Colour-perfect Proofing

Blackmagic is a colour management system designed to produce precision, colour-matched proofs from 1-bit, CTP RIP, PDF, composite and separated postscript files.

A stand-alone software proofing solution for demanding press and print environments, Blackmagic is made to work alongside any existing production workflow.

Colour Management

  • Blackmagic features an ICC v4.2 compliant colour management system with true 16-bit processing for enhanced colour depth and finer colour control.
  • Import press ICC profiles to match your CMYK or multi-colour press standard.
  • Process files containing halftone, stochastic, hybrid, or any other screening type.
  • Press ink and platesetter dotgain compensation normalises plate files for proofing.
  • Real Dot Technology delivers your proofs with exactly the same dot structure as source platesetter RIP files.
Colour Management
Press RIP Integration

Press RIP Integration & Workflow

  • Blackmagic interprets the native file format, directory structure, assembly and imposition data of your platesetter RIP.
  • Virtual Press allows you to manage, assign and change job plates.
  • Configure automated RIP polling and proofing to suit your workflow.
  • Submit files via drop folders, directly from design applications, or the desktop.
  • Use Jobtickets to precisely control your job processing and print options.
  • Display, monitor, and manage submitted files with the Jobs interface.

Colour Verification & Spot Colours

  • Certify the colour accuracy of your proofs using an integrated system for creating and measuring verification charts against ∆e, ∆H and ∆Ch tolerances.
  • Generate 'Calcheck' charts from imported CGATS data, directly from press ICC profiles or create customised charts.
  • Create or import unlimited Lab, CMYK, or multi-colour spot colour libraries.
  • Lab (Multi) special colour support allows spot inks to be specifically characterised, defining the Lab values of a colour at different tint levels.
  • Blackmagic uses spot colour paint modes and ink merging to accurately reproduce the process and spot inks of your presses.
  • Truespot colour iteration optimises your spot colours for peak accuracy on any proofing media.
Colour Verification
De-Imposition and Soft Proofing

De-Imposition & Soft Proofing

  • De-impose press sheets for proofing as individual pages or page pairs.
  • Utilise plate imposition signatures in standard industry formats, including JDF.
  • Display colour accurate previews on-screen at full output resolution.
  • Multi-resolution previews allow real-time zooming of large print areas.
  • Preview spreads, signatures, back-page show-through, and individual ink channels.
  • Ink Key Viewer helps the press operator set up press ink ducts and calculate ink use.

Printer Control

  • Blackmagic uses Paper Profiling to individually characterise print media.
  • Choose printhead dot sizes and use intelligent ink limiting to achieve optimal colour densities, while using the least amount of ink.
  • Linearise your print output using configurable gradation curves.
  • Monitor your printer's current status, ink levels and remaining media.
  • Load balancing efficiently manages your proofing output across multiple printers.
Printer Control
Unlimited Seats

Unlimited Seats, Unlimited Printers

  • Blackmagic is a Server/Client based system supporting an unlimited number of local or networked clients at no additional cost.
  • Client interface settings can be individualised or shared with other users.
  • A Secure Mode option allows selective user access to functions and job information.
  • Your software includes a printer driver suite that allows it to run an unlimited number of your chosen brand of printer.

Blackmagic Pro

Proofing for 1-bit, CTP RIP, PDF and postscript files.

Unlimited proofing and workflow options. Blackmagic Pro is the complete colour management and proofing solution for any press, publishing, or commercial print environment.


1 RIP of your choice* plus default input drivers.

1 Output driver suite of your choice* plus default output drivers.

Unlimited print size.

Blackmagic Pro

Blackmagic Lite

Proofing for 1-bit and CTP RIP files.

For the pressroom that needs precise, colour-matched proofs for platesetter RIPs. Blackmagic Lite is designed for non-postscript workflows.


1 RIP of your choice* plus Lite default input drivers.

1 Output driver suite of your choice* plus default output drivers.

Unlimited print size.

**Also available in 4UP and 2UP sizing.

Blackmagic Lite

Blackmagic Bureau

Proofing for PDF and postscript files.

For pre-press design and advertising studios needing to proof work for publication. Blackmagic Bureau is made for PDF/postscript environments. Bureau can also function as the destination for a Serendipity Blackmagic remote proofing solution.


Default input drivers.

1 Output driver suite of your choice* plus default output drivers.

Unlimited print size.

Blackmagic Bureau

Soft Proofing Add-on Package

Designed specifically with the demands of the publishing and newspaper industries in mind, the Soft Proofing Add-on Package gives Blackmagic access to all of the features available in Veripress, including:

  • Bookfilter, which uses your press planning files to automatically assemble publication pages on screen.
  • Press Agent, allowing operators to load publication pages for soft proofing using the press console.
  • Instant press sheet de-imposition on screen.
  • Advanced RGB and CMYK spot colour merging for soft proofs.
  • Truespot colour iteration for soft proofing displays.
  • Multicolour press match ICC profile support.
  • Proof Lock, soft proof display colour quality assurance.
  • Additional Touch Console and SoftProof functions.
  • Embed a SoftProof Press in individual jobs.

Any Blackmagic product can be enhanced with the Soft Proofing Add-on Package, effectively making it two Serendipity proofing products in one.

Veripress Pro

Not sure which product suits your needs? Compare Products to see what would best fit your workflow.

Blackmagic Pro and Bureau default input drivers include: TIFF, JPEG, PNG, Scitex CT, Adobe Photoshop PSD, Serendipity Blackmagic Image, Postscript Level 3 RIP - PS, EPS, PDF.

Blackmagic Lite default input drivers include: TIFF, JPEG, PNG, Scitex CT, Adobe Photoshop PSD, Serendipity Blackmagic Image.

Default output drivers for all products include: HTML, JPEG, PDF, PDF (Retain Spot Colours), Photoshop EPS (JPEG), PNG, Postscript, PPM, Scitex CT, Serendipity Blackmagic Image, TIFF.

* Your choice includes the selection of one (1) RIP input driver from the list of supported RIPs and one (1) Output driver suite (For e.g., Epson, HP, Canon, etc) from the list of supported output drivers.

** 4UP and 2UP sizes are width limited to 24.17in and 13in respectively. Unlimited length.

All new product purchases include one year of free minor release updates. View our warranty policy.



Some of our Blackmagic customers include:


With exceptional support, knowledge and expertise, the team at Serendipity are simply the best when it comes to all things colour.

We have experienced seamless integration using Blackmagic. The product has allowed us to customise our CMS to help satisfy the ever increasing demands of our staff and clients. With colour precision, high speed processing, flexibility and continual updates, the software is truly in a class of its own."

-- Daniel Haskew - Technical Manager, Look Print