Darren Kitchen Posted September 15, 2008 Share Posted September 15, 2008 I know we've made mention of this on the show but I thought it would be good to put a thread together about our plan for HD. We've had many questions about what mixer and other equipment we're looking at so here it is. Our original plans for going HD were based on the Edirol V-440 HD video mixer. Since then we have revised our plans based on the suggestions of the one and only David Randolph (Engineered the Rev3 studio). This setup should allow us to go HD sooner as the equipment costs about half that of the Edirol and includes and direct to disk capture solution (Mac Pro). This solution is based on the Black Magic On-Air software. You can read more about it at http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/on-air/ Parts (italics have been purchased): Three Panasonic HDC-SD9 HD Cameras with HDMI output, $1500 One Kramer VS-42HDMI 4×2 HDMI Switcher, $1200 One Black Magic Intensity PCI Express card, One Intensity Pro card, $600 HDMI cables, couplers, dongles, $200 VGA to HDMI converter, $220 VGA Active Switcher, $80 Mac Pro, $3000* Total: 6800 *We're borrowing Paul's Mac Pro for the first tests but long term we'll need our own. We're about a third of the way there already! The donations from http://www.hak5.org/stickers have helped out tremendously already. I think we should be able to go HD by the new year. Our Intensity cards come in today (Monday Sept. 15) so we'll be doing all sorts of testing this week. Here's a spiffy diagram of how it all goes together. This looks similar to our current setup except instead of HDMI everything is Composite, and instead of switching software and a matrix switcher we're using an Edirol V-1 analog video mixer. Oh yeah, and instead of recording to disk we're recording to tape via one of our spare DV cameras. So yeah, quality will go through the roof once we make this happen. I'm super excited :) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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