DO I NEED MULTIPLY FIREWIRE CARDS TO CONNECT DV CAMCORDERS?
Yes. Actually you need one firewire controller (mainly same as
one firewire card) for every DV camcorder input. This is
hardware limitation. If you need to have four camcorders
connected you will need four firewire cards installed to PC or
three firewire cards and one motherboard integrated firewire
connection. DV output can be connected to same card with one
CAN I USE MY LAPTOP PC FOR MIXING? Yes, but
there is limitations. Laptops have mostly one integrated
firewire and one expansion card slot (Express card or PCMCIA) So
you need other firewire card for two DV camcorder inputs. If
your laptop have two card slots you can connect maximum three
camcorders to it. Note that laptops have not as much CPU power
as desktops in same clock speed.
DO IT SUPPORTS 4:3 AND
16:9 ASPECT RATIO? Yes. But 16:9 have some limitations. With
standard MS DV AVI codec AVI is saved 4:3 aspect ratio in 16:9
mode but you can correct it in video editing application. Also
DV output is only 4:3 with standard MS DV codec. With using
optional (not included) Main Concept DV codec you can put 16:9
flag to codec option.
IS THERE MAC OS VERSION? No.
It's not planned at this time.
IS THERE HDV SUPPORT?
No. HDV is power hungry. There is long latency time in HDV
connection. We have tested it but lets see in future
ARE MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS? Intel® Core 2 Duo 2Ghz or
faster, Intel® Core 2 QUAD or faster recommended for simultanous
net streaming software. Please test your PC with trial
WHAT LIMITATIONS HAVE TRIAL VERSION? It's
basically same but there is demo text overlayed to video. Output
to web streaming software is working 30 days.
IS ABOUT 0.5S LATENCY DELAY BETWEEN CAMCORDER LCD AND PC MONITOR
VIDEO? It's OCHI firewire hardware limitation. Firewire card
causes about 0.5 second delay in DV camcorder input and DV
output. CutFour HD and SD version have much shorter latency time
between in/out. Please look them if latency long latency time is
WHAT WAYS I HAVE TO SWITCH BETWEEN INPUTS?
You can click directly input preview window (left click - direct
cut, right click - transition dissolve), use panel or use
keyboard shortcuts (F1 - F12).
DO I NEED SEPARATE AUDIO
MIXER? It's really recommended if you have many microphones
or audio sources. CutFour does not mix audio between inputs
(firewire audio inputs are not 100% synced). You can switch any
one DV camcorder as audio source. Hardware audio mixer master
audio output can be plugged to any DV camcorder audio inputs.
WHY THERE IS NOT POSSIBLE TO USE SOUNDCARD AUDIO INPUT?
This causes audio A/V sync problems. That's why we have chosen
audio input only from DV camcorder input.
IS THERE AUDIO
PREVIEW OUTPUT? Yes. You can monitor master audio from audio
HOW CAN I USE VST AUDIO PLUGINS? You have
to download free Acon Media Inc Media Chainer from their web
site and install it from
http://www.acondigital.com/us_EffectChainer.html You also
need VST plugin. You can get even free VST audio limiter fox.
WHAT DV AUDIO
FORMATS SOFTWARE SUPPORTS? 48Kb 16bit stereo. 12bit format is
not supported. Please change 16bit setting from your DV
WHAT KIND OF GRAPHIC CARD I NEED?
Graphics card with hardware based DirectDraw overlay and 32-bit
color display at a 1280x900 resolution or higher. if you need
composite/or S-VIDEO output we highly recommend ATI display
cards with composite/S-VIDEO outputs. if you need DVI/VGA video
out we highly recommend ATI dual DVI/VGA display cards.
HOW CAN I USE WEB STREAMING SOFTWARE WITH CUTFOUR? Start
CutFour firstly. Then start web video streaming software and
select CutFour video and audio input to it. Select MultiGraph
Video and MultiGraph Audio input to get signal from CutFour
WHICH SOFTWARE CAN I USE DO OVERLAY GRAPHICS?
You can use for example Photoshop, free Gimp or Canopus Quick
Titler. Start title software with transparent backround and and
use PAL resolutions 720x 576 and 1024x576 (16:9) and NTSC
720x480 and 1024x480 (16:9) to optimise quality. Free Gimp
software can be downloaded from here: http://www.gimp.org/
Save your bitmap to TIFF or PNG format (with transparency) to
getting graphic as transparent over video (alpha channel). After
that you can load bitmap image to CutFour by clicking "Add" in
title window. You can overlay image from direct cut (Take
On/Off) or fade using "Auto" button or clicking title preview
HOW BIG AVI FILES CAN I CAPTURE? Basically
limitless. But we recommed to split avi files to shorter ones if
possible. Please make sure that you have much free hard drive
space. One hour takes 13Gb drive space. We recommend to use
drives that have over 50Gb free space.
IS RECORDED VIDEO
FILE INDEXED? Yes. Program adds index number to each file
name. That's why its not possible to overwrite early captured
WHAT HAPPENS IF FIREWIRE CABLE GOES BROKEN?
This input stops. You can still mix other inputs normally. As
you have corrected input cable and Windows recognise it again
you can select same input from input list and start DV input
again. If it's not ready starting fails.
HOW CAN I CHANGE
TRANSITIONS BETWEEN VIDEO INPUTS? Channel swiching and mix
can be done by clicking directly preview images, using control
panel (below) or using shortcuts. Selected preview window edges
color changes to red. Preview channel edge ocolor changes to
HOW CAN I INSERT DV AVI FILE TO LIVE PROGRAM?
Click "Add" in Player panel and choose avi file. Click video
icon in bin and then click "Play out". If you select auto
transition radio button selected, AVI file is inserted to
program trough selected transition effect.
ACTIVATION PROGRAM RESPOND WRONG NAME OR COUNTRY This can
come in real situation or if activation server is down. Please
try again later. If still no luck please contact support.
FIREWIRE INPUT LOCKING UP FireWire cable is quite
sensitive for electric magnetic noise. You have to use good
quality cables and cable ground have to be soldered to both
firewire connectors in the cable. There is cables and 6-4 pin
adapters that ground cable have not soldered to both connectors.
You can check your cable ground with multimeter.
FRAMES If your processor is over 60% uses, CutFour may
sometimes drop frames. Please close your other aplications and
virus detection software to give more power to CutFour.
ALT-CTRL-DELETE LOCKS UP MAIN VIDEO IN WIN 7 AND VISTA That
is a known problem but we have no solution to it. So don't use
Alt-Ctrl-Del when you work with CutFour with Vista or Win7
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