Do I need to disable the mxo2 mini
A very good option to test out.
Turn off hardware MPE acceleration (and the Matrox) and try again.
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Hardware Mercury Playback Engine disables FireWire output. Turn it off when exporting. MXO2 works perfectly - no need to turn it off.
Turning the MPE to software only solved part of the problem. I can at least get DV output. Now, how do I make that HDV output? The instructions for HDV export to tape in the online help are totally bogus:
This help article makes the assumption that premiere will just magically do everything for you and you'll have HDV output to firewire. All I'm getting is a blank screen on my tape. The only thing I've been able to do to change that is to set the playback settings to "DV"...which only gives you a standard def output. Shouldn't there also be an "HDV" option in the playback settings dialogue?
Within Premiere select Project/Project Settings/General - switch the capture format from DV to HDV.
The capture format sets to HDV automatically as part of an HDV project. The setting appears to have no effect on the output format.
Finally, I've reached an answer for those who are interested...
If you have 3rd party Matrox hardware like I do, never underestimate its power to ruin your life. Apparently an HDV project won't do the job when working with hardware such as the mxo2 mini.
What worked for me was setting up a "Matrox 1080i" project, and getting into the playback settings from there. Instead of the usual Premiere playback settings window, a Matrox window pops up which calls on the Matrox hardware/software to map the output to the firewire port as HDV output...even though I'm NOT using the Matrox hardware AT ALL. Counterintuitive? Yes. Should Adobe include a native HDV desktop playback profile? Probably. But, this seems to work for me, and I could strangle the folks at Matrox for not providing any useful documentation, instruction book, or even a software CD with their hardware products.
I appreciate everyone's help with this.