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  • Thu, Jun 6 2013 8:29 PM

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    Best IO device for macbook pro thunderbolt

    Hello,

    Anyone out there have any experience with the Blackmagic Ultrastudio Express or AJA Io XT connected to Macbook pro via thunderbolt? Im looking for a way to have a stable feed to a client monitor while on-set. Thanks, N

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  • Thu, Jun 6 2013 8:55 PM In reply to

    Re: Best IO device for macbook pro thunderbolt

    No direct experience with either device, though I've had good experience in general with AJA so far.

    Of note - do you only need monitoring?  Both Blackmagic (Ultrastudio Mini) and AJA (T-Tap) make Thunderbolt monitoring-only devices that cost a WHOLE lot less than the ones that add input capability.  Worth a look if that's all you need.

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  • Thu, Jun 6 2013 9:09 PM In reply to

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    Re: Best IO device for macbook pro thunderbolt

    Thanks, I took a look at the T-Tap and it looks like it will do what I need. I wonder if it has identical performance with regards to Scrubbing and frame delay compared to the AJA IO XT. 

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  • Fri, Jun 7 2013 12:38 AM In reply to

    Re: Best IO device for macbook pro thunderbolt

    I have the AJA IoXT, and it is rock solid.  I tested the T-TAP and got the exact same performance from it.  I have the IoXT because I also capture.  But if you need output only, the T-Tap is good.

     

    I also have the Decklink UltraStudio Mini Monitor for my laptop.  that works well too.  Cheapest output only option out there.  I use it because I plan on using RESOLVE, that only works on Decklink devices.

  • Fri, Jun 7 2013 6:09 AM In reply to

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    Re: Best IO device for macbook pro thunderbolt

    Thanks Shane, the info is much appreciated. In your experience is there any difference between the Decklink UltraStudio Mini and T-Tap and can one still listen to the audio via headphones when either of these devices are attached? Thanks again

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  • Mon, Jun 10 2013 5:35 PM In reply to

    Re: Best IO device for macbook pro thunderbolt

    Nope. When audio/video is sent to an IO device...that device holds onto it. Avid gives it and that's it...you can't monitor audio from the computer if IO is attached.  You have to monitor from the TV...or from the IO if it has that option. The AJA IoXT has a headphone jack.  That's what I rely on

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