HMDI capture with Blackmagic Intensity Pro

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Marlin, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Marlin macrumors member

    May 29, 2008
    With all the complaints on HDV I'm wondering if this could be a solution to at least the capture of HDV. Blackmagic states on their site the card does the following.

    1. use your camera's HMDI port instead of firewire and by pass the camera's HDV codec. I assume it will be uncompressed so 13GB will turn into 65GB or more. I'm not sure how big HMDI is. I'm guessing its HD

    2. Use your TV as a monitor with the HMDI out port.

    So this seems to answer all the capture issues but what about editing(pro res 422) or what and are there any benefits in rendering times etc. Seems to easy at $349

    Thanks very much.
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    That only applies if you are recording live. I.e recording when the camera is plugged straight into the computer. If you record when it is not plugged in then it gets encoded. It is HD and raw uncompressed 10-bit HD video takes up the following amount of space:

    for most of these you are looking at needing a RAID 0 array with 2 - 3 disks to deal with the data rate.
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I don't know what the complete list is, but you can capture to different codces such as DVCPro HD.

  4. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    3 is the bare minimum for one stream of playback... you'll need a lot more for a reliable setup (for uncompressed).... better to just use ProRes.

    the intensity is good when you can record straight to the computer... I've heard about issues of using the FW for device control while capturing a tape over HDMI, so check into that before you buy.

    really, if you're going to edit HDV with FCP, then all I'd do is set it to render in ProRes without transcoding all of the footage. then you get the speed benefit without the massive storage problem.
  5. Marlin thread starter macrumors member

    May 29, 2008
    Yea how dumb can I get, of course if the camera has to put it on tape it has to use the codec, Thanks for the rest of the info. yes I'll only use pro res when needed thanks
  6. byme macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
  7. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    Because what's coming into the card is 8-bit YCbCr and it doesn't have the hardware capability to convert to 10-bit RGB — and why would you want it to?
  8. byme macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
    entry should be in RGB, because the decoder is set RGB output

    I would like to know if capturing in RGB with the Blackmagic Intensity improve the image quality
  9. byme macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
    I have two other problems

    1) I want to capture while maintaining the resolution to 768x576 instead of bringing it to 720x576

    2) I would like to maintain 50 fps and does not capture at 25 fps


    how can I do?
  10. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    You want YCbCr/YPbPr (which they're labelling YUV), 720x576, 25fps. That is correct for a PAL signal.

    Digital TV is YCbCr and analog is YPbPr. Blackmagic Design, for some reason, refer to it as YUV. I don't know if the Intensity can capture RGB, but doing so is pointless. It will not improve the image.

    PAL resolution is 720x576. TVs, computers, etc. all know to stretch it out appropriately.

    25fps is actually 50i — which, again, is what PAL is.
  11. byme macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
    Thanks for your answer

    Now I have a big problem

    I realized that the material deinterlacer, setting PAL in preferences, with the Blackmagic becomes interlaced

    This evening I arrived a videoprocessor (I paid € 1800) that I use also for deinterlacer

    may not have the option 576p in Blackmagic?
  12. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    Nothing really uses 576p. It's 576psf — which is progressive images stored as interlaced frames.

    If this is just a hobby, that processor is an expensive addition. Is it a realtime one for a projector?
  13. FX120 macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2007
    I never had much luck coming off of Firewire with my HVR-Z7U, even using ProRes. The capture I have gotten using the Intensity cards has always been superior.

    My current setup for capture is 6x 750GB Seagate 7200.11 drives, RAID 0+1. BlackMagic speed test average 230MB/s write and 210MB/s read off of the array. I use a second disk for the OS and applications so that I don't have any acess problems when writing to the array.

    I used to capture uncompressed YUV 59.94 1080i on just two of these drives in RAID 0 and it worked, write speed was ~140MB/s, so you can go that route with the faster drives like the newer Seagate 7200.11 drives that have a high data density on the platters, and high data thoroughput. Older, slower, and smaller drives will not work without going to a larger array.

    It should also be noted that Seagate just announced an even faster disk, the 7200.12 drives, which can (supposidly) offer sustained write speeds of up to 140MB/s on a single drive. Fast disks are the key to a good array.
  14. ChemiosMurphy macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2007
    Warminster, PA
    FX120, what's your setup for the drives? is it an ESATA array with port multipliers or what? I had a 2 drive raid 0 internally and want to go even faster (but i have an external clone for stability)
  15. FX120 macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2007
    It's a long story...

    It's a Windows machine, to sum it up.

    I couldn't afford a Mac Pro + Fiber channel + external array so I built up a computer with a nVidia motherboard that supported internal RAID across 6 SATA ports. It's no mac, but for importing and transcoding it works well enough...

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