using two external devices to output different video to two projectors

  • Hello,

    I recently started working with Isadora - preparing  lightning and  set for a performance coming up - and I am very satisfied with what I've achieved so far.

    The program does wonders.

    Yet, I'm working with a Mac Pro running MacOS Sierra, which is equipped with three Blackmagic DeckLink Mini Monitor video cards.

    I wanted to use two of them to output to two different projectors, as they should give me the possibility of outputting to both on the stage over SDI,

    and simultaneously having a detailed overview of my output on two desktop screens, connected to the respective HDMI-outputs of each used DeckLink.

    Unfortunately, I seem to be able to only select one external output from the output menu.

    Am I missing something or is there a limitation?

    Is there a possibility of selecting multiple external devices?



  • @kurtmeadows in general I would avoid using this method, unless you really need a feature from that pathway (like dual link 444 SDI). Also yes this is limited to a single output. The Blackmagic cards have no processing capability, it will waste a lot of resources to go back and forth from the GPU (where your image is calculated), back to the CPU and out the Blackmagic output.

    It seems your need is only monitoring what you output to the projectors, this can be done inside Isadora, or by splitting the output signals, or using a multiview monitor. I would go for adding an extra monitor to you gfx card and asking yourself a split screen preview of everything you need to see. Just use normal HDMI to SDI for your output (even Blackmagic sell these do 50 bucks these days). This way is less cabling and less work for your computer as well as only requiring a single screen for preview monitoring.