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    rando
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  • rando
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    oh I thought the spark had HDMI in too.

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  • Fred Dwyer
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    the Spark is Canopus's answer to the intensity pro
    Huh? The IP provides HDMI input and output. The Spark is HDMI output only.

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  • rando
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    So the Storm would be better if you were exporting you canopus HQ timeline to Canopus HQ but not so much if you were exporting your canopus HQ timeline straight to blue-ray? From what I see the Spark is Canopus's answer to the intensity pro with the exception of supported software(I really hope they decided to support everything)?

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  • GrassValley_KH
    Mr Sparkle

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    Faster than real-time, when exporting the timeline, because it requires no input feed for transcoding (ie. HDMI input).

    HDSPARK provides a potentially easier means of configuring a system for output, as opposed to a video card with HDMI output - you have a specialised output preset, so no mucking about with Overlay/theatre settings with your graphics card (that probably won't work in Vista anyway), and the output is YUV.

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  • kwshaw1
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    Originally posted by GrassValley_KH View Post
    Just to add, HDSTORM will also let you render out Canopus HQ files much faster than just pure software encoding alone.
    Could that potentially mean faster than realtime rendering to HQ on sufficiently powerful systems, or is it just a 1:1 realtime encoder?

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  • Ron Evans
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  • Ron Evans
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    Originally posted by GrassValley_KH View Post
    Just to add, HDSTORM will also let you render out Canopus HQ files much faster than just pure software encoding alone.
    IS this true for AVCHD files on the computer as well? One reason for having HDMI capture would be to realtime convert from an AVCHD camcorder to HQ but with my Q9450 quad core I can transfer from my SR11 camcorder and convert in just over realtime anyway and have all the benefit of being able to archive the AVCHD file etc. I can see live capture to get the absolute highest quality but one then has to have the PC on the shoot!!!
    I am assuming the SPARK displays just the Preview window since a lot of the present video cards have HDMI output too.
    Ron Evans

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  • swsw1550
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    Lets just hope that it is going to be sold as a stand alone, be great if Grass Valley would come to the party.

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  • GrassValley_KH
    Mr Sparkle

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    It has yet to be determined whether HDSPARK will be available outside of EDIUS.

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  • rando
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    Is this spark going to be more universal? Like a HD OHCI card where I can use other apps. or just Edius?

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  • GrassValley_KH
    Mr Sparkle

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    Good question and one I am not sure on. I would have thought "no" given that systems are much better in performance now, when dealing with 2/3 and 3/4 1920 (1440, 1280)

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  • Zorro
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  • Zorro
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    Originally posted by GrassValley_KH View Post
    Just to add, HDSTORM will also let you render out Canopus HQ files much faster than just pure software encoding alone.
    Very useful information, Kenneally!

    Anyway, is there also a hardware scaler on board?

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  • alpi69
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    Originally posted by GrassValley_KH View Post
    Just to add, HDSTORM will also let you render out Canopus HQ files much faster than just pure software encoding alone.
    See, I was wondering about this in this thread. Thanks for that clarification.

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  • GrassValley_KH
    Mr Sparkle

  • GrassValley_KH
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    Just to add, HDSTORM will also let you render out Canopus HQ files much faster than just pure software encoding alone.

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  • shueardm
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  • shueardm
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    Originally posted by redgum View Post
    HD Storm gives you analogue providing you have the BOB.

    Denoted by the plus

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  • redgum
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  • redgum
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    Originally posted by Zorro View Post
    NO acceleration with both cards.

    HDSTORM: HDMI In and Out
    HDSPARK: HDMI Out only

    HDSTORM: CanopusHQ codec in hardware which allows for capturing without stressing the CPU
    HDSPARK: no hardware codec

    HDSTORM plus: gives you analog (composite, y/c, (hd)-yuv) in- and outputs
    HD Storm gives you analogue providing you have the BOB.

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