Supported Video Cards and Devices

Below is the list of devices that our software can support. Note that some of them require a specific version of our software (specially for the newer models). Check the requirements below. Make sure to check the drivers requirements in the tech specs section of each product page.

 

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.

 

AJA

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.
  • 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)

 

Thunderbolt Devices

Device                     Type Max N°of Channels (in and/or out) 4K ? 12G ? Keyers
Io 4K TB 2

SD/HD: 4 in or out

4K: 1 in or out

Yes No 1
Io 4K Plus* TB 3

SD/HD: 4 in or out

4K: 1 in or out

Yes Yes 1
Io XT TB 2 2 in or out No - 1
T-Tap TB 2 1 out No - No
U-Tap (Device Not Supported - and support is not planned)    

  

PCI cards

Device Type Max N°of Channels (in and/or out) 4K ? 12G ? Keyers
KONA 1 2-lane PCIe 2.0 1 in or out No -  
KONA 3G 4-lane PCIe 2.0

SD/HD: 4 in or out

4K: 1 in or out

Yes No 1
KONA 3 4-lane PCIe 2.0 1 in or out No - 1
KONA 4 8-lane PCIe 2.0

SD/HD: 4 in or out

4K: 1 in or out

Yes No 2
KONA 5* 8-lane PCIe 3.0 4 in or out (all formats) Yes Yes 2
KONA HDMI ** 8-lane PCIe 2.0

SD/HD: 4 in or out

4K: 1 in or out

Yes N/A No
KONA LHi 4-lane PCIe 1.0 1 in and 1 out simultaneously No - No
KONA LHe Plus 4-lane PCIe 1.0 1 in and 1 out simultaneously No - 1
KONA LSe 2-lane PCIe 2.0 1 in or out No - No

* Requires:

  • OnTheAir Video 3.7.4 or later for compatibility with the card.
  • OnTheAir Video 3.8 or later for the 12G compatibility.
  • MovieRecorder 4.2 or later
  • The AJA KONA 5 requires Power from a 6 pin ATX connector. Only a few expansion chassis support these such as this one

** Requires MovieRecorder 4.2 or later.

 

 

Blackmagic-Design

Warnings

  • The UltraStudio Mini Monitor and Mini Recorder are not recommended, as well as older PCI cards when used in Thunderbolt chassis (no problem in PCI slots on the Mac). 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).

 

Current and older models

We have split between the current and older models, so you can still refer to this for models that you may own but that are not sold anymore. Of course, support for discontinued products can not be guaranteed as we don't test these anymore, and Blackmagic-Design may not support them either.

The table for PCI cards is slightly different as with older models, we indicate if the card has a unique identifier. All current models have a unique identifier which helps to maintain the order of the devices across restarts. We do not advise to use models without unique identifiers in a Thunderbolt chassis as this can create issues to reconnect to them.

 

Thunderbolt Devices - Current Models

Device Type Max N°of Channels (in and/or out) 4K ? 12G ? Unique Identifier Keying
UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 TB 3 1 in and 1 out simultaneously Yes Yes Yes Yes - Up to 2160p60
UltraStudio 4K Mini TB 3 1 in and 1 out simultaneously Yes Yes Yes Yes - Up to 2160p30
UltraStudio HD Mini TB 3 1 in and 1 out simultaneously No - Yes No
UltraStudio Mini Monitor TB 2 1 out No - No* No
UltraStudio Mini Recorder TB 2 1 in No - No* No

 * We do not advise to use models without unique identifiers in a Thunderbolt chassis as this can create issues to reconnect to them. 

 

Thunderbolt Devices - Discontinued Models

Device Type Max N°of Channels (in and/or out) 4K ? 12G ? Unique Identifier Keying
UltraStudio 3D TB 1 1 in or out No - No* Yes
UltraStudio 4K TB 2 1 in and 1 out simultaneously Yes No Yes Yes
UltraStudio Express TB 2 1 in or out No - No* Yes
UltraStudio Extreme TB 2 1 in or out No - No* Yes
UltraStudio Pro TB 2 1 in or out No - No* Yes
UltraStudio SDI TB 2 1 in or out No - No* No

  * We do not advise to use models without unique identifiers in a Thunderbolt chassis as this can create issues to reconnect to them. 

 

PCI Cards - Current Models

Device Type* Max N°of Channels (in and/or out) 4K ? 12G ? Config. Connectors Keying
Decklink 4K Extreme 12G 8-lane PCIe 2.0 1 in and 1 out simultaneously Yes Yes No Yes
Decklink 8K Pro 8-lane PCIe 3.0 4 in or out Yes Yes Yes Yes
Decklink Duo 2 4-lane PCIe 2.0 4 in or out No - Yes Yes
Decklink Duo 2 Mini 4-lane PCIe 2.0 4 in or out No - Yes Yes
Decklink Mini Monitor 4-lane PCIe 2.0 1 out No - No No
Decklink Mini Monitor 4K 4-lane PCIe 2.0 1 out Yes No (6G max) No No
Decklink Mini Recorder 1-lane PCIe 2.0 1 in No - No No
Decklink Mini Recorder 4K 1-lane PCIe 2.0 1 in Yes No (6G max) No No
Decklink Quad 2 8-lane PCIe 2.0 8 in or out No - Yes Yes
Decklink Quad HDMI 8-lane PCIe 3.0 4 in Yes 0 No No
Decklink SDI 4K 4-lane PCIe 2.0 1 in or out Yes No (6G max) No No
Decklink Studio 4K 4-lane PCIe 2.0 1 in or out Yes No (6G max) No Yes

* All recent cards are compatible with 16 lane PCIe slots

** Requires drivers 11.1 or later for multichannel 4K support. Check article about connector mapping: https://softron.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/114093989034-Connector-Mapping-for-Decklink-Quad-2-Duo-2-and-8K-Pro-cards

 

 

PCI Cards - Discontinued Models

Device Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Full Duplex Unique Identifier Keying
Decklink 4K Extreme 1 (SD, HD or 4K) 1 (SD, HD or 4K) Yes Yes Yes
Decklink 4K Pro 1 (SD, HD or 4K) 1 (SD, HD or 4K) Yes Yes Yes
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 Optical Fibre 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No* Yes
Decklink Quad 4 (SD or HD) 4 (SD or HD) No No* 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

 * We do not advise to use models without unique identifiers in a Thunderbolt chassis as this can create issues to reconnect to them. There is no problem to use these models in a PCI slots on your Mac though.

 

M|family

M|Family - Current Models

All current M|Family models use the same Thunderbolt expansion chassis (Thunderbolt 3 SEL), and the same video card (DELTA-12G-elp-h 2c). The card has the following specifications:

  • 8-lane PCIe 3.0
  • has 1 connector for either the reference signal or an audio LTC input.
  • has 8 x configurable video connectors (they can be either in or out)
    • 2 of them (1 and 5) are 12G connectors
    • 6 of them are 3G connectors
  • Support 4K (2 channels in or out). Either using 12G single link, or 3G quad link.
  • Support frame rates up to 60p
  • Support keying.

So basically it is the software licenses that determines what you will be able to do with it, but otherwise the hardware is the same.

 

M|Family - Discontinued Models

Device                     Thunderbolt PCI card type Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Max fps 4K Keying
M|1600 3 (SE III) 8-lane PCIe 2.0 (2 cards) 16 (SD or HD) or 4 (4K)  0 30p Yes - using quad link  No
M|80X (8C) 3 (SE III) 8-lane PCIe 2.0 8 (SD or HD) or 2 (4K)  0 60p Yes - using quad link No
M|80X (12G-2C) 3 (SEL) 8-lane PCIe 3.0 8 (SD or HD) or 2 (4K)  0   Yes - using quad link or 12G Yes
M|80 2 or 3 (SEL) 4-lane PCIe 2.0 8 (SD or HD) or 2 (4K)  0 30p Yes - using quad link No
M|62X (Quad 2) 3 (SE III) 8-lane PCIe 2.0 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) and 2 (SD or HD)  2 (SD or HD) 60p No No
M|62X (12G-2C) 3 (SEL) 8-lane PCIe 3.0 8 (SD or HD) or 2 (4K)  2 (SD or HD) 60p Yes - using quad link or 12G Yes
M|62 2 or 3 (SEL) 4-lane PCIe 2.0 6 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K)  2 (SD or HD) 30p Yes - using quad link No
M|44X (Quad 2) 3 (SE III) 8-lane PCIe 2.0 4 (SD or HD) 4 (SD or HD) 60p No No
M|44X (12G-2C) 3 (SEL) 8-lane PCIe 3.0 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K)  60p Yes - using quad link or 12G Yes
M|44 2 or 3* (SEL) 4-lane PCIe 2.0 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K)  4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K)  30p Yes - using quad link No

  

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