Best Video Switcher/Mixer for S-video ?? Help!! at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Open DV Discussion
For topics which don't fit into any of the other categories.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old September 24th, 2009, 12:29 PM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: San Josť, Costa Rica
Posts: 52
Best Video Switcher/Mixer for S-video ?? Help!!

Hi, I am starting a new company and we will work on TV projects. I was looking into buying a video switcher or mixer (don't really know the difference) in order to switch between 2-4 cameras using S-video cabling.

I saw several options, could you please tell me how good do this work or if you know of other brands/models please let me know.

Sima SFX-10 $488
Sima | SFX-10 Video Mixer | SFX-10 | B&H Photo Video

Datavideo SE-500 $950
Datavideo | SE-500 Live Production Switcher | SE-500 - NTSC

Or i could go to Ebay and get an old Panasonic or Videonics one

What do you think?
Federico Lang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 26th, 2009, 02:41 PM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia (formerly Winnipeg, Manitoba) Canada
Posts: 4,087
Avoid Videonics like the plague! I owned two and they were amateurish and low quality. As well, the frame store sync took an EXTREMELY long time to sync sources between cuts (almost half a second after "taking" the new source, it would switch). The T-Bar is utterly unusable ESPECIALLY for TV.

I'm also not a fan of the Panasonic MX series of switchers.

I've actually got an EDIROL switcher in my roadcase now and I'm QUITE impressed, especially at the price point (which is more than the items you listed) but it doesn't use S-Video cables, BNC only. I have issues with S-Video cabling in a multicam live setup due to the possibility of the cable being crushed (28 gauge x 4 plus shield... bad for longevity!) as I had this happen a number of years ago before I switched to BNC RG-59 exclusively. The chroma channel shorted to ground and inverted on one of my cameras when a woman in high heels STOOD on my cable and crushed the insulator.
__________________
Shaun C. Roemich Road Dog Media - Vancouver, BC - Videographer - Webcaster
www.roaddogmedia.ca Blog: http://roaddogmedia.wordpress.com/
Shaun Roemich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 26th, 2009, 04:21 PM   #3
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: San Mateo, CA
Posts: 3,840
I regularly have to switch with old Videonics and Panasonnic MX switchers - and hate them. The Videonics need a Time Base Corrector to insure synch, the MX is ... okay, not great.

I also regularly switch a live show using the DataVideo SE-800AV (Big brother to the one you're looking at) I LOVE it. Rock solid, good effects, responsive board. I can recomend it. Aside from the Grass Valley I also switch on, I'd say it's the best of the low-end switcher I work
with.

http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com/pr...tchers/indigo/


Can't speak to the Sima - haven't used it.

Shaun - Try using CAT-5 cable for long S-Video runs. Attach the S-baluns adapters to them, and you're good to go. S-Video Transceiver
Richard Alvarez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 26th, 2009, 06:43 PM   #4
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia (formerly Winnipeg, Manitoba) Canada
Posts: 4,087
Quote:
Originally Posted by Richard Alvarez View Post
Shaun - Try using CAT-5 cable for long S-Video runs. Attach the S-baluns adapters to them, and you're good to go. S-Video Transceiver
SUPER cool! Never seen that before. Thanks.
__________________
Shaun C. Roemich Road Dog Media - Vancouver, BC - Videographer - Webcaster
www.roaddogmedia.ca Blog: http://roaddogmedia.wordpress.com/
Shaun Roemich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 1st, 2009, 09:40 PM   #5
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 35
HI

Check out the Edirol models.

I've used their 4 input LVS400 for a few years .... easy to drive ... cuts/dissolves/wipes and a *basic* PIP/Key (though it ties up the whole mixer) around $1k as I recall.

Mine has BNC and SVideo in and out. Built really well .... can't go wrong!

There's more capable units from them too, but this will get you going!

Best

Lee
Lee Faulkner is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:04 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network