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Multiple inputs for running a show without a Spyder or similar.


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Hello all!

 

I'm thinking of upgrading our Wathcout system to include multiple SDI capture cards. This way I could do corporate shows without using a Spyder, or equivalent, for PPT, IMAG, Sat/video conference and the like.

 

Experience, real-world "gotchas," satisfaction from a user, etc, etc, etc...

 

Thanks all!!

 

Kevin Lawson

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Hi Kevin

 

I've build several systems now, with HDSDI cards from Datapath. We used to go with the much cheaper similar cards from Black Magic, but there there was a lot of issues, that weren't fixable, such as start up problems, work arounds etc. So I will definitely recommend Datapath. BTW we have just decided to build a new system, with 2 cards, with 4 HDSDI inputs on each.

 

Best regards Christian

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I've seen worse delay with some "Broadcast" switchers! 

 

Thank you. 

 

I also saw on another post of yours, where you discussed adding a cue to the capture card as part of the standby layer/s of the main timeline. This wouldn't interfere with calling the same input , essentially, simultaneously? (Since the Standby layer/s are ALWAYS on.) Calling multiple times to the same input is fully supported and works fine? 

If you used multiple inputs, should you then place a cue for each on the Standby, so they are all "loaded" and ready to go?

 

Thank you again!!
 

Kevin Lawson

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I've seen worse delay with some "Broadcast" switchers! 

 

Thank you. 

 

I also saw on another post of yours, where you discussed adding a cue to the capture card as part of the standby layer/s of the main timeline.

 

1) This wouldn't interfere with calling the same input , essentially, simultaneously? (Since the Standby layer/s are ALWAYS on.)

 

2) Calling multiple times to the same input is fully supported and works fine? 

 

3) If you used multiple inputs, should you then place a cue for each on the Standby, so they are all "loaded" and ready to go?

 

 

Thank you again!!

 

Kevin Lawson

 

Yes to all three questions  ;)

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Hi Kevin

 

I've build several systems now, with HDSDI cards from Datapath. We used to go with the much cheaper similar cards from Black Magic, but there there was a lot of issues, that weren't fixable, such as start up problems, work arounds etc. So I will definitely recommend Datapath. BTW we have just decided to build a new system, with 2 cards, with 4 HDSDI inputs on each.

 

Best regards Christian

 

Thank you Christian.

We have a BM card in our system now, and it was a bear to get running. The folks over at ShowSage helped us to get it running. Who knew that going to an OLDER driver would fix a problem!?   ;)

 

I didn't see a 4-input SDI card on DataPath's website. Just a 2 input with loop-thrus. Am I missing something?

 

@ jfk

 

Thank you!  :D

 

Kevin Lawson

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