Video capturing from different video sources (Sun, SGI, etc)
trixter at oldskool.org
Wed Nov 5 17:02:47 CST 2008
JP Hindin wrote:
> If I had some LCD panels which spoke SGI I would simply sit a DV cam in
> front of the LCD and record it - the quality should be acceptable - but I
> don't (LCD since CRTs would have flicker, of course, when recorded). Plus,
> I'd quite like to source video from Suns and other machinery.
LCDs don't flicker. CRTs don't either, as long as you can match your
camera's shutter speed with the refresh rate of the CRT. While most
consumer cams only have speeds of 1/60th, 1/100th, and some "sports"
settings, more professional cameras have completely variable shutters
where you can literally dial a 1/56th or 1/72nd shutter.
> I imagine there really -isn't- a catch-all solution, but I'd love to have
> the thoughts of the Geek Masses. I've never done video capture before in
> any form, and have little experience with working with video at all to be
> honest, so anything would help.
Your best bet is a scan converter. For a prior video project (capturing
pure 24-bit RGB from Amigas, no composite or Y/C as they weren't
high-quality enough), I had to do a lot of research to find
broadcast-quality scan converters that did what I wanted (ie. accept the
15KHz horizontal from the Amiga RGB port; most only do 31KHz and higher)
and then watch ebay for an old model I could afford. From that point
on, it was just a matter of finding a 25-pin D-shell (Amiga) to 15-pin
VGA adapter, then using a VGA cable that split out to R, G, B, Hsync,
Vsync on five BNC connectors, which went into the scan converter. The
output of the scan converter was whatever I wanted: PAL or NTSC; YCrCb
component or s-video or composite (ick) or VGA; etc.
These are SGIs -- don't they have some sort of native video output,
given their nature?
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