Re: Video Preview Redux by Bob Currier on Nov 26, 2004 at 2:21:34 am
On the Mac side, you can combine Echo Fire with Color Finesse to get external preview capability. Echo Fire supports FireWire/DV output, as well as supporting the various Blackmagic Design and AJA cards, including the Io.
With Echo Fire installed, just select Echo Fire previews in the Color Finesse prefs. For use with After Effects, you'll want to turn off AE's video previewing--if it's on--and use Echo Fire for previewing in both AE and Color Finesse.
Re: Video Preview Redux by Wayne Orr on Nov 30, 2004 at 1:40:29 am
"With Echo Fire installed, just select Echo Fire previews in the Color Finesse prefs. For use with After Effects, you'll want to turn off AE's video previewing--if it's on--and use Echo Fire for previewing in both AE and Color Finesse."
Thanks Bob, but it seems that does not work with FCP, as both programs cannot access the hardware at the same time? Or, did I miss something. This would indeed be a shame, as not being able to preview corrections made in Color Finesse on an external monitor is a real problem. Or, is there a shortcut to move between FCP and Color Finesse?
Re: Video Preview Redux by Bob Currier on Dec 4, 2004 at 9:52:50 pm
Since most all of the video hardware is set up to allow access by only one app at a time, it can get complicated when trying to share. Most software these days at least trys to be a good citizen, but it doesn't always work as planned.
For non-FireWire/DV video hardware (DeckLink, Kona, etc.), then you just need to turn off previewing in FCP before firing up the Color Finesse UI. Fortunately, this is just a single keystroke (shift-F12) to toggle it on and off.
FireWire/DV is a problem, because of a bug in the FireWire software. FCP tries to release the connection, but even though it does everything right, it doesn't really get released, which causes Echo Fire (or any other software) to get an error when it tries to get a FireWire connection. I don't know of a workaround to this.