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robert mckoen
Needing advice - What's the best video converter to get?
on Nov 14, 2012 at 7:02:32 pm

Hi,

I work for a company that does live broadcasts for a professional soccer team.

I am the in house videographer/editor whose job it is to film team interviews/edit them for broadcast during the preshow/halftime/postshow. Along with that I sometimes have to do small short features highlighting the team/activities they do and certain players. Everything is shot on HD but the production mobile that we use is SD and uses the EVS system. (There is an option that we will use a HD truck once in a while)

Now at this point I input the footage into the EVS by burning a dvd and they pull the footage off of that way. I could get the footage ingested via SDI as well and this is the way I would like to move to instead of the dvd or buying an insanely overly priced EVS fee. Not only do I want to ingest footage in I'd like to be able to get footage out of the Production mobile and that's through BetacamSP or through an SDI source. We are using a canopus ADVC110 for live recording to a Macbook pro but it's SD only and the best that I can tell it only outputs 4x3. We shoot 16x9.

Besides the canopus, I am using a Macbook pro 17" (mid 2009 version) for ingesting a live recording of the game for archival purposes.

So here are some options I am considering. Some cost more than others but anyones opinion on this would be great on any of the options or others that I haven't thought of.

Option #1 - buying a HDMi to HD/SDI and a HD/SDI to HDMI converter (like the blackmagic's Broadcast Converter - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/558904-REG/Blackmagic_Design_CONVBR_B..., a MinidisplayPort with USB audio to HDMI adapter so I can then use the Macbook pro that I currently have. Total price ~ $945 + $45 = $1000

Option #2 - buying a separate HDMi to HD/SDI and a separate HD/SDI to HDMI converter (like the blackmagic's mini converters, http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/620830-REG/Blackmagic_Design_CONVMBHS... ) , a MinidisplayPort with USB audio to HDMI adapter so I can then use the Macbook pro that I currently have. Total price ~ $280 x 2 +$45 = $605


Option #3 - buying a newer Macbook pro with thunderbolt and then getting a converter powered/using thunderbolt (like blackmagic's Ultrastudio - http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/ultrastudio/
Total price - $1800 + $470 = $2780


Option #4 - buy the blackmagic hyperdeck shuttle -(http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/841023-REG/Blackmagic_Design_HYPERD_PT2_HyperDeck_Shuttle_2_SSD.html) use this as the converter seeing as this has hdmi in/out and hd-sdi in/out (I'm assuming one can use this as a converter as well - please correct me if I'm wrong) - total price - $330 + $350 (480gig SDD card) = $680.

*Are there any other converters from another company that does the same thing but cheaper/better?


Now the price difference is all over the place but that's not my main concern. If ease of use and longevity is better than the price at the moment great but if one can get the same job done for a few years by only spending 1/3rd of the price then that's even better.

So please any thoughts and ideas would be really appreciated at this point. If you need to ask more questions please do.

Btw this purchase is not immediate but has to be done in the next 3-4mths.

Thanks,

Rob



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