I'd recently bought a Decklink Studio Card and am using it with PPro CS3. What I haven't figured out (and couldn't find searching the forum)is how to playout to tape via firewire. Capturing works fine but when exporting to tape via firewire there's no signal on the firewire port (it is using a non- decklink project) Since I cannot believe that this is no possible with decklink, I guess that I missed something - so any idea / solution to this is very much appreciated!
I haven't used CS3 in a little bit to change ports, but I think you need to set up your capture preferences to firewire. If I'm not mistaken (and I might be) there's an option for firewire control in the capture settings dialogue, as an alternative to blackmagic.
I would start there. I don't know if that's the correct method, but where I would look.
yes, you need to change the device control to dv in order to capture via the firewire port - and that works fine. Unfortunately it doesn't work the other way round. I still can control the DV deck but no av signal goes out.
you need to make a new project, for example DV 4x3 project, and import your Deklink project inside the new DV project.
Of course this is my way to manage this problem. Maybe there is a better solution.
Mihail, thanks for your suggestion. I'm using this workaround as well but still cannot imagine that the direct way is not possible (and even more that you don't find any information about that on the BMD site)
So your project is a DV project, captured from a DV camera over firewire and cannot send out to a DV firewire deck or camera? Is the decklink card being used at all?
Have you set the monitoring to firewire as well? This should be somewhere in the preferences or sequence settings. It's how you would preview over firewire. This makes sure there is a DV signal going out over your firewire connection as well as deck control.
Yes, it's a DV project and the Decklink card is mainly used for previewing over a crt monitor. But I can't find where to change the monitoring output in PrPro (CS3) as you suggested - since it's a blackmagic project, the playback options are greyed out. Any ideas?
of course the workaround is ok - but it's still a workaround. I'd preferred to just playout a project to my dv deck as I used to do and wanted to make sure I didn't miss something. I still wonder why it's not mentioned anywhere that the firewire output is disabled when using a blackmagic project (the BMD support has not responded to my question as well). Anyway - thanks for your help!
I used to work on Final Cut Pro 2 years ago (with Decklink Extreme) so inside the FCP there is an option that gives you a direct way to easily change the output(decklink or firewire or something else if you have another hardware). So I think that the problem is inside the PPro cs3, hope that in CS4 there will be an option to change the output within the same project.
No, I still have my audio coming over the audio card, since I use an analogue mixer and the audio out's signals are too high - resulting in distortions (which is another issue -how do you monitor audio over the decklink card?) But in the meantime the dealer that I bought the card from got an answer from BMD saying that in fact the firewire output is disabled when working with a blackmagic project. Would have been a useful bit of information to have before you buy a product....
We have same audio problems as yours, Martin, but with decklink SP, using a anolog mixer too, captured level are too low, and output are too high (couldnt find a way to set input and output level +4db or +10db or somethings else in decklink preference like my old Pinnacle Targa 3000 board). So I have to lower the master level in Audio mixer in PPro in order to monitor and record to tape using decklink.
Both cards are output cards and unlike Matrox and Canopus they can not come out at the same time. So make a movie and start a new DV project and import the movie and play the Dv out. You can also save a copy of the BMD project, start a new project and import it there. Of course you may do some re-rendering