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Discussion in 'Multimedia, Projection, and Show Control' started by LDash, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. LDash

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    hello again

    can any one recomend any decent but affordable video mixing desks?

    i am looking for one wich can handle multiple inputs and has a ouput and also a preview output(monitor) and also has basic effects (eg.couler trasitions etc.)
    thanks:cool:
     
  2. museav

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    Sounds like you are talking about a production switcher. What is the application? How many inputs? What types of inputs (composite, S-Video, SDI, HD-SDI, computer, etc.)? What types of outputs? How much do you have to spend?
     
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    The GVG 3000 is pretty. It's also the size of a battleship and about as pricey.

    We need to know what kind of signal it has to interface with and what range of budget you have. As I gather you're probably a high school student, most likely even the most basic broadcast switcher is out of your reach.
     
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    In the price range I'm guessing you're talking about, Videonics makes some decent prosumer equipment that is also small in form. One digital mixer from them even has a multiplexed preview (reduced frame rate) where you select your effects. I've seen these for around $400

    When I worked for an access television station I used a Panasonic WJ-MX50 mixer that had a digital frame sync and accepted Y/C inputs eliminating the need for genlock. Panasonic has moved on and has a new model but the MX50 is available used from lots of places and is a pretty good value, although still to this day a little pricy if you're not going to use it frequently. Used these go for in the vicinity of $1200.

    If you are looking to mix anything other than standard definition composite or Y/C video you're looking at equipment that is an order of magnitude more expensive. At the company I work for now we use Folsom Research (now Barco) screenpro switchers that can mix, switch, overlay etc any mix of HD and SD signals including straight RGB-HV from computers. Price range: $20,000+ for a complete system with DA's and a console.
     
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    Yep, the MX50 is about the most useful consumer/prosumer production switcher out there. It retimes everything as it comes in and lets you freely mix YC and CVBS sources. Four inputs, one M/E, even a DSK (a crummy one, but a DSK anyhow).

    Beyond that, presuming we're talking NTSC, the GVG 100/110 line is still good and surprisingly affordable if you don't mind poking around inside it every now and then. They seem to go for 1-3K on Ebay, depending on whether it's the Composite frame or the Component frame, and of course depending on condition. Of course, to be useful, you have to have a whole rack of analog video gear: NTSC generator, DA tray, frame syncs, audio matrix for playbacks, wave-vector (and routing for it), and you have to time it all and have a whole ton of cable.

    And it gets even more expensive from there.

    So what's the goal, and what are you working with, and how much are you looking at spending?
     
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    You might be looking for something like this. Very prosumer, but based on the limited information you provided, this may be the direction that you are headed.
     
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    I can vouch for the Edirol line too. Very prosumer indeed, I've used both a V-1 and got school to purchase a V-4 which is used fortnightly with no complaints.
     
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    Yeah, Matt's right, if you only want 4 channels or so the V4 goes second hand for about 500, and new for about 800. Great for just switching feeds, going a bit more expensive they also make a v8, as you could guess 8 channel mixer, and a hd version. Or Datavideo makes simmilar but less popular products, if you are up for bigger stuff, or more professionally you could look at a low end Ross Synergy, Grass Valley, and Broadcast Pix.
    Hope it hellped.
     

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