desktop patch bay?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Hulot, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. Hulot

    Hulot Guest

    I've got a VCR,mini DV camera, a TV, a DV bridge (standalone) and a
    computer. I'm tired of all this plugging and unplugging, crawling
    under the desk, hitting my head on the dest etc etc. Has anyone
    bought/built a patch bay for RCA, S-Video, Firewire connections?? How
    did you do it?

    Hulot, Oct 1, 2003
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  2. Hulot

    Samuel Paik Guest

    A patch bay may be a bit overkill, you may be able to get along with
    a video switch and a video splitter or distribution amp, and some
    front Firewire ports for your computer.

    You might want to check this out as well:
    Samuel Paik, Oct 1, 2003
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  3. I have a DVCam recorder, betaSP deck, S-VHS, stand alone DVD burner, dub
    rack, Mac with FCP 3. I use a patch bay for audio, and 2 S-VID switch boxes,
    one for in to the DVCam, one for out, and I plug and unplug firewire by hand
    when I need to switch from the computer and DVD burner to the DVCam deck.
    Sounds clumsy but works pretty well.

    Best regards,
    Craig Scheiner
    Executive Producer
    CPS Associates
    Video Production and Publication
    Craig Scheiner, Oct 1, 2003
  4. Hulot

    Videoguy Guest

    Hi Gottinhimmel
    I am using a computer with DC1000 a second computer with DV500, a SVHS deck with
    4 IOs, a DVD player and a TV monitor all hooked together. I use two Radio Shack
    4x1 switch boxes, 1 on the input side and the other on the output side of the
    VCR. This lets me connect any source to any device without changing wires.
    Switches SVHS & Audio only, firewires are direct from cameras to computers.

    Armin Hasenbank (Videoguy)
    Videoguy, Oct 1, 2003
  5. Hulot

    Hulot Guest

    Thanks to all of you for your advice. You guys sparked a good hour of
    cool surfing and planning.

    It certainly is overkill, and I probably will lose my resolve in a day
    or two, but suppose I decide to goahead and do it. Is there any reason
    not to put firewire next to component video on a panel??
    Hulot, Oct 2, 2003
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