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                     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)    

  

PCI cards

Device                     Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Full Duplex Config. Connectors N° of keyers
KONA 3G 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) No No 1
KONA 3 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No 1
KONA 4 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) No Yes 2
KONA 5* 4 (up to 4K) 4 (up to 4K) No Yes 2
KONA HDMI ** 4 (SD or HD) or 1 (4K) 0 No No No
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

* 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 the current models, we indicate if they support "Configurable connectors". This is a recent feature (only available with PCI cards, not with Thunderbolt devices), so that was not available on older models.
  • 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 Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Full Duplex Unique Identifier Keying
UltraStudio 4K 1 (SD or HD or 4K) 1 (SD or HD or 4K) Yes Yes Yes
UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 1 (SD or HD or 4K) 1 (SD or HD or 4K) Yes Yes Yes
UltraStudio HD Mini 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) Yes Yes No
UltraStudio Mini Monitor 0 1 (SD or HD) N/A No* No
UltraStudio Mini Recorder 1 (SD or HD) 0 N/A 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 Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Full Duplex Unique Identifier Keying
UltraStudio 3D 1 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No* 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 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

  * 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 Max N° of Inputs Max N° of Outputs Full Duplex Config. Connectors Keying
Decklink 4K Extreme 12G 1 (SD, HD or 4K) 1 (SD, HD or 4K) Yes No Yes
Decklink 8K Pro 4 (up to 4K)*, 1 (8K) 4 (up to 4K)*, 1 (8K) Either 4in, or 4out, or 2in/2out, or 3in/1out, 1in/3out Yes 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 Duo 2 Mini 4 (SD or HD) 4 (SD or HD) Either 4in, or 4out, or 2in/2out, or 3in/1out, 1in/3out Yes Yes
Decklink Mini Monitor 0 (SD or HD) 1 (SD or HD) No No No
Decklink Mini Monitor 4K 0 (SD, HD or 4K) 1 (SD, HD or 4K)   No No
Decklink Mini Recorder 1 (SD or HD) 0 (SD or HD) No No No
Decklink Mini Recorder 4K 1 (SD, HD or 4K) 0 (SD, HD or 4K) No No No
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 Quad HDMI 4 (Up to 4K) 0 No No No
Decklink SDI 4K 1 (SD, HD or 4K) 1 (SD, HD or 4K) No No No
Decklink Studio 4K 1 (SD, HD or 4K) 1 (SD, HD or 4K) No No Yes

 * 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

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) and others that have some 12G connectors. Also some device support 4K and other don't.

The M|Family consist of a Sonnet Thunderbolt Expansion chassis (model varies), and a PCIe card (model varies as well). The PCIe card can be taken out of the Thunderbolt chassis if you need to use it in a computer with PCIe slots, or with another expansion chassis of your choice.

 

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

 

* When placing the order, select if you want the model that uses the 12G-2C model from Deltacast. When using that model, there are a few differences:

  • The 12G-2C card uses PCIe gen3, so it can be used in a Sonnet Echo Express SEL and have the whole bandwidth, we don't need to use the Sonnet Echo Express SE III as we do with PCIE gen2 cards.
  • It can do 4K using single 12G link.
  • Keying is available for playout, but with some limitations.

** When placing the order, select if you want the thunderbolt 2 or 3 model. Except the Thunderbolt version, all features are the same.

 

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