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Old July 18th, 2007, 11:44 AM   #1
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USB to RCA

I have a buddy who is trying to monitor FCP on a regular SD TV. His laptop doesn't have any additional monitor outs, but has USB. He seems convinced that USB/RCA cables exists that can DISPLAY a preview on an RCA screen. I know USB.rca capture devices exist, but do playback devices?


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Old July 18th, 2007, 01:17 PM   #2
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I don't think that can be done, but you could use firewire (for standard definition video). Here's one solution, there are also others: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...rectional.html
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Old July 20th, 2007, 11:54 AM   #3
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the solution above can be achieved with any standard DV camcorder that has analog inputs-outputs.
Many DV editing software can recognize the camcorder as an external firewire monitor then the AV-out of the camcorder connected to a tv and there you are.
This is a NO-COST solution.
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Old July 20th, 2007, 12:07 PM   #4
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You can't monitor video through firewire, can you?

What you need is a DVI to VGA adapter, and then a VGA to RCA cable.
Sounds funny. :-) But if you can find a DVI to RCA adapter, go for it.

Let me know what you think.

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Old July 20th, 2007, 12:15 PM   #5
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You can't monitor video through firewire, can you?
Of course you can. Using one of the small devices such as the Canopus ADVC-110 or similar.

Or, as Vasilis stated, use your mini-dv camera which can pass the firewire signal coming in to the analog outputs. Most mini dv cameras can do this but it sometimes has to be enabled in a camera menu.

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Old July 23rd, 2007, 11:22 AM   #6
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I use the Canopus ADVC-110 and a cheap tv as one of my monitors. Firewire to ADVC-110, RCA out to a VCR/DVD, and Coax to the TV. In this case I'm trying to see what my image will look like on the lowest quality set around - to make sure that it is still "good enough." And that the audio coming out of the single mono speaker is still understandable.

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Old July 23rd, 2007, 11:31 AM   #7
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You can't monitor video through firewire, can you?

What you need is a DVI to VGA adapter, and then a VGA to RCA cable.
Sounds funny. :-) But if you can find a DVI to RCA adapter, go for it.

Let me know what you think.

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VGA to RCA adapter is called a scan converter. a good one will set you back considerably.

i would go with the DV out option too. or a new mac
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 07:49 PM   #8
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If you can find a USB solution, the problem would be getting FCP to recognize it. FW is what I'm using through an older DV camcorder's A/V outputs to a VCR, then to a TV...this also allows me to pull in VHS sources if necessary. (pre macrovision VCR to avoid the stupid brightness pulsing that happens even on my own video tapes that I have made with my own material...stupid DRM tech ;) )
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