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  • Francois Stark

    April 14, 2005 at 8:52 am


    I want our pro tools suites to access our SAN storage. So they need to have a fibre channel PCI card each.

    A typical G5 only has three PCI slots: Two are taken up by Pro Tools hardaware cards, the third one by the new fibre channel card.

    So there is no PCI space left for a Decklink or AJA Kona LS card to play out the video with pro tools.

    Is there anybody using Io with Pro Tools?

    Is the Io driver enabled to play DV or SD uncompressed video from quicktime player (without launching FCP), because then it should work for pro tools.


  • Nick Price

    April 14, 2005 at 9:06 am

    Hi Francois,
    the IO isnt supported by Core Audio in OSX at the moment, but lots of people are saying that it will be ASAP.

  • Francois Stark

    April 14, 2005 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Nick

    I think you misunderstood. I don’t want to use the Io for audio with pro tools. Pro Tools has their own DAE audio interfaces.

    I have to use the Io for video with Pro Tools, since all the PCI slots are used up and I need to use firewire for video. I’m hoping to be able to send out DV and uncompressed SD video over firewire to the Io, without using a PCI slot for video.

    Hope my question makes sense now.


  • Tony! Hulette

    April 14, 2005 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Francois, a lot of people would love to be able to play video out though the Io from Pro Tools and many other applications. However, its my understanding that Apple would have to update their AJA Io drivers for each application for it to work. That being the case, I don’t believe Pro Tools will be at the top of the list of newly supported applications for the Io (I could be wrong). They did add support for After Effects, Combustion and Motion last year, so it is possible. Maybe we’ll get some good news at NAB next week? Tiger and Quicktime 7 hopefully will make it more likely.


  • Francois Stark

    April 15, 2005 at 3:36 am

    Thanks, Tony!

    Let’s just talk about this some more.

    Decklink cards can work with pro tools for video, but when you need two PCI cards for pro tools, and one for fibre, you’re one slot short. Maybe a PCI extender that can work with PCI-X? Or stick to a G4 with five PCI slots?

    How does a pro tools unity setu-up fit everything in? Unity needs a fibre card and at least two pro-tools cards, and one for the meridien PCI card, or does it work with adrenaline now, using firewire?

    silly, innit?


  • Joe Murray

    April 16, 2005 at 12:53 pm

    What types of video signals do you need to use with ProTools? SDI, Component or just composite analog? Our audio suite uses the Canopus ADVC-100 (firewire interface) quite effectively for capturing video, but it only handles composite and Svideo signals. The DBeta, BetaSP, & DV decks all have composite outputs so we just patch those in. Not sure if this will work for your situation or not.

    Joe Murray

  • Francois Stark

    April 19, 2005 at 2:49 am

    Hi Joe

    The physical output is not the problem. We want to be able to use a video device with the Pro Tools that does not need recapturing from the edit suite, in this case FCP.

    So the ideal workflow is>: FCP finishes the edit -> export reference QT movie ( in DV or SD uncompressed) and then send that to the pro tools suite through gigE. The pro tools suite can use that at the moment with DV codecs only, and it works fine. I want a solution that will work with uncompressed files.


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