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Has anyone managed to hook up the Nikon d800 to the pilot monitor?

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#1 Andrew bainbridge

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:52 PM

Hi guys, sorry I know this topic has been touched on elsewhere with regards to hdmi to rca converters etc but I just thought I would see if anyone has actually managed to get this set up running? I'm very new to all this and would love to get my d800 working on the pilot monitor but obviously only having a mini hdmi out is presenting some problems and I could definitely do with some advice around what I need to purchase to make it happen.

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#2 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:58 PM

Mini HDMI to BNC/RCA converter you answered your own question in your post


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#3 Matthew L. Perez

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 09:03 PM

Yup Eric is right. Blackmagic makes one http://www.markertek...NVBATT-HS.xhtml This one is pretty good. I've heard good reviews on it.


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#4 Andrew bainbridge

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 09:11 PM

I guess I did haha - so to double check would something like this be sufficient :
http://www.amazon.co...o rca converter
I saw people talking about much more expensive units previously?
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#5 Bob Gundu

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 12:11 AM

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I guess I did haha - so to double check would something like this be sufficient :
http://www.amazon.co...o rca converter
I saw people talking about much more expensive units previously?
Many thanks
Andrew

Yes it seems like it will work. You just need to power it. Since it's 5V USB powered, just use a portable Cell phone battery charger.


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#6 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 09:04 AM

Yes it seems like it will work. You just need to power it. Since it's 5V USB powered, just use a portable Cell phone battery charger.


Get a ptap to USB adapter from Paralinx.
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#7 Frederic Sturm

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 09:10 AM

Hey Andrew,

 

this is exactly how I used my D800 with my Pilot.

This little box is actually very reliable (which I didn't expect) and a great little tool (and look at the price, its ridiculous...)

 

And whats more: I discovered that the current version of it has the 5V DC input, yet you DONT even need to power it,

at least with the D800 it will run from the HDMI-Power alone  :)

So before you worry about getting a 12V to 5V cable or a battery box etc for this, just try it, it should work!

 

Be aware though, that you will need to switch the D800 to live-view 2-3 times before it stays on, whenever you first connect

it or power up the sled / camera - either the D800 or this box are not too great about finding a "HDMI handshake", but through

tests I suspect the D800.

 

Also, I first got some weird Issues with 4:3 conversion etc. and searched for the problem for about 3 hours and was about to

throw this box straight into the trash - just to find out it was a defective HDMI-Mini HDMi cable.

 

A couple of helpful things with the very, very, extremely strange format handling of the D800 :blink: :

Live-View output is ALWAYS 1080/25p (or 24 or 30p I guess when you select those frame-rates).

It will ALWAYS switch to 720/50p (or 60p... see above) while you RECORD (thats why your little box will

need about 2 seconds for readjustment and your screen will flicker whenever you start / stop recording.)

The HDMI resolution selection in the menu only affects PLAYBACK of recorded videos and photos.

You'll get a full screen image on the monitor when you de-select live-view information overlay in the HDMI menu,

if you want you can of course have the info on the pilot screen by enabling this option, but the frame will be much smaller.

 

Hope this helps =)


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#8 Frederic Sturm

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 09:11 AM

Victor was quicker than me, and his option is the perfect one if you find out you need it,

but as I said, it is very likely to work without external power - at least mine does =)


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#9 Emmanuel Dinh

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 03:51 AM

Again a very interesting thread :) Thanks to you all, I have ordered this RCA converter for my Pilot SD. Hope it will works.
Nevertheless I had to go for shooting a few days later, so I was looking for another solution. Surely not the cheapest one, but I finally had my Pilot's monitor replaced by my Samurai Blade, connected through a BNC cable. Not the more elegant solution, but it worked pretty well. And I also recorded on the Blade's hard drive, as we ran out of CF for our C300... 
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