Blackmagic Design

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TouchDesigner supports Blackmagic Design devices through the Video Device In TOP and Video Device Out TOP.



Blackmagic Design builds a wide array of high performance input and output video devices. They offer devices for PCI-e and USB 3.0 interfaces that are available in a variety of input/output connections such as HDMI, SDI/HD-SDI, DVI, Component, and more.

Blackmagic Products can be found here.

Blackmagic Support in TouchDesigner

TouchDesigner has built-in native driver support for Blackmagic devices providing better performance and lower latency than WDM/DirectShow capture devices.

GPU Direct For Video Support[edit]

Support for GPU Direct For Video has been added for Blackmagic devices. This feature only works in conjunction with new Nvidia Quadro cards. Generally this feature is required for 8K support, due to PCIe bandwidth limits.


Ways to interface with Blackmagic Design in TouchDesigner

Tips for Working with Blackmagic Design

Firmware Updating[edit]

If your Blackmagic device is not working, ensure it has the correct firmware installed for the drivers you are using. As long as your driver is version 11.5 or later, you can use the following commands from the driver installation folder (usually C:\Program Files\Blackmagic Design\Desktop Video):

List the devices and their firmware version:

 DesktopVideoUpdateTool.exe --list

To perform updates (-u) on all devices (-a), use:

 DesktopVideoUpdateTool.exe -ua