View Full Version : Fire Wire Mac Based Mixing
21st April 2003, 06:44 AM
Hey there everyone. Just wondering if there was any program out there that could do real time editing through a fire wire hub connected to a Mac? Like connecting four DV cameras into the hub and having the ability to mix and fade between them? Ya know...an MX50 built into a computer (accept Fire Wire connections). Thanks for all the help...
21st April 2003, 04:19 PM
No, there is not, ?what would be the functionality?
Now, I may asume that there must be a very expensive video mixer able to do that but:
1. If you are gonna mix digital video you do it with a video console and then you will transfer the "final mix" to the computer.
2. I guess # one is the gay to go.
Now, I asume you want to create effects and stuff using DV cameras. I can give you a tip to do that in the most economic way that it is not cheap any way.
You can get a MX-Pro DV mixer and connect the cameras to it, then you can output via firewire to the computer and you can process that signal with (in the case you have a Mac) Videodelic or with Rythmic Circle Fuse. Booth softwares uses video imput and have very nice video effects.
Now, lets thiong that you have 2 computers, one with Videodelic and the other one with RC Fuse. Then you will take each signal and connect them to another video mixer. Of course you can have booth softwares in just one computer and switch from one to the other. But I think that is what you want to do.
Now, ?why there are no softwares that act like mixers? I will asume because there is not such demand for them and because fingers are faster than a mouse.
Now, what I would do to make everything cheaper is to get a firewire capture interface (like the Hollywood Bridge), connect all my cameras to a very cheap inexpensive switcher and use the computer with the software that I want.
The MX-Pro DV cost $2000, the Hollywood Bridge cast about $300 and a switcher cost around $100 + or - (depending of you).
That is what I would sugest.
21st April 2003, 04:45 PM
There is also Live Channel (http://www.channelstorm.com/) which claims to be a production studio on the Mac.
21st April 2003, 08:54 PM
can't vdmx3 mix firewire inputs? Also, at least on the PC, I believe it's possible (theoretically) to use up to 8 firewire inputs in Visual Jockey, but I wonder what kind of framerate you could realistically expect if you're up to 4 inputs with that.
21st April 2003, 10:31 PM
I have known about the MX Pro for awhile but there are three problems with that piece of equipment.
1) way too expensive for only
2) two DV inputs and one out
3) it is made in mexico and videonics are pieces of crap (own two myself)
But I will definitely check these programs out and see which one (if any) can handle the job. Once again thanks for all your help.
23rd April 2003, 09:27 PM
"rc fuse"does fire wire input but the image is kind of grainy , and has a tendancy to crash , but the mixes a cool , and easy to use . :)
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