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Old February 1st, 2007, 06:11 PM   #1
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XDCAM HD with FCP 5.1 - output via firewire for downconverted SD monitoring

I am editing a XDCAM HD project on FCP 5.1 with a dual 2.5ghz G5 Mac.

Enabling Digital Cinema Desktop Preview plays full frame rate and full screen on my 1600x1200 2nd display.

I prefer to monitor on a Sony CRT PAL studio monitor that I am used to so I now enable video playback using the Apple Firewire PAL setting.

The output I get is single frame, despite being set to all frames. Also the aspect ratio is wrong, it is more squashed closer to cinema 2.35:1

Is anyone editing HD material on FCP and managing to get an SD downconversion via firewire? without need for a Kona card?

Many thanks in advance
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Old February 1st, 2007, 07:32 PM   #2
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You cannot downconvert without a card of some sort.

The Matrox MXO is a good option for $995. Connects via a DVI port and displays HD and downconverts to SD as well.
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Old February 2nd, 2007, 08:52 PM   #3
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you can also nest your hd sequence in an SD sequence, but then you'll likely have to render which is a pain in the rear. the matrox box looks like a really good way to go.
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