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  • Trying to connect 3 digital camcorders to an older composite triple LCD monitor

     Alan Lloyd updated 4 years, 2 months ago 2 Members · 6 Posts
  • Steven Winters

    July 10, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    The three camcorders are Sony model PXW-X70, they have an HDMI output and a digital BNC output. The monitor I’d like them all to send a video signal to is a Marshall Electronics unit, model V-R43P, rack mountable, 3 small LCD screens, BNC inputs, but is an older composite “directors” monitor.

    You can see the monitor here: https://www.lcdracks.com/racks/model/V-R43P.php

    Picture quality isn’t important, we only use it to see framing and to make sure the camera operators aren’t unnecessarily twitching their shots, zooming in and out, etc.

    Any converter box suggestions to go between the camcorders and the monitor? I tried a super cheap one I found on Amazon for $7.00 each and no signal comes out at all, which means I almost got what I paid for!

  • Alan Lloyd

    July 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    You need the special Sony USB-to-“pigtail” cable that’s sold as an X70 accessory.

    And you’ll need an RCA male to BNC female connector for the video line from that. The BNC on the back of the X70 is SDI only.

  • Steven Winters

    July 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    That’s incredibly helpful Mr. Lloyd, thank you indeed. As it happens, we have 3 super-long cables that are BNC male on one end, RCA male on the other, so that should work as well!

    Now… trying to find an actual stock # for that Sony USB-to-“pigtail” cable that’s sold as an X70 accessory…

  • Steven Winters

    July 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm
  • Steven Winters

    July 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Nevermind, found it with the help of B&H Photo, it’s this little guy:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/913261-REG/sony_vmc15mr2_av_cable.html/pageID/accessory

    Three of those and some RCA female to female couplers and I should be in business, thanks again Alan!

  • Alan Lloyd

    July 11, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    You’re welcome.

    (Back after building for a live webcast tomorrow, though not using the X70.)

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