[AG-TECH] Sony EVI-HD1 camera

Brian Corrie bcorrie at sfu.ca
Thu Mar 8 15:14:02 CST 2007

Hi John,

Interesting... Does anyone know anything about SDI HD capture cards. We 
are looking at HD as well (but no direct experience yet) and the trick 
seems to be to get video off of the camera avoiding the onboard encoding 
of the video, which often adds significant latency (which is not good 
for AG of course). Does anyone know if the SDI out of this camera either 
has onboard hardware encoding (so low latency) and/or whether the SDI 
out is uncompressed video (I don't know anything about SDI other than 
that it is a broadcast oriented standard). Since this is a video 
conferencing camera one would assume the SDI is raw video (it looks like 
it base on my reading). So once one gets it out of the camera how does 
one get it to the computer... There must be an HD SDI capture card 

We are looking at the Sony HDR-HC7 prosumer HD camcorder as a 
possibility. They aren't available yet, but any day now... They have 
HDMI out, which is uncompressed video. There is a HDMI capture card that 
can handle raw uncompressed HD video at 1080i available from Black Magic 
that looks promising... The camera is around $1500 and the card is $250.


We are going to be purchasing this pair as soon as the camera is 
available, so I will let everyone know how this works out. If it does 
work its a pretty inexpensive HD solution!



John I Quebedeaux Jr wrote:
> Someone asked me about this camera for HD use on the 
> AG: http://www.picturephone.com/products/sony_evi_hd1.htm
> Anyone have any experience with it? I'm wondering if it was used, how to 
> best "capture" it into a system for use on the AG... interest in using 
> HD is high here. I'm more concerned about logistical issues with high 
> resolution images on displays that don't have that much "resolution" 
> space - particularly if several sites are involved.
> -John Q.
> -- 
> John I. Quebedeaux, Jr.; Louisiana State University
> Computer Manager LBRN; 131 Life Sciences Bldg.
> e-mail: johnq at lsu.edu; web: http://lbrn.lsu.edu
> phone: 225-578-0062 / fax: 225-578-2597

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