AJA now supports CineForm for playback from Final Cut Pro on the Macintosh. You need to download the 6.5 drivers from AJA. With the new drivers, you can play 720p, 1920x1080 and some 2K formats in full resolution and at full frame rates on anything faster than a 2008 8 core Macintosh Pro. We have tested the driver with the Kona 3 card. The drivers should work with the LHe and LHi cards as well.
Final Cut Pro has a limit to the number of playback devices and formats it can show in the Audio/Video Settings dialog, so you need to select the ones you will use first using the AJA Control Panel. By default the Control Panel will not show the 2K formats. After you have set up the control panel you can start FCP and the new formats will be available.
Note: Final Cut Pro 6.0.x will not (yet) capture to CineForm files using the Kona cards. However, the QuickTime CineForm encoder is threaded to allow any calling application to take advantage of the multiple cores available, but FCP 6 cannot make use of multiple cores for capture, so it attempts to capture using a single core.
A. 720p (1280x720p 50/59.94)
Use these settings for 1280x720 source material. These are typically either 50p (1280x720p50) or '60p' (1280x720p59.94). The Kona card with an HDP adapter can display 720p full frame on a 1920x1200 DVI monitor.
a. Open the AJA Control Panel. Click on “Setup”. Select all frame rates you need, and just the 1080 geometry.
d. You are now ready to edit.
If you are editing 1080 material, you most likely have 1920x1080p at 24 or 30 fps. '24' is normally 23.98 and for Final Cut Pro 30p is 29.97. You can also use these settings for 1080i60.
a. Open the AJA Control Panel. Click on “Setup”. Select all frame rates needed, and just the 1080 geometry.
c. Open Final Cut Pro. In the “Final Cut Pro" menu, select "Audio/Video Settings...” to open the Audio/Video Settings dialog. Select the playback mode that matches your material.
d. You are now ready to edit.
C. 2K material
2K material is generated from a camera such as the SI-2K or converted from a RED camera. You can also convert DPX files to CineForm 2K files. Final Cut normally has difficulty with 2K material. The Kona card is a great help in providing real-time playback. Because of the amount of data in a 2K frame, there are limits on the resolutions available. The Kona card can play up to 2048x1080. If you have frames larger than this, such as 2048x1152, you will need to adjust the 2K cropping to select an area to view.
a. Open the AJA Control Panel. Click on “Setup”. Select all frame rates needed, 2K and the 1080 geometries. You will need to deselect some of the frame rates since FCP has a limit of 100 entries in the playback mode pop-up menu.
b. In the AJA Control Panel, click on “Format”. Select 2K1080sf23.98 for 2048x1024 23.98p. Select 2K1556sf23.98 for 2048x1152 format material. Note that the AJA card will not support 30p (29.97) in the 2K mode.
d. Open Final Cut Pro. In the “Final Cut Pro" menu, select "Audio/Video Settings...” to open the Audio/Video Settings dialog. Select the playback mode that matches your material.
e. You are now ready to edit.