Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
IIfx

SuperMac VideoSpigot, first conquest in forever

Recommended Posts

I had a bit of an impulse buy today. It's been a very, very, very long time since I bought anything 68k Mac related. Browsing eBay I ran into a fairly cheap SuperMac VideoSpigot for $17 with shipping included. I have two different SuperMac Nubus video cards so I thought this would pair well with either of them. The price was certainly right! Old video capture stuff has always interested me even if I don't have any practical use for it. It's just cool.

 

Lately to escape the troubles and trials of life I have been working on my old computers, selling what I do not need and keeping what matters to me. I stuck with x86 PC's initially as it was just easier to move files between my modern Win7/Win10 machines and the old stuff. Networking between Win95 or WinNT4 to Win10 is still doable with minimal hacks on the Win10 end. Now that most of my old PC's are fully restored I am moving on to making sure my core Mac collection is completely operational. One of the tasks on my plate will be to establish a functional bridge machine between the 68k/PPC Mac world and the modern internet.

 

The card hasn't come in yet but I will do a detailed review and write up of it in this thread once it does. Hopefully the board is in good working order.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is a video capture card, one of the first commonly available ones for the Mac. It was designed to go along with QuickTime when it launched so people would have a means to pour video into digital form.

 

It’s not a fancy card by any means, just a single composite input. IIRC the frame rate cap is 24fps and it can only capture in a very low resolution, 160xSomething?

 

The VideoSpigot pairs best with an early Quadra or late II series machine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is a video capture card, one of the first commonly available ones for the Mac. It was designed to go along with QuickTime when it launched so people would have a means to pour video into digital form.

 

It’s not a fancy card by any means, just a single composite input. IIRC the frame rate cap is 24fps and it can only capture in a very low resolution, 160xSomething?

 

The VideoSpigot pairs best with an early Quadra or late II series machine.

they are picky about QuickTime versions and therefore os installed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

7.1.1 Pro would be an appropriate version of Mac OS for it, correct?

 

My IIfx is running that as well as my Quadra 800. Radius Rockets are also very picky about OS version, although some claim better compatibility than actually exists.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got the card in the mail today! Very well packed and placed in a new antistatic bag. It is detected by the IIfx, so at least it's probably functional. Unfortunately I cannot find the drivers for the Spigot anywhere. I can find drivers for the newer SpigotAV/Spigot Pro, but not the original Spigot. If someone would kindly post the disk image I would greatly appreciate it.

 

First impression of the Spigot: The PCB is thick, indicating high quality. It's made in USA. The board throws off a lot of heat which is surprising, about as much as my Rocket StageII.

 

The project that will go with this Spigot is the Macintosh IIfx/40DP AV. What on earth is a Macintosh IIfx/40DP AV? It's a IIfx with a Radius Rocket StageII 40mhz 040 + the onboard 030 40mhz 030, and AV capabilities via the Spigot and an Audiomedia II card. Somehow my IIfx has "fixed" it's power supply on it's own. No more random crashes on boot. We will see how long that lasts, I'm hoping for a long time! I'm likely hitting the thermal limits of the IIfx with this project.

Edited by IIfx

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Photos:

 

I'm having a heck of the time with the post editor. First duplicated posts, now one post lost it's images. Huh.

post-1668-0-65183100-1507237397_thumb.jpg

post-1668-0-98371700-1507237478_thumb.jpg

post-1668-0-98406500-1507241369_thumb.png

Edited by IIfx

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks! That driver worked perfectly. The card is completely operational.

 

Realtime view is surprisingly smooth when the window is kept at the default size. You could use this to watch something without much difficulty. The smoothness probably has more to do with the 40mhz 030 of the IIfx than the Spigot itself though, your mileage may vary. Recordings are not that great, but acceptable considering the technology of the time. Default framerate is 10fps, although the settings panel will allow you to increase/decrease the framerate to fit the performance of your system.

 

The option for live audio pass-through is disabled with the Audiomedia II, perhaps this functionality was only supported via Macintosh onboard audio input?

 

I will post video clips and screenshots this weekend.

Edited by IIfx

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I suppose more details about my loaded IIfx can be saved for another post, but I will share that the VideoSpigot works awesomely. I don't have video clips quite ready yet but I do have a photo of the card nestled in with the rest ready - anyone want to play name that card?:

ih36Jdj.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

from what I remember(been a while) with the rasterops video card in my IIci,  it could play live video on the screen smooth, but recording was highly dependent on the speed of my drives/SCSI bus, not the processor speed. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The front-most card does appear to be some sort of Rocket (I know that only because it has an '040 and it's in a NuBus slot).

 

As for the rest, I can see the first two have their names on them, so it's easy to guess what they're for. But the two in the middle? I'm not really sure.

 

c

Edited by CC_333

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ethernet

Audiomedia II

Spigot

Supermac Thunder/24?

Radius Rocket Stage II with add-on (scsi?)

 

Your 100% correct. The add-on card on that Rocket is a dual DSP card. I have another Rocket Stage II with a SCSI-2 board that will be going into my Quadra 800.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×