DV monitoring can be done for free using Firewire and your camera. BM is really more for HD.
The reply is insufficient.... You have posted so many replies that it is inappropriate to give a one straight line insufficient answer. Blackmagic states that this card is for DV and HD monitoring. All I need to know is why there are so many dropped frames detected.
I am looking for help here...
How do you set up this? I meaning hooking up the cameras and the monitors? I do not want to monitor in a tiny LCD of my camera, or having my desk untidy with all the bits and bobs and the cables. Tell me how do you chain this for free as you suggested. I have got a canon XH A1 camcorder.
All I need to know is why there are so many dropped frames detected.
I don't know that. In the absence of a direct solution, I have provided an alternative method to achieve the desired goal. Firewire->camera->TV
Try to use enable write caching on the disk, right click on the drives, click properties, click hardware and click properties.
If you use vista 64 there is another option below it, give mark on the box.
use this for system drive and drive that you use for data (video file) or scratch disk.
My friend and i tried this and there is no dropping frame.
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We have exactly the same problem.
We have two Dell Precision T5400 Workstations running WXP 32bit and CS4PP. We purchased two BlackMagic Intensity Pro I/O cards so we could have output to our Panasonic Broadcast monitors (through Component) for Colour Correction purposes. We found out in the fine print on the BlackMagic website that Dell systems are not supported (and we'd thought we'd done our research thoroughly!).
I have tried every BlackMagic/Premiere Pro driver/update combination without success. There are two other production houses in our area that have exactly the same problem. Very little support from BlackMagic too when asked.
On the flip side, we have another two BlackMagic Intensity Pro cards in two Mac Pros with Final Cut Pro and they work great, no problems.
So unfortunetly we are now ditching the Intensity Pro's on our Dells, as we cannot afford any more down time, and replacing them with the Matrox MXO Mini that has been tested successfully with CS4PP and our Precisions.
Hope this helps.
When I contact Blackmagic Support this what they said...
"It sounds as if your computer is not capable of handling this in real time.
If you were to render the sequence, that issue should go away. Real time is
dependant on the computer and the composition. Our card has nothing to do
with offloading any processing and only handles the signal to the external
monitor when given by the application. The application must turn the signal
back into an Uncompressed signal else your external monitor will not be able
to display it. That's why working with an external preview card can stress
the system more.
Are all your scratch disks set properly for Premiere? Is everything up to
date? Drivers? Chipset drivers? Premiere to 4.2? And you may want to try it
on a non RAID 1 drive and see if that helps as RAID 0 is better for greater
speed but no redundancy."