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OnTheAir Video DV is a DV clip playback application with timecode control and advanced playlist features.

When playing a DV clip with OnTheAir Video X, it is directly sent to the DV device connected through any Firewire port of your PowerMac computer. QuickTime is not used nor needed. This exclusive feature enables better responsiveness and clean cuts between clips for live playback applications. It is also important to notice that, since there is no DV decompression in the computer, it consumes only about 10% of the CPU processing power.

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Version 1.5.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


  • OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • G4 or later
  • DV converter (Sony DVMC-DA1/2, DataVideo DAC, Dazzle Hollywood, ProMax etc...)

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mogeku Member IconComment+0

unusable. No DV Interface found, no Playlist possible . . .it's really Beta :-(

OSX 4.11 G5 2x2

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Version 1.5b8
Anonymous Member IconReview

mmm, only 15 seconds to play per clip and "no dongle" detected.....

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Version 1.2b5
kf Member IconComment+0

Somehow it is really amazing product. I could not give it a value as did not find any pricing.

I installed the OAX on my dual 2 GHz G5 with 2 GB RAM. Imported some media from Final Cut Pro. Connected a cheap Panasonic DV camera. Built a simple palylist then hit play and it played immediately. As I imported the clips (in PAL, as we are PAL land) I got an error message about the inconsistency of the audio, then it showed the originally 48 kHz audio as 0 sampling rate and I could not hear any audio at all. However it played the clips flawlessy, and showed practically 0 CPU processing power on the dual G5.
Then I created another playlist while the other was playing and gave it a start time. At the given time it started and swiched to clip of the new list without a problem again. However if I tried to give a start time to the clip which was playing, I could not enter the value at the end. I edited the clips in the timeline, made them shorter, all of them were 4 seconds long and tried another few experiments with the App.
Fast switched to a new user (while OAX was playing, no dropped frame at all while the switching was happening) opened 5 DV clips in Quicktime give them a loop and amazingly all clips plus the OAX played without a dropping frame (something like 40% CPU power and 20 MB/s + disk activity). Switch back to the original user, opened iMovie and I was editing flawlessly while OAX was playing through the Firewire. Again no hiccups, no dropped frames.

It is a simple playout application really. But there are so many small tv studios, local tv stations where it can be really useful if combined with FCP Express for example. Please make it work with proper audio. I will try it with another FireWire card in the G5 to see if I can digitize through the other card in a different PCI bus segment. If it works it means we can record back (for later replay) a complete show where the live show is combined with live camera feed and clip playout.


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Version 1.1b7

Restarting of my G5 solved the audio problem I mentioned, strange but true.

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Downloads 4,660
Version Downloads 26
License Demo
Date 16 Apr 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $1,995.00
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