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Re: Suggestions for an HD CG unit on a budget?

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Mark SuszkoRe: Suggestions for an HD CG unit on a budget?
by on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:57:51 pm

We're not too ambitious in the live work over here; we mostly use a CG to serve up stills pre-made in photoshop, titles and lower thirds for half-hour public affairs talking heads type shows. The stuff that's more challenging has graphics handled in post instead. Animated lower thirds sound cool but probably wouldn't get used much in our live-switched stuff. Yes, it needs a key output, I'm guessing it would feed a Panny 400 switcher's key bus via HD SDI cable. The real driving issue is value for (almost no) money, versus a lot of capability.

I saw this:

http://www.casparcg.com/

Any good, d'ya think? Sure it's free and open-source, but a PC with a Bluefish card and what-else still has to be sourced. Are PC -based solutions with a video output card our best bet in this lower price regime, or is there a dedicated stand-alone box for HD CG work, sort of a modern equivalent of the VP-2? We use an old version of Image North Inscriber right now, embarassed to say still running on a windows 98 system.

Well, I SAID we were poor.


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