3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 27, 2016 7:45 AM by ECBowen

    Decklink Studio 4K with Premiere over HDMI?

    nigeld57983073 Level 1

      I'm having a new edit system built and the company doing it was considering putting a Blackmagic Decklink Studio 4K card inside. That's because I want to output my Premiere timeline to an external 4K TV (a decent domestic UHD model, not a megabucks studio grade monitor) over HDMI.

       

      However looking at reviews for the Decklink card on Amazon, things do not look good: http://www.amazon.com/Blackmagic-Design-DeckLink-Capture-Playback/product-reviews/B00K2BYI UK

       

      One thing I did pick up is the Decklink Studio 4K blurb is it only has HDMI 1.4b and not 2.0 (found on the Decklink Extreme 12G version). But I assume this shouldn't be a problem (in theory) since HDMI 2.0 (found on many newer UHD TV's) is backwards compatible, and thus would still give me my 4K image even over 1.4 to grade with. Or am I missing something?

       

      Anyway, I was wondering if anyone is currently using the Decklink Studio 4K card to output to a 4K/UHD TV over HDMI? If so have you had any problems? Also are you able to output in both 4K and 1080 (timeline parameters and footage allowing)?

       

      Alternatively can anyone recommend a different card that will allow me to break out my Premiere timeline over HDMI to a 4K/UHD TV?

       

      Many thanks.

        • 1. Re: Decklink Studio 4K with Premiere over HDMI?
          ECBowen Most Valuable Participant

          Yes HDMi is backwards compatible and goes to the lowest common denominator in the chain as far as standard. So if you get a 1.4B device and a 2.0 TV then the TV will run 1.4B as well. I would suggest the Intensity 4K depending on the 4k resolution and  frame rate support you need via HDMi. Either card will handle 4K or 1080 from the timeline but the Intensity 4K is cheaper until Blackmagic updates all the devices to HDMi 2.0

           

          Eric

          ADK

          • 2. Re: Decklink Studio 4K with Premiere over HDMI?
            nigeld57983073 Level 1

            Thanks, that's useful to know. However I did have a quick look on Amazon user reviews and nearly two thirds of users have run into serious issues with the Intensity card, although admittedly on the capture side of things. Judging by the feedback it looks like Blackmagic don't update the drivers on these cards very often to rectify such issues. And I'd guess that the Intensity has already drifted into Blackmagic's 'legacy' card collection.

             

            But nonetheless I may take a punt on it if it can give me 4K/1080 output over HDMI to a UHD/4K TV.

            • 3. Re: Decklink Studio 4K with Premiere over HDMI?
              ECBowen Most Valuable Participant

              Blackmagic actually updates their drivers more often than the other I/O card manufacturers and I have no reports of issues with the intensity 4K card from any clients. You have to keep in mind many who post in the reviews have very little troubleshooting experience and often don't know that frame rate and resolution settings have to match source on capture not to mention the software used to capture can be the problem or settings in that software.

               

              Eric

              ADK