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DMX video switcher?

Discussion in 'Multimedia, Projection, and Show Control' started by MarshallPope, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. MarshallPope

    MarshallPope Well-Known Member

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    I am looking for a cheap way to switch between several composite video inputs from the DMX board. I found this critter HERE but was hoping that there may be a cheaper method.

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    Marshall
     
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    Same thing, different source.

    I seriously doubt you'll find anything cheaper. Any DMX device, no matter what it does, that's less than $200 is a steal.
     
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    Be aware, that with this device, you will get a glitch in the output video signal if your inputs aren't genlocked to the same source. It may or may not be a problem depending on your application.

    -Fred
     
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    Thats the only one I know of out there. Using DMX values to control video is less then ideal.
     
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    I am doing a set design for a concert incorporating a number of TVs upstage. My idea was to make (4?) video loop dvds using different colors and program them to switch to complement the lighting. However, I suppose I could just have a crew member sit with a manual switcher and have at it... :)
     
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    You could get a DMX to GPIB (contact closure) or serial interface and a switcher with relay or serial control but you'd probably spend more.
     
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    A crew monkey running a manual switcher is probably cheaper in the long run, especially if you already have a suitable switcher (and crew monkey, though are they ever really suitable?:mrgreen:).
     
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    Those DMX switchers are just that... switchers. Your going to not only get a blip on the screen, but no cross fade either.

    Some of the newer media servers do offer video switching. I want to say Arkaos does this. Its something to look at at least. Probably way over your budget, but... keep it in your back pocket for the future.
     
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    This brings up a similar question. Is there an ScreenMonkey equivalent that will work on Mac? I have looked but with no success.
     

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