Without the Kona 3G card you could use the second DVI port on the graphics card to display a broadcast output. CArds like the Nvidia Quadro FX4800 have two DVIs and Smoke uses one for the interface and you can set it to use the second as a broadcast output.
Throw in a DVI to HDMI convertor and you can monitor the image on a screen of your choice.
Is That so ?
How come ive never heard of this before ?
And this output is a straight 8 or 10 bit video image like what you would get out of a kona and is usable for grading ?
if so thats fantastic, because we are totally tapeless and we have the LHi strictly for monitoring and editing acceleration we very rearly go to tape. we are all digital delivery. I made a decision years ago not to buy any tape decks and if we need dubs send it to a transfer house and pass that cost on to the client. Now even that is dwindling cuz TV stations take digital delivery of ADS now.
BUT will that hamper my push into 2K that seems to be coming on strong. Lots of short films popping up that wanna finish in 2k
Yes, it is so. I had been using DVI output for a while and it works great. The thing to remember, is standard DVI is only 8 bit. For higher color resolution you could use DVI to HDMI converter, which can use dual DVI. In that case, if your converter supports HDMI v.13a or higher, it will be able to display 10 bit video. Yes, the nVidia card is also capable displaying 2k images, but you then hampered by lack of inexpensive 2k displays.
At the end of the day, if you need 10 bit video, DVI to HDMI converter is not really that cheap and you may still decide, that Kona 3G is a better way to go.