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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:33 pm    Post subject: Cheap Video Converters/Peripherals Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I ran across this site today:
http://www.ambery.com/expctotvvico.html

Some extremely useful, very cheap video devices. I ordered the Composite to Component/RGsB converter -- $84. There's also a very compact media player that accepts usb/sd card input for the same price: http://www.ambery.com/hidediphtvpl.html (if only it could genlock). hihi

There are some picture-in-picture devices and some pal/ntsc conversion devices, hd upscalers, as well. Everything's in the $80-$200 range for the most part. I'll report back if I have good luck with the Composite to RGsB converter.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

The media player looks interesting, I used a very similar product the TMS-001. If I remember right I could MPEG2 encode at 15 mbps.
http://www.glorystarcom.com/catalog.asp?catid=50148. Of course we also have the WD live player.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

That media player is exactly something that I'm looking for. Good lookin' out.

Another thing that caught my eye:

http://www.ambery.com/pivipr.html If you mult a video signal, this is a cheap way to do mirrored/kaleidoscopic effects (Each channel lets you pick whether horizontal or vertical or both h&v are mirrored).

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Quote:
http://www.ambery.com/pivipr.html If you mult a video signal, this is a cheap way to do mirrored/kaleidoscopic effects (Each channel lets you pick whether horizontal or vertical or both h&v are mirrored).


That's a great idea!!

We'll be releasing a proper MJPEG media player/recorder module w/SD card soon. But I wonder if a modular rehousing of this one might be a fun project though. For the price and size it's much more convenient than a DVD player.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Wow! Those guys have a lot of devices. Some of them are incredibly cheap.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

The feature set and I/O on the $500 video mixer is pretty ridiculous. I wonder if you can get two separate post-TBC outputs?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I doubt it. I would expect that they digitize the inputs and TBC them as they feed digitally into a big FPGA to do all the effects, and then out from that to a digital encoder to bring it back to normal video.

That's typical of a number of similar digital effects boxes available for the past decade or so.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Yeah. That's what makes most sense to me too. Still, it's something like half the price of most things on the market.

I wonder if any of the upscalers are decent.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

That mixer looks like a direct rip off of the Panasonic WJ-AVE mixers. The Panasonic dealies come up on eBay pretty frequently for a lot cheaper than $500.

I have a WJ-AVE5 and it's a lot of fun to feed back into itself.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Yeah, maybe a hybrid of the Panasonic and the Videonics mixers. But it's new price is lower than the new price of any of those.

You can certainly find used mixers on ebay for less though. You can even pick up old school DVE machines like Abekas on ebay for next to nothing.

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