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  • Resolve OSX HDMI monitoring

    Posted by Hyunsoo Kim on July 11, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Current mac pros have only one double-wide PCI slot. If I want to use HDMI out of HD extreme 3D card as a main video monitoring option, I need an extra double-wide slot since HD extreme 3D requires optional slot space for HDMI connection and GPU would have already taken the only double slot. Or I could get a HDlink for converting, but that’s extra $$$..

    Joseph Owens replied 13 years, 9 months ago 9 Members · 32 Replies
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  • Vladimir Kucherov

    July 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    the HDMI part of Decklink 3D is just a bracket that connects what look like HDMI ports on the back of the main pcie card. So you can stick that into any backplate slot you have open with some finesse, or, I would imagine with a bit of hacking, even pull a longer cable straight out of the main card somehow.

  • Jack Jones

    July 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    The issue goes far deeper than you think Vladimir.

    If you use two ‘exits’ for the BMD 3D Extreme, one ‘exit’ for the GT120, two ‘exits’ for the GTX285/Quadro then you are left with no ‘exits’ for Fibre or eSata and a fast RAID will surely be a must to get realtime DaVinci OS X playback.

    Therefore you have to ignore the HDMI monitoring side of things unless you get a SDI to HDMI monitoring thing.

    Bit of a ball ache! It would be nice if the next Mac Pro adds room for 6 cards with space for 8 exits. Multiple GPU support + GTX480 would be nice too. A big PSU would be a must though!

    Mac Pro rear ports and slots

  • Vladimir Kucherov

    July 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    You’re right, I haven’t counted correctly! It does seem that a good Mac Davinci workstation will require the magic of the next update (if there is one, and if it does have some magic to it!).

    For those of us building such a workstation on a budget though, I would suppose some creative dremeling. Most eSata cards I’ve seen have enough space on the plate to cut an opening for an HDMI lead to go through reaching the back of the Decklink. Not elegant, but I suppose it’s a way in a pinch.

  • Sascha Haber

    July 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm


    The day I will get my license, I will start building one 😉

  • Illya Laney

    July 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm


    Audio guys have been doing this for years. It’s not like it’s voodoo to have external PCI-E slots.

    Motion Design, Color, Editing
    SWGC Incorporated

  • Kim Krause

    July 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    why bother with resolve then at all….if you wanna play that game you’re gonna have to fork out alot more cash……i for one am not about to jump into the davinci camp anytime soon…i have yet to see a job i can’t do on color that would be easier on a resolve for the price!..i’m sure to get alot of flack for this comment but come on now….$1000 grading solution on a mac…of course you will need a lot of hardware to support this…and lets not forget about scopes and fast render farms and etc….it’s like the cost of inkjet printers…ridiculously cheap for the machine but the ink will burn a huge hole in your pocket…same with resolve for davinci….inexpensive for the software but you’re gonna cry when you figure in the cost of the hardware…thank you color for being so simple and efficient and easy and fun to use!

  • Jack Jones

    July 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    If you haven’t seen the latest version you’ll be very impressed. I wanted to hate it! However, after seeing it in action I can’t knock it one bit.

    Fantastic software. Makes Color look like a piece of old hack. The conforming is just sublime as is the tracking.

    I for one wanted to say Color can do everything DaVinci can do… Simple fact is it can’t. Sure you can use a few work arounds, and grade to an incredibly high standard, but you simply can not achieve the same amount with the same ease as the new software. Forget realtime playback, and audio playback. The keying is superior, as is the tracking, pan & scan and conforming.

    You can take any project, with great ease, from any offline software on the market and get it into Resolve without batting an eyelid. Got some RED files that have fallen out of structure and been renamed… No problem! The auto-conform finds them and relinks them.

    It’s so well meta-data driven it really is one of the modern grading tools rivaling DV FilmMaster’s tracking and conforming, Scratch’s data-driven file management and Baselight’s speed of approach. I still think the minimum pro setup will set you back around £20k pre-DaVinci panel but nontheless it will be worth it!

  • Rick Turners

    July 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

    One thing Color cant do that DaVinci can… BAG CLIENTS.

    “Hi, we want a quote for grading a feature, what do you use and how much will it cost”

    “I use Color, cost is x”.

    “You use what?” click*…..

  • Hyunsoo Kim

    July 13, 2010 at 12:03 am

    If next MP supports USB 3.0 and Resolve supports UltraStudio pro…

  • Illya Laney

    July 13, 2010 at 12:05 am

    That would be excellent. Check this out though…

    Motion Design, Color, Editing
    SWGC Incorporated

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