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Gerrit Van Dyke
Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle, Blackmagic Intensity Extreme or AJA T-Tap?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 12:08:48 am

Looking for some advice here. Going from full time to freelance, I'm still figuring out exactly what my requirements are. I've been using the UltraStudio 3d for the past couple years, and I really like it, but don't want to spend the extra $700 when I don't need all of the functionality.

I'm looking for a box primarily for output video/audio HDMI, and I can't seem to decide which product will be best. I'll be editing from a Macbook Pro Retina, primarily FCP7 but want to have output capabilities for FCPX, AVID, Premiere. While right now I edit just about everything in ProRes 422 1920x1080, I'd like to have as much flexibility as possible.

The Intensity Shuttle, Intensity Extreme and T-Tap are all in the same price range. The T-Tap seems like a great product, and have driver updates quicker than Blackmagic. But there's no input at all. I don't know if I'll need input (it's been a long time since getting anything on tape etc), but it would be nice to have. The Shuttle and Extreme on the other hand seem to offer more, but is the quality (both in terms of build quality and picture quality) as good?

I'd love to hear feedback from anyone who has used one or both. If everything else is equal, it seems like one of the blackmagic boxes is better value due to the input potential. But if the T-Tap is a better product, I'd rather play it safe and buy something like an UltraStudio 3D if I find I'm capturing a lot.

Thanks in advance.


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Paul Provost
Re: Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle, Blackmagic Intensity Extreme or AJA T-Tap?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 4:52:45 am

Bmd ultra studio mini monitor is $150 and you can use it for resolve too, t tap no go on resolve

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Gerrit Van Dyke
Re: Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle, Blackmagic Intensity Extreme or AJA T-Tap?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 4:01:52 pm

Hmm, sounds perfect. Have you used it?


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Paul Provost
Re: Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle, Blackmagic Intensity Extreme or AJA T-Tap?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 4:05:15 pm

No, but for $150 how can you go wrong
Disposable

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Sascha Engel
Re: Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle, Blackmagic Intensity Extreme or AJA T-Tap?
on Jun 20, 2013 at 1:43:59 pm

Wow, great I read this right now!
Are you sure about the Resolve an T-Tap issue, since I wanna switch from Color to Resolve, and I was hanging between Blackmagic Intensity and T-Tap.


Thanx.

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Paul Provost
Re: Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle, Blackmagic Intensity Extreme or AJA T-Tap?
on Jun 20, 2013 at 3:40:30 pm

Resolve only works with blackmagic products
No Aja, matrox etc
Never gonna change
I have mini recorder for sdi in to Mac mini for ultra scope
Works great

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Leonard Levy
Re: Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle, Blackmagic Intensity Extreme or AJA T-Tap?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 8:02:16 pm

My experience with the T-Tap on a new non retina 2.7 Ghz Macbook Pro running FCP7.03 OS 10.8.2has not been fabulous and I'm returning it unless Aja support has an answer.
I'm just using it to drive a a monitor for color correction.
I've found that as soon as the list of color correction filters become even slightly heavy ( like just 2 of the 3 way color filter one of which is doing a secondary correction) that the monitor run through the Aja loses its ability to hold a steady image in real time. The time line on FCP is fine though. I compared it to a more expensive thunderbolt MXO2 and that had no problem keeping up.

Also if you are using for color correction there are no tools for monitor color set-up and if you're HDMI monitor is a computer monitor and it is not exactly 1920x1080 it won't work either . For example my Dell 2405 is 1920 x 1270 and requires an HDMI to DVI adapter - it isn't supported. (That does seem to be the same on the Matrox MXO2 though)



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