OK…so here I am, color correcting away with a nice solid image. What I am used to seeing. Then I have to output a DVCPRO HD tape, so I connect the deck to the card via HD SDI, deck control via RS-422…and after a quick call to Walter, figured out how to get the HD SDI signal to it.
All was good….only, it wasn’t.
The image on the screen was flickering. Every couple of seconds, the image jumped. Odd…OK. Walter and I go thru the menu items and all seems to be exactly how he has it. I even route the other HD SDI signal to the REF in for reference…same flickering. I try the Composite signal to REF in…flicker. OK…maybe it is just while it is sitting still. So I output…and the flicker happens, and knocks audio out for a second or two. Obviously something was wrong. So I connected the deck via firewire and output that way. No flickering…no issues. Wham bam thank you ma’am.
I dash to FedEx to deliver the tape, take my time getting back (ahhh….weight off shoulders). Come back to the bay, quit FCP, turn off the deck, disconnect HD SDI from the deck and plug it back into my monitor…so it is directly from Kona LH into monitor. Turn on monitor…launch FCP. Go to the restroom…come back.
What the…? So I switch to the other HD SDI out…flicker. The flicker was from the card, not the deck. So I quit…restarted…launched FCP (got a snack…large series of projects)…flicker, flicker, flicker. I can hold a RAVE with this monitor as the special lighting. Kids on EX can go into a trance in front of this thing.
I plug in the COMPONENT cable to the component ins on my monitor. Flicker…flicker…flicker.
Needless to say I cannot color correct.