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Bill Brown
Smoke - RS422 deck control
on Mar 4, 2008 at 1:42:45 am


we have just added a Smoke to our facility, and I'm encountering a problem with deck control...

Actually, lack of deck control.

The system belongs to an editor that we recently hired. He mentions that he's never controlled a deck via 422 before...


The 9pin port is definitely labeled VTR (next to the serial port for the Wacom tablet)

The 422 cables are known good cables (have used them with Avid, deck to deck, etc)

The 422 routing is good, (can route control to Avid, FCP, Media 100, deck to deck)

The Smoke's interface always shows the VTR as "offline"

I get the same thing whether the smoke is connected to the 422 routing, or directly to the deck itself...

the .cfg file is set to use tty4 as the port...

I'm leaning towards a configuration issue of some sort.

Perhaps someone can point me in the right direction?

Somewhat familiar with Linux / Unix, so I should be able to find / edit the config files (if that's indeed what it is)



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andre pinto
Re: Smoke - RS422 deck control
on Mar 5, 2008 at 8:39:07 pm

Hi Bill
I'm sure you have looked at this already but anyway.....
These toys are sesitive I am sure you have looked in the input clip then engineering. Lots of settings there. Sometimes the problem is with sinc issues.
What deck are you using? There lies another cfng possibility.

good luck


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Bill Brown
Re: Smoke - RS422 deck control
on Mar 5, 2008 at 10:39:56 pm


thanks for the tips...

when you mention sync issues, are you talking about reference?

the Smoke and the decks all get house reference...

or are you referring to a different type of sync setting that I should check?

appreciate the input!

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