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  • Sony Control of Mac

    Posted by Scott Thomas on June 14, 2005 at 12:56 am

    Does anyone know of a utility to allow the Mac (With a Kona card) to be controlled by another device via Sony RS-422.
    My searching doesn’t come up with much. I remember a utility on OS9 that supposedly did this. I wonder what happened to it.
    Does Final Cut have this ability built in?

    Scott Thomas replied 18 years, 3 months ago 6 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Bob Zelin

    June 14, 2005 at 1:02 am

    you mean like AVID’s VTR emulation, which allows the AVID to be controlled by a Sony VTR (or a Telestream, etc.). I am not aware of anything on the market that will Final Cut Pro do VTR emulation (from any board manufacturer), so that you can have a Telecine (for example) control Final Cut Pro. As a matter of fact (and I could be wrong), I don’t believe that AVID Adrenaline systems offer this feature anymore – I belive (and again, I could be wrong) that only AVID Meridian systems offered VTR emulation.

    Bob Zelin

  • Scott Thomas

    June 14, 2005 at 1:37 am

    Yeah, I knew Avid had that. Our Accom Affinity has the feature as well, but it won’t work for us. I can have a BVW-75 control the Affinity, but our Florical automation software won’t talk to it. Accom won’t even look into the problem… sigh. Anyway, my goal is to be able to dub material into our playout system directly and avoid our two tape formats. (We have BetaSP and DVC Pro currently hooked up via composite.) Ahh, the joys of a hybrid Analog TV station.

  • Scott Thomas

    June 14, 2005 at 1:43 am

    Thanks for jogging my memory. I changed my Google search from “RS-422 Sony Control” to “VTR Emulation”

    How about this…

  • Gary Adcock

    June 14, 2005 at 2:06 am

    [scottgfx] “Anyway, my goal is to be able to dub material into our playout system directly and avoid our two tape formats. “

    Scott, if all you are trying to do is use the kona as a playout device look at Virtual VTR
    or check into the products from – maybe they have something that could work.

    gary adcock

    HD and Film Consultation

  • Ramona Howard

    June 14, 2005 at 2:10 am

    Not on the Mac but I wanted to make sure you guys were aware of RaveHD. We support both slave and master and is utilizing the AJA boards.


  • Scott Thomas

    June 14, 2005 at 2:54 am

    Yeah, Virtual VTR was the OS9 thing I was thinking of. It’s cool that they have a OS X version. I just downloaded the tryout version.

    It would seem that someone needs to make a plug-in that will control the FCP Timeline via RS-422. My background is writing Atari Basic code. I don’t think the world is quite ready to witness my developer prowess. 🙂

  • Fred Connors jr.

    June 14, 2005 at 2:04 pm

    VirtualVTR will control a QT movie, not the FCP time line.


  • Kevin Christopher

    June 14, 2005 at 3:13 pm

    Oh my god! Another one. Started with Atari Basic, and moved on to assemby language for the Atari. The last thing I did was 8 bit bios de-bugging. I know only tell programers what they are doing wrong, and couldn’t write the first line in C++ if I tried.


  • Scott Thomas

    June 15, 2005 at 9:18 am

    I’ve attempted a couple of times to learn ‘C’. I only got as far as some basic programs. Coming from an Atari background, I can only say… What do you mean I have to ‘Declare Variables’?!?!?!? 🙂 If I say N=318, then it does… no questions asked.

    a couple of years ago, I was at work and decided to download an Atari emulator. I started writing some basic, BASIC programs. My coworkers didn’t seem to care, but I was reliving the past, in a most enjoyable way. I once wrote a character generator, where I could type on the screen in a large font, and save the pages to disk. Years later I looked at the code and was dumbfounded. I don’t know how to do that stuff anymore.

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