I'm looking for some advice on whether the ioHD will fill the gap we currently have.
We've recently purchased 2 new MacPro's running Final Cut Studio, which are mainly used for re-versioning and DVD authoring, all SD but possibly moving up to HD in the distant future. Our old FCP suite has a Kona board and we've been outputting through this system, but are now looking for something a bit more practical, yet still cost effective!
I'm a newbie to FCP/AJA so please bare with me! I've read so much info now, it's all getting a bit confusing.
My questions are:
1. Will the ioHD do everything we need? Which is: input from tape (through SDI), connect to a monitor (both pro and consumer but SD), output to tape?
2. Can you just connect it to the MacPro through FW and go? i.e. do you need to install anything, drivers, or video cards, or anything else that doesn't come with it or requires getting out a screwdriver?
3. Is it suited to being used between different suites?
4. Is there a better/cheaper option out there? Keeping in mind, we'd like something portable/able to be used in multiple suites and we do not require HD.
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
2.5GHz PowerPC G5 | Mac OS X (10.3.9) | 4.5Gb DDR SDRAM
Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 | DVD Studio Pro 3.0.2 | Compressor 1.2.1
Adobe Photoshop CS | Adobe After Effects 6.5
Mac Pro: Two 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon | 4GB RAM | ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)
Studio 2 | Adobe Photoshop CS | Adobe After Effects 6.5