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Chewey
12-14-2001, 06:25 PM
Anyone else out there using this old workhorse?

I have a few units available if there's an interest. Great for outputting your work to tape.
(ntsc only)

icelord
12-14-2001, 08:58 PM
sounds interesting.

could you give some specs so that we know the capabilities of it? :)

(capture/export resolution, formats, etc.)

Chewey
12-14-2001, 09:15 PM
Here's a link for the base card. You need the optional video capture card for that feature.

http://www.dps.com/products.nsf/2610686d4697982b8525633b005d1f88/8a5f64116df2c7c8852561b30058be75?OpenDocument

http://www.dps.com/products.nsf/2610686d4697982b8525633b005d1f88/15507fd994d6af86852561b30058efca?OpenDocument

here's a faq for the pvr

http://www.dps.com/products.nsf/2610686d4697982b8525633b005d1f88/fa25f5f1b87ab530852561b700782989?OpenDocument

Jean Eric
12-15-2001, 02:23 PM
The old Perception is still a winner today. I've used it for years at work. Even when we purchased a couple Matrox Digisuites, I personally missed the Perception. The Matrox insists on exactly 720 x 486 TGA files (unless you use some 3rd-party software). It's very picky...

The Perception on the other hand will deal with anything you can throw at it, Jpegs, TGAs, IFFs, Tiffs, anything, even if the resolution doesn't match, it will do its best to display it correctly, sizing the art to fit if it's too big, and center it if it's too small...

And you can still open any individual frames of your animation directly into Photoshop at any time...

Great piece of hardware. Haven't played with the later models though...

Chewey
12-15-2001, 07:46 PM
Originally posted by Jean Eric
The old Perception is still a winner today. I've used it for years at work. Even when we purchased a couple Matrox Digisuites, I personally missed the Perception. The Matrox insists on exactly 720 x 486 TGA files (unless you use some 3rd-party software). It's very picky...

The Perception on the other hand will deal with anything you can throw at it, Jpegs, TGAs, IFFs, Tiffs, anything, even if the resolution doesn't match, it will do its best to display it correctly, sizing the art to fit if it's too big, and center it if it's too small...

And you can still open any individual frames of your animation directly into Photoshop at any time...

Great piece of hardware. Haven't played with the later models though...

How's the quality on the Matrox Digisuite setup compared to the pvr?

Well, I just sold the two extra units I had available to some lightwavers that had sold their original pvr's and ended up regretting it.

Looks like old gold is just as good as new gold.
;)

Jean Eric
12-15-2001, 09:25 PM
The Digisuite has dual Stream D1 quality (lossless compression). Although the original PVR had compression, it was considered broadcast quality... But for jobs that require higher quality, you are better off with the Matrox, but it's a lot more expensive...

The one we had cost about $7,000+ compared to a couple grands for the PVR. But remember, PVR still exist and they are far more advanced now... But for animators, PVR are real blessings. If you render your frames directly to it, you can even watch the frames rendered while your system renders the next frame... Few other systems can do that... Even today...

Chewey
12-15-2001, 11:29 PM
Yes, for the price the pvr is quite handy and a good deal at the prices you can find them for on ebay. Used base card and video capture card for $400 to $600. Also handy for stop frame animation if one feels like playing Ray Harryhausen.

Jean Eric
12-16-2001, 12:35 AM
One thing I liked to do with the PVR is play V-Jay by scrubbing the player manually. It can create some interesting effects... Like scrubbing a video turn-table...

Squash&Strech
12-27-2001, 07:56 PM
I got the DPS Reality several Months ago and Love it. No problems, Very Fast, Very Compatable with Many file formats.....hmmmmm,, cant think of any thing else, I love it

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