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BlackmagicVoiceQ Pro: Revolutionizing Video Workflow

BlackmagicVoiceQ Pro is a cutting-edge software solution designed to seamlessly integrate with a wide range of video hardware devices from Blackmagic Design. Its plug-and-play feature allows for effortless output of video through Blackmagic hardware, thereby expanding the spectrum of supported output devices. This innovation addresses the challenges associated with evolving workflows and eliminates the need for additional hardware and cabling in studios, significantly reducing setup time.

Recommended Machine Specification:

  • Quad-core i5 2012+ models or later
  • Apple Silicon devices

Originally developed and rigorously tested with the mac mini server 2012 Quad-core i7 machine, VoiceQ Pro's performance is optimized for the recommended machine specification. However, the quality of output may vary depending on the overall power and current status of the running machine.

MIPMAP support

VoiceQ Pro 8.0 will bring MIPMAP support for video output allowing users to choose the correct font scaling for their display. Users can choose a larger font size for larger displays depending on resolution scaling. IF MIPMAP is selected you may see improved performance depending on the graphics engine. Radeon cards will see good improvement while Apple Silicon will see 10x performance even on base level M1 devices (Macbook Air).

Compatibility with Blackmagic Devices:

VoiceQ Pro has been meticulously tested for compatibility with a variety of Blackmagic devices, including:

  • Intensity Shuttle for USB-C
  • UltraStudio for Thunderbolt™ 4K
  • Decklink 4K Extreme card
  • Decklink HD Extreme 2, 3
  • Blackmagic DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G
  • Blackmagic DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K
  • Blackmagic DeckLink Duo 2
  • Blackmagic DeckLink Mini Recorder
  • Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K Mini

Please note that the following Blackmagic devices are not compatible with VoiceQ Pro:

  • Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro - HDMI and Analog Editing Card

To ensure seamless connectivity, users are advised to update to the latest Blackmagic drivers if they encounter any issues.

Visual Features in Blackmagic Output:

VoiceQ Pro leverages the latest API from Blackmagic Design, supporting all hardware currently endorsed by Blackmagic Design. Visual features activated in Blackmagic output include:

  • Waveform
  • Rythmoband
  • Ruler
  • Streamers
  • Visual countdown/up
  • Script preview
  • FN support

Upcoming Features in the Next Update:

The forthcoming update of VoiceQ Pro will introduce several enhancements, including:

  • Recording indicator
  • Dynamic latency detection
  • MINMAP dynamic font scaling

Blackmagic Setup Steps:

  1. Launch BlackmagicVoiceQ Pro
  2. Open a previous project or create a new one
  3. Navigate to Window > Video Output Configuration
  4. Select your desired Video Output Method and adjust resolution, frame rate, buffering time, and display latency as needed.

OpenGL Setup Steps:

In addition to Blackmagic output, BlackmagicVoiceQ Pro now supports OpenGL rendering for smoother playback. Users can follow these steps to enable OpenGL rendering:

  1. Launch VoiceQ Pro
  2. Open a previous project or create a new one
  3. Navigate to Window > Video Output Configuration
  4. Select OpenGL as the Video Output Method

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • Why doesn't video from VoiceQ appear when using Pro Tools?Ensure the AVID video engine is turned off in Pro Tools to avoid conflicts.
  • Why won't my Blackmagic device work after removing it while connected to a display?Avoid removing or disconnecting the Blackmagic Device while the video window is visible on an external display to prevent critical errors.
  • How can I improve the playback of the Rythmoband?Adjust the frame rate to 60fps for clearer playback.
  • Why is audio playback via the Blackmagic device distorted?Lower the output resolution to resolve distortion issues.
  • Why do I only see a black screen on my external device?Ensure that buffering time and display latency are set above the recommended thresholds to avoid video display issues.