Hopefully this includes a redesign of the case in addition to a bump in the specs. I would love to see the case shorten by a few inches so it can fit horizontally in a 19" rack without cutting off the legs/handles. The road case options for the current Mac Pro are still pretty unsatisfying and hopefully something new will be more conveniently dimensioned.
To echo Michel's comment, I would love a full frame sensor. That said, getting one on at this price point given all the other features they have included isn't really going to happen at this point in time but I would expect something bigger than their sub micro-4/3 sensor size. I don't think it would be unreasonable to expect something more along the lines of an APS-C sized chip for $3k.
Says that it can support up to two external displays but I'm sure someone will get all three outputs working at some points.
Two thunderbolt outputs connected to two matrix cards.... WOWZER! Screen mayhem!
Can't believe it comes with a SSD and can have 16gig or Ram in a 3.3Ghz (turbo boosted).... time to save save save!
Well, for future reference, when you do that, it's attempting to execute the actors in the scene 150 times per second. That's really not advisable, as you may incur extra, unnecessary overhead. It may push the machine to a somewhat higher frame rate, but if you have it set to 30 and you're not getting 30, then there's something else amiss that needs to be looked into.
Very helpful responses. Thanks to both of you. Sort of intrigued by the standalone boxes and the budget is pushing me in that direction as well. Also, the image doesn't really need to be continuous and synched over most of the outputs. Many of them could just be DVDs looping while a few key screens are controlled by a computer.
Syncstarter project is _very_ interesting. I am wondering if there's a way that could be triggered over LAN via Isadora?
Also in the running, seeing what rental houses have composite Wall controllers in their trash bins ;-). I doubt these SD monitors even have current inputs like DVI. Might do 640x480 over BNC or D-Sub. Will see.
I got the device and was not able to connect to Izzy.
It was able to get it to the computer, say I movie HD for example, but the delay was of about 3 seconds.
I am using a Mac laptop i7 with Thunderbolt.
Fred, Black magic is true magic.
I got an active 100ft HD extender and connecting directly to the HD projector gave me an amazing quality.
Next step, Blackmagic.
Sad news. As in many of these projects, another one fell because of the lack of funding.
Well, if anyone is going to explore Active RFID's, I would be happy to share what I found.
Thank you all for your comments.
1. One Live feed is MIni Dv cam into a firewire to thunderbolt. Any Mini DV would work, mine is an old Sony DCR-HC62 (640/480)
2. One Live feed is Logitech C615 Webcam USB. In full res I am getting 1600/1200
3. One Live feed is Creative chat HD VF0700 Webcam USB. In full res I am getting 1600/1200
4. One Motu going out of the Firewire port (did not test yet).
I had to switch the USB connection once or twice but I got it to work in Izzy in 2 seconds. The setting option inside Izzy gave me all the adjustments I needed (Contracts brightness etc...).
When running all 3 I am getting a pretty choppy movement (when objects move fast in the frame) from the USB cams.
My frame rates running all 3 feeds fluctuate between 22-25 FPS.
When I take the Resolution of the web cams to Half (800X600) the movement is much smoother and the frame rates are around 29-30 FPS.
The delay is of a few frames (not sure how the measure exactly) and is consistent between all feeds.
The image quality of the Logitech C615 is much better than the live cam but they are both acceptable for my needs.
Further testing will include:
1. A good active USB extender.
2. Connecting 2 Firewire live feeds. (One, using the Thunderbolt to Firewire and one via the ADVC100.
Hope this helps someone.
By the way, Just out of curiosity I wanted to see if the FaceTime cam would give me the 4th feed but it did not want to join. I was able to see the feed in the preview window when I was playing around with the settings but nothing went to the feed.
I checked the Facetime cam on it own as an individual feed and it worked no problem. Not sure what is the reason.
The problem most likely is that your USB at the computer may not provide enough power for the active extender to work. This is often the case with PC's - there are just too many manufacturers and standards to have any consistency. Since mac's are made way lesser variety the USBs are more reliable.
I have not had any issues with about 10 different macs using 2 10m long active extenders daisy chained + camera cable 23m. That without an additional power adapter.
And I have seen cheaper(ebay-chinese) extenders that do not work but more quality ones do at the same setup.
You need to install Matrox Power Desk software for things to work. I only had problems with cheap miniDP to VGA adapters which was solved by purchasing the apples miniDP to VGA adapter.
Regarding the dual-link DVI adapters you can probably run out of bandwidth if you do 3840x1080, but if you do you should have lower resolutions as the ones you mentioned, available. Better yet, and as you've suggested, you should run the analog signal (DVI-VGA) which has higher limitations.