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Blackmagic Design

Intensity Extreme
HDMI Capture

Mac / PC / Thunderbolt™
High Definition Made Easy
HDMI Meets Thunderbolt™
HD Editing Featuring Lightning Fast Thunderbolt™
Intensity Extreme, the world's first 10 bit HD/SD editing solution to feature lightning fast Thunderbolt™ technology. Simply plug in Intensity Extreme to get incredible quality HDMI, component video, s-video and composite 10 bit capture and playback for Thunderbolt™ based computers.

The perfect solution for videographers, Intensity Extreme includes SD/HD capture and playback in compressed and uncompressed video quality. Better still, this revolutionary new device is compatible with Final Cut Pro 7™, Adobe Premiere Pro™, Adobe After Effects™, Nuke™, DaVinci Resolve and more.

True HDMI Digital Connections
Intensity features HDMI-in for connecting to cameras and digital set-top boxes for the highest quality capture. Get higher quality capture from HD cameras by capturing direct and bypassing the HDV compression chip for high quality video captured direct from the image sensor.
As edit software can't play back to HDV cameras for monitoring, Intensity is ideal to use for monitoring uncompressed HD or HDV, and even DV edits on the latest big screen televisions and video projectors by connecting to the built-in HDMI out.
Uncompressed or Compressed Video
HDV and DV also use heavy compression. With HDV, the compression is time based which loads up the system CPU as the editing software reassembles the video just to display each frame in the video. With Intensity you're working in uncompressed, so all CPU time is free for real time effects and the system feels snappy and fast to use. Because uncompressed video in HD requires a fast disk array, to save cost you can also choose compressed video that's higher quality than HDV. For example you can use DV 100 codec on Mac OS X™ which is 4 times better quality than HDV, or on Windows™ you can choose our new full resolution JPEG codec.
Full Resolution
Intensity uses full resolution HDTV, which is a massive 1920 x 1080 pixels for every video frame. HDV only uses 1440 pixels wide due to the limitations of the small cassette tapes used and the FireWire speeds build into the cameras. However the newer cameras being released, such as the Sony HDR-HC3 have built-in HDMI video output which allow access to the raw uncompressed video from the CCD directly. That provides incredible quality. If you're capturing off HDV tape, you can still enjoy editing video in full resolution, so your graphics and effects look sharp because only uncompressed video eliminates the horizontal scaling that's required when rendering HDV footage with graphics and effects.
Live Streaming
Always get a clean uncompressed video source for your streaming files. Uncompressed source video also means you don't waste CPU time de-compressing video on capture, so all the computer's CPU is free for compressing to streaming standards. You get faster rendering of your streaming files and more real time support. Intensity Pro is compatible with all streaming software on Mac OS X™ and Windows™.

Product Specifications:

Blackmagic Design Part Number


Input Connections

  • Digital
    • 1 x HDMI type A connector
  • Analog (via included breakout cable)
    • Component, NTSC, PAL or S-Video.

Output Connection

  • Digital
    • 1 x HDMI type A connector
  • Analog (via included breakout cable)
    • Component, NTSC, PAL or S-Video.

Audio Support

  • HDMI Input/Output
    • 2 Channels
  • Analog Input/Output (via included breakout cable)
    • 2 Channel RCA HiFi audio in 24 bit
  • SPDIF Output
    • 2 Channel 24 bit

Dual Rate Support

  • HDMI and Analog Component switches between high definition and standard definition

SD Format Support

  • 625i/50 PAL
  • 525i/59.94 NTSC

HD Format Support

  • 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60
  • 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30
  • 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60

Supported HDMI Formats

  • 525 NTSC, 625 PAL, 720HD and 1080HD switchable

HDMI Video Sampling

  • 4:2:2

HDMI Audio Sampling

  • Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit

HDMI Color Space

  • YUV 4:2:2

Colorspace Conversion

  • Hardware based real time

HD Down Conversion

  • Software based down conversion during video playback

HD Up Conversion

  • Real time standard definition to 1080HD and 720HD during video capture

Real Time Effects

  • Apple Final Cut Pro™ internal effects. Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC Mercury Playback Engine effects. Avid Media Composer internal effects

OS Support

  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • Windows 7 or later


  • Thunderbolt™


Manufacturer provided specifications for Blackmagic Design p/n BINTSTBEXT

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4 / 5 2 out of 3 (67%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Bryan Location: San Jose, California Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works intuitively and has a very pleasing external design. March 13, 2012 I got this unit to capture video for use with Final Cut Pro X. After installing the current versions of Final Cut and the BlackMagic software, everything "just worked". Choosing the Apple ProRes codec for output (which was easily done in the BlackMagic software settings) made the captured video "FCP X Ready". I AM using the component video input (because of copy protection from my cable box), but have plans to use the HDMI input with a camcorder. The HDMI output works great with the new version of FCP X, however, and the Intensity Extreme was recognized by the software with no problems.

I'm still in the learning phase for a lot of video editing technology and I was able to use the Intensity Extreme "right out of the box" without even reading much (if any) documentation. Given that fact, I am definitely pleased with my purchase.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: kmac1036
Rating: 5/5 great capture device March 12, 2012 I picked up this box to work with BoinxTV, capturing a video camera & a presenter's screen. The previous review addressing an issue with the PS3 is disingenuous because it doesn't seem the reviewer researched the situation before buying, nor did they try the component connections before writing a poor review. Blackmagic design has to respect the HDCP flag, otherwise they run the risk of being sued & unable to sell gear. They are very up front about their devices not capturing copy protected content over HDMI.

I plugged another MacBook Pro into this & was able to capture the screen with little trouble setting it up in BoinxTV. Nice little box.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: slackluster Location: New York, NY Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 2/5 Doesn't record PS3 gameplay! March 1, 2012 BUYER BEWARE: If you're looking to buy this to record PS3 gameplay (as I was), you should know that the Intensity Extreme will NOT be able to do so, because of HDCP restrictions from the PS3. (I just got off the phone with BlackMagic tech support, and they confirmed this.)

Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme HDMI Capture Mfr P/N: BINTSTBEXT OWC SKU: BMDBINTSTBEXT HDMI Capture and Editing Through Lightning Fast Thunderbolt™ Blackmagic Design 1 Year Limited Warranty
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