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Old December 7th, 2005, 04:11 PM   #1
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Recording broadcast HD onto FX1 in HDV mode?

Hello all, this is my first post here.
The FX1 manual says that recording TV onto the camera is only possible in DV mode. It does not mention anything about HD. Are they simply saying that your camera cannot be in HDV mode to capture SD material? I'd like to know if it's possible to record 1080i/720p stuff through an HDTV's S-video out (or the firewire out on an HD box) with the camera in HDV. I don't see why it couldn't be done on unencrypted over-the-air HD broadcasts. Have any of you FX-1/Z1U owners tried to do this?
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Old December 7th, 2005, 04:24 PM   #2
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You can't record HD via the component or s-video ports. You can record in HD via Firewire (as you would when sending edited video from your computer back to the camera). I don't know how compatible this would be with home theatre equipment with firewire interfaces. As you mention, there may be some filter which blocks commercial content from being recorded.
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Old December 7th, 2005, 04:41 PM   #3
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Oh that's right, I forgot S-Vid is also analog. By law the free OTA programming cannot be encrypted and that's all I'm interested in recording. Thanks for the input. It looks like I'm screwed, I'd have to find an HDTV with a built-in IEEE 1394 output to record the OTA signal. That ain't happening.

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Old December 7th, 2005, 07:14 PM   #4
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Old December 8th, 2005, 03:09 AM   #5
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Yeah looks like that's my last option. Does the card have any basic HD editing software or will I have to upgrade to Premiere Pro 1.5? What if I connect an HD box to the TV's composite output and record thru the box's firewire out? Are the composite outs a dealbreaker? Will it automatically downconvert it to SD?
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Old December 8th, 2005, 11:31 AM   #6
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Old December 17th, 2005, 03:00 PM   #7
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We'd all wish for a "magic box" that could convert raw ATSC data from 1 end via IEEE 1394 and comes out as HDV 1080i the other end via IEEE 1394. This would be great for HVR-M10 users who would like to use their M10 as a HD Tivo alternative.
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