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chris rust
Serious Magic's DVRack vs. Virtual PC
on May 5, 2005 at 12:23:04 pm

Aloha,
I was all jazzed about Serious Magic's DVRack for field production, then I found out that it was only gonna work on Windows based systems. Has anyone tried DVRack with Virtual PC? Any suggestions or advice? I would really like to use DVRack in the field, but I refuse to buy another laptop just for that. I have a GREAT PB G4 and I love it. Besides, I'm used to Mac and like the programs that I use (I confess that I DO use a two-button mouse--but that's the ONLY Microsoft product I use willingly). I don't plan to be going to a lot of Windows programs, but this one apparently is not even being considered for Mac. Any replies are very welcome! Mahalo!


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Peter DeCrescenzo
Re: Serious Magic's DVRack vs. Virtual PC
on May 5, 2005 at 3:56:24 pm

[chris rust] "... Has anyone tried DVRack with Virtual PC? Any suggestions or advice? ..."

I haven't used this particular combination myself, regrets, but as you may know, hardware emulators like Virtual PC tend to run with _much_ lower performance than real hardware. Also, in general, video-related software such as DVRack can have higher-than-average computer resource requirements. As a result, it's very possible DVRack may be a poor candidate for use under Virtual PC.

However, if you can obtain a free demo version of VPC and DVRack to try them out together on your hardware before making a final purchase decision, that would be a good way to answer your question. I don't know if the makers of these software programs offer free demo versions, but it's worth a shot.

Of course, Finale Cut Pro's Capture mode includes useful Waveform & Vectorscope windows, so that can be a substitute for some of DVRack's functionality.

All the best,

- Peter

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Aanarav Sareen
Re: Serious Magic's DVRack vs. Virtual PC
on May 7, 2005 at 1:09:01 am

Serious Magic does offer a free trial version. Download the trial version from:
http://www.seriousmagic.com

Serious Magic also hosts a forum for their demo versions. You might want to post your questions there and see if the techs can verify something for you.


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Kerry
Re: Serious Magic's DVRack vs. Virtual PC
on Jun 3, 2005 at 5:35:32 am

DV Rack will not work in Vitual PC. V6 or 7. One reason is that Vitual PC does not access Firewire.

KB


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