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  • Ecinema Monitoring only giving SD resolution

    Posted by Shane Ross on June 9, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    I have a Decklink HD card and am thinking about purchasing an ecinema EDP100 and Apple 23″ HD display for monitoring and color correcting my HD footage. The problem is that I can’t get any HD resolutions from it, only 720×486. The DISPLAYS prefs labels it as TELEVISION, and the only playback I can get is from SD timelines.

    The Decklink is plugged into Slot 3, as Slot 4 has my Sonnet 4X4 SATA card in it, and slot 2 has a FW PCI card.

    I had an HD Tech from the DR. Group over here looking at it and he couldn’t get it to work. But he took the box and my card into work and got it to work fine with another G5…same HD card and box, but attached to the ecinema LCD.

    Any ideas?

    Dual 2Ghz G5 is my machine.


    Alokut Productions

    Kristian Lam replied 17 years, 6 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Shane Ross

    June 9, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    CORRECTION: He connected an Apple 23″ display as well and it worked. But it was a newer Apple 23″ HD display.


    Alokut Productions

  • Kaspar Kallas

    June 10, 2006 at 6:12 am

    IF you use slot 3 then make sure you do NOT have slow PCI card in slot 2 or no card in there is even better – otherwise the card runs in SD mode only, you can vertify this by looking @

  • Shane Ross

    June 10, 2006 at 6:29 am

    Yeah…I figured it out. I had to take out my firewire PCI card…NOW it does full screen HD onto that monitor.

    Thanks though. I was pulling my hair out. Figured this was the only thing different on both machines. Oh, and I removed all the Aurora software for my other card, the Pipe Pro. Thought that was causing it. Nope…the firewire card.

    Shoulda mentioned that…but you figured it out.


    Alokut Productions

  • Kristian Lam

    June 10, 2006 at 8:42 am

    Hi Shane,

    I’ll chime in on why this is happening.

    Slots 2 and 3 of the Power Mac G5 PCI-X runs on a shared 100Mhz bus while slot 4 has its own 133Mhz bus. The shared bus slows down to match the speed of the slower card in either of the two slots connected to it. As such, the DeckLink HD card cannot get enough bandwidth and will not do HD.


    Kristian Lam
    Blackmagic Design

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