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  • Kona LHe vs Decklink HD Extreme

  • Andy Lynch

    February 18, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Hi,
    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.

    Thanks,
    Andy

  • Jeremy Garchow

    February 18, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Kona LHi is what you want.

  • Arnie Schlissel

    February 18, 2010 at 4:02 am

    A G5? With PCI-X? Look for a used Kona 2. The LHe won’t work in a PCI-X slot.

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  • Chi-Ho Lee

    February 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve used both and the Kona is very well worth the money.

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  • Shane Ross

    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).

    Shane

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  • Jeremy Garchow

    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.

    Sorry.

  • Andy Lynch

    February 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I may be wrong, but I believe our machine is PCI express. The attached images are of an older Decklink Extreme SD card we have been using with this machine, and the ports on the G5.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    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.

  • walter biscardi

    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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  • Jeremy Garchow

    February 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    There were dual core G5s as well.

    https://guides.macrumors.com/PowerMac_G5_Dual_Core_(2005)

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