We're migrating from Avid to FCP and looking at either AJA Kona3 or Decklink HD Extreme. Obviously the price difference has us very curious about the HD Extreme. What I can't tell from the Blackmagic specs is how well the HD Extreme works with DVCPro HD and the spec sheet makes no mention of support for 720p24.
So, does it support 720p24 and the DVCPRO HD codec? Is this a solid performer...does it actually do everything Blackmagic claims?
DVCPRO-HD support on FCP actually comes from FCP itself with Blackmagic's driver using it to create the corresponding preset and providing monitor preview support, deck control etc.
I do not think you will encounter any issues editing DVCPRO-HD 24fps with Blackmagic as it is officially supported and it is a fairly common codec-preset combination used in FCP. Some major films even used it as an offline codec for film editing.
Having used both cards (The AJA on a Mac) I can honestly say that in my view, the AJA is a better and more professional card than the Blackmagic, with the latter having a good price/performance advantage for those on a budget and a wider compatibility spec for those on a PC with desktop components were the AJA card simply wouldn't work.
However both of them have their quirks.
Are you going to be capturing/editing from Varicam/HDX tape material or importing from P2 MXF?
For the time being we'll be mostly importing P2 MXF. Since I've originally posted my question I've done a bunch of research and it seems like Kona is the way to go. Not just from a functionality standpoint but from a support standpoint as well.