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PCIe Intensity Pro 4K

Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K

Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K

Price:159.00  +VAT  (190.80 Inc. VAT at 20%)


{Intensity Pro 4K}

The Intensity Pro 4K replaced the original Intensity Pro, which is discontinued. 

This card has HDMI, component and composite i/o.  You can also get a SVIDEO connection in or out by using an adaptor which converts two of the phonos on the breakout cable into an SVIDEO socket.


  • Digital Connections: HDMI in and out, switches between SD and HD video formats with embedded 2 channel HDMI audio in and out
  • Analogue Connections: Component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video in and out with 2 channels of unbalanced audio in and out. Component video switches between SD and HD
  • HDMI and Component connections switch between high definition and standard definition.  
  • UHD (3840x2160) capture and output.  This card's top resolution is UHD.  It cannot output 4K at "cinema" resolutions unlike other Blackmagic cards, such as the Studio 4K and UltraStudio 4K. The HDMI 1.4 connection means this card is limited to UHD at 25/30P and cannot handle UHD 60/50P .
  • HD format support - all the standard video settings: 1080 lines,  @ 60P, 50P, 59.94P, 59.94i, 50i, and 720 lines at 50p and 59.94p. SD format support: NTSC and PAL. 
  • True uncompressed YUV video capture and playback for high end production quality.
  • PCI Express 4 lane, compatible with 4, 8, 16 lane PCIe slots. This has to be a 4 Lane PCIe card to cope with 4K.  However this means it uses more resources in your computer than an HD card.  Please make sure your computer has enough free PCIe lane to handle this card in combination with any other you have in your system.
  • Video Capture and playback with Blackmagic Media Express utility
  • Built-in Timebase corrector - unheard of in a card at this price.  Increasingly we are getting people with capture problems using old VHS tapes and decks.  The solution is always to add a timebase corrector between your source and the capture card.  The Intensity Pro 4K has one built-in an in our tests was able to capture from a particularly "ropey" VHS tape using a very old VHS player which the original Intensity Pro and Intensity Shuttle could not do.

Program Support

The Intensity works with huge amount of programs.  It works on Mac and PC and supports:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC - it will not work with older versions of Adobe Premiere Pro like CS3 and CS4. You can get it to work with Premiere Pro CS6, but you need to use early versions of the drivers.
  • Avid Media Composer V6 to 8 - the Intensity works very well with the 64 bit latest versions of Avid.
  • Sony Vegas Pro - the Intensity works with Vegas, however, currently the output is limited to HD resolutions and cannot output UHD through this card.  This is true of all the 4K Blackmagic cards and seems unlikely to change.
  • Grass Valley EDIUS - The original Intensity Pro was limited to 8 bit projects with EDIUS.  The Intensity Pro 4K is not limited and can output in 8 bit and 10 bit projects.  It can also output all video resolutions up to UHD from EDIUS. The Intensity Pro 4K is the most popular card we sell with EDIUS systems.
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X (Mac only)

{Please read this before ordering}

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!

{Technical Specifications}


Intensity Pro 4K lets you capture and playback on PCIe Mac, Windows and Linux computers. Featuring HDMI and analog breakout connections, Intensity Pro 4K works with NTSC/PAL, HD and Ultra HD video with or without compression and is compatible with all popular video editing, audio, and streaming software.


  • HDMI Video Input : 1 x HDMI type A connector.
  • HDMI Video Output : 1 x HDMI type A connector.
  • HDMI Audio Input : 8 Channels embedded in SD, HD and Ultra HD.
  • HDMI Audio Output : 8 Channels embedded in SD, HD and Ultra HD.
  • Analog Video Input : Component, Composite or S-Video.
  • Analog Video Output : Component, Composite or S-Video.
  • Analog Audio Input : 2 Channel RCA HiFi audio in 24-bit.
  • Analog Audio Output : 2 Channel RCA HiFi audio in 24-bit.
  • SPDIF Audio Output : 2 Channel 24-bit.
  • Multiple Rate Support : HDMI video connections are switchable between SD, HD and Ultra HD. Component analog video connections are switchable between SD and HD.

Computer Interface

Intensity Pro 4K

PCI Express 4 lane, compatible with 4, 8 and 16 lane PCIe slots.


  • SD Format Support : 625i/50 PAL and 525i/59.94 NTSC, 480p
  • HD Format Support : 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60.
  • Ultra HD Format Support : 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97 and 2160p30.
  • HDMI Video Sampling : RGB 4:4:4 in HD and YUV 4:2:2 in Ultra HD.
  • HDMI Audio Sampling : Television standard sample rate of 48kHz and 24-bit.
  • Color Space : REC 601, REC 709.
  • HDMI Color Precision : 10-bit
  • HDMI Configuration : HDMI 1.4b supports Deep Color and automatically configures to connected display.

Copy Protection

HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources. Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content.


  • UHD/HD Down Conversion : Software based down conversion during video playback.
  • HD Up Conversion : Real time SD to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture.
  • Real Time Effects : Final Cut Pro X internal effects. Premiere Pro CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects.


  • Software Included : DaVinci Resolve Lite, Media Express, Disk Speed Test, Blackmagic Desktop Video.
  • Internal Software Upgrade : Firmware built into software driver. Loaded at system start or via updater software.

Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later.
  • Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 10.
  • Linux

Physical Specifications

Intensity Pro 4K

Physical Installation

PCI Express 4 lane, compatible with 4, 8, 16 lane PCI Express slots on Mac OS X, Windows 7 and 8, and Linux. Please check the Support pages to see the full system requirements.

Environmental Specifications

  • Operating Temperature : 5 to 40 C (32 to 104 F)
  • Storage Temperature : -20 to 45 C (-4 to 113 F)
  • Relative Humidity : 0% to 90% non-condensing

What's Included

  • Intensity Pro 4K
  • Software SD card.
  • Breakout Cable


12 Months Limited Warranty.

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