Cineform Or Blackmagic Intensity? at

Go Back   DV Info Net > Cross-Platform Post Production Solutions > CineForm Software Showcase

CineForm Software Showcase
Cross platform digital intermediates for independent filmmakers.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old March 10th, 2008, 08:55 AM   #1
Regular Crew
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: LONDON
Posts: 178
Cineform Or Blackmagic Intensity?

Hi all,

I've not found an answer to this question elsewhere.

In principle both these solutions are similar right? They capture to their own codec for greatly reduced file sizes.

So, Cinemform talk about the resultant realtime performance in Premiere. Does this álso apply to the Blackmagic capture? Will I see similar benefits in editing speed. I'm not clear if Cineform offers a rendering advantage or not...

Thank you
Deniz Ahmet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10th, 2008, 09:12 AM   #2
CTO, CineForm Inc.
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
Posts: 8,086
The solutions are quite different. Blackmagic uses 8-bit M-JPEG (DCT based), CineForm developed a post-production codec from scratch for 10-12bit precision (Wavelet based), and much more performance. You can capture live from Blackmagic card to CineForm and the editing performance is high. Yet most choice CineForm for quality over performance. Note: We have yet to integrate Blackmagic for Premiere output -- working on that.

As your question -- "Cineform Or Blackmagic Intensity?" -- best answer is both.
David Newman -- web:
blog: -- twitter:
David Newman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11th, 2008, 01:24 PM   #3
New Boot
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Worthington, OH
Posts: 8
As an amateur, the primary advantage that I see of blackmagic cards is that I can capture HDMI at a full 1090 rather than 1440 - but only if I capture live.

The blackmagic card may also remove a few idiosyncrasies with respect to windows failing to see a firewire device (yeah, that happens sometimes).

Cineform, regardless of what else you use, provides a better intermediate editing format. The stand alone version provides better compression than the standard version included with Vegas, which is why I use it.
Andrew Pitonyak is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Cross-Platform Post Production Solutions > CineForm Software Showcase

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:02 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network