NVIDIA Dual-Link HD-SDI Configuration Instructions

NVIDIA Control Panel Settings

1) Install the GPU that is to be used as the mother-card (NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800, etc) and the NVIDIA Dual-Link HD-SDI daughter-card in host computer. Connect the mother-card and the daughter card by both the internal and external jumper cables. Install drivers necessary for these cards.


2) Launch the "NVIDIA Control Panel" and navigate to the page entitled "Send graphics to SDI output", a link to which can be found under "Workstation" in the "Select a Task..." tree-view. Ensure that the radio button entitled "Do not send SDI output" is SELECTED under "Send SDI output using:". The output device to which the SDI card will be connected will NOT show the desktop, but rather a dedicated video signal and setting the radio button as instructed will prevent a signal going to the SDI card that represents standard desktop imagery.

Premiere CS5 Settings

Once the HD-SDI card has been installed and properly configured, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 has been installed and a capable copy of CineForm Neo has been installed, launch Premiere Pro. Create a CineForm sequence using one of CineForm's (3D) sequence presets. Navigate to "Playback Settings..." either via the "Output" drop-down menu that is located on either the Source or Program monitor panels OR via the "Playback Settings..." button that is located on the "Sequence>Sequence Settings..." dialog window.


In CineForm's Playback Settings dialog box, if the NVIDIA HD-SDI card has been properly installed and configured, at the bottom will be found an enabled combo box entitled "NVIDIA Dual SDI" (if the NVIDIA HD-SDI card has NOT been properly installed or configured this combo box will be greyed out). In this combo box select an appropriate HD-SDI signal per the output device to which the video signal will be sent. When checked ON, the check box entitled "3D Playback" configures the pipeline to send a left eye and right eye image to each respective channel (if the content being previewed is 3D content...); when checked OFF, the left eye image is sent out each channel.

CineForm FirstLight Settings

Once the HD-SDI card has been installed and properly configured and a capable copy of CineForm Neo has been installed, launch CineForm FirstLight. Navigate to the OpenGL Player Preferences panel via "View > OpenGL Player Preferences...".

If the NVIDIA HD-SDI card has been properly installed and configured, near the bottom of the OpenGL Player Preferences dialog window can be found a combo box entitled "NVIDIA Dual SDI" (if the NVIDIA HD-SDI card has NOT been properly installed or configured this combo box will NOT be present in the dialog window).

In this combo box select an appropriate HD-SDI signal per the output device to which the video signal will be sent. When checked ON, the check box entitled "3D Playback" configures the pipeline to send a left eye and right eye image to each respective channel (if the content being previewed is 3D content...); when checked OFF, the left eye image is sent out each channel.

Important Notes

1) Only one component can hold a connection to the HD-SDI card at any given time. Thus it is not possible for both Adobe Premiere Pro to be actively configured to send an HD-SDI signal while CineForm FirstLight is also running and actively configured to be sending an HD-SDI signal. Thus, in a workflow situation where both Premiere Pro and FirstLight are to be actively running at the same time, only one can be configured to send HD-SDI output.

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