RS-422 serial control port, compatible with Sony deck control pin connections and protocol.
Multibridge features an industry standard Sony compatible deck control port, that has the correct pin
connections for a direct connection to any deck. If you would like to use custom cables (e.g. to increase
length), use the wiring diagram. You can also use pre made 9 pin cables as long as each end of the cable are
wired pin for pin where the same pin number on each end of the cable are connected together.
HD Format support:
2K 2048 x 1556 at 23.98 and 24fps
1080 lines at 23.98PsF, 24PsF, 50i, 59.94i
and 60i
720 lines at 50p, 59.94p, 60p and VariCam
SD Format support:
565/60(NTSC) and 625/50(PAL)
SDI Compliance:
SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 372M, SMPTE 259M,
SMPTE 296M and ITU-R BT.656
Color Space support:
4:2:2 YUV and 4:4:4 RGB
Multibridge Pro AES audio connector pin connections.
Audio Ch. Hot Pins (+) Cold Pins () Ground Pins
1&2 IN 1 14 10
3&4 IN 2 15 12
5&6 IN 3 16 13
7&8 IN 4 17 22
1&2 OUT 5 18 23
3&4 OUT 6 19 24
5&6 OUT 7 20 25
7&8 OUT 8 21
13 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14
Remote pin connections.
Receive
()
Receive
(+)
Transmit
()
Transmit
(+)
Ground
Pins
2 7 8 3 1, 4, 6, 9
5 4 3 2 1
9 8 7 6
DB-25 pin outs also compatible with Yamaha, Mackie,
Sony and Apogee connectors.
Multibridge Eclipse
4 XLR balanced analog inputs and outputs
2 Analog RCA outputs for monitoring
12 AES/EBU digital audio inputs and
outputs on balanced XLR connectors. All
inputs have sample rate converters.
Multibridge Pro
2 XLR balanced analog inputs and outputs
2 Analog RCA outputs for monitoring
8 AES/EBU digital audio inputs and outputs
on a multi-pin DB-25 connector. All inputs
have sample rate converters. The DB-25 pin
out is compatible with Yamaha, Mackie,
Sony and Apogee connectors.
Audio
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Troubleshooting when used as a Converter
There are four steps to getting help.
1. Check out the Blackmagic Design website www.blackmagic-design.com/support for the latest
support information. We have a huge number of technical notes covering all the common
questions we are asked.
2. Call your reseller. Your reseller will have the latest technical updates from Blackmagic Design and
should be able to give you immediate assistance. We also recommend you check out the support
options your dealer offers as they can arrange various support plans based on your workow
requirements. Your reseller will also understand your disk array conguration, and as disk array
problems account for around 90% of support questions with NLE systems, your reseller or disk
array vendor will be able to provide expert help.
3. The next option is to email us with your questions using the web form at
www.blackmagic-design.com/support/contact
4. Phone a Blackmagic Design support ofce. Please check our web site for current support phone
numbers in your area. www.blackmagic-design.com/company/.
Note: Please provide us with as much information as possible regarding your technical problem and
system specications so that we may try to reproduce your problem quickly. Also please let us know how to
reproduce any problem youre having, so we can try it on our test systems before replying to your email.
Warranty
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Warranty 70
3 Year Warranty
Blackmagic Design warrants that this product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for
a period of 36 months from the date of purchase excluding user-servicable cooling fans and ber optic
modules which will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 12 months from
the date of purchase. If a product proves to be defective during this warranty period, Blackmagic Design,
at its option, either will repair the defective product without charge for parts and labor, or will provide a
replacement in exchange for the defective product.
In order to obtain service under this warranty, you the Customer, must notify Blackmagic Design of the
defect before the expiration of the warranty period and make suitable arrangements for the performance
of service. The Customer shall be responsible for packaging and shipping the defective product to a
designated service center nominated by Blackmagic Design, with shipping charges pre paid. Customer
shall be responsible for paying all shipping changes, insurance, duties, taxes, and any other charges for
products returned to us for any reason.
This warranty shall not apply to any defect, failure or damage caused by improper use or improper or
inadequate maintenance and care. Blackmagic Design shall not be obligated to furnish service under
this warranty: a) to repair damage resulting from attempts by personal other than Blackmagic Design
representatives to install, repair or service the product, b) to repair damage resulting from improper
use or connection to incompatible equipment, c) to repair any damage or malfunction caused by the
use of non Blackmagic Design parts or supplies, or d) to service a product that has been modied or
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