Originally Posted by Blimblim
Hi everyone, this is my first post here.
I own a Blackmagic Multibridge PCI Express since one year now (I work for a gaming site), and I can't say I'm happy with the image quality. It's like the 720p footage is captured at 960x540 and then blown up to 1280x720. It just look extremely blurry. I hear the decklink uses the same circuitry with the same results.
I was wondering if any of you guys have any experience with the AJA Xena LHe? I'm willing to pay (again) the steep price if I get a very sharp image like I can see on some US sites.
I definitely do not recommend the decklink for component capture, it just doesn't look good. And I paid $2500 for it when it was released last year...
Something else is wrong, I think. While some of the COMPRESSED codecs, like DVCPRO-HD 720p are indeed a little lower resolution (960x720), the UNCOMPRESSED codecs should be rock solid and pure and sharp as a tack. Professionals I have talked to even think the compressed codecs can stand on their own for some broadcast work.
I work with the competing card from AJA (Kona lh), but can only work from what I have heard about the Blackmagic. I know that real pros use both for critical work.
How are you monitoring your HD footage? The folks I know use either a production monitor that shows the best color and blacks but not full HD res, or a computer LCD with component inputs like the Dell 24" for the best accurate detail but not great color accuracy.
Keep trying to get creativecow.net to work. I know the sign up process is a little archaic.
Something else is wrong in the chain here. Using either of these cards and their "medium" quality codecs should have AMAZING results that blow your socks off as far as archiving television shows goes.
Remember, if the original HDTV signal isnt good (over-compressed), the recording wont be either.
Both of these cards are very high quality and used in professional television and film. I prefer the AJA Kona L series for Mac for my own personal reasons.