Re: Aja IO for Windows??? by Mark.Burton on Dec 18, 2003 at 10:04:26 am
I think the soon to be released Promax ProMedia Converter will be able to work on both Mac and PC, not sure which apps it will play nice with though. That should give you most of the same connections as the IO.
Re: Aja IO for Windows??? by Gerry Millette on Dec 18, 2003 at 9:38:35 pm
I may be wrong (and often am) but it sounds to me that the Promax ProMedia Converter is just that...a converter. It's like the big brother to the ADVC-100. Basically converting analogue to dv and dv to analogue. The IO does not convert the video but instead delivers uncompressed video through the firewire cable.
Re: Aja IO for Windows??? by Marco Solorio on Dec 19, 2003 at 10:24:57 am
This is incorrect. The basis of the Promax Promedia Converter is the same idea as the iO... uncopmressed 10-bit media via FireWire transmission. It is the older DA-Max+ that converted the signal to DV format. And the iO IS a converter... uses the best darn tootin' DACs and ADCs in the business... something AJA is well known for.
Although behind scheduled, I can see the Promax converter being used with FCP for sure, but I highly doubt it will ever make it to Avid-land as they hope... probably Premiere and Vegas at best.
Re: Aja IO for Windows??? by Gerry Millette on Dec 19, 2003 at 7:12:13 pm
So the IO DOES convert the signal to DV? This is what it says in their manual (available on their site):
"How does Io transfer uncompressed video over FireWire? It efficiently uses
the IEEE 1394a 400Mb/s FireWire port on the Power Mac for all data transfer—
since uncompressed is only 270Mb/s (and it has filler data included), FireWire can easily handle the bandwidth."
This sounds like it sends the uncompressed vidoe...not converted to DV.
Re: Aja IO for Windows??? by Marco Solorio on Dec 19, 2003 at 7:45:48 pm
No, the host CPU converts the media to DV25, DV50, PhotoJPEG, etc. However the iO is still a converter. For instance, input Y/C analog to 10-bit uncompressed then output to SDI... this conversion is an action of the iO. For that matter, if the iO is hooked up to FCP, you can bring in any input and simultaneously output to any available output format, e.g., SDI digital input to composite analog output. This is all done through the high-quality DACs and ADCs in the iO... a total conversion process.
Re: Aja IO for Windows??? by Gerry Millette on Dec 19, 2003 at 9:54:08 pm
correct....but it can deliver uncompressed video through the firewire and doesn't have to convert the video to DV...which was my point three posts ago. I never implied that it doesn't convert the signal to SDI or composite or any of the other formats it supports. My post was about uncompressed video, DV, and the transmision through the firewire. Not about the other inputs/outputs of the system.
By the way...your promax box...it's pretty cool. I think I'm gonna order one. Thanks for suggesting it.