Compatible cameras with 12v flyer
Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:47 PM
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Posted 17 January 2006 - 10:23 PM
I was just trying to keep things succinct...
My name is David and I am a grad student in cinema/television at USC here in LA. I recently purchased the Flyer from Birns and Sawyer to use with the aaton a-minima primarily. Anyhoo, I've been contacted by several students from USC to shoot projects, mostly in HD format. I am not that familiar with digital cameras and and do not know if I can use HD cameras with my PAL/NTSC monitor or if I need a down converter, or much of anything. Any help in bringing me up to speed and some suggestions would be most helpful.
Posted 18 January 2006 - 02:08 AM
Welcome to the forum.
The Flyer monitor will take any Composite video signal - (which means only SD)
If the camera has a composite video output it will work with the Flyer. At least all the sub $10k HD cams have composite output. That's all the HDV cams; the Sony FX1 and Z1, The JVC HD100, The Canon XL-H1, etc,... Also the Panasonic HVX200 DVCPRO-HD camera. Any of these cameras will fly well on the Flyer.
Once you go up to bigger HD cameras you will need to check wich ones do and don't have a composite output (meaning an internal down converter). for anythgin else you'd need an external downconverter from wither Component HD or HD-SDI.
A "HD ready" monitor - such as on the Flyer-24 - may not give you full HD resolution on the display, but it will have an suitable converter inside to make sure that it can scale and display any Hd (or SD) signal you throw at it.
Normally ANY converter, be it an external box, or in the camera or monitor, will always enduce a slight bit of lag due to the digital processing time. Then is never more than a few frames, but may be a little confusing at first.
The easiest way to make sure it works with the Flyer 12v (or almost ANY video monitor [I have yet to hear of one that doesn't]), is to ask for a Composite (NOT Component!) signal and it'll work.
Posted 18 January 2006 - 04:02 PM
Thanks so much. Your comments are most helpful.