Posts Tagged ‘AJA Kona 3

23
Dec
08

monitoring 1080p30 from the 5dmarkii

Received an inquiry from a reader and after writing up my response realized this might make good bloggery.  His question was essentially How do I look at the stuff I’m shooting on my shiny new Canon 5D Mark II? (my own editorial tone added for consistency’s sake).  Bonusly, I’ve stepped up my blog game and embedded url’s in the pics so click through to get more info.

Monitoring 1080p is a considerable undertaking, especially if you want to do it right.  First things first, you’ll need to start with a

Apple Mac Pro

Apple Mac Pro

or a

Apple 17" Macbook Pro

Apple 17" Macbook Pro

or both.

Burning a Blu-Ray disc requires software like

Apple Compressor 3

Apple Compressor 3

and an external BluRay disc burner

LG LightScribe

LG LightScribe

Bonus link here to build your own Compressor BluRay setting.

Monitoring native 1080p30 out of Final Cut Pro is can be a bit tricky, essentially you’ll need a capture card like the Matrox MXO for instance

Matrox MXO

Matrox MXO

and a monitor of some kind, preferably with native 1080p resolution like the

Dell 2407 WFP

Dell 2407 WFP

or the

Apple 23-inch Cinema Display

Apple 23-inch Cinema Display

I’m using a setup similar to this at home.  At work we use an AJA Kona 3

AJA KONA 3

AJA KONA 3

monitoring on an HD  broadcast monitor via HD-SDI

JVC DT-V24L3DU

JVC DT-V24L3DU

Otherwise, you can simply view the footage in FCP’s canvas as it plays back in your time line and not worry about the expense of a setup like this until the finishing stage.  Then you could happily walk your project over to a facility with the professional setup and order from their lunch menu while a Colorist cracks jokes and crushes your blacks.

It’s the dollars vs doable decisions that really make this craft an art form IMHO.  Cranking out broadcast quality 1080p material on a 10k FCP setup (and it really is 10k if you’re paying for all the software) is not something you can do overnight. But, it can be done.

proactively • man that’s a lot of alliteration • peter

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10
Jun
08

Capture Apple ProRes 422 1920x1080i 29.97

Here’s a pictorial walkthru of the latest system config. First, the workhorse:

Here’s where you can find the Expansion Slot Utility:

Here’s how the Expansion Slot Utility needs to be configured for the Kona 3:

Mix all these ingredients into your cauldron, add a pinch of pretty please, and SHAZAM, running FCP 6.0.2 with Quicktime 7.3.1, I can now successfully digitize Apple ProRes422 1920x1080i 29.97 to internal 7200rpm SATA drives. And external FW800 drives. Don’t hate.

proactively • in glorious high definition • peter

28
Apr
08

AJA Kona 3 Setup

Here’s the breakdown of the Kona 3 setup and FCP config that is working consistently for me at the moment:

Mac OS X.4.11

QT 7.3.1

AJA Kona 3 5.1 drivers

FCP 6.0.2

AJA Control Panel Setup:

FCP System Settings:

This combination is per AJA Support’s recommendation and has performed flawlessly since I implemented it four weeks ago. Resolved assemble edit and insert edit issues when laying back to Sony MSW-M2000 MPEG IMX VTR.

proactively • promoting permanence of knowledge • peter




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