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Old July 7th, 2005, 08:41 AM   #1
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Connecting XL2 to Digital TV

I would like to connect my XL2 to my 16:9 monitor directly via its DVI or HDMI input. In a perfect world, I could buy a firewire > DVI cable or adapter, but there seems to be no such thing. What are some possible solutions? This seems like a very obvious application to me.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 06:39 AM   #2
 
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I would like to connect my XL2 to my 16:9 monitor directly via its DVI or HDMI input. In a perfect world, I could buy a firewire > DVI cable or adapter, but there seems to be no such thing. What are some possible solutions? This seems like a very obvious application to me.
The type of connections on the TV will determine your options.

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Old July 14th, 2005, 11:25 AM   #3
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As stated in the original post, my digital options are DVI and HDMI. I want to come out of the XL2 using firewire and get into the TV using one of these inputs.
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Old July 14th, 2005, 12:21 PM   #4
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Canopus box maybe?

This is a shot in the dark, but maybe it'll help. The Canopus ADVC-300 will convert DV to component video. It's not quite what you were looking for, but it was the closest thing I saw on B&H ($480).
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Old July 16th, 2005, 05:30 AM   #5
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i use a $150 progressive scan dvd recorder with a firewire input then that uses component outs to the tv, that's as close as i've been able to get, all new digital tvs should have a firewire input right on the front but very few do unfortunately
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Old July 16th, 2005, 12:55 PM   #6
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Firewire to TV

The Firewire out of any camera or DV device uses a transport protocol to carry the signal. It is not a program stream. The receiving device must have the appropriate codec to convert the image back into video. Don't know if TVs equipped with 1394 jacks actually have this. I suggest (as below) a DV D/A converter like the Canopus, or a digital VCR/HDD recorder as these will have the DV codec usually built in.
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Old July 16th, 2005, 04:07 PM   #7
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That's quite a good price for a DVD recorder with firewire Jon! I also send firewire from my camera to a Sony DVD recorder which sends component video to a widescreen monitor. Works very well, but cost me a lot more than $150 when I bought it a couple years ago :-)
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The Firewire out of any camera or DV device uses a transport protocol to carry the signal. It is not a program stream. The receiving device must have the appropriate codec to convert the image back into video. Don't know if TVs equipped with 1394 jacks actually have this. I suggest (as below) a DV D/A converter like the Canopus, or a digital VCR/HDD recorder as these will have the DV codec usually built in.
Very true Paul. I found this out when getting the bright idea of using my Pana 953 attached to my 2002 model HDTV via the 1394 inputs on the rear. Indeed, it only understands MPEG2 protocol over the firewire going in and out of the tv. It sees my camera, and will control the transport functions but will not recogize the DV stream. Likewise, the camcorder doesn't understand what to do with MPEG-2 coming in the firewire connector which is all the tv will output. I like the idea of a DVD recorder acting as a pass-thru device. Even component video will be cleaner than using the s-video input which is what I currently use to direct connect the camera to the tv.

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Old July 21st, 2005, 08:12 PM   #9
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Thanks, all. That gives me some options. I'm still surprised that there is not a solution that is native to both the camera and the TV. Someday...
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Old July 27th, 2005, 02:42 PM   #10
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Could you just not use the AV inputs and AV outs fromt he camera vs the DVI or HDMI?
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