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Old July 11th, 2020, 06:16 AM   #1
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I'm stymied. I have 2 Sony cameras, neither of them can do what I need:

I want to record internally in UHD, and export sound and picture with the display (frame rate, white balance, audio levels, etc) turned ON, so whoever's watching the monitor can see what's happening during the recording.

Using the HDMI port I can get sound and picture to the monitor, but can find no way to include the display info. It seems neither camera allows this. Is there a workaround? If not, is there any full frame DSLR that can do this?

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Old July 11th, 2020, 07:38 AM   #2
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https://helpguide.sony.net/ilc/1720/...001629777.html
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Old July 11th, 2020, 09:04 AM   #3
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Hi Peter

Thanks for your quickly reply. I have turned on the HDMI info display, and I'm outputting the HDMI in 1080, but no display info appears on the monitor.

I've read the when recording 4k internally the camera is unable to output the display info. This seems to be true, and I wonder if there's a workaround?
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Old July 11th, 2020, 09:13 AM   #4
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These cameras are annoying that way some features aren't available depending on the format you're filming in.

Depending on what you're doing there are work arounds. So why do you need to see the data info on your monitor?
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I'm using the HDMI output to go to a computer on Zoom, so my client wants to see audio levels, remaining record time, battery level.

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Old July 11th, 2020, 01:18 PM   #6
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There are three solutions I can think of:
1. You simply film in HD and all your problems go away.
2. Use a web cam to film the rear LCD of the camera and feed that to zoom instead.
3. Zoom feed it without the data. The person on zoom sets a timer for 29 minutes, If it's miced proper you should be able to set the levels and leave them, he should be able listen via zoom to know if he's receiving audible audio.

If this is an interview you should have a camera man in the room wearing a mask monitoring the recording, making adjustments as necessary, and relaying information via zoom chat to the person on the other end. Or at very least waiting outside stepping in if needed. In general these cameras are not ideal for unattended use.
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Thanks, peter, much appreciated.
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