Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

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John Locke

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Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

PostThu Sep 13, 2012 2:41 am

I'm one of the many people anxiously awaiting the release of the highly-anticipated Black Magic Design Cinema Camera.

Just wondering...does a Mac Air laptop have enough oomph to handle "Scopes" when shooting with the BMDCC in raw mode (or even ProRes)? I see on the site that a Macbook Pro is shown...just hoping I can use what I have.

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Re: Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

PostThu Sep 13, 2012 5:19 pm

Unfortunately it does not. The MacBook Airs have the Intel HD 4000 graphics chips in them and they are not accelerated enough for using Ultrascope.

MacBook Air is ultra energy efficient and so is the Intel graphics controller, but it just doesn't put up the numbers in processing power.
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Re: Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

PostFri Sep 14, 2012 12:03 am

Bummer...but thanks for the answer, Joshua. Looks like I'll be upgrading my laptop.
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Re: Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

PostTue Sep 18, 2012 6:16 am

Please confirm if Ultrascope will work with latest MacMini with Intel HD 3000 512mb plus 16gig Ram. Currently building rig for BMCC and MacMini fits nicely with monitor/teleprompter/raid etc.
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Re: Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

PostThu Sep 20, 2012 5:28 am

It will not.
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Re: Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

PostSat Nov 24, 2012 1:12 am

I was checking on apple wesite and a few more models like macbook pro use intel HD 4000 and a few with intel HD 4000 and NVDIA GT 6500.Im confused now!
Any help?
Im planning to have the smallest computer possible on my BMCC kit!
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Re: Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

PostTue Dec 11, 2012 5:23 pm

Joshua, you mentioned that the Air with HD4000 graphics can't handle the Pocket Ultrascope display. I assume the new Mini (6.2) is also not able to handle it? It uses the same graphics chipset as the Air.
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Re: Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

PostSat Dec 15, 2012 12:10 am

I've not tried it but I would assume that's the case yes.
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Re: Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

PostTue Feb 19, 2013 12:10 am

Hi Josh,

Would it be possible to use a Graphics Expansion Module with the Mac Air to help boost the graphics capability and be able to use Ultrascope that's included with the BMCC?

Also, which Mac laptop has the minimum requirement to run just a 2 up set up?

Thanks,
Joe
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Re: Scopes on a Mac Air with BMDCC Raw?

PostWed Mar 06, 2013 11:12 pm

You could try ScopeBox on a Macbook air with the Ultrastudio mini Recorder
Mathieu Marano
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Setup #1: iMac 3.4GHz i7, 16GB RAM, Radeon HD 6970M 2GB, Pegasus R6, Ultrastudio 3D
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