- February 18, 2010 at 12:03 am
I am hoping to find advice on which card to go with, the Kona LHe or the Decklink HD Extreme. I am needing to capture HD video from various character generators, (Lyric, Deko, etc) in both 720 and 1080. I will be capturing to a Mac Power PC G5, running Final Cut Pro 5.1. I really need to be able to capture high quality native HD video, to be used in building samples for our clients.
Are these cards the best solutions for what I need to do. Is the Kona worth the extra money? Any experiences or opinions will be greatly appreciated.
- February 18, 2010 at 2:48 am
Kona LHi is what you want.
- February 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Well, asking this on the AJA forum you’ll run into bias for sure!
As mentioned, the LHe, nor the LHi, will work. The regular Kona LH will…and the Kona 2 (does the Kona 2 have analog INPUTS?). And you need to make sure that the Decklink you might get will be PCI-X compliant too.
Either will work. I prefer the AJA because of the better tech support and easier software interface. Tech support is worth the extra $$.
But, I know people who swear by Decklink, and they do work, and work well. I have used both and haven’t had a bad experience with the Decklink Products. I just like AJA and Matrox better (although Matrox doesn’t have a PCI-X solution).
- February 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm
[Shane Ross] “(does the Kona 2 have analog INPUTS?).”
No. You would need the Kona LH, (not Lhe). I missed the part about PCI-X.
- February 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm
- February 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm
Yeah, some of the last revisions of the G5s had PCI Express. It’s entirely possible. Sorry, I should have just reread the post. If it is PCIe, the LHe will work then.
- February 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm
[Jeremy Garchow] “Yeah, some of the last revisions of the G5s had PCI Express. It’s entirely possible. Sorry, I should have just reread the post. If it is PCIe, the LHe will work then.”
As far as I know, the G5 Quad is the only G5 that had PCIe. That was the last G5 we owned before moving to the Mac Pros.
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- February 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm
There were dual core G5s as well.
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