Crawler/character generator from Master Video

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Rôgêr, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. Rôgêr

    Rôgêr Guest

    The leased access station I some work with wants to add a crawler during
    some shows to inform about upcoming shows etc. They're thinking of the
    Master Video MCT3201. Looks okay to me except I'm concerned about the 75
    ohm F connectors being the only connectors. Anyone know if the MiniDV
    cameras' output will be visibly degraded by routing through this device,
    or maybe a better solution (can't be too high end)?
    Rôgêr, Mar 13, 2005
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  2. You likely can't be TOO concerned about degradation if you
    "can't be too high end". There are almost certainly other products
    out there, but you didn't mention your actual budget.

    The connectors themselves aren't going to degrade the video
    signal. You can always use gold-plated F to BNC adapters if
    that is what concerns you. In my mind, however F-connectors
    are an indication of the "market" the product was designed for.
    I would share your concern about the performance of the device.

    Several of those kinds of things that I have seen produce quite
    "clunky"-looking text. Something resembling really cheap, first-
    generation videogames. Maybe not the kind of image you are
    attempting to maintain to your viewers?
    Richard Crowley, Mar 13, 2005
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  3. Rôgêr

    Rôgêr Guest

    For the most part you hit the nail on the head. I can't expect this
    station with the kind of funds they work with to fork out big bucks for
    a text generator. The mgr saw this Master Video model offered and the
    price is in the ~$700 range, which will work as far as budget. We've
    struggled to keep improving the quality, don't want to slide in the
    wrong direction with a new piece of equipment. I'm hoping that someone
    here may have seen this piece or similar from this mfg that could
    comment about what we'd be getting into.
    Rôgêr, Mar 13, 2005
  4. I entered "genlock" and "overlay" into Google and it rewarded
    me with 8230 hits. Among the first couple of pages were these.
    There are likely a great many more...

    Here is something that likely outperforms that $700 box for
    around $200 (assuming you have a PC to feed it from)...
    This is the kind that generates the genlock video signal itself.

    Alternately, you can take whatever you are displaying on a
    PC screen and genlock it into the video stream with something
    like these... ($260) ($173) ($250)
    These have the added advantage of expanded funcitonality (like
    an announcement/barker channel, etc.)
    Richard Crowley, Mar 13, 2005
  5. Rôgêr

    Rôgêr Guest

    Thanks Richard, I'm looking them over to see what I can see. This is the
    kind of info I was hoping for, better solution, lower cost.
    Rôgêr, Mar 14, 2005
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