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#1 Timothy Dolan

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:56 PM

I fly a Master Series and I have a shoot coming up for a student project that is shooting with a RED Epic. I was wondering what downconverter or any other accessories I would need in order to send the HD signal through the sled. Also any suggestions on any more accessories I should look into.

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#2 Alan Rencher

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:38 PM

There are three major brands that are most often used. I have a Decimator 2, and it works perfectly. The Blackmagic miniconverters are the cheapest (I have the HDMI to SDI, and it has always worked flawlessly for me at about $200 cheaper than the competition.) AJA's are probably the best known.

Decimator : http://www.decimator...decimator2.html
Blackmagic: http://www.blackmagi...nverters/models
AJA: http://www.aja.com/e...ini-converters/
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#3 Timothy Dolan

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

Thank you very much I will look into them!
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#4 Evrim KAYA

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:43 PM

Hello Timothy,

You should know that blackmagic’s down-converter unit’s voltage range is much smaller than decimator’s. I saw in first hand many blackmagic down-converters burn-up because of unregulated power from a hot-off-the-charger battery. That’s why I use decimator2 and very content about it.

I never user Aja down-converter so I couldn’t say anything about it. But between decimator and blackmagic I can safely suggest you should invest on a more versatile decimator.
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#5 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:00 AM

I believe the new Blackmagic have a wider range of voltage. Chech for every converter as it varies.
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#6 Timothy Dolan

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:53 AM

Is there anything else I should get along with the downconverter to help me out on HD shoots?

Thank you to everyone who is responding!
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