I am looking to crossgrade from FCP7 to Premiere CS6 so I have the Master Collection Demo installed on my work station along with FCP. It's on a 2008 Mac Pro with 2 Quad core 3.2G Intel Xeons, 16GB ram, ATi 2600 HD 250mb graphics and a Blackmagic Decklink HD Extreme 2. In the FCP set up this card fed a full HD JVC broadcast monitor via HD-SDI and I had no trouble with it at all and it played any type of sequence. My problem is that I can't for the life of me get a picture on the screen in Premiere. No combination of BM sequence settings or codecs, either BM or otherwise, seem to get it going. Output options seem extremely limited in the application set up with only one box to tick under the playback menu. This seems to have no effect whatsoever. The aplication can obviously see the card because the option to check it as a playback is there and the audio routes through without error. I have installed the latest Premiere updates and am running Desktop video 9.6. AE plays on the monitor fine but nothing in Premiere unless I switch the BM card to extended desktop and use the broadcast monitor as a second LCD and tick that option under the playback menu but then my GFX card seems to struggle and drops frames all over the place. I admit the ATI card is a bit of a slouch but options were limited for Mac unless you want the high end cards, which I am considering, could the fact the card is under powered have anything to do with video not getting to the BM card. I don't know much about the MPBE apart from the fact my card doesn't qualify.
Any ideas on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated.
Apart from no client monitor I'm loving Premiere, I'm finding th realtime stuff quite refreshing after FCP, which was a bit of a joke really in that area...but if I can't monitor, I can't make the switch.
Thanks in advance.
Not really used this on a MAC but on a PC you have to dinf the Black Magic settings in the Windows control panel and set the output from there rather than in Premiere. Plus use the latest Black Magic drivers which support CS6.
Have you tried the new 9.6.1 driver from Blackmagic yet? Normally the problem your running into means the preset is not initializing the card. I assume you are only using Blackmagic Sequence presets from their list and nor Adobe's native presets?
thanks for your answers guys.
Hi Eric, I have been using BM presets and have the latest drivers from BM. Is it OK to use different codecs under the BM presets or are you restricted to BM Uncompressed which it defaults to?
You don't need to use the blackmagic presets to play back through your card. What are your settings under preferences>general?playback? You might want to try uninstallig the blackmagic presets and installing the latest Deskstop from BM. The uninstall option will be available when you download BM Desktop from their support site. Having the latest version isn't what is important but uninstalling is.