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Chris Mushinskie
Capturing SD to ProRes
on Jun 23, 2010 at 9:15:28 pm

I'd love to be able to digitize footage directly into Final Cut as Pro Res. I thought I would be able to do that with my Kona2. I'm just digitizing SD material from a beta. I select AJA Kona 2 - NTSC Apple ProRess 422 as my Easy Setup. When I go to capture, it still captures everything as Uncompressed. (Despite the fact that under Audio/Video Settings it reads "AJA Kona2: 525 29.97 Apple ProRes 422".

When I look at the capture presets it reads under Quicktime Video settings: Digitizer: AJA 10-bit Digitizer, Compressor: Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2. However in the summary area it says "Apple ProRes422 at best quality"

If I change the Digitizer to ProRes I get an error message when I try capturing.

I'm not sure what I am doing wrong.

Any ideas?


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gary adcock
Re: Capturing SD to ProRes
on Jun 23, 2010 at 9:34:10 pm

The kona 2 is a pci/x bus card, you can only capture as ProRes on an intel computer, and the intel machines are all pcie as far as I know.

What computer are you trying to capture on?

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Chris Mushinskie
Re: Capturing SD to ProRes
on Jun 23, 2010 at 10:21:31 pm

Yeah my system is a dual 2.5 Ghz G5. I knew that capturing HD resolution footage as ProRes on a PowerPC was not an option, but for some reason I thought I would be able to capture SD footage directly as ProRes.


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Eric Sternberger
Re: Capturing SD to ProRes
on Jun 24, 2010 at 3:02:08 pm

Actually you can capture ProRes with a G5. We have a dual 2,3 Ghz Model with a Lhe and do that all the time. But we only use it for capturing Digi-Beta SD-Stuff to ProRes (SQ)
However the G5 is probably too slow to capture HD in ProRes with the AjA board, though I never really tested it. (But it works over firewire for HDV sources)
But I´m not sure about the Kona 2. Does it really support ProRes?? You probably then have a PCI-X machine as Gary points out. Not sure about that, but our "late" G5 PCIe-Model does the Trick ;-)


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John Pale
Re: Capturing SD to ProRes
on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:42:31 pm

Not sure what the problem is, but you can MOST DEFINITELY capture and edit with ProRes in SD on that machine. My previous computer was a Dual 2.0 and I did it all the time before upgrading to a Mac Pro. HD is a total no-go, but SD worked fine.


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John Pale
Re: Capturing SD to ProRes
on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:43:49 pm

And yes, I had a Kona 2


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