OT: Hardware: Blackmagic Video Capture Cards

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Hi, folks,

I’m still trying to find a video capture card that won’t crash Dell servers, and ran across a Blackmagic BDLKDUO2 DeckLink Duo 2. It claims to support Linux. I’m also seeing, in the few non-Blabkmagic or sales pages I can find, that they like “binary blobs”. I also haven’t been able to find anything about o/s or library requirements.

Has anyone run across these cards, or know anything at all about them?
All we’re doing with them is running a few video cameras in for surveillance of our secure rooms, no audio, nothing fancy, with the motion package reading the input.


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  • John R Pierce wrote:

    Thanks, but no. IP cameras are explicitly right out. I said “secure rooms”
    (no, no, these are not server rooms, “Server Room” requires serious paperwork, etc….) but they *are* secure. We want no one able to connect but us. And we’ve already got some perfectly good cameras that run BNC. The reason I’m back to looking is the BT878 cards we have work fine… on older, non-Dell servers. Firmware updates? What are those? A few years ago, I tried tracking down the manufacturer… who got sold, and sold again, and IIRC, sold again. I tried contacting the final owner, and got no answer whatever.

    So, we were looking for a newer capture card. These Blackmagic are PCIe; I
    think the BT878’s are PCI, or maybe PCI-x, and personally, I think there’s an issue in the chip Dell uses on their m/b to convert – it’s a TI chip.

    Anyway, thanks for the thought.

    Oh, right… and we would not want a camera that we can’t update the firmware, and might be sending info back to China, or maybe it’s being used in a DDoS attack via the IoT….


  • Blackmagic support is sketchy at best.

    I’d have to say they allegedly support Linux.

    I got one of the USB 3 units that claimed Linux support and was told
    “nuh uh” with not even an attempt to find a way to make it go.

    Find something different.