SOUTH MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Bluefish444 (www.bluefish444.com), the manufacturer of uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, introduced the Epoch|4K Neutron and Epoch|Neutron video cards at the IBC show in Amsterdam. The Epoch Neutron cards adopt a new form factor, allowing for integration into a wide range of chassis. The low profile, half height form factor allows both cards to be installed into low profile servers, small form factor (SFF) computers, and low profile Thunderbolt expansion chassis. Full height shield options allow for integration in more traditional workstation computers and provide additional I/O requirements like AES/EBU, RS422 machine control, and domestic analogue audio monitoring.
Epoch Neutron cards are fitted with three BNC connectors, enabling two simultaneous streams of 2K/HD/SD, including video fill+key operations. Each SDI connector is programmable as input or output. The Epoch | Neutron supports 1.5G SDI I/O and the Epoch | 4K Neutron extends the support to 3G SDI I/O enabling 4K 60p I/O configurations. An HDMI 1.4a mini connector provides a low cost 4K/2K/HD/SD HDMI monitoring preview, and allows for color critical monitoring on consumer HDMI displays.
An interlocking connector on Epoch Neutron boards allows for multiple cards in a single server to be locked to a common sync source instead of each card needing to be locked to its own sync source. And a new low latency hardware keyer enables video layers to be combined in hardware with microseconds delay.
Both Epoch Neutron boards come equipped with a 12-bit processing pipeline of 8-, 10- or 12-bit SDI video signals, including a 4 x 4 x 33-bit fully programmable color matrix for the highest quality color space conversions ensuring pristine accuracy during capture, monitoring and mastering. Epoch Neutron video cards are fully integrated into the Bluefish444 SDK, which is available across multiple platforms allowing simple integration into professional video applications on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
The Epoch Neutron boards comes bundled with a range of free software plug ins for Windows and Mac OS X platforms, including Adobe Creative Cloud 2014, Avid Media Composer 8, Assimilate Scratch and Scratch Lab, The Foundry's Nuke, and Drastic Technologies 4K Scope. Pricing is $2,095 and $1,695 respectively.