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Re: Interface the ATEM Camera Converter to an RTS System

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Richard CrowleyRe: Interface the ATEM Camera Converter to an RTS System
by on May 10, 2012 at 3:19:14 pm

The ATEM Camera Converter IS full duplex. I understand Mr. Zelin's arguments, but don't necessarily agree with his suggested reasons. BMD is operating from a new generation of technology than the traditional intercom systems. I would argue that it is TWO generations newer. With the kind of data bandwidth they have on those fibers, throwing in intercom functionality is almost free. It is just an additional few K bytes of data along with the gigabytes of video data.

The problem comes when you have to interface that digital intercom world to the old-school, legacy analog intercom systems. BMD appears to have a rather provincial view of the world that doesn't uniformly comprehend that their equipment is only PART of a larger system comprising equipment from other vendors and using other technology and interfacing.

There is also the matter of the size of the market and what the market will bear. There is FAR more technology in a consumer $40 bluetooth headset than in the typical professional intercom station. But the economies of scale and the traditional price of professional equipment make an intercom system cost many times what a bluetooth headset sells for.

Now BMD (or perhaps a 3rd party vendor) could make a small interface box the size of the BMD Tally/GPI interface box that could interface with the common 2-wire systems like Clearcom, RTS, et.al. Consumer goods that have the level of technology required to do this cost less than $100.

You could make the argument (and my suggestion was based on the theory) that one of the ATEM Camera Converter boxes is actually the best available analog interface into the ATEM intercom system.

BMD's products are an interesting mix of products that are amazing value for the price and others that seem dramatically overpriced by comparison.


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