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- Monday, August 27th, 2001 Like Share


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mrlego Aug 27, 01
"Resolutions and bit-depths can be set separately for each display, allowing the user to use two different monitors – even under Windows 2000, the Professional’s Choice. This is an important distinction from ATI’s HydraVision and Nvidia’s TwinView, both of which force identical resolutions on both displays."


Now I'm no computer genius, but I do have a Leadtek Gef2 MX dual head and I AM able to run two monitors in different resolutions and refresh rates. Though the second monitor output islimited to a resolution of 1280 something with a refresh rate of 70 hrz...that is the only limitation that I know of within the Leadtek Dual head card.
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mrlego Aug 27, 01
am i right or just crazy?
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Cody Aug 27, 01
Matrox does make some wickedly powerful video capture solutions. The RT2500 is the LEAST expensive capture card with real-time MPEG2 capability. However this card is unable to preview to DV even when dealing with DV files.

At around $1000 this is not too bad of a product, $1800 will get you the Pinnacle DC2000 which is a much less buggy product. $1600 will get you the Canopus DVStorm with MPEG1/2 daughter card - this is actually the best thing on the market by far.

Just thought I would comment since my lively hood is building turnkey DV editing workstations.
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dgrant Aug 27, 01
Are you running Windows 2000 though?
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dgrant Aug 27, 01
Cody -->

Thanks for the info. I am more into the digital audio end of computing but am thoroughly interested in the DV aspect as well. Does your company have a website? Can I pick your brain for info? :]

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Wolfwood Aug 27, 01
That HeadCasting feature looks pretty damn funny. How long did it take you to make that render of your stylin' mugshot, dgrant?

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Having a digital, 3D version of my head is kind of creepy actually. (By the way, I don’t actually have a Pony Tail – the glasses are similar to ones I wear though). Geez, I never realized how much I looked like a crack dealer.
You sure do like a crack dealer, dgrant. You sure do. Who knows where Redemption recruits his underlings these days?
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dgrant Aug 29, 01
It took about 15 mins to take the pics and import them into the Digimask program and then send them off. I did it on a weekend and I guess their rendering server(s) decided to take a break b/c I didn't recieve my digimask within the first few hours so I wrote to tech support and they emailed me the next day explaining some sort of problem with the servers. Cripes! So in the end then entire process was a little drawn out.

On a related note, I tried to create a digimask for my dog. But alas there were "rendering errors", proving yet again that dogs are, in fact, not humans. Who knew?

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