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Eric Hammond
%$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 10, 2009 at 9:01:03 pm

I'm currently using a Blackmagic multi-bridge. Is this the best thing out there for FCP? It seems like I have issues on a daily basis and it's driving me crazy. What suggestions does anyone have for a different bridge or hardware. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Eric

Eric


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Shane Ross
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 10, 2009 at 9:21:45 pm

[Eric Hammond] ". Is this the best thing out there for FCP?"

No...AJA is the best thing. And in my experience Matrox is the second best thing, then Decklink. But that is MY experience, and MY opinion. Although AJA being the best is the opinion of a lot of people. The easy interface helps that a lot...as it does Matrox too.

AJA KONA LHi
Matrox MXO 2 or MXO2 LE

Those are my suggestions.



Shane



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gary adcock
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 12, 2009 at 12:14:13 pm

[Shane Ross] "No...AJA is the best thing. And in my experience Matrox is the second best thing,"

In the working FCP world, nothing could be truer...




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Richard Sanchez
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 10, 2009 at 9:28:13 pm

I second the Kona LHi. The interface is straight forward, and AJA's tech support is top notch.

Richard Sanchez
North Hollywood, CA

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Steve Eisen
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 10, 2009 at 9:48:41 pm

I agree with the above. If I were you, I would contact BM tech support. They do have good customer support.

You can post your problems you are having in the BM forum.

Steve Eisen
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Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Michael Gissing
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 10, 2009 at 10:01:12 pm


It might help if you told us what the daily issues are. I have used my Decklink HD Pro happily for the past five years. That said, I am tossing up with a switch to Kona3 as a replacement in my new mac pro which is being shipped as we speak.

I have no complaint about the Decklink but the up/ cross/ down conversion in the Kona is the selling point for me plus the often touted tech support. However, I intend to run the Decklink in the new machine for till the end of the year.


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Neil Sadwelkar
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 11, 2009 at 11:05:40 am

We've used Blackmagic cards in a production environment since 2004. Its not that there haven't been problems, but none as severe as what you're facing. And its not as if Aja cards don't have the occasional issue. We use both makes.

You should describe your system and the problems you are seeing and there is bound to be a solution. You should preferably post at the Blackmagic forum here at the Cow. Kristian and others from Blackmagic do address BM card queries there.

You could also get in touch with BM support in your region. I've found them to be most helpful. In fact, where I'm from, I've found their support better than that from Aja.

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walter biscardi
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 11, 2009 at 11:12:29 am

We run all Kona products here, mainly the Kona 3.

That being said, you should look at the BMD forum here on the Cow for any input on your specific problems.

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Ben Hendriks
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 11, 2009 at 6:38:09 pm

Hi Walther,

What do you mean "we all run Kona here?"
I don't. A lot of people here do not run Kona"

Best Ben


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Scott Davis
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 11, 2009 at 9:31:55 pm

Walter said "we run all AJA here". I think he meant in his shop.

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Baz Leffler
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 11, 2009 at 10:48:58 pm

Well just to be different, I run all Blackmagic Multibridge Extreme's here (3) and I can honestly say there are more problems with FCP than what there are with BMD but then FCP has a lot more in its software than BMD. But in all honesty its the best interface I have ever had.

Baz

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walter biscardi
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 12, 2009 at 3:42:31 am

[Ben Hendriks] "Hi Walther,

What do you mean "we all run Kona here?"
I don't. A lot of people here do not run Kona" "


As in my company, Biscardi Creative Media. We run all Kona here.



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Eric Hammond
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 12, 2009 at 3:26:01 pm

Thanks for all your input. I have looked at the BM posts. Their solutions work at times but then the problems seem to comeback. I really wanted to get opinions from editors and what you use. Thanks again for all your help.

Eric


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Steve Oakley
Re: %$#&! Blackmagic?
on Oct 13, 2009 at 5:14:01 am

sorry guys but I've found that the MXO2 is more reliable, and certainly way more flexible then the AJA stuff. its got more audio ins and outs, and its just plain newer hardware. the drivers are also rock solid, and they have been updating them pretty constantly the last few months adding new features along the way.... like snow leopard support a few days ago.

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