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  • What we (somewhat) know about the technical requirements

    Posted by Ola Haldor voll on June 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    – Mac Pro 2009 (unconfirmed yet possible – 2008 model)
    – GeForce GT 120 (unconfirmed yet possible – GeForce 8800GT, due to the fact that the GT 120 is a weaker card)
    – GeForce GTX 285 or Quadro
    – Decklink HD Extreme 3 or 3D
    – Snow Leopard

    So there’s at least two things I need to get. GTX 285 and I need to toss the Decklink HD Extreme 2 out the window.. Worst case (if it can be translated that way) a new Mac Pro 2009 (or 2010 if they’re ever releasing one).

    Sources? Creative Cow forums and

    Kurt Hennrich replied 13 years, 10 months ago 6 Members · 11 Replies
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  • Vladimir Kucherov

    June 19, 2010 at 1:18 am

    What I’m curious about is whether a Blackmagic Decklink Studio will suffice. Obviously one won’t be able to do 3D with it, but otherwise I thought the two cards were similar enough. Has there been any specific talk on the subject?

  • Ola Haldor voll

    June 19, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I emailed and asked if it was like Peter Chamberlain is saying on the forums.
    “Yes, that’s what Peter is saying. It must be a DeckLink HD Extreme 3 or 3D.

    What peter said is that you need Decklink HD Extreme 3 or 3D. Nothing can be confirmed before any of us gets the hands on their super duper application.

  • Jack Jones

    June 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

    RE: Vladimir Kucherov

    Just a reminder that 3D isn’t possible on the Mac version currently. Lack of slots for GPUs. Should have just made it for Windows!

  • Vladimir Kucherov

    June 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    That makes sense. I would guess that porting a Linux build to mac is a slightly easier task than windows, and, I would also assume that mac’s inflexibility creates further incentive to eventually purchase a linux license.

    Also, I do not believe the 8800 is a viable replacement for the GT120 (correct me if I’m wrong). The GTX285 requires 2 power cables, the 8800 requires 1, and the GT120 requires none. Since current mac models only have 2 power connections for the videocard on the motherboard, it would be impossible to run an 8800 and a GTX285 at the same itme.

  • Jack Jones

    June 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    From what I understand.

    If you only have one SuperDrive you have a spare Molex connector available to take power from. That would mean the 8800 and 285 are possible… Theoretically!

  • Ola Haldor voll

    June 19, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I’ll be getting the GTX 285 anyway, and I’ve pre-ordered a license of DaVinci – I’m just waiting for it to appear in the mail box. When I have them both in place, we’ll see what happens next.

  • Vladimir Kucherov

    June 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Very good point, I hadn’t thought of that. I have built a number of PC systems, but when it comes to Mac towers, I tend to don’t think to improvise like that!

    Also, and I suppose this is a better question for a blackmagic forum, but what are the differences between DeckLink Extreme 3 and 3D? If 3D on Mac isn’t supported, it seems getting a 3D output card is a fruitless endeavor.

  • Jack Jones

    June 20, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I’m not sure either. I know that the 3D is definitely supported whereas I don’t know about the latest Decklink Studio… I think I’ve read somewhere previously that it might be.

    I’d firstly say there is probably a speed and compatibility advantage to a better I/O. As for 3D, why not get one? You might as well spend and extra $200 or so on something a bit more future proof. Who’s to say that 3D won’t be a possibility in a September Mac Pro release?

    I’m planning on going 3D and hoping that a late 2010 Mac Pro has more graphics options and slots to allow for full 3D capability. Then I’m sure we’ll all start seeing more 3D short films being offered to us!! (Hopefully commercial and music promo stuff to be more realistic!).

    Genuinely getting very excited about it now. Would really like some official specs, as I’d kinda like to hold off on a new GPU until September, and we have a few GTX285’s lying around the place. Will probably need a 3D Extreme myself though as I’m currently an MXO2 person and don’t imagine support for that coming for a good 6 months or so. (In fact I might just go ask that of them now).

  • Dwaine Maggart

    June 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    The issue isn’t 3D related. The issue is that the Extreme 3 card has been replaced with the Extreme 3D version. If you happen to have an Extreme 3 card already, it will work. But if you need to buy a card, the Extreme 3D is what you can buy today.

    Dwaine Maggart
    Blackmagic Design DaVinci Support

  • Jamie Allan

    June 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm


    Jigsaw’s DaVinci landing page stage 1 is online –

    Linux & Revival info coming very soon…

    Jamie Allan
    Post Production Consultant
    DaVinci Specialist (Linux/Mac)

    Jigsaw Systems Ltd. – IT & Broadcast specialists for the UK

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