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Dan McGuire
Best thunderbolt I/O for Imac?
on Mar 4, 2016 at 1:58:09 pm

Folks, I have a 27" Imac with both firewire and thunderbolt.
I am editing a long doc feature.
I need a breakout box that ideally will allow me to:
*Bring in analog tape material from a BetaSP deck at high quality
*have an HDMI out for a playback monitor
*have good quality audio outs (xlr? Phono?) for studio monitors

Can anyone make a suggestion? An economical solution is best - I wonder if there is a firewire breakout box that might work, but assume it will be a thunderbolt connection.

BTW, I am still running FCP7 for the initial edit but might bring the project into FCPX or premiere for the fine cut. On future projects I will use FCPX or Premiere.

Thanks very much.
DMCG


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Mark Suszko
Re: Best thunderbolt I/O for Imac?
on Mar 4, 2016 at 8:17:26 pm

BlackMagic Ultrastudio 4K. We got one for just this kind of work. You get a free program that comes with it for handling the tape i/o called Black Magic Media Express, which I am not at all fond of, because it only likes to play files that were encoded with the software itself. If you get the Ultrastudio 4k, which otherwise performs well, I'd spring for a separate piece of software to support playbacks and in/out, called Softron;

http://www.softron.tv/


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Nick Meyers
Re: Best thunderbolt I/O for Imac?
on Mar 4, 2016 at 8:22:59 pm

"a separate piece of software to support playbacks and in/out"

or use FCP.


nick


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Mark Suszko
Re: Best thunderbolt I/O for Imac?
on Mar 4, 2016 at 8:51:35 pm
Last Edited By Mark Suszko on Mar 4, 2016 at 8:51:56 pm

Turns out, you can't always just play out from the FCP timeline; that's what Softron is for.


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Shane Ross
Re: Best thunderbolt I/O for Imac?
on Mar 4, 2016 at 8:55:13 pm

[Nick Meyers] ""a separate piece of software to support playbacks and in/out"

or use FCP."


FCP 7 and earlier...fine. FCX? Playout, yes. Capture...no. Thus why it's good to have the third party app to capture.

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Dan McGuire
Re: Best thunderbolt I/O for Imac?
on Mar 6, 2016 at 9:32:15 pm

Forgive this question - I'm not up-to-date - but I assume I only need 4k output for a 4k monitor - but why would I need 4k input? Would that be for a live stream? Or some manner of 4k deck?(?!) Or is it to process the denser info of a 4k signal? Isn't the footage input via Sandisks taken removed from your camera?

I basically edit on my own. When I go 4k I assume the first step, after buying a 4k camera, is to buy an imac with a 4k monitor.

Thanks again.
DMCG


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