- December 27, 2013 at 11:08 pm
I currently have two 2008 Mac Pro desktops that I’m looking to sell to upgrade to the new cylindrical Mac pro desktop.
But can anyone tell me if the Kona LHi card is compatible with the new Mac Pro desktop? Will the Kona Lhi card be able able to fit?
And if not, what external hardware solutions would there be for upscaling SD to HD with the new mac pro desktop or with an iMac i7?
Thanks very much in advance.
- December 29, 2013 at 6:22 pm
Hi. The new MacPro allows for connecting PCIe cards through an external Thunderbolt enclosure such as one from Sonnet Technologies: https://www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpressse2.html
The LHi is listed as compatible: https://www.sonnettech.com/support/charts/thunderbolt/index.html
Or you can purchase the ioXT which is an AJA Thunderbolt product, but it does not have analog video/audio in so you would have to use an Analog to Digital converter such as the HD10AVA: https://www.aja.com/en/products/mini-converters/hd10ava
- January 2, 2014 at 3:55 am
Thanks very much for replying Jeremy. Quick question regarding Sonnet Technologies Echo Express III-D. Do you know if it has a firewire port?
I haven’t seen a photos of the back of the unit.
The only way I can control my Sony HD DVR tape deck (from Final Cut Pro 7 or Premiere Pro CC) is through firewire. Using my Kona LHi card, I have to ingest and upconvert a number of mini DV tapes. But I need to be able to jog shuttle through my tapes. In FCP7 and PPCC, I can only do this through firewire. Even though I have an HD SDI cable running from my Sony DVR tape deck to my Kona LHi, I had no deck control from within FCP7 or PPCC until I plugged in a firewire cable.
- January 2, 2014 at 4:30 am
The Echo Express III is an enclosure
You can add up to 3 PCIe cards.
One would be your Kona, and then you could add a fw card and one other PCIe card.
Alternatively, you could use Apple’s fw800 to Thunderbolt adapter, and a fw800 to fw400 cable in one of the six Thunderbolt ports on the new MacPro.
What HDV deck do you have?
- January 2, 2014 at 5:53 am
Sorry I read your post too quickly. I saw that you included more options. Could you recommend a good Firewire 400 card for that enclosure?
- January 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm
[Nick Natteau] “The only way I can control my Sony HD DVR tape deck (from Final Cut Pro 7 or Premiere Pro CC) is through firewire. “
Unless you are using a DSR 11 most Sony Decks can use the RS422 serial connector for Deck control.
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- January 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm
- January 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm
[Nick Natteau] “Thanks again Jeremy. The only problem is that the Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter is Firewire 800. My Sony tape deck only has a Firewire 400 port.”
FW800 is backward compatible with fw400, you just need to correct adapter.
Sonnet makes great PCIe cards, so you could get a fw800 card from Sonnet and get a fw800 to fw400 cable, or you could use Sonnet’s fw400 card.
They are both listed as compatible over Thunderbolt (as well as the USb3/fw800 ‘Tango’ card):
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