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DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?

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Leo TicheliDeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 5:07:32 am

Hi Grant,
From my brief reading, it appears DeckLink provides more than any other digitizing card for less than 1/3 the price.

Am I missing something, or, are the lights burning late at AJA, Digital Voodoo, et al?

Best regards,
Leo


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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 7:24:22 am

Toughest damn NDA secret I've ever had to keep in my entire life. Ahhhh... I can finally breath now.

Now that Grant & Co. have succesfully (and officially) turned the video industry upside down, it'll be interesting how Pinnacle, Digital Voodoo, Aurora and (gasp) AJA Video respond to this.

I'll step aside and let Grant take it from here...

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Noah KadnerRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:58:04 am

If I edit mainly in DV/DVCAM- no SDI- would this card be useful to me?

Noah


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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 3:12:07 pm

No, it would not. Although DV is a part of what it does, its strength is in 8-bit and 10-bit uncompressed. If you do not output via SDI even to an analog source like BetaCam SP, there's no point (if all you're doing is going back to DV).

Good question though.

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Noah KadnerRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 7:39:36 pm

Too bad- my thought was if I could go DV- uncompressed or at least this online JPEG mode- I could do much better FX and color correction. Because at the moment my footage gets hammered whenever I do more than a tiny amount of FX or CC. I would eventually go back to out DV but I guess I would lose the benefits by then- right?

Noah


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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 7:56:44 pm

[Noah Kadner] "I would eventually go back to out DV but I guess I would lose the benefits by then- right?"

Yeah, pretty much so. Actually, I just posted some info on this very topic in your new DVX-100 forum. I'll copy what I wrote there and paste it here...

If you go back to DV in the end, there's no advantage. Want a good example of DV 4:1:1 to uncompressed 4:2:2 back to DV 4:1:1? Check this out:

http://www.onerivermedia.com/codecs/dv-601-dv.htm

Hope this helps,

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 8:44:44 pm

Even after seeing my demo clips from Racacak Marco?

:)

ps: I'm still saying and maintaining that there is no way a full DV/FW workflow would have acheived the quality attained in those 2 clips...

Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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gary jaegerRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 10:34:29 am

Pretty remarkable. I didn't see any mention of real-time 3:2. Is this not a feature of the DeckLink?

gary


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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 6:53:10 am

Hi,

Yes, we had to make changes to support his on the DeckLink so we decided to leave it out, as we are in the middle of a Kona SD v2.2 update with embedded audio and some changes for Final Cut Pro re-certification on OS X 10.2, and did not want to interrupt this to make many changes for the DeckLink.

So we just disabled this feature and will pick it back up again when we roll v2.2 down to the DeckLink at a later date. Currently we are releasing software updates based on the number of units sold. So the Kona SD and Kona HD get software updates before the DeckLink. The drivers are similar when running on standard definition, so the gap between products being supported should not be that long.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design



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Tim BeatonRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 10:59:50 am

A question...

As a DV dabbler (Canon XM-1 user) it would seem that there would be advantages to me using this card: Proper RT, if presently limited in scope, the ability to output from DV projects directly to Digibeta or D5, should the need ever arise, Online JPEG, etc.
What would I need to add to the system to incorporate it into my present set-up? (G4 533SP, 1GB Ram, 80GB capture disk, soon to be replaced with 2x120 GB IBM drives on PCI ATA raid card)
I don't have access to SDI gear, so I presumably would need a D/A box of some sort to monitor Audio and Video. I there such a standalone device? How much would this cost?
If there was a relatively cheap device to do this, it would REALLY make the Matrox RT-mac look sick, which would be nice for us hobbyist/semiPro users, of which I bet there are a number who read the Cow Fora!
I can't wait to tell my Editor pal who still uses his AVID composer for offlining, what I could do for a fraction of the cost!
Hats off to all concerned for what looks like a remarkable product.


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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 3:25:14 pm

This card is really geared to the SDI user. Why? It becomes costly if you need to add analog converters to make it work. Here are some examples:

1. SDI to component analog output converter (AJA D10CE)
2. SDI to component analog input converter (AJA D10A)
3. SDI embedded audio to AES/EBU digital audio converter (Miranda)
4. AES/EBU digital to XLR analog converter (Midiman Flying Cow)

For the SDI user, this is a dream come true. For the low budget analog or DV user, it can get expensive.

But hey, at least you don't have to buy a Stealth card anymore!

If all you're doing is DV, then I would advise sticking with it.

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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jean-yves le moineRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 3:35:37 pm

hi codecman

how do you make it work for monitoring if your digibeta is going away for a walk
you have an audio/video sdi output embedded yes but how you split it beetween audio for the speakers and video for the monitor?

bye

jean-yves le moine

temps réel productions
paris
jylem@temps-reel.fr


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Itamar KoolRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 3:53:46 pm

I don't get it really. How does this work? Blackmagic works together with AJA and then launches a competitor to the very video card they helped to develop. What does this mean for the owners of the Kona card? Will the cooperation between Blackmagic and AJA stay as it was? I'm a bit worried. Example: I'm still waiting for embedded audio on my Kona card and meanwhile I see this new card from Blackmagic already has it


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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 4:46:09 pm

First, the Miranda splits the audio and video for the embedded SDI audio into two outputs (for the output) and two inputs (for the input) from what I remember. Check miranda.com for more details.

Yes, the BMD/AJA relationship does seem a bit strange now. But BMD will still work with AJA because the Kona SD and HD will continue to need development. BMD doesn't seem to have plans for an HD card of their own. Although maybe they do and they're not telling me!

AJA has been working on Kona's embedded SDI audio on their own. This will still come out.

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 7:14:57 am

Hi,

Yes, there is no point doing cards like the Kona SD and Kona HD, because we already have those, and they cannot be beat.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design


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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 7:24:51 am

Hi,

Don't worry, things have not changed between us and AJA Video. You should see an update for the Kona with embedded audio next week. If you are registered, we will send you an email when it's available.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design


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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 8:52:16 pm

You take a Sony PVM14L5 monitor with SDI + audio decoder card...


Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 7:27:29 am

Hi,

There is a few options. You might be able to monitor audio from your mac audio output, however the best way is to use a picolink SDI to analog converter, which we use.

Also, there are monitors with SDI audio monitoring as well. There are also other brands of SDI to AES converters.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design



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Adam PortnoyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 3:53:22 pm

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I use BetaSP and DV for video but want to genterate my 3D and motion graphics at the highest resolution and keep them there until final output. This seems like a dream come true. Why can you not just use the DA-Max+ with this system for everything? Yes, it's another $1700 but $2700 for all this is amazing. Am I missing something here?


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chrispyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 4:17:11 pm

I'm equally curious...the specs of the DeckLink is exactly like the KonaSD but with embedded audio.

So is this a competitive product to Kona or another collaboration project between AJA and BM ? And why would I choose KonaSD over DeckLink since it does exactly the same ?

Would be great to hear from Grant about this new product with an out of this world price tag.



-chrispy


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chrispyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 4:46:39 pm

...now wouldn't it be nice if Grant & Co. starts making VTRs...then we don't have to pay the many many dollars to the four letter word company that dominated the VTR world.




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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 8:55:13 pm

Does not look like it will do offline 24p and offline film...

Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 7:22:36 am

Hi,

A lot of the features are the same, however when you think about it the most important thing a plug in hardware card does, is connect you to things. That's where the cards are different because they connect to things differently.

The Kona SD connects to everything, and it's got AES and (about to) SDI audio, genlock or internal sync sample rate converters) so it's extremely versatile. Basically you cannot go wrong if you get one, because you can connect to everything.

The DeckLink leaves a lot of bits out, because it's designed to connect to a deck only. It's lower cost, but also has some things to further reduce the cost of a complete system. That's why it uses SDI audio, and has sync output to the deck when in capture mode, and built in remote control port.

Guys who are getting a Kona SD are generally larger companies, while the guys after the DeckLink cannot afford the infrastructure, and want a simple Mac and deck based system. So the differences are big, and the DeckLink is not a low cost Kona, it's just different and for a different market.

Of course the low cost is exciting, because I am nuts over making this more affordable for everyone. We even sold a board today when someone just came to our office and wanted one! They watched it get made, and then purchased it after it was tested. That was cool!

The guy who purchased it could not afford to get other cards, but had a job on Monday and could really use something. So it's fun when we allow people to get into high end video by doing something at low cost.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design



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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 4:51:57 pm

If you want to keep your CGI clips at the highest resolution possible, then render them to 64-bit 4:4:4:4 Microcosm codec. Although the BMD 10-bit Trillions codec is the best 4:2:2 codec available for real-time playback, it's still not the best resolution you can achieve since it's not 4:4:4. You have to decide which is more important to you... 4:4:4 or 4:2:2.

From what I understand, the DA-Max+ doesn't support embedded audio. You'll still need a Miranda for that and possibly a Flying Cow if you want to go to analog.

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Adam PortnoyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 5:05:56 pm

I actually use Microcosm now and then convert to DV for the final edit. Being my final output is DV right now, 4:2:2 would be fantastic. I don't want to stay in DV but I don't really NEED 8-bit or 10-bit uncompressed now because I am not doing broadcast work at this time. I'd be very pleased to have a JPEG/M-JPEG level of quality that works with OS X in FCP, AE and Photoshop. Still, I want to be able to edit and have some real-time effects and transitions and maintain a high-quality image. While this might be overkill for my immediate needs, it is still a bargain and the only OS X game in town. The converter thing is getting a little confusing for me but I have a feeling this is going to be a big discussion. Again, at this price there's nothing else that competes. However, if this part of the market follows the 3D software market lookout for falling prices. Maya dropped to $1999 and now comes with $4000 Mental Ray for free. Now look at the prices of high-end 3D software. There's a good chance BMD will have started the same reaction. Exciting times.

-A


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Kevin HedinRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 5:31:21 pm

After re-reading the specs for Decklink, It appears that the card is only compatible with Digital decks. Does this mean that I can't add the AJA converters? I use BetaSP as my main deck, so I need to know if I can use DeckLink with the usual converters. Did I mis-read?


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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 6:10:28 pm

Read my other post in this thread. To use this card with analog decks, you'd need 3, if not 4 converters. It can work, but can be a bit pricey... much more expensive than the card itself.

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:01:51 pm

If you have a BetaSP deck I think you'd be better off with the KonaSDAIO bundle wich would make a better choice...

Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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Kevin HedinRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:38:08 pm

Bruno, I would like to know why the KonaSD is a better choice...

If I purchace the DeckLink ($995) plus the AJA IO converters ($1515), that's roughly a $2000 savings over the KonaSD bundle.

Is there something I am missing here?


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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:44:48 pm

Mux demux for sound and believe it's not cheap....

about $7500 CAD for a professional Ensemble Design kit (about same price with Miranda). You don't want picolinks for that job...

Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 6:57:42 am

Hi,

We run PicoLink's and they are fine, however you are right, DeckLink is really for digital decks, and this is where it really works well. Most decks sold these days are digital, and there are some really nice DVC Pro and DV Cam decks now.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design


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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 7:00:41 am

Hi,

Yes, you would also need to get some SDI audio converters, and these are available at low cost, however eat up some of the benefits. I think I would go for a Kona SD if I was going analog, or I would upgrade decks, and use the analog deck through the digital one. I have not tested this though.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design



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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 6:16:56 pm

Obviously uncompressed 4:2:2 (or even PhotoJPEG 4:2:2) is the way to go for delivery, but unless you have the decks in hand to support this, then there's little point in getting a card, even as inexpensive as DeckLink. I always say, "get it when you need it" because something else will come along in the mean time for a cheaper cost or better functionality.

When going to and from DV, work in DV or you're mostly wasting time/space/bandwidth/money.

Glad you're using Microcosm... it rocks.

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Charles F. McConathyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 7:31:46 pm

[Marco Solorio] "Obviously uncompressed 4:2:2 (or even PhotoJPEG 4:2:2) is the way to go for delivery, but unless you have the decks in hand to support this, then there's little point in getting a card, even as inexpensive as DeckLink. I always say, "get it when you need it" because something else will come along in the mean time for a cheaper cost or better functionality.

When going to and from DV, work in DV or you're mostly wasting time/space/bandwidth/money. "


We have explored and proven that bumping DV or DVCAM to 4:2:2 color space does indeed improve additions such as text, graphics, anaimation, color correction, keying, etc. It does not improve nor does it harm the quality of the video.

An excellent work flow for those involved in broadcast design or other projects that demand higher quality than what comes from 4:1:1 an interesting workflow would be to import DV/DVCAM via FireWire. Edit using FCP and selecting DV Bridge which eleminates rendering of the video and places it in 4:2:2 color space. Now your additions mentioned above will look much better. For the best master print back via SDI to a DSR-1500 or DSR-1800 or better yet via SDI to a DigiBeta deck. Even if you drop back into 4:1:1 space via a DSR-1500a or DSR-1800 the edges hold up thus makes the effort worth while.

FWIW

Charles F. McConathy
http://www.promax.com



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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 8:06:22 pm

[Charles F. McConathy] "We have explored and proven that bumping DV or DVCAM to 4:2:2 color space does indeed improve additions such as text, graphics, anaimation, color correction, keying, etc. It does not improve nor does it harm the quality of the video."

Yes, because it looks nice while you're still in 4:2:2. But going back to 4:1:1 gets bad again. The below example is Apple's DV encoder so a hardware based Sony DV encoder on an expensive deck like a DSR-1800 can look better. But it's still 4:1:1 with 5:1 compression in the end.

http://www.onerivermedia.com/codecs/dv-601-dv.htm

I just can't see justifying the cost of any uncompressed 4:2:2 system to get "a hair better quality". In many cases though, the quality actually degridates from the original DV source. Remember... FireWire is a perfect lossless transfer of media while staying in the same exact color space throughout.

My bottom line... If your production flow needs this kind of attention to quality, then (1) you shouldn't be shooting in DV in the first place and (2) you should definately NOT be mastering back to DV. Rent a Digibeta deck.

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Charles F. McConathyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:13:17 pm

[Marco Solorio] "I just can't see justifying the cost of any uncompressed 4:2:2 system to get "a hair better quality". In many cases though, the quality actually degridates from the original DV source. Remember... FireWire is a perfect lossless transfer of media while staying in the same exact color space throughout.

My bottom line... If your production flow needs this kind of attention to quality, then (1) you shouldn't be shooting in DV in the first place and (2) you should definately NOT be mastering back to DV. Rent a Digibeta deck."


Good people at Sony, such as Craig Yanagi, recommend using DVCAM video bumped to DigiBeta and then back to DVCAM. Results of tests I have seen looked great. Ramy Katrib of Digital Film Tree agrees and has done tests that caused Sony to recognize the value of such.

FWIW

Charles F. McConathy
http://www.promax.com

PS: We plan on offering seminars at which time we will have examples. I think its viable and drops the costs to where many can afford such a workflow.



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Charles F. McConathyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 7:38:43 pm

[Adam Portnoy] "As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I use BetaSP and DV for video but want to genterate my 3D and motion graphics at the highest resolution and keep them there until final output. This seems like a dream come true. Why can you not just use the DA-Max+ with this system for everything? Yes, it's another $1700 but $2700 for all this is amazing. Am I missing something here? "

It is possible to use DA-MAX+ with DeckLink. Will make a great rackmountable breakout box as well.

I will ask Cawan Starks to write up a workflow and link to those interested. If you are interested in the details please drop me email at mcconathy@promax.com or cawan@promax.com.

FWIW

Charles F. McConathy
http://www.promax.com



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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 8:08:24 pm

My question is audio. Does the DA-Max+ handle embedded audio to its XLR I/O??? From what I remember, it does not. I could be wrong of course. Please confirm.

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Charles F. McConathyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:18:20 pm

[Marco Solorio] "My question is audio. Does the DA-Max+ handle embedded audio to its XLR I/O??? From what I remember, it does not. I could be wrong of course. Please confirm."

The DA-MAX+ does not offer embedded audio via balanced audio connections. There is a work around.

FWIW

Charles F. McConathy
http://www.promax.com



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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:22:14 pm

[Charles F. McConathy] "The DA-MAX+ does not offer embedded audio via balanced audio connections. There is a work around."

Besides expensive Miranda converters in conjunction with a Midiman Flying Cow, what do you suggest?

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:25:40 pm

What would you need the Flying cow for? DAMAX+ has AES/EBU connectors.

Anyway, it'd make more sense putting in an Evertz converter or Miranda Quartet but then again might as well go KonaSd or D164RT...

Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:04:55 pm

[Charles F. McConathy] "It is possible to use DA-MAX+ with DeckLink. Will make a great rackmountable breakout box as well. "

Ok Charles, does the DAMAX+ support embedded audio or not because the site seems to say no for the time being...



Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 7:10:56 am

Hi,

If your doing animation and mastering for a higher end format, this this would work fine. You can monitor audio from the Mac output, and then when you are ready to master, drop it down to a digital deck.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design



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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 8:54:13 pm

DAMAX+ does not support embedded sound for the instant

Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 8:50:47 pm

I would keep this station as a FW/DV online workstation (when no heavy graphics are envolved) and get a new workstation built around the Desklink:

G4 DP 867
Atto EPCI-UL3S-000 SCSI card
Medea VideoRAID RTR
2 new graphics monitors
DSR-1500A


As I've said many times and even tough Marco does'nt agree, there are times when uncompressed is required even in DV/DVCAM world...

Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:03:47 pm

[Bruno Forcier] "As I've said many times and even tough Marco does'nt agree, there are times when uncompressed is required even in DV/DVCAM world..."

Yeah, to keep VARs in business!

OH!!!

JUST KIDDING!!! :D

I just couldn't resist that one Bruno. Just a joke.

Bruno and I will always have this debate till the day we all sprout wings and fly to the moon for vacation.

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:07:01 pm

You know, sometimes I wonder if you bothered watching the CD I sent you...

:-)

Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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Marco SolorioRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:14:10 pm

Yes, I watched it very closely in fact. But unfortunately the clips aren't something I would use to test 4:1:1 to 4:4:4 to 4:2:2 to 4:1:1 on. If you remember, I thought the clips appeard somewhat soft, which you confirmed was shot on an XL1s in 30p (interpolated) mode. Further making it difficult to make a concisive conclusion based on controlled color space testing. And if you remember, I admit that a Sony hardware DV encoder (like a DSR-1800) could produce better results than Apple's DV encoder, but the facts still remain when coming from DV 4:1:1/5:1 to 601 uncompressed 4:2:2 and back to DV 4:1:1/5:1.

Marco Solorio | OneRiver Media


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william pimentelRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 9:56:07 pm

So which deck will work the the new card?



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Bruno ForcierRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 1, 2002 at 10:08:54 pm

Sony J series
Sony Master series (DSR-1500a and type)
Panasonic AJD-95DC

amongst others

Bruno Forcier
Digital Video Specialist
Inso


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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 6:55:28 am

Hi,

Really any deck with the SDI video options. We have tested with DVC Pro 25 up to NTSC and PAL Digital Betacam.

DeckLink provides the sync, so you set the reference to Auto, or Input Video, and select audio input to SDI or SIF, and you are ready to do. If you monitor from the deck, then select the deck to PB/EE mode.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design



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william pimentelRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 3, 2002 at 5:28:25 pm

That sounds good but if you need to print your work to betacam sp, I guess my only choice is an SX deck (and it is so them spensive) anyone knows a better solutions?

William



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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 7:08:43 am

Hi,

This would work. We have a Picolink SDI to analog converter we use here for monitoring, and it works fine. I would really love to see that SDI to analog video and audio converter the AJA Video guys are working on ship, as that would be perfect for monitoring.

Also, one other thing. We just received the Medea disks with the updated firmware for OS X for testing with the Kona SD, and we will be running those tests this week. I will let everyone know how it goes.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design



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deadheadRT - the real feature (Decklink to use 3 way CC?)
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 12:44:34 pm

As a Cinewave user, even though I often come from DV and go back to it, the real benefit of my system is the Realtime features, which really speeds workflow - (and I'm not even working of a raid yet- so dual stream is limited to 1 to 2 seconds dissovles, wipes- which can always be rendered of course)


FCP's 3 way color corrector in real time is heaven- and that is the main reason why I stay in an umcompressed environment when possible- plus going back to DVD from uncompressed files should be better- even if the tape master becomes DV.

Will the Decklink support the 3 way CC? if it does than that is a real deal!



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Grant PettyRe: RT - the real feature (Decklink to use 3 way CC?)
by on Nov 3, 2002 at 1:20:30 pm

Hi,

I cannot really comment on stuff that's not released yet, as there has been just too much of that over the last year or so. But there will be more updates coming.


Regards,

Grant Petty
Blackmagic Design


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Grant PettyRe: DeckLink; what's the story, Grant?
by on Nov 2, 2002 at 7:08:43 am

Hi,

This would work. We have a Picolink SDI to analog converter we use here for monitoring, and it works fine. I would really love to see that SDI to analog video and audio converter the AJA Video guys are working on ship, as that would be perfect for monitoring.

Also, one other thing. We just received the Medea disks with the updated firmware for OS X for testing with the Kona SD, and we will be running those tests this week. I will let everyone know how it goes.


Regards,

Grant
Blackmagic Design



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