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Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XH G1S / G1 (with SDI), Canon XH A1S / A1 (without SDI).


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Old March 4th, 2007, 11:01 PM   #1
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Kinda Cool - VLC media player & A1

I often use the VLC media player for a variety of stuff. However, I just recently attached my A1 and used the VLC media player to stream the data from the camera onto my monitor. It's kinda cool to check out the stats, presets etc. using this method.

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Old March 4th, 2007, 11:48 PM   #2
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Interesting. Was this Mac or PC and was there a lot of latency?

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Old March 5th, 2007, 09:55 PM   #3
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It was a PC. Yes there was latency, a fair bit.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 10:37 PM   #4
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I think this may be a PC only feature. I have VLC 0.8.6a. Does anyone know if this VLC feature works with the OSX version? If so, how would I set it up?
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Old March 5th, 2007, 10:46 PM   #5
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I think I just answered my own question. It uses DirectShow for this thus video acquisition is not an OSX feature.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/features.html

Still searching for the "free" HDV solution for monitoring in OSX.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 06:54 AM   #6
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I'm fairly sure it also works in Linux using a firewire 'device' to stream from. No idea about OSX though. The latency is quite long - it is for HDV anyway.

I'm writing a plugin for it to be a waveform monitor too, I have it working on my own system, but can't seem to get it to build for general release - building VLC is a pain...

Oh well, may find the time one day.
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