Since the Intensity Shuttle appears highly recommended here in this forum, I ended up getting one, but so far my experiences with it have been quite disappointing. Almost everything I try to do with it and the Visual Cortex, it can’t do.
Granted, if I want to record 1 Gigabyte per second of the output of the Visual Cortex, that works, but only if I don’t dare use the VC video input decoder.
As soon as I add a video input to the Visual Cortex, the Intensity Shuttle can’t deal with it. (Why is that not a problem for a little device that costs a tenth of the price of the Shuttle, is a mystery).
Someone suggested buying a TBC or a video mixer with a TBC, but, from what I have read so far, the TBC included in most “cheaper” video mixers (under €800) are “terrible” and the Shuttle seems so picky, I doubt it would work. TBC2 seems more necessary to import 2 extra video signals in sync to be used in a LZX system. Nothing guarantees that the Shuttle would be able to pick up the result afterwards.
One of the things I like to do with the Visual Cortex is working with still images. At the moment, I send them through a cheap HDMI to AV converter, which only gives me black and white, but it has the advantage of allowing me to use Preview, so I can zoom in/out and move around the image very easily.
I thought the Shuttle would allow me to send the full colour images to VC, but to send images seems a mayor pain in the… Blackmagic Media Express would not accept any image format. I see there is an option in Photoshop to export to Blackmagic Media Express, which I tried to do, but god knows where they end up. Certainly not in Blackmagic Media Express library.
Also, would like to be able to send colour video to VC, but the Blackmagic Media Express would not accept any video format I try to add to its video library, to play it back. It only seems to like its own recordings. As far as I can see, the manual doesn’t even consider the option to be able import and send an mp4, mov… any video signal, through the Shuttle.
Also, I would like to be able to send the Lumen output in full colour, through Component, to the VC… but the Shuttle doesn’t seem to be able to do that.
In Lumen, I see there is an option for Blackmagic Media Express as an input, so, I thought, at least I could take the VC output and play it in real time in Lumen. But no, that doesn’t seem to work either. I only get a black screen, even if I can see the video preview in Blackmagic Media Express.
If any of you have managed to do any of the above with the Intensity Shuttle, please let me know. I. might keep it for the time being, but I’ve already started thinking about replacing it for one of those cheap HDMI to Component devices.