Does the frame rate converter tool for Varicam footage work on 720/59.94P captured through a Kona 2 as 8 or 10 bit uncompressed HD-SDI? I tried doing this and the plug-in tells me that the clip must be 720/59.94P to use this tool (which it is). I was wondering if this only works on DVCProHD/100 captured through Firewire. Our Panasonic 1200A VTR only has the HD-SDI board, so Firewire isn’t an option at this time.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this.
Senior Editor/DVD Author
New York City
I just used this plugin for some footage. You do need to capture it with the DVCProHD at 59.94 but you can do this with through the Kona 2 card with their preset. Don’t use the Varicam preset, though. Check Aja’s website in the FAQ section (or where ever it is now on their new site). It goes into some good detail about what you need to do to capture the footage to use with the Frame Rate Converter.
[Bill Stephan]“Does the frame rate converter tool for Varicam footage work on 720/59.94P captured through a Kona 2 as 8 or 10 bit uncompressed HD-SDI?”
But the Kona 2 CAN capture at any frame rate so long as you manually set the fps in the Capture Preset. So if you’re trying to pull say 12fps from a Varicam via HD-SDI, you can create a Capture Preset of 12fps with 8 or 10bit 720 HD and the Kona 2 will recognize and capture just the 12 actual frames of video in that shot.
[Bill Stephan]“Our Panasonic 1200A VTR only has the HD-SDI board, so Firewire isn’t an option at this time.”
You can capture in DVCPro HD codec using the Kona 2 board and it’s a lossless capture, just as if you were coming in via Firewire. Simply select an AJA Kona 2 DVCPro HD Easy Setup. If the Frame Rate Converter is something you want to use, just use the AJA Kona 2 DVCPro HD 59.94 Easy Setup, connect the deck via HD-SDI, do all of your captures, and then use the Frame Rate Converter on the clips to be speed changed.