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Chris Halper
Blurry Monitor Out - BNC, RCA, S-Video
on Feb 15, 2009 at 2:47:51 pm

Hello All,

On occasion, I am called upon to use my Sony EX3 and EX1 cameras for a Live-To-IMAG production using standard definition video.

I have found the Standard Def image is blurry via the Composite RCA, BNC and S-Video outputs. This is a common problem on my brand new EX1 / EX3, as well as rental units I have used. Yet, I can't find a single reference to this issue online. It is a camera issue as I have tested it using projectors and regular TV monitors.

My sales guy said it was a common issue and that Sony simply didn't invest in a good downconverter. But again... I can't find any other user complaining about this and I figure this would be a biggie.

Does anyone know what I am talking about and if there is a solution?

The Standard Def component appears to be clear... so is there a way to convert component into a composite signal?


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Noah Kadner
Re: Blurry Monitor Out - BNC, RCA, S-Video
on Feb 15, 2009 at 3:17:48 pm

I'd go HD-SDI out and use a higher quality outboard downconvertor instead. Sony never said this was a good SD camera.

Noah

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Bob O'Brien
Re: Blurry Monitor Out - BNC, RCA, S-Video
on Feb 17, 2009 at 3:53:44 pm

Chris,

I think the quality of the SD video outs are so bad that I wonder why Sony even bothered to put them there.

Every now and then I have to videotape a lengthy seminar or live event for which HD is overkill. I'd like to be able to play the clips back thru the HD-SDI out... into a downconverting "box..." and capture as SD material to save time in the conversion process. I can ingest either into my laptop (thru firewire?), or into my G5 with my AJA IO. Any lower-cost, high-quality HD-SDI downconverter recommendations for this purpose? And is audio embedded in the HD-SDI signal?

In advance, thanks for taking the time to respond.

Bob O'Brien
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Don Greening
Re: Blurry Monitor Out - BNC, RCA, S-Video
on Feb 17, 2009 at 4:17:27 pm

[Bob O'Brien] "And is audio embedded in the HD-SDI signal? "

Yes it is, along with the time code.

- Don



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Craig Seeman
Re: Blurry Monitor Out - BNC, RCA, S-Video
on Feb 17, 2009 at 4:34:00 pm

[Bob O'Brien] "Any lower-cost, high-quality HD-SDI downconverter recommendations for this purpose?"

Matrox MXO2



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Bob Mark
Re: Blurry Monitor Out - BNC, RCA, S-Video
on Feb 20, 2009 at 2:58:38 am

The component output is supposed to be 800 lines. Maybe try that.

Bob


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Chris Halper
Re: Blurry Monitor Out - BNC, RCA, S-Video
on Feb 20, 2009 at 4:24:45 am

Thanks for the replies.

Still, I am surprised no one has made a larger issue of this problem on the net. It looks like people are just taking it or have truly made the transition to a complete HD workflow.

I have rented two Extron sdi to analog converters for my IMAG gig this weekend. Affordable enough to be a solution until the AV companies go HD.

I will let you know how it turns out.



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