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Bill Paris
HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 17, 2008 at 6:14:36 pm

I hope this isn't off topic?

As many of you know , some of the networks are shooting SD 16X9 and up rezzing to HD or broadcasting SD 16X9 for a "HD look". Rather than going out and buying a SD camera with 16X9 capabilities, I tried shooting with my F900 in 29.97 30P and down converting the footage to 16X9 SD Betacam via a straight dub out of my HDCAM deck. What I ended up sending them was a 4x3 frame with the 16X9 image. What they want is a full 16X9 SD image, like a SDX900 or Betacam WS would produce........ any ideas?

I haven't played around with this yet...... I thought I would throw it out there to you guys first, to point me in the right direction. Thanks for your help!

Bill Paris
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walter biscardi
Re: HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 17, 2008 at 6:18:50 pm

You just downconvert the footage via the Kona and set it to Anamorphic.

[Bill Paris] "What they want is a full 16X9 SD image, like a SDX900 or Betacam WS would produce........ any ideas? "



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Chris Borjis
Re: HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 17, 2008 at 7:54:01 pm


you went from hdcam to Sd with letterbox it sounds like.

the deck should output anamorphic full frame as well.



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Bill Paris
Re: HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 17, 2008 at 8:06:23 pm

Thanks guys..... I was trying to avoid capturing the footage via Kona 3, so I'll look for the anamorphic down convert option on the deck.... thanks guys!

bp



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walter biscardi
Re: HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 17, 2008 at 8:27:39 pm

You don't have to capture anything. Just run the Kona 3 in Pass Through Mode.

[Bill Paris] " I was trying to avoid capturing the footage via Kona 3"



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Bill Paris
Re: HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:08:51 pm

Hi Guys,

I've tried the following.... with the following results:
DECK TO DECK
Trying to down convert straight from the deck (Sony HDW-S280) to the Betacam Deck (Sony BVW-70)
The only options I found for down convert settings were.... LETTERBOX....CROP.....SQUEEZE. I've search through all the menus on the deck, but I can't find a ANAMORPHIC Setting.

VIA KONA 3
I can't find a "PASSTHROUGH Mode". I'm feeding the BETACAM BVW-70 component video via the analog output on the breakout box, but I'm not seeing video "Passthrough" the system. I use this path for output from my FCP timeline and it works great for down converting to Betacam. Is the passthrough setting found in FCP or do I work outside of FCP?

Any ideas of what I'm doing wrong in both cases? Thanks in advance!

Bill Paris



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walter biscardi
Re: HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:20:36 pm

It's in the AJA Control Panel.

[Bill Paris] "I can't find a "PASSTHROUGH Mode""

And the "Squeeze" mode on the deck is anamorphic.



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Bill Paris
Re: HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 18, 2008 at 12:15:04 am

Walter,

Thanks..... I finally found it. I was also having some cable issues..... my multi-pin connector to the breakout box needed a little jiggle to get the connections working properly again. I think I'm good to go now using the Kona 3 for the down convert via anamorphic/analog output settings. Thanks again!

bp







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walter biscardi
Re: HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 18, 2008 at 12:21:44 am

My pleasure. Input Passthrough is one of those things that most folks don't realize is there. It's a wonderful feature for using the Kona as a conversion box while you do other things with your computer.

[Bill Paris] "Thanks again! "



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Chris Borjis
Re: HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:09:15 pm


Bill you should be able to run it from the deck or like Walter said through the Kona as a pass through converter.

The Kona would probably be a little better.





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Bill Paris
Re: HDCAM 29.97 30p Downconvert to 16X9 SD
on Jul 18, 2008 at 12:17:25 am

Chris,

Thanks for your input as well...... I now realize the "Squeeze" mode is the anamorphic mode, so I have both options up and running. Thanks!

bp







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