The Intensity Pro 4K was released around February 2015. The initial version of the drivers we had problems with a noisy fan and analogue capture but these were cured with the 10.4.1 drivers. The card now works very well. As it is a 4K card is requires more resources in your computer than an HD card and there are a couple of things of which you should be aware which we will explain below.
Component capture problem
If you capture video using the analogue component inputs you may notice a brightness shift compared to the original footage. This is most obvious if you capture some standard colour bars and compare the waveform display of these capture bars compared to normal colour bars. Blackmagic say this will be fixed in a future driver but do not say when. If component capture is important to you we suggest you use a different card such as the Blackmagic Extreme 4K. If only using SVIDEO or composite, or just using the card to monitor your video on a proper video monitor, this is not an issue.
Adobe Premiere Pro
The Intensoty Pro 4K works well with the Creative Cloud versions of Premiere Pro.
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is not supported with the version of the Blackmagic drivers. The "readme" states that CC2014 and earlier are supported but this does not extend back to CS6 or earlier versions. To get the Intensity Pro 4K working with Premiere Pro CS6 and earlier versions you may have revert to the initial "noisy" version of the drivers.
EDIUS 7 & 8 support
EDIUS 7 only officially supports the old version 9 Blackmagic drivers. This new card ONLY works with the newer version 10 drivers. To use this card with EDIUS 7 you have to use drivers which are not validated by Grass Valley. In our own tests we have not had ANY problems, however you have to accept that if you use this card there may be an issue which Grass Valley will not be able to sort out until they officially support the version 10 drivers.
EDIUS 8 supports the version 10 drivers and works well with the Intensity Pro 4k.
Magix Vegas Pro 14 support
In Sony Vegas Pro 13 you can use this card to output resolutions up to 1920 50/60i. You will need to use Magix Vegas 14 to output at higher resolutions up to 4K and UHD. This was one of the first features added to Vegas by Magix, the new owners, in Spectober 2016.
Avid Media Composer
Avid supports this card with the later versions of Media Composer 8 including the current version.
4 lane PCIe card
This is not a bug or a problem with the card but nonetheless something which might cause you a problem with a system. To be able to handle the amount of footage needed for UHD the card needs a fast interface into the computer motherboard. HD only cards are 1x PCIe (using the smallest slot on the computer motherboard) and do not use too many resources. 4K cards are 4x PCIe which use 4x as many resources and need a larger slot. Your motherboard may have a 4x slot or a spare 16x slot (the kind into which a graphic card will fit) both of which should be suitable. However, you may still experience problems depending on your computer and the other items you have in it. This will very much depend on your system. If using a Xeon system or a Haswell-E system you will probably be ok. These systems have more motherboard resources to spread between devices. Of course they are not unlimited but we can easily get two graphic cards and an Intensity Pro 4K running in either of these types of systems.
If you have a standard Skylake, Haswell, Sandybridge or Ivybridge system then you may have issues. In our own Skylakel system we can have a graphic card andIntensity Pro 4K running at full power happily. However, if we add in another simple PCIe card, the graphic card may drop from running at 16x to 8x. This generally does not cause a problem since. even in programs which use the graphic card like Adobe Premiere Pro, it will not be using it to its fullest extent so you probably would not notice any real performance difference. If using a program like DaVinci Resolve we would prefer to run the graphic card at its fullest speed and therefore would recommend a Broadwell-E system for people using Resolve.
If you were to add a more resource hungry card like a RAID card into the standard Haswell system the results would be slightly worse. If you are buying a DVC system which we are configuring we can make sure the system is working properly before despatch and we know exactly how to get the best performance from the Motherboards that we use. If you are putting the Intensity Pro 4K into your own system we cannot guarantee the performance. We definitely suggest you look into the resources being used in your system before ordering the Intensity Pro 4K.
These comments regarding the Intensity Pro 4K also apply to any or the other PCIe 4x cards we sell like the Blackmagic Intensity Extreme 4K or the Grass Valley Storm 3G. This is just an issue with cards that need this level of motherboard resources; the Intensity Pro 4K is the first time a card like this has been available at this price and therefore probably the card most people will choose!