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Old March 19th, 2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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SDI out to a SDI to SD converter into an SD video mixer, will this work?

My boss wants to take an EX1 and plug it into his video mixer. Problem is that the SDI and Firewire output on the EX1 is in HD, and his mixer only does SD. He's going to get an Ajax SDI to SD converter, then go into a component to the SD mixer. Any reason this might not work?

My idea was to take an A/V to Firewire converter box (for DVD capturing on a computer) and go from A/V out on the EX1 through the box, and then firewire out into the SD mixer (the mixer has a firewire input).
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Old March 19th, 2012, 02:13 PM   #2
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Re: SDI out to a SDI to SD converter into an SD video mixer, will this work?

Why would you not take the SD analog composite signal from the EX1 straight to the mixer?

Are you saying that the mixer is SD SDI and SD firewire only?
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Old March 19th, 2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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The mixer has component, how would you convert a composite to component?
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Old March 19th, 2012, 02:23 PM   #4
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Ah.. Well then you may be good to go if you can find the original accessories for the EX1.

The EX1 came out of the box with a component cable. Check and see if you still have it somewhere.

What model mixer are you dealing with? Some with component inputs will also do composite on the green channel.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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Re: SDI out to a SDI to SD converter into an SD video mixer, will this work?

I've got the component cable. I'm checking in with my boss to see what mixer he has.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #6
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Re: SDI out to a SDI to SD converter into an SD video mixer, will this work?

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Ah.. Well then you may be good to go if you can find the original accessories for the EX1.

The EX1 came out of the box with a component cable. Check and see if you still have it somewhere.

What model mixer are you dealing with? Some with component inputs will also do composite on the green channel.
Why would you do composite when you could do component? Huge difference in quality..
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Old March 19th, 2012, 02:55 PM   #7
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Re: SDI out to a SDI to SD converter into an SD video mixer, will this work?

Because the mixer has a composite connection (from what I recall).
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It is a Data Video se-800
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Old March 19th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #9
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Re: SDI out to a SDI to SD converter into an SD video mixer, will this work?

Ok, so he wants to get the SDI Ajax box because he thinks the quality will be higher, so I guess I didn't need help from you guys, but now I know what to do if he decides to go the cheaper option. Thanks for all the help!
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Re: SDI out to a SDI to SD converter into an SD video mixer, will this work?

From the website:

Video In: x4 DV (IEEE-1394/FireWire/i-Link), x4 S-Video (Y/C), x4 Composite (BNC), x4 Component (BNC), x1 SDI Overlay (BNC)

You can run component or composite analog into the mixer.

Of the choices the mixer can handle the highest quality will be SD SDI.

I just looked up the manual for the EX1 (I have an EX1r) and it indicates on page 102 that you can set the SDI output to downcovert to SD. The EX1 can't record SD but it looks like it can output SD SDI. If so then your problem is solved right there.
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Re: SDI out to a SDI to SD converter into an SD video mixer, will this work?

What page of the manual does it talk about that?
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As indicated above, page 102.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 04:19 PM   #13
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Oh duh. It looks like that might actually work...

I'll post an update when they try it out.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #14
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Re: SDI out to a SDI to SD converter into an SD video mixer, will this work?

Also, page 150 of the manual shows you can set it to record in SD format and output DVCAM to the firewire port
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Old March 19th, 2012, 05:08 PM   #15
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I think the reason why I assumed SDI only did HD was because that is what a Sony rep told my boss. They should educate their reps better. *sigh*
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