Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI and Analog Capture & Playback Device - Thunderbolt
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The Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme is the world's first 10-bit HD/SD editing solution to feature lightning fast Thunderbolt technology. Simply plug in Intensity Extreme to get incredible quality
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One note, when we first started, we had the audio input going directly into the Mac mini, that made the audio way out of sync. Using the breakout cable fixed that problem and audio sync is great.
Have had a lot of very positive feed back on the live stream quality and didn't break the budget of our smallish/ average sized church.
I would recommend this to churches that don't have a budget for the high end equipment that large/ mega churches use for live streaming.
What's great is that your Mac will see this as a web camera, making it instantly compatible with any application that supports camera input. I've tested it with everything from Final Cut Pro X to the Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder and it has all worked flawlessly. My only caution is that you need to know exactly what resolution and framerate your HDMI is putting out first, and then select the appropriate camera in the driver. For example my Canon HV20 camcorder outputs 1080i, so I needed to select the 1080i 59.97fps option.
I'm using this with the Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher and it's working flawlessly. I connected the intensity extreme to the ATEM's program out via HDMI and was able to broadcast to Justin.TV using Flash Media Live Encoder. It carried both the audio and video from the ATEM the moment I plugged it in.
If you're still using firewire to stream high definition to your Mac, this is a great path to using more recent cameras. It not only allows you to live stream 1080p from some of the newer AVCHD cameras and record that video completely uncompressed. Many newer cameras will bypass their internal compression when sending video out through the HDMI port.
Like many other Blackmagic products, simplicity is key to the operation. You'll find it will start working right away when something's plugged in with very minimal configuration. It's really impressive especially considering how inexpensive it is. Just be sure to pick up Apple's overpriced thunderbolt cable as the intensity does not ship with one.
The Air has an SSD and can handly ANY & ALL capturing, even at the highest data rates (Disk Speed test figures were in the high 300s, as opposed to 80 for the MBP).
For the MBP with it's slow HD only the lower end capture formats work.
The Air initially would not let me record to ProRes because it has no FCP installed which is required to load the free codecs. However, unpacking the Apple proapps package with unpkg.app allowed me to manually add them to /library/quicktime - now it works (restart required).
This bodes well for multi camera recordings if you have more than one Macbook Pro or Air with Thunderbolt. After the shoot simply dump the ProRes files into the timeline, synch them (using PluralEyes or FCP X) and start editing. Huge time saver, and no issues with audio gaps.
I decided to gamble on the product, it being the only reasonably priced option for HDMI capture. It took just a bit of 'fiddling' to determine an appropriate set of operating parameters, but once established their capture card creates a beautiful AVI file of what ever is sent to it. I can then use a video playback program, pause the playback when appropriate, and use a good screen-capture to grab my images for the book.
Images are uniform size, making cropping a snap, and are without lighting artifacts, ghosting, or any other anomolies associated with using external means of capturing these images.
The Intensity card has performed beyond my expectations, for my specific needs.