Supported Video Cards and Devices

Below is the list of devices that our software can support. 

 

About "Full Duplex and "Configurable Connectors"

In the tables below we specify if a device is Full Duplex or has "Configurable Connectors". Here is an explanation on this:

  • Configurable Connectors: On these devices the connectors can be configured as either input or output. So if they have 4 connectors, then they can have either 4 inputs, or 4 outputs, or 3 inputs and 1 output, or 2 inputs and 2 outputs, or 1 input and 3 outputs, depending on how you use them.
  • Full Duplex: pertains to devices that have no configurable connectors, that have at least 1 input and 1 output, and that both the inputs and outputs can be used at the same time. A device that is not full duplex, you will be able to use either the input OR the output, not both at the same time.

 

 

Thunderbolt or USB devices

The following devices are Thunderbolt devices that can be connected directly to your Mac (provided it's a recent Mac with a Thunderbolt port of course). See under for the list of PCI devices.

AJA

Device                     Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Full Duplex Config. Connectors Keying
Io 4K 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) No Yes Yes
Io 4K Plus* 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) No Yes Yes
Io XT ** 2 (SD or HD) 2 (SD or HD) No No Yes
T-Tap 0 1 (SD or HD) N/A N/A No
U-Tap (Device Not Supported - and support is not planned)    

 WARNINGS:

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: We may not support all the features of each AJA devices. Indeed, AJA devices have to be cabled for every scenario. We support the most common workflows (and the ones users have asked for). If you are using single link SDI with embedded audio, there should be no issue. But if you plan on doing HD dual link, or use another audio source (AES, Analog), check with us first if we support that case. Or if you have the hardware already, check it with a demo version of our application. And in any case report any scenario that does not work to us, so we can see what is needed.
  • * The Io 4K Plus only supports 12G with our playout applications (version 3.7 and later), not yet with MovieRecorder at the time of writing (MovieRecorder does support it since version 4, but just not 12G). We are working on this, so check back with us if needed.
  • ** There are some limitations to use multiple i/o on one single AJA card (KONA 3G, KONA 4K, Io 4K, Io XT). Read the following article to know more. (note that this article does not pertain to using multiple single i/o devices)

 

Blackmagic-Design

Device Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Full Duplex Config. Connectors Keying
UltraStudio 3D 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes
UltraStudio 4K 1 (SD or HD or 4K) 1 (SD or HD or 4K) Yes Yes Yes
UltraStudio 4K Extreme 1 (SD or HD or 4K) 1 (SD or HD or 4K) Yes Yes Yes
UltraStudio Express 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes
UltraStudio Extreme 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes
UltraStudio HD Mini 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No No
UltraStudio Mini Monitor* 0 1 (SD or HD) N/A N/A No
UltraStudio Mini Recorder* 1 (SD or HD) 0 N/A N/A No
UltraStudio Pro 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes
UltraStudio SDI 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No No

 WARNINGS:

  • The UltraStudio Mini Monitor and Mini Recorder are not recommended. Indeed they don't have a persistent identifier, and we identify which device is which based on the Thunderbolt configuration. This means that if you change something in your Thunderbolt configuration (connect a new device, change the port it is connected to, etc...), we may "loose" the connection to it. This is what is explained at the bottom of the article about using multiple in or out.
  • The Intensity models are not recommended. Indeed, they are not well suited for 24/7 playout and ingest.
  • We are testing only Thunderbolt models. USB models may work just fine, but they have not been thoroughly tested with our products. But you can test them as in theory they should work fine (with the limitation above for Intensity models).

 

M|family

With the M|Family, the table is slightly different. We have the max fps column that tells the max frames per second that can be reached. Indeed some devices use HD connectors (and are thus limited to 30fps), others use 3G connectors (and can go up to 60fps). Also some device support 4K and other don't.

Device                     Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Max fps 4K Keying
M|1600 16 (SD or HD) or 4 (4K)  0 30p Yes - using quad link  No
M|80X 8 (SD or HD) or 2 (4K)  0 60p Yes - using quad link No
M|80 8 (SD or HD) or 2 (4K)  0 30p Yes - using quad link No
M|62X 4 (SD or HD)  2 (SD or HD) 60p No No
M|62 6 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K)  2 (SD or HD) 30p Yes - using quad link No
M|44X 4 (SD or HD) 4 (SD or HD) 60p No No
M|44 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K)  4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K)  30p Yes - using quad link No

 

PCI cards

The following devices are PCI cards that can be used in a Thunderbolt expansion chassis. So you will need to purchase one, for example from Sonnet. Or if you still own a grey Mac Pro tower, these devices can be plugged in directly in one of the PCI slots.

 

AJA

Device                     Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Full Duplex Config. Connectors Keying
KONA 3G 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) No No Yes
KONA 3 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes
KONA 4 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) No Yes Yes
KONA 5 (Device not yet supported - Contact us if you want to know when it will be available)    
KONA HDMI (Device not yet supported - Contact us if you want to know when it will be available)    
KONA LHi 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) Yes No No
KONA LHe Plus 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) Yes No Yes
KONA LSe 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No No

 WARNING: there are some limitations to use multiple i/o on one single AJA card (KONA 3G, KONA 4K, Io 4K, Io XT). Read the following article to know more. (note that this article does not pertain to using multiple single i/o devices)

 

Blackmagic-Design

Device Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Full Duplex Config. Connectors Keying
Decklink SDI 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes
Decklink Duo 2 (SD or HD) 2 (SD or HD) No No Yes
Decklink Duo 2 4 (SD or HD) 4 (SD or HD) Either 4in, or 4out, or 2in/2out, or 3in/1out, 1in/3out Yes Yes
Decklink Optical Fibre 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes
Decklink Mini Monitor 0 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No No
Decklink Mini Recorder 1 (SD or HD) 0 (SD or HD) No No N/A
Decklink Quad 4 (SD or HD) 4 (SD or HD) No No Yes
Decklink Quad 2 8 (SD or HD) 8 (SD or HD) Either 8in, or 8out, or 4in/4out, or 3in/5out, etc... Yes Yes
Decklink Studio (4K) 1 (SD, HD or 4K) 1 (SD, HD or 4K) No No Yes
Decklink 4K Extreme 1 (SD, HD or 4K) 1 (SD, HD or 4K) Yes No Yes
Decklink 4K Pro 1 (SD, HD or 4K) 1 (SD, HD or 4K) Yes No Yes
Decklink 8K Pro 1 (SD, HD, 4K or 8K) 1 (SD, HD, 4K or 8K) No Yes
Yes
Decklink HD Extreme 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes
Decklink HD Extreme 3D 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes
Multibridge Pro 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes
Multibridge Eclipse 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No Yes

 

 

 

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