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Example Configurations

On this page, you'll find example configurations matching some common use cases. Please feel free to comment below if you are missing anything or would like to contribute your experiences.


Mobile

MacBookPro 15-inch or MacBookPro 15-inch with Retina display

The Core i7 processor combined with 8GB of RAM and a discrete graphics card should provide enough power to even stream a BoinxTV show with 2 cameras:

MacBookPro 15-inch:

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz memory Important: Needs to be upgraded from default
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory Upgrading to 1GB of GDDR5 memory suggested.

Camera 1:

  • A Firewire DV/HDV camera. We work successfully with Canon HV-40 cameras.
  • A IEEE-1394 Firewire Cable 4-9 M/M. All newer MacBook Pro (non Retina) computers feature a Firewire 800 (9 pin) port while DV cameras use small 4 pin connectors.

Camera 2:

A second camera can be connected via the Thunderbolt connectors of the MacBook Pro 15”.

MacBookPro 15-inch with Retina display:

  • 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

Camera 1 & 2:

Both cameras can be connected via the Thunderbolt connectors of the MacBook Pro 15” with Retina display.

or

Camera 1 & 2:

Both cameras can be connected via HDMI or HD-SDI using a Thunderbolt HDMI capture box

Alternative Camera Setup for all above 15" MacBookPros:

  • Two USB webcams like the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, for these webcams to work simultaneously, a USB 3.0 compatible MacBookPro is required. Each camera must be connected to one of the USB ports or a dedicated USB 3.0 Hub.

Studio

iMac 27"

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M graphics processor with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
  • 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz) with 6MB L3 cache
  • 8 GB of memory

Camera 1 & 2:

Both cameras can be connected via the Thunderbolt connectors of the MacBook Pro 15” with Retina display.

or

Camera 1 & 2:

Both cameras can be connected via HDMI or HD-SDI using a Thunderbolt HDMI capture box

Next generation Mac Pro

  • 8 GB RAM
  • AMD FirePro with 6GB of video memory

Camera 1, 2 & 3:

All cameras can be connected via HDMI or HD-SDI using a Thunderbolt HDMI capture box

or

Camera 1:

  • A Firewire DV/HDV camera. We work successfully with Canon HV-40 cameras.
  • A IEEE-1394 Firewire Cable 4-9 M/M. All newer Mac Pro computers feature Firewire 800 (9 pin) ports while DV cameras use small 4 pin connectors.

Camera 2, Camera 3:

Each additional camera should be connected via a dedicated FireWire bus. PCI Express cards provide an affordable way to increase the number of FireWire buses on Mac Pro computers.

  • PCI Express IEEE-1394 FireWire Adapter Card. Many different brands and models are available, see our Equipment page for examples.
  • A Firewire DV/HDV camera. Ideally use the same brand and model for all cameras connected.
  • A IEEE-1394 Firewire Cable. Depending on the card chose you need either a Firewire 400 (6 pin) to 4 pin connectors cable or a FireWire 800 (9 pin) to 4 pin cable.

Home

iMac 21.5-inch (or better) or MacMini

This sample setup should be sufficient for one camera:

iMac:

  • 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 8GB memory
  • 1TB hard drive1
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 1GB video memory
    Order at the US Apple Store.
    Maximum recommended BoinxTV document resolution with one camera: 1280×720

MacMini:

  • 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • 8GB memory Important: Needs to be upgraded from default
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Order at the US Apple Store.
    Maximum recommended BoinxTV document resolution with one camera: 960×540

Camera 1:

Use the following options for a simple 1 camera setup:

Option 1: Firewire Option 2: USB Option 3: HDMI
  • A Firewire DV camera. We work successfully with Canon HV-40 cameras.
  • A IEEE-1394 Firewire Cable 4-9 M/M. The required Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter comes with a Firewire 800 (9 pin) port while DV/HDV cameras use small 4 pin connectors.
  • A Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
example_configurations.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/15 03:24 by oliver