Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Producing a football program this week has set the heather alight in my edit suite, let me explain. Having swapped over earlier on this year to the Matrox MX02 I was hoping for an ingest box that covered many options.

Driver installs the Matrox MXO2 with MAX v2.4 (build 14) software for Mac OS X Lion only (10.7.2). This software supports Apple Final Cut Pro 7.0.3, Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5.2, Apple Compressor 3.5.3 and 4.0, and Adobe Media Encoder 5.5.1.

So thats two NLEs to choose from out of the one box…great !

Then came driver The Matrox MXO2 MAX v3.0.1 (build 13) release for use with Apple FCP X 10.0.4 and Compressor is now available on the MXO2 User Forum. This release provides professional monitoring capabilities while editing with Apple Final Cut Pro X and encoding video in Apple Compressor using the Matrox MAX H.264 codec.

Not so cool…this driver is only useful if you are only using FCPX remembering you cannot ingest live footage into FCPX !

Then came driver installs the Matrox MXO2 with MAX v2.5 (build 34) software for Mac OS X Lion only (10.7.3). This software supports Apple Final Cut Pro 7.0.3, Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5.2, Apple Compressor 3.5.3 and 4.0.2, and Adobe Media Encoder 5.5.1.

So that gave me a good option to swap between FCP-7 and Premiere Pro 5.5

Recently we have driver installs the Matrox MXO2 MAX v3.1 (build 86) software for Mac OS X Lion only (10.7.4). This software supports Adobe CS6 only (with Premiere Pro 6.0.1 and Media Encoder 6.0.1)

So what has happened to a box that once supported two NLEs and now only supports one…sadly for independent editors like myself I have to compromise video monitoring to allow me live ingest of iPad footage. There are Euro 2012 Apps to be reviewed in this series of programs and I have spent a day figuring out how to achieve this and have had to compromise FCPX in order to do so.

The MX02 can only have 1 chip that deals with the new software why can’t we have 4 chips inside to cope with different set-ups and 4 switches on the outside to allow you to switch between FCPX, FCP-7, Premiere CS6 and AVID.

Matrox Vetura was an indépendant ingest program that Matrox produced up until version 2.4 then for some strange reason it was dropped, this would have been perfect for FCPX yet Matrox in their own wisdom decide to drop it last April.

If like me you need to ingest live footage into your NLE and you are using FCPX, own an Matrox MX02…you can’t !

Workaround…You need to install version 2.5, then use FCP-7 via log and capture, ingest your “live footage”, export out as a self contained quick time then re import the QT file into FCPX…its a joke !

The real culprit here is Apple themselves by re-inventing the wheel and coming out with a square one…FCP-7 was a great program that needed a few updates like memory leakage problems and it would have been the king on NLEs, instead some joker in Apple decided to take all the functionality out of FCP, make it into a laughing stock…take 4 updates to add in the functionality they ripped out in the first place and still can’t ingest live video footage !!!



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

7 thoughts on “FCPX and no “Live ingest”

  1. Not having any luck with editing software or hardware these days?. At least you have you’re website to bitch about it.

  2. Its important that Matrox and Apple know what we need with both the hardware and software and its only editors like myself who have specific needs like live ingest that was a common feature with FCP-7 who are willing to stick our necks out and spend valuable time blogging about our experiences.

  3. So if Apple are the real culprits and created something which is a ‘laughing stock’ why do you jump into the mix and become part of the joke?
    All I keep reading about is ‘professional editors’ moaning about FCPX and how they now have to use THREE NLEs do the job of one?

    The real laughing stock is you guys, buying into an edit sweet that everyone moans about then you end up moaning about it.

    Why the blind allegiance to a product you call a joke? Surely you professional editors can identify a good NLE when you see and use one?

    I suppose we need to have a laugh, thanks for the joke guys.

    By the way did you hear the one about Apples new NLE called FCPX??

  4. Is this not totally at odds with the last article you posted, where you sung FCP X’s praises? You stated that you had chosen to use both FCP X and FCP 7, instead of CS5.5 / CS6 (the use of which, correct me if I’m wrong, would have totally mitigated this latest issue) so surely work arounds like this are to be expected? Perhaps it would have been prudent to test things further before making such a definitive article previously? No editing hardware or software is perfect and its admirable that you’re trying to draw attention to their faults, but it seems you’re just flipping between complaining and praising Apple or Adobe or Nvidia every other article which makes for very uneven and dare I say sensationalist journalism. Just my 2 cents.

  5. I really miss what this blog used to be and sad about what it’s become. What happened to back to the basics series you were working on?

  6. wow hang fire ninja-boy! HDwarrior is informing us of what we need to know-I don’t have the time to search and research what is going on in the marketplace and rely on HDwarrior and other site to keep me informed. Let’s hear some creative thinking from you ninja?

  7. Its an ongoing dissection, FCPX is great for chroma key but does not have the most basic of editors needs “live ingest”. I also like the vast array of plug-ins coming out weekly for FCPX something you can’t ignore if you are graphically minded. Its an honest rolling blog “as it happens” not everyones cup of tea but many like the honesty and candidness of my thoughts.

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