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William Meese
Long HDMI cable to Intensity Pro and CS4.2 workable?
on Nov 29, 2009 at 9:44:14 pm

I'm building a small (10'x10') webcast studio for a client, feeding Premiere Pro on Windows. I'm planning to use a Panasonic AG HMC40 camera, feeding HDMI over a 30 ft run to a BMD Intensity Pro card in the edit system, capture and edit as HD Motion JPeg 1280x720 on an internal drive.

Most importantly, how is the Intensity card working with CS4.2? I see in the forums that there were delays w/ drivers earlier in the year.
Also, anyone have experience w/ long runs of HDMI? I've got a Laird HDMI repeater in the budget--is that needed?
720 Jpeg looks to be about 18 Gigs/hour, or about half again as much as DV. Can I expect one fast internal drive to handle that? Two striped drives?
Lastly, with footage shot in the field, how is CS4 with AVCHD files? Would another camera brand/format be more reliable?

Any advice or comments--especially if I'm missing something big, here. I'll also cross-post in the Premiere Pro forum. Thanks!



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Joshua Helling
Re: Long HDMI cable to Intensity Pro and CS4.2 workable?
on Nov 30, 2009 at 6:42:03 pm

Intensity as well as all of our boards are now working quite well with CS4. It was a rough start for sure, but we are in a good spot now.

As for a 30' run of HDMI, that could be a problem. But the repeater should work, but we haven't tested that cable so can't confirm. But I would guess it will work. I would check it with a shorter run first, to make sure all is working then put the longer cable on and test it.

Sincerely,

Joshua
Director of Support
Blackmagic Design Inc.


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William Meese
Re: Long HDMI cable to Intensity Pro and CS4.2 workable?
on Dec 1, 2009 at 7:22:17 pm

Wow, I didn't expect an answer straight from the horse. Since this is a purchase for a client, I feel more confident going with the Intensity card. Not really possible to test the HDMI beforehand, which is why I'm asking if anybody's doing that.
Thanks for the response!



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Joshua Helling
Re: Long HDMI cable to Intensity Pro and CS4.2 workable?
on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:10:38 pm

I've used cables in excess of 20 feet myself personally (in my lab as well as at shows). But for those longer runs I always buy the more expensive cables.

The ones i've used have all been passive. But again...I have good feelings about a proper HDMI repeater cable. So you should be good.

Sincerely,

Joshua
Director of Support
Blackmagic Design Inc.


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William Meese
Re: Long HDMI cable to Intensity Pro and CS4.2 workable?
on Dec 2, 2009 at 7:38:04 pm

And my cross-post on the Premiere Pro forum gave me another possible source for good cables. Thanks, Joshua.



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Joshua Helling
Re: Long HDMI cable to Intensity Pro and CS4.2 workable?
on Dec 3, 2009 at 1:07:57 am

Cool!

Sincerely,

Joshua
Director of Support
Blackmagic Design Inc.


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Jason Gragilla
Re: Long HDMI cable to Intensity Pro and CS4.2 workable?
on Dec 4, 2009 at 10:51:54 am

Hey William,

Just to reinforce what Joshua is saying I have been using my Intensity Pro with a powered repeater and 30' HDMI cable (spec 1.3a) on a daily basis for about the last 6 months and have yet to run into a single issue.

- Jason


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William Meese
Re: Long HDMI cable to Intensity Pro and CS4.2 workable?
on Dec 5, 2009 at 7:13:55 pm

That's good to hear. Thanks!



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