hardware editing video imac configuration

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Madem, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. Madem macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2008
    Hi all
    It's my first post here, I write from Italy and sorry for my bad english
    My questions are about iMac and editing video with Final Cut Studio in Hdv
    1-What's the best external monitor preview solution?
    Mini dvi with Matrox Mxo, for example, is reliable?
    Are there some Blackmagic products like Matrox Mxo?
    2-What's the best connection from iMac and a Plasma Full Hd monitor to see my Hdv Final Cut work?
    Maybe hdmi?
    3-Is better to connect a vcr to external hd in daisychain via firewire?

    I need some advice about best hardware configuration to do editing video with FCS and my iMac 24

    Thanks in advance, Maurizio
  2. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    If you ask me, you can't ask for a better price/performance color grading package than the Matrox MXO with a 23" or 30" ACD. This setup will work pretty well (for the money) with Color in FCS2, or any other Quicktime-based color correction application.

    The best connection between an iMac and a modern plasma would be an DVI to HDMI cable or adapter. DVI and HDMI use identical video signaling. You'll have to make sure your output resolution on the iMac matches the optimal resolution of the plasma (or at least get as close as you possibly can). Also, keep in mind that it often won't be perfect because a lot of plasmas don't have adjustable overscan.

    I'm kind of confused about your third question. The only VCRs I can recall that even have Firewire interfaces are D-VHS units.

    As far as your editing setup is concerned, I would avoid daisy chaining Firewire devices as much as possible if one of these devices is going to be your scratch disk. Doing this will only make the scratch disk slower. As always, you can keep your project files on your main boot/applications disk (i.e. the iMac internal hard disk) but always keep your capture and render files on a separate external scratch disk, preferably connected via FW800.

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