- November 2, 2020 at 2:54 pm
Believe or not, still have an AJA IO La box I use for the (very rare) occasion of capturing BetaSP, SX, Digi; etc to digital. Last time I did it, I had a Mac 2008 desktop running a copy of Snow Leopard and Final Cut Studio 3 (after capture, files imported elsewhere for workflow at time). My playback is SOny J-3 with 9 pin remote control and analog component input.
I upgraded to a 12-core 2013(12?) mac pro which only has Firewire 800 so the fw 400>>400 cable is a no go.
So wanted some advice on what to do. Before anyone responds, please know two things-
1 – don’t work with enough BetaSP tapes currently to justify an upgrade to a $1K+ Kona, or blackmagic ultrastudio. likely not enough to even a $500+ decklink card from blackmagic.
2- I do a lot of migration of different formats and need to keep the BetaSP capture as an offering, although as I said, not much Beta as of late (or expected in futute).
Having said that, can I do any of the following??
A – install a Firewire 400 card in the Mac Pro 12 core and just continue to run Dual boot with Snow Leopard & FCP to capture?
B – buy a fw400 (aja io port) to fw800 cable (macpro2012 port) and do the same workflow as option A?
C- Just copy to DVD-R using minimal compression settings and rip to digital using Handbrake?
D- Another AJA (or Blackmagic) io device I haven’t considered.
Again, know this is REALLY old school, but advice would be helpful. thanks!
- November 2, 2020 at 3:28 pm
You can buy a 400 to 800 cable. I have an IO too. I set all ports open in both directions (pass thru) and hooked and SDI out of the IO into an SDI input of my Kona 4 card.
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