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Installation of Blackmagic Design hardware on Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and Scientific Linux (under development)

Install instructions for the black magic card on Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and Scientific Linux.

Prerequisites

You may need to install the following package to build the Blackmagic Drivers.

yum install dkms

Downloading drivers

  • Download the driver from www.blackmagic-design.com
    • click on support
    • Host = Linux
    • Product Series = [Choose product type, for example - DeckLink]
    • Product = [Choose product type, for example - DeckLink SDI]
    • Click on search button
    • Click on the download for "Desktop Video 9.0 for Linux"
    • Click on "Download Now" (Note file is 156 meg)

Installation of Drivers

  • Un-tar the File XXXXXXX.tar.gz using the command:
tar -zxvf XXXXXXX.tar.gz

  • Install drivers by
rpm -ivh desktopvideo-9.0-redhat.x86_64.rpm 

You should get output like the following:

rpm -ivh desktopvideo-9.0-redhat.x86_64.rpm 
Preparing... ########################################### [100%]
1:desktopvideo ########################################### [100%]
* Creating settings directory
* Adding desktopvideo-9.0a15 to DKMS
* Building desktopvideo-9.0a15 for kernel version: 2.6.32-220.2.1.el6.x86_64
* Installing desktopvideo-9.0a15
* Attempting to load driver
* Driver was already loaded. You must reboot

 

Adding video and audio group

Installation of the Blackmagic Drivers may cause your other video devices to stop working.  This issue can be resolved through adding the required users to the audio and video group, this is done by (with root priviledges):

groupmems -a [username] -g audio
groupmems -a [username] -g video

where [username] is the user running the AG software.  For example, if the user "ag" executes the AG software, you would execute the commands:

groupmems -a ag -g audio
groupmems -a ag -g video

 

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