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- May 14, 2007 at 9:58 AM #36998
My high school video studio currently has a Videonics Titlemaker 3000, which is what, about 10 years old now?
I’ve looked and looked but I can’t seem to find any form of CG that would work as a replacement/upgrade. I’d like to keep the cost around 1000 – 1500. Is there no kind of PCI card made that would slide into a PC and let me key titles/graphics overtop of live video, run in through S-Video? I’d like my students to have access to more fonts/graphic capabilities than the Videonics machine offers, and it seems like a no-brainer with technology as cheap as it is today.
This would be used in a multi-camera/switcher studio situation, so post software won’t cut it.
Any advice? Thanks!
Well, here’s a cheap solution, that might possibly work.
Most video switchers have a chroma key effect, so, in theory:
On a computer, create a title with a solid background color. Using an S-Video out connection from your computer hook it up to your video switch, then display the title on your computer (and the S-video).
From there, you should be able to key out the background and have your title.
Now, theoretically, this would work, but I’m sure many production problems will happen, and I wouldn’t really recommend it
As with compusolver, I only have basic experience with live broadcasting. (It was at my middle school.)
Also, can I ask you a question?
How do you broadcast your video throughout the whole school?
quartz composer on the mac
Well, we have an in-house head-in unit used to run cable to all our classrooms. We used a channel "eraser" to get rid of one of the cable channels and then a modulator to replace it with our own AV feed.
You guys have some good ideas, but it just seems like there should be a cheap PC CG – if not, someone should really invent one!!!!