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Daniel Sepulveda
Video mixer for HD
on Jul 26, 2010 at 8:23:45 pm

Hi,

Our production company owns two XDCAM EX PMW-EX1, and we are starting the production of a new TV show. We need a way to mix video (switcher) to be used with these two cameras, but in HD. What I have found on the internet is way to expensive (us $8000 and up). Does anyone know an affordable HD video mixer? Or any affordable solution for mixing two live video streams (maybe through software)?

Than You


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Craig Seeman
Re: Video mixer for HD
on Jul 26, 2010 at 8:46:36 pm

The lowest I see for HD-SDI is about $6000
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist.jsp&A=cart&Q=...

Unless your show is live, why not just edit in post. You can do this in Final Cut Pro in multicam mode and create the edit in real time and then tweak as needed. Most professional NLEs have some sort of multicam mode now.

When you're using $6000 cameras plus other gear, $6000 isn't a lot of money for a switcher.



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Ronnie Martin
Re: Video mixer for HD
on Jul 27, 2010 at 1:16:58 am

Here at Kato Video Productions we produce a dirt racing show weekly now that airs on 4 TV stations with an EX-3,Ex-1 and a couple of incar cameras and complete our multicam edit in Grassvalley/Edius. We do not have a production truck or a switcher.... Gorilla video style but it works for us.

Good luck
Ronnie Martin

Ronnie Martin
Kato Video Productions
http://www.dirtracingvideo.com
http://www.ramtv.tv


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Craig Seeman
Re: Video mixer for HD
on Jul 27, 2010 at 3:39:38 pm

Yes, most modern NLEs have multicam functions that work in real time. In addition it makes tweaking the edits easy.

There's little reason for live mixer unless you are broadcasting live or need to hand someone a switched master immediately after the event.

I wish OP would explain intent. I wish OP would explain the objection to the price he notes (and I found one lower) given the price of the gear he's using.



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