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dhmaya
Hardware Scopes
on Aug 26, 2007 at 3:55:47 am

I am building a FCP/Kona LSe system & need advice on the best hardware waveform/vectorscope for me. I am working right now with Beta SP component video but see SD 4:2:2 over SDI in the near future.

I have been looking at new & used options from the following manufacturers: Tektronix, Videotek, Leader & Compuvideo.

So I wonder if anyone has advice about which brands are best, I would love to have guidance. I am very curious about Compuvideo because they are cheap -- are they to video scopes what Behringer is to audio gear: you get what you pay for?

Thanks so much for any advice!



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Marco Solorio
Re: Hardware Scopes
on Aug 26, 2007 at 6:15:39 pm

Curious, are you looking into a traditional scope with a built-in CRT (or updated LCD) or are you open to a rasterizing scope that you'd hook up to a video monitor or better, a computer monitor?

Personally, I favor the rasterizing scopes much more. I ditched using CRT scopes about 5 years ago. What's nice too is that you can hook up any size display to them rather than being forced with always using a tiny built-in screen. Plus the rasterizers usually allow for multiple screens at once.

From what I'm aware of, Compuvideo doesn't have a rasterizer scope in their line up. Tektronix, Videotek, Leader and Magni do however.

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dhmaya
Re: Hardware Scopes
on Aug 27, 2007 at 12:52:43 am

Thanks for responding, Marco. I am looking at the rasterizers. Are they as accurate for analog video as the traditional crts? And which brands have you worked with?



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Marco Solorio
Re: Hardware Scopes
on Aug 27, 2007 at 8:13:41 am

Personally, I think they can be more accurate than the older CRT counterparts. One reason being that the good rasterizers usually have a lot of alarming options that are programmable. Also, the rasterizers that support a minimum of VGA output are at least 800x600 native resolution which allows for greater detail, including when you zoom in.

I currently own about 4 Magnis and 1 Videotek.

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dhmaya
Re: Hardware Scopes
on Aug 29, 2007 at 11:29:48 pm

Hi Marco,

I came across a local production house selling a used Videotek VTM-100 & picked it up today. So far it looks good!

Thanks for the advice!



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