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Old August 3rd, 2006, 02:18 PM   #1
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Possible to do BNC to Firewire? Or alternatives?

Wow, it has been a long time since I've posted here. Anyways, I have a question:

1.) I am looking to dub a tape from the National Archives soon and might have to use a U-Matic deck. It has a BNC connector on the back (according to the 'Archives website) and I was wondering how I could run that BNC to my MINIDV camcorder (Panasonic DVX100) if at all possible? Are there any convertors for this?

2.) Anyone ever recorded stuff from the National Archives?
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 02:28 PM   #2
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BNC to RCA

Hi there,

You could simply get a BNC to RCA adaptor. That shall do.

Can t help you on ur second question though.

Good luck

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Old August 3rd, 2006, 10:25 PM   #3
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Philippe,
Is it possible to buy a BNC to S-Video cable? I have an S-Video input available on my camcorder and was wanting to get the best quality possible.

Let me know. Thanks!
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Old August 4th, 2006, 08:16 AM   #4
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There is no "BNC to S-Video" cable - a BNC connector on a cable means you have a composite signal running on it (luma & chroma combined). S-Video is superior exactly because it separates luminance and chrominance.

According to the Panasonic specs YOU DO HAVE composite input!

Input and Output Connectors Firewire- 4-Pin (x 1 input and output)
S-Video- 4-Pin (x 1 input and output)
Composite Video- RCA (x 1 input and output)
Audio- RCA (x 2 input and output)
Mic/Line Input- XLR (x 2 input only)
Headphone- Mini Stereo (x 1 output only)
Remote- Mini Mono (x 1 input only)
Power- Proprietary Connection (x 1 input only)

So all you need is a BNC to RCA adaptor, probably a dollar or two at Radioshack.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 08:23 AM   #5
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Thanks,
Do you know if U-Matic decks have S-video out? Hard to tell...I am not getting any responses from the National Archives. I want to be prepared before making the 1000 mile trip there, lol.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 09:43 PM   #6
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The S-video out may not actually be better quality... but I'm not sure here. If the signal is a composite signal on the tape, going S-video out will introduce a composite-->S-video conversion.
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