I'm running Resolve V9 and have read in blackmagic's specifications that their new scopes were fairly good, but haven't heard anyone confirming it!
Your idea of combining mac mini + bmd ultrastudio recorder + scopebox is great! I guess I might do that!
I still have one question, though... so, I would connect the BMD Ultrastudio Recorder trough SDI from the output SDI from my Sony PVM monitor? Sony's PVM 1741 manual says "The signal from the OUT connector does not satisfy the ON-LINE signal specifications.", so that would mean the signal is not trustworthy, right?
If so, how could I connect any scope?
I'm thinking: If I install ScopeBox in my main computer (which is connected to the BMD Ultrastudio Express) couldn't it "read" the signal that it's receiving and do the work? I'm saying that 'cause Ultrastudio Express is both a monitoring and a recording device.
Thanks for your time
Pedro Saboya Burgos
Assistant Video Editor
The v9 scopes in Resolve are very accurate, they do however show data levels not the traditional video levels that the Ultrascope displays.
I dont recommend running any scope apps on the Resolve computer at the same time as Resolve as resources limits will hurt performance.
The HD-SDI out of the DeckLink HD Extreme 3D+ will normally connect to the grading monitor and look to the UltraScope HD-SDI input.
I have to say that I am impressed by the V9 scopes and would use/trust them. They are a huge improvement from the V8 one's and with a decent monitor GPU they should not cause a slowdown in system performance.
You could get a HD-SDI distribution amp to split the signal to the Sony PVM and the Mini with Scopebox. I am surprised that the PVM would not pass a clean enough signal to feed to your scopes.
Pedro, I called Sony when I got my oled about that note in the manual about the sdi loop thru. The signal is fine, it just is not live if you power off the monitor. That's it. I use it all day long. The scopes in resolve using a second display are great. If you already have a thunderbolt laptop, you could run ScopeBox on that with the ultra studio recorder.
I would save my scope money to upgrade to a macpro with cuda cards though if I were you. And use resolve scopes for now. When you get your scope setup you will be dismayed by the fact they look exactly like the resolve ones...