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Old June 19th, 2006, 10:47 PM   #1
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Laptop HD-SDI capture

Any experience with this:
http://www.mobl.com/expansion/produc...ion/index.html
I am interested in their 1 Slot ExpressCard to PCI Expansion System,
to interface my Apple 133Gz G4 17" Powerbook (with a 7200RPM HD)
with a BlackMagic Decklink HD Pro Single Link - Uncompressed 12-bit HDTV SDI HD and SD Video Capture PCI-X Card with Single-Link 4:2:2 and Down Conversion and SD/HD Analog Monitoring -

It seems like it will it all "fit" together,
My question (not sure if anyone can answer this) is will it "work" - specifically for importing Uncompressed HD Video as Photojpeg/DVCPro HD/Sheer into Final Cut
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Old June 19th, 2006, 10:51 PM   #2
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I don't believe you'll be able to sustain the necessary data rate to capture HD with that combination. It would likely require one of the new Macbook Pro systems.

Have a look at this link to see what's coming down the pipe.

http://www.vydeo.com/products/EC34.html

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Old June 20th, 2006, 08:05 AM   #3
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That card looks exactly what I want to buy. Now, if Final Cut and it
work together and the cost is not too expensive I think they will have
a winning combo.

Nice work on find that one Mr. Boston.
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Old June 20th, 2006, 11:05 AM   #4
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Is it already available? if not do you know when will it be available?
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Old June 20th, 2006, 11:38 AM   #5
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It's been in development for awhile -
& the Web Page has remained the same for months
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Old June 20th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #6
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I called the company and asked when the product might ship. They said they couldn't say as it is being developed for a specific OEM.

Hmmm...can you say AJA/Blackmagic! Who knows when it'll actually ship though.

Dang, I'm chompin' at the bit for a laptop SDI solution.
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Old June 20th, 2006, 02:26 PM   #7
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Old June 20th, 2006, 03:02 PM   #8
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Nice work on find that one Mr. Boston.
Actually, Barlow gets the credit for finding that. He posted it in an earlier thread and I used the link to illustrate a point.

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Old June 20th, 2006, 04:34 PM   #9
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Someone should just come up with an sdi expresscard and that would be the end of it. If you have a fast enough laptop to do real time cineform encoding that's about all there is to it.
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 02:49 AM   #10
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I just found something very interesting. Aparently, the D/Dock expansion chassis for the Dell Precision M90 notebook workstation holds a pci card inside. This sounds like the perfect way to capture sdi in the field to me. The machine is a powerhouse and I bet it can do real time cineform encoding, making it an even better solution than the wafian since it does have a battery, not to mention a 1920x1200 display to monitor on. I'll have to get me one :)
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 07:58 AM   #11
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Luis -
That s a beautiful find !
But do you think that a Blackmagic card can really fit in here and do the work?
Too bad Dell doesn't have a store here where you could go in and get Tech answers
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 05:12 PM   #12
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The best way to get tech answers would be the dell forums. Maybe if we ask around?

All I have found out so far is that it holds a half length pci card inside and it works for many notebook models out there. It's been around for quite some time now. What I haven't been able to find out is if blackmagic and aja sdi cards are half or full length. The only full length pci card I've ever owned was a DPS Velocity that bit the dust a few years back.
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Old November 10th, 2006, 10:49 PM   #13
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Hi,

Has anyone found out if the Dell Precision M90 notebook workstation holds an SDI pci card inside or if an ExpressCard to PCI Expansion card will work on a MacBook Pro with an SDI card?

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Old November 11th, 2006, 10:42 AM   #14
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I still think it is the capture/storage drive array that is going to give the portability problems.

To get portability (such as a Firestore device) you currently have to accept degrading compression like Cineform/Wafian or Sheer or accept more bulk in the drive array.
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Old November 11th, 2006, 01:00 PM   #15
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I just stumbled across this wonderful news....

http://www.barefeats.com/hard71.html


as well as, I was unaware of the recent 15" MacBook Pro changes... An even faster processor and a firewire 800 ports was added to the mix.

The pieces are coming or even here... But will they work together?
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