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#1 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 06:21 PM

Got a call for a live low-budget concert multicam shoot end of this coming week with my Flyer. Cameras will be Pana HVX200 and HPX170's. We'll be recording iso to the cameras' P2 cards, and will also be tethered via HD analog component for a live-switched webcast.

Since the HVX200 doesn't have a simultaneous HD component and SD composite output, I will need a splitter/downconverter in order to feed my composite SD Flyer monitor (alternatively I am considering swapping out my sled monitor for an HD monitor that I own, which has HD component inputs. Alas, no loop-through.) In that scenario, I would need a splitter/proc amp that would properly split the signal without degradation.

This could very well be a one-off situation so my inclination is to try to rent rather than buy. I'd welcome and appreciate any suggestions/solutions/cautions/sources that anyone has.
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#2 Ken Nguyen

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 07:01 PM

Hi Mark,
What's about the composite return from the video switcher?
I think HVX200 has an additional composite out as an option.
Check to see if the one you are going to use has it.
Cheers,
Ken Nguyen.
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#3 William Demeritt

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 07:46 PM

Won't tethering via HD analog component cable make for some gnarly operating? 5lbs camera plus chunky tether cable? Could they be convinced to let you run just a single HD-SDI BNC cable? Also, does your monitor have SD monitor take SDI?

If so, maybe this is a potential solution:
http://www.aja.com/p...-hd-hd10ava.php

Wherever you rent it from, make sure it comes with the HD10AVA cable. I think that would give your SD monitor an SD signal (so long as it accepts SDI), and tether with HD-SDI. Only additional bit is to find a power cable for your sled.
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#4 Tom Wills

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 10:47 PM

If you could switch to a 170, they can output composite and component at the same time, according to a few things I've found. If you're stuck with the HVX, you could get a component video DA and a component to composite downconverter, but you're looking at over $100 in parts, not to mention the hassle of mounting and powering all that.
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#5 Thomas K. Jensen

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 01:51 AM

Mark, when I get home, I'll check if the HPX171 outputs HD-SDI and a composite at the same time. I Think it does.
I Will PM you with some menu pictures.
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#6 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 04:52 PM

Looking like I will be able to get production to provide me a HPX170, which it looks like will fit the bill.

If you could switch to a 170, they can output composite and component at the same time, according to a few things I've found. If you're stuck with the HVX, you could get a component video DA and a component to composite downconverter, but you're looking at over $100 in parts, not to mention the hassle of mounting and powering all that.


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#7 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 05:04 PM

Yes, component cable and light camera will be a challenge. Going to try to settle the camera down a bit with a weight plate, but will also look into whether their switcher will take HD-SDI from me. No SDI input for my monitor, so I'll check whether the HPX170 will output HD-SDI and composite at the same time. Thanks for the suggestions!
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#8 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 11:33 PM

It should give you Hd-SDI and SD composite at the same time but I don't believe that you can get component and HD-SDI at the same time.

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