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Silicon Imaging SI-2K
2/3" 1080p IT-integrated 10-bit digital cinema w/direct-to-disk recording.


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Old May 22nd, 2006, 02:29 AM   #1
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By now, you should have seen what we have running and operating in the camera, so far. What would you like next?
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 02:40 AM   #2
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Old May 25th, 2006, 05:09 PM   #3
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Ari - how about using this camera in the field for sports or news. If I were developing a field model, I'd dump the 7" LCD and instead attach a good viewfinder with a an eyecup to keep out bright sunlight. To keep the weight down, the lens / sensor / viewfinder should be one unit, attachable to a tripod or monopod, with cables to the rest of the unit (hard drive, etc). This would also probably reduce the power drain on the battery. Are you contemplating such a model ?
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Old May 25th, 2006, 09:09 PM   #4
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Mark,

What is the reason for the remote unit in this type of application? why not just record locally?

We are working on a plan for an optional Electronic Viewfinder to augment the LCD.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 03:31 AM   #5
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Is there a backup system if the recording hard drive fails?

Could you mirror RAID 2 drives?

It would be good to be able to switch to solid state recording in a few years once the prices drop.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 07:04 AM   #6
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RAID & Flash Storage Options

1.) Internal RAID-1 Option on USB HDD cartridge is planned.
2.) Attach a USB RAID device to a USB port
3.) Record to a NAS device via GigE
4.) Plug in a Flash Thumb Drive (8/16GB) for 15-20MIN
5.) We will also offer a FLASH Drive up to 70GB in the Removable USB drive cartridge system too.
6.) Record with Desktop/RAID in a POV/Head-on-wire configuration

Isn't an open architecture wonderful with a FULL SPECTRUM of options?
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Old May 26th, 2006, 08:15 AM   #7
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Isn't an open architecture wonderful with a FULL SPECTRUM of options?
In a word, yes.

Sounds great Ari, my concerns seem to be covered.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 11:49 AM   #8
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Ari - I may have overstated the "remote" aspect. I was thinking that the recording portion could be kept in a travel bag at my feet to reduce the weight and size of the camera on the tripod or monopod. For sporting events, a small "footprint" is less distracting to others and is easier to handle. I will be considering a purchase around November of this year, and will definitely stay in touch. I have family in the San Jose, CA area and I thought that Silicon Optics had offices in that area. Would it be possible to see the camera and its options later in the year at that location ?
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Old May 26th, 2006, 03:33 PM   #9
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I don't know if this is really in your ball park, but a 35mm shallow depth of field would be nice. There are a lot of bright people on this forum who are making (and even marketing) their own adapters, so maybe you guys could work something out with them.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 08:44 PM   #10
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Glenn,

If you are talking about ground glass converters. Any of them can be utilized as is.


Mark,

How small a footprint would you want (give me an example of an existing camera model which would be ideal)? What is we offered a more compact version of camera. You can always use our remote camera head on a stick or jib with a PC/Laptop by your feet (would that work)? Sure, Oct/Nov we can schedule a visit.
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Old May 28th, 2006, 11:11 AM   #11
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Ari - I would hope that it would not be much larger than the HVX-200, which at the current time would be the other camera which I might purchase. Anything larger than that would be a bit cumbersome for me. I really like the approach that your company has taken to this camera, and if possible I will go with your unit.
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Old May 28th, 2006, 11:16 AM   #12
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Mark,

What optics would you be using?

Are you going to be using traditional Cinema gear (follow-focus, etc...)?
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Old May 28th, 2006, 09:28 PM   #13
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Do you already have a 180 degree flip for the LCD screen?
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Old May 29th, 2006, 05:38 AM   #14
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180 degree flip??

Actually, the Video card can already do that, we don't have to-do anything of that nature.

But if you did that, then the controls would be up-side down.

So the better thing we'll do is add a mode that just flips the preview screen in the middle, that way using the GG adapter is transparent to the end-user.
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Old May 29th, 2006, 08:31 AM   #15
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180-degree flip

Sounds interesting. What is the reason for the flip?

Where do you plan on putting the camera?

Why not mount the Silicon Mini upside down?
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