Posted 18 August 2011 - 06:31 PM
I know that this may sound silly but I would like to know...what exactly the Decimator does that makes it so unique?
I'm reading it a lot on the Forum but from their site I didn't get a clear conclusion.I know that it is a downconverter/upconverter but I'm quite confused...!
For example: I own a Steadicam SK2 with the basic single action arm and a bigger double action arm that was modified to fit the SK2 vest and with this configuration I can use from DSLR up to RED and some film cameras.As you might know my top stage has only a BNC video in and a 12V power out plugs.
In what way a Decimator can help me improve my signal/picture or the one that I'm sending to the directors monitor??
Thank you in advance!
- Haris -
Posted 18 August 2011 - 07:07 PM
The 2nd generation version added HDMI output which is not generally a big Steadicam requirement, but it does allow for the use of low cost monitoring solutions on or off the rig (I have supplied my guest room 42" LCD as a client monitor with a Decimator2 converting the HD-SDI feed to HDMI; paid off the purchase price of the TV in two weeks!). Also the latest firmware includes scaling, audio metering and framelines/center marker options. Again, not all features may be Steadicam-related and some are just on the HDMI output, but still handy.
For your purposes, any HD camera that doesn't include a built-in downconverter will require a Decimator or something like it to deliver an image to your monitor and any outboard SD monitor. My advice is to get it with a p-tap cable so you can power from the camera battery when in use, plus you may want to get a cable made from your top stage to either female p-tap or the 4-way p-tap splitter box (or wire one in directly to the sled).
Posted 19 August 2011 - 04:00 AM
Posted 19 August 2011 - 04:27 PM
Much clearer now...!
- Haris -