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Michael Collins
Attaching a Panasonic Broadcast Monitor via Sony EX3 to colour grade with FCP
on Nov 22, 2011 at 8:46:30 am

Hello im having a few issues trying to hook up a panasonic broadcast monitor via a sony ex3.
so i have the sony ex3 hooked upto my mac tower via a firewire connection. It leaves the camera via a HDV port and enters the computer through an FW800 port. the camera is then connected to the monitor from the video out port to the video in port on the screen.

i get camera view on the screen but no view of final cut pro. i have searched the net for fixes and so far everything is for log and transfer issues.

everything is setup as standard definition PAL not, including the screen.

lol so any suggestions would be great. im half thinking its the firewire connection so i was considering using a sony z1p instead.... suggestions? :)

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Shane Ross
Re: Attaching a Panasonic Broadcast Monitor via Sony EX3 to colour grade with FCP
on Nov 22, 2011 at 3:28:14 pm

#25 HDV external Monitor Viewing

Shane's Stock Answer #25 - HDV external Monitor Viewing

To view HDV on an external monitor in high definition you are going to need to purchase a capture card, like the ones Decklink ( or AJA ( offer. They will both play out HDV in real time. The catch is that you cannot view this on a regular TV or NTSC monitor. Since this is HD, an HD monitor will be needed. HOWEVER, both cards are capable of down converting the signal so that it can be displayed on an SD monitor. This won't be color accurate

The real reason why you can't monitor HDV through a Firewire camera is because Firewire HDV cameras don't decode incoming HDV streams and route them to their outputs like DV cameras do.

Good options for you are the Matrox MXO2 mini...$450...coupled with an HDTV.

And there are the Decklink Intensity and Intensity PRO cards as well, and the AJA I/O Express...

You can, however, view HDV out via firewire as DV...lowering the resolution to that of DV, but still viewable. This is not full quality nor should it be used to judge the quality of your footage or used to color correct to. This is just a way to view the footage on a large monitor.

Here are some examples of some of the possibilities:

- DV or HDV sequence output to an SDI signal on a third-party interface
- An uncompressed NTSC or PAL sequence output to a DV FireWire output
- An HDV sequence output to a DV FireWire output

Sequence and output formats must have compatible frame rates. For example,
sequences with a frame rate of 60, 30, or 24 fps can be output to a 30 fps device,
but not to a 25 or 50 fps device.

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