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carlsunder
Switcher/Router
on Mar 31, 2006 at 2:47:58 pm

Hi all -

I had posted a few weeks ago regarding switchers for getting video into FCP. I've narrowed my search to two switchers, and I'm looking for opinions from anyone else who may have one of these in their rack.

We use mostly s-video cable around here. The reason for this is kinda long winded, so I won't bore you with the details, but believe me, for our set up, it's the best we can do.

So I'm looking at either the Kramer VS808YC (http://www.kramerelectronics.com/indexes/item.asp?pic=385) for $1,042 or the Sign Video SV88 (http://www.signvideo.com/8x8_audio-video-routing-switcher_true-matrix.htm#8x8_back) for $1,145.

I really like the brand name recognition of the Kramer. I also like the RS-232 interface to control it via computer (not a neccesary feature for me, but kinda fun nonetheless...) And plus, the Kramer doesn't LOOK like a PlaySkool tool.

The biggest "problem" with the Kramer is that I would have to strip my RCA cables and hardwire them in The SignVideo already has RCA jacks. That's the one thing that appeals to me about the SignVideo.

Yet, the SignVideo is simply a switcher; the Kramer has more features, and for less money.

So, anyone use either of these pieces of gear in their FCP racks? Any quality issues once you digitize into FCP?

Thanks for the opinions...



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Frank Otto
Re: Switcher/Router
on Mar 31, 2006 at 4:03:57 pm

The Kramer is your better deal.

As far as stripping cale - make pigtails - bare leads to rca/in and attach those to the switcher then attach your rca cables normally.

Cheers,

Frank Otto



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