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Rob Wilton
10 bit grading with Resolve using a mac
on Feb 11, 2013 at 4:41:18 pm

Hi there,

Im a bit of a rookie at this, but here goes -

Im interested in grading 10bit footage on a 10bit grading monitor, using resolve on a macbook pro or an iMac.


Is it true though that all mac products output a 8bit signal through their thunderbolt and/or HDMI out? Would that negate the chance of viewing the 10bit footage as 10bit (and not as 8bit)?

As an alternative is it possible to output a 10bit signal directly from a graphics card in a Mac or PC tower?


thanks for your help,

Rob Wilton


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Kevin Cannon
Re: 10 bit grading with Resolve using a mac
on Feb 11, 2013 at 5:16:01 pm

Hi Rob,

In the case of either the iMac or the MacBookPro, you would want to use the thunderbolt (maybe USB 3.0?) connections to connect to a video interface device, like Blackmagic's Ultrastudio 3D or Mini Monitor. You can't rely on the GUI for any kind of critical picture evaluations.

I haven't seen it in action, but the new Mini Monitor seems to give you a 10-bit SDI and 10-bit HDMI from Resolve. Not sure if it's supported yet, but that would be the cheapest option.

Cheers,

KC

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Rob Wilton
Re: 10 bit grading with Resolve using a mac
on Feb 11, 2013 at 5:33:29 pm

Thanks for your reply KC.

Yeah Im definitely getting a monitoring interface box.

Im still curious whether the thunderbolt out on my mac will allow me to send 10bit across, or if that is even an issue.

Rob


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Juan Salvo
Re: 10 bit grading with Resolve using a mac
on Feb 11, 2013 at 6:31:59 pm

The thunderbolt interface isn't acting as a video io. It's an extension of your computer bus, like putting a card in your tower, so it's not limited by GUI issues.

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