I'm familiar with equipment that runs as a Linux server with Blackmagic PCI cards for video I/O.
Generally they work well; the occasional choke or bizarre behavior can't necessarily be blamed on
the BMD cards. On the other hand, I would not trust BMD products to always do what is claimed, or
to keep doing it.
But I'm curious about the desire for a "low-latency" capture station? What kind of latency matters
when capturing in real time? I've not met a Mac or Windows system yet that couldn't keep up.
I guess if you want to use special software that only runs on Linux then it could be useful. How
badly do you want to "roll your own" system?
Lab Tech Systems
On 7/31/18 9:50 AM, Steve Greene wrote:
> Hello Colleagues!
> Trusting to the wisdom of the group here. I noticed that the BlackMagic Design cards seem to have
> viable Linux driver support. Is anyone using a Linux workstation for capture from Digital Betacam or
> HDCAM/HDCAM SR?
> It seems like a stripped down, no-frills operating system would be ideal for a low-latency capture
> workstation. I'd be interested in what hardware and software people are using, if any for archival
> digital capture on a Linux based workstation.
> Steve Greene
> Audiovisual Archivist
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