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Chapter 1. Setting Up Your Editing System > Optional Video and Audio Hardware

Optional Video and Audio Hardware

Following is a list of optional hardware for your Xpress Pro editing suite. The components you choose to acquire depend on your personal and professional needs as an editor.

  • Mojo box: This highly trumpeted external nonlinear accelerator, which connects to your computer via FireWire, is made by Avid specifically for Xpress Pro. The main advantages of Mojo are as follows:

    Real-time effects out to external monitor: Without Mojo, you can view real-time effects playback only on your computer monitor, in the Composer window. With Mojo, you can view real-time playback on your external video monitor.

    Uncompressed video input and output: With Mojo, you can capture and edit 1:1 uncompressed video along with regular DV25 video and mix both resolutions in the same Timeline.

    Analog-digital conversion: Mojo can act as a digital-analog converter. Hence, you can use it to capture or play back composite video or component S-VHS or CYrYb (also known as YUV or CCIR 601) such as input from a BetaSp deck.

    (For more information about the Mojo box, see Appendix B.)

  • External video monitor: Most nonlinear editing setups include an external video monitor that sits right next to the computer screen. This monitor is important during editing and output because it allows you see what your movie will look like when eventually played on a television screen.

    To connect your external monitor to your computer, you'll typically have a FireWire cable going from the computer to your deck, camera, or converter and then have analog cables (RCA or S-Video cables) going from that device to the monitor.

  • Serial port (Mac users) and serial cable (Mac and PC users): Although FireWire is great for getting audio and video into and out of your computer, it is not the best type of connection for reading timecode information from your DV tapes during capture.

    If your deck includes an RS-422 or RS-232 serial port, then you can read timecode more reliably using RS-422 or RS-232 protocols, as long as you have a serial port on your computer. Most PCs come with a serial port, so all you'll need to purchase is a 9-pin-to-9-pin cable to run from your computer to the RS-422 connection on your deck.

    If you're a Mac user, you'll need to purchase a USB–serial port adapter or other add-on serial port device for connecting a serial-to-9-pin cable.



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