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  • Randy Burleson

    April 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but is the HD-SDI out on the AG-AC 160 10 bit or 8 bit?
    Just wondering.
    I am considering 10 bit external recorders like the Black Magic Design HyperDeck Shuttle which records 10 bit uncompressed QT files or the Atomos Samurai that records 10 bit ProRes files. So a 10 bit HD-SDI would be ideal.

  • Randy Burleson

    April 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


  • Guy McLoughlin

    April 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    On the DvxUser website, Jan Crittenden Livingston of Panasonic commented that 10-bit external recording would require the HPX-250 model, making it sound like the AC-160 model’s SDI output was only 8-bit.

    I don’t think we will have absolute clarity on this issue until the pre-production cameras are being tested, which might be 4-6 months from now.

  • Ian Liuzzi-Fedun

    December 20, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Anyone have an answer on this one?

  • Guy McLoughlin

    December 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Yes, the AC-160 SDI out is only 8-bit, just like the AF-100.

    It’s too bad that Panasonic crippled the output this way, which is why I would only consider buying the AC-130 or the HPX-250. For me, the extra features of the AC-160 aren’t worth the price without 10-bit SDI out, so I would rather spend a little bit more and buy the HPX-250, or spend a lot less and buy the AC-130.

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