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Gary Goldblum
Recording compressed files and connecting video to Apple products...
on Jul 1, 2019 at 4:57:18 pm

Hi,

I have two questions regarding video. I film depositions which often last many hours. This type of work requires that I capture to two devices. Currently I film to P2 cards and a DVD recorder. I imagine DVDs will eventually be phased out.

1) I’m looking for a way record compressed files (.mpeg4 or .h264). I have heard about a device from Black Magic Studios that can compress files on the fly (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=black%20magic%20h264&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=). I have read that it isn’t the most reliable product. I would love to find a product like the Atomos Ninja (https://www.atomos.com/ninja/) which records in a compressed format. Ideas?

2) I use an older Mac Book Pro (2010) as my video monitor. I realize a computer wasn’t designed to be a video monitor, but for depositions it works just fine. I also use a Canopus analog to digital video convertor which allows me to use Quicktime to see video from numerous connections. The Canopus is attached to my computer using a Firewire cable, which is no longer used on newer computers….So what are my options for getting video into a newer computer (USB3/Thunderbolt/Ethernet)? I’d love to ditch the Canopus box altogether and just use a cable. A lot of cables require you to use a specific software (Elgato) which I don’t want to do. Is there a way to use an iPad as a video monitor?

Thank you for any help.

Thanks!

Gary


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