Bluefish444 Announces Windows 4k Hd Sdi Preview & 12-Bit Hd Sdi Preview Plug-In For Assimilate’s Scratch & Scratch Lab


Last Updated: September 8, 2012 6:03 am GMT
(S. Melbourne, Australia--September 8, 2012) Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced that it has developed a new Windows plug-in for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH® and SCRATCH Lab®, enabling both 4K HD SDI preview and 12-bit HD SDI preview.

Bluefish444 has collaborated with ASSIMILATE to develop a freely available plug-in to the Epoch range of video cards, including the Epoch | 4K Supernova. The plug-in will enable SCRATCH customers with:

  • Full resolution 4K HD SDI video preview, and
  • 12-bit HD SDI preview

12-bit SDI preview support allows SCRATCH customers to preview the true potential of high bit-depth imagery available with modern digital cameras.

Bluefish444 Epoch | 4K Supernova video cards will support the following 4K SDI previews from within SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab:
  • Digital Cinema 4096 X 2160 4:2:2 YUV 8/10 bit HD-SDI preview
  • 4K QFHD 3840 X 2160 4:2:2 YUV 8/10 bit HD-SDI preview
  • Digital Cinema 4096 X 2160 4:4:4 RGB 8/10 bit Dual Link HD-SDI preview
  • 4K QFHD 3840 X 2160 4:4:4 RGB 8/10 bit HD-SDI preview
  • Up to 2048 X 1080 4:4:4 RGB 12 bit HD-SDI preview
  • Hardware color-space conversion between 8/10/12 bit YUV and RGB for HD-SDI preview

Bluefish444 will be demonstrating HD RGB 12 bit SDI preview from within ASSIMILATE SCRATCH® at IBC 2012, utilizing the Sony’s OLED BVM-E250 12-bit SDI capable broadcast monitor.

“Bluefish444 has a long standing industry collaboration with ASSIMILATE. Bluefish444 will provide ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH customers with the capacity to preview their workflows in native 4K resolutions instead of down converting to 2K for HD SDI output. Further, 12-bit RGB HD SDI preview enables those ASSIMILATE customers with a 12-bit SDI monitor the unique ability to preview their images in the highest possible bit depth right through to the reference monitor,” said Tom Lithgow, Product Specialist of Bluefish444.

“SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab have earned a tremendous reputation as products that deliver maximum value to our artists,” said Steve Bannerman, VP of marketing at ASSIMILATE. “One of the things these artists value the most is performance. We’re excited to see Bluefish444 providing 4K SDI and 12-bit RGB HD SDI preview from within SCRATCH via their 12-bit processing Epoch | 4K Supernova video cards. This level of outstanding performance is a great example of how our collaboration with BlueFish444 delivers meaningful solutions to artists that allow them to push the envelope as they craft the world’s greatest stories.”

The Windows driver supporting ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab will be available from the Bluefish444 website free of charge in October 2012.

About Bluefish444:
Bluefish444 is the manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD video cards for the Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. Its video cards are used in broadcast, feature film and post-production markets for editing, animation, compositing, color correction, restoration, digital intermediate, 3D and IPTV applications.

Bluefish444 cards have been used on award-winning feature films, commercials, music videos and sports events worldwide. Bluefish444’s range of video cards are incorporated in video servers, encoders, decoders and character generator solutions by numerous 3rd party OEM manufacturers, in addition to other niche & mainstream applications.

Founded in 1998, Bluefish444 is a division and brand name of Bluefish Technologies Pty Ltd., which is based in S. Melbourne, Australia. Its products are distributed via an extensive sales channel of OEMs, dealers, and system integrators globally. For further information, visit

ASSIMILATE is the premier provider of digital workflow and post-production tools, that have proven essential to the successful creation of thousands of studio and independent features, television shows, music videos and corporate video productions. The company’s SCRATCH products, running on Windows and Mac OS® X, are the heartbeat of today’s most demanding digital post-production and dailies workflows for 2D and stereo 3D productions. They equip directors, DPs and artists with the state-of-the-art, intuitive, data-centric solutions they need to meet the continual challenges of increased creativity and productivity amid ever-shrinking budgets. ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH® data-centric DI system, is the most comprehensive, end-to-end cinema and broadcast imaging tool for playback, conform, editing, color grading, compositing and finishing of RED and other digital workflows. SCRATCH Lab® delivers a comprehensive toolset for the review, versioning, color correction, conform and output of on-set or VFX dailies. ASSIMILATE a privately held company, with headquarters in Santa Clara, California, USA, offices in London, UK, Groningen, NL and Beijing City, CN and markets its products worldwide via a global reseller network. To learn more please visit


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