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Old January 2nd, 2008, 11:21 AM   #1
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PMW-EX1 SDI out "true" 10 bit

Barlow Elton mentioned he sent EX1 footage captured from SDI to
Sheer 10 bit original (FCP) to David Newman (Cineform).

David seems to think it's genuine 10 bit.

As Barlow mentioned, I'm inclined to believe him.

This is really good news!
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 12:00 PM   #2
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Well, that is GREAT news, and it would back up what Juan Martinez of Sony told me at DV Expo West.

He said, "It's honest to goodness 10-bit".

Can't wait for "Solid" to come out. My EX1 will be here today!
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 12:12 PM   #3
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Yes,
I'm praying that Cineform will come out with an SDI version soon.
Although, the last I heard was it will be after the HDMI version.
Between the Canon H1, Canon G1, and Sony EX1 users alone, Cineform will sell a LOT of the SDI versions! We would buy two or maybe three right off.

Having said that, I could use my BM HDLINK SDI>HDMI. BTW, they're only $399. But, this would mean the Cineform HDMI version would hopefully offer a +5VDC power tap. I'm not sure of the current demands of the HDLINK. I'm a bit worried it's high since it tends to get warm. Also, using the HDLINK means more stuff to carry around.

Congrats on the EX1!
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 12:47 PM   #4
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Dynamic Range too...

That's great news.

Has anyone tried testing the overall dynamic range of the EX yet? And experimented with what settings to get the widest, lowest contrast range possible?

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Old January 31st, 2008, 02:38 PM   #5
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I'd love to see if this is verified - 10 bit is *very* important. I have my doubts because I've not seen this information anywhere else. (Then again, this is dvinfo - geniuses are always around.)

How did they test to see if the image is 10bit?

The way I'd do it would to be to take a still frame into photoshop (making sure it's a 16bit file - and not saved as an 8bit) then drop the brightness a few points, and see what level the black goes to. Hoping 1024 levels vs. 256.

Please, if there's proof, would LOVE to know.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 02:56 PM   #6
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Well, I can't blame you for not believing, but I'm willing to believe David from Cineform ;)
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Old January 31st, 2008, 03:14 PM   #7
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I've got a plan! I have a Decklink HD card with HD-SDI in - anyone care to lend me an EX 1?

I've seen, and been a part of other discussions in other threads with whether or not particular cameras with digital out where outputting 10 bit or 8 bit - they can get pretty long. ;)

Or, if I get my hands on one I'll check myself, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

In the meantime, an uploaded still frame would suffice.
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Yes, there's been no discussion lately since someone sent a file into Cineform and it's been confirmed by Sony's Juan Martinez product manager.
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Sounds great. It'll be wonderful to see 10 bit stills and as they roll in.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 06:28 PM   #10
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Juan Martinez is a very reliable source so I'm inclined to believe what he says. The fact that it's 60i only (no 23.98 psf) is the troubling part about it.
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Juan Martinez is a very reliable source so I'm inclined to believe what he says.
Good to hear! I've never heard of him before, but you all believe him, so I'll tag along.

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The fact that it's 60i only (no 23.98 psf) is the troubling part about it.
That's nothing new. I'm certain all (HD-)SDI is 60i, regardless of the sensor/frame rate. Just reverse telecine is post - I've done it with 24P over HD-SDI (in a 60i stream) on a Canon camera. 3:2 pulldown is a standard, and so is the workflow of removing the pulldown.
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HD-SDI Recording

Has anyone heard anything about the new Flash XDR recorder coming from Convergent-Design this NAB? Supposedly this unit will be able record I-Frame only MPEG-2 in 4-2-2 at 160MBS from the HD-SDI out on the EX-1. The unit is supposed to list for $5k. The preliminary specs seem to suggest the format will be .MXF and that Apple is on board so perhaps by NAB we may see some real support for .mxf in FCP. That would make me very happy!

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Robert that seems to be the case with cameras of this price level, however any high end system can send many different formats over HD-SDI, including 23.98.
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The EX1's live head output is indeed 10 bit. The recorded image is 8-bit, which gets embedded in 10 bits upon playback.

You can verify it by hooking it up to a vectorscope; the recorded/played back footage is quite cross-hatch-y, whereas the live input is smoother.
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what the h_ll is SOLID?
If this is A REFERENCE TO cINEFORMS hdmi RECORDER, i DON'T THINK cf HAS ACTUALLY NAMED IT YET.
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