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AG-AC 160 question
AG-AC 160 question
by Randy Burleson on Apr 19, 2011 at 8:11:12 pm

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but is the HD-SDI out on the AG-AC 160 10 bit or 8 bit?
Just wondering.
I am considering 10 bit external recorders like the Black Magic Design HyperDeck Shuttle which records 10 bit uncompressed QT files or the Atomos Samurai that records 10 bit ProRes files. So a 10 bit HD-SDI would be ideal.


Re: AG-AC 160 question
by Randy Burleson on Apr 21, 2011 at 6:33:12 pm

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Jan?


Re: AG-AC 160 question
by Guy McLoughlin on Apr 21, 2011 at 7:18:03 pm

On the DvxUser website, Jan Crittenden Livingston of Panasonic commented that 10-bit external recording would require the HPX-250 model, making it sound like the AC-160 model's SDI output was only 8-bit.

I don't think we will have absolute clarity on this issue until the pre-production cameras are being tested, which might be 4-6 months from now.


Re: AG-AC 160 question
by Ian Liuzzi-Fedun on Dec 20, 2011 at 2:41:16 am

Anyone have an answer on this one?




Re: AG-AC 160 question
by Guy McLoughlin on Dec 20, 2011 at 3:26:58 pm

Yes, the AC-160 SDI out is only 8-bit, just like the AF-100.

It's too bad that Panasonic crippled the output this way, which is why I would only consider buying the AC-130 or the HPX-250. For me, the extra features of the AC-160 aren't worth the price without 10-bit SDI out, so I would rather spend a little bit more and buy the HPX-250, or spend a lot less and buy the AC-130.





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