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What kind of camera

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:32 pm
by praetor242
So I have all this yummy SGI goodness chock full of blockbuster-making software, and want to know...

What camera should I get to make my first retro vaporwave YouTube hit?

I have an iPhone, but it only outputs to MP4, and AFAIK there is no IRIX software that reads that format. HD would be nice (it's gotta look good if you're smoking pot), but I realize that would be asking too much.

Ideas?

Re: What kind of camera

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:13 pm
by ClassicHasClass
I should think any kind of DV camera would work. My Fuel will play the output from my FireWire video boxes, which is just standard DV. Since those cameras are way out of fashion, they would probably be pretty cheap.

Re: What kind of camera

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:16 pm
by praetor242
I'm a pretty big newb with video, but I think it would be a good use of my SGIs and a hobby on top of a hobby. Can you lead me in the direction of a DV camera?

Re: What kind of camera

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:25 pm
by ClassicHasClass
I personally use the Canon Vixia HV30, which is an HDV camera but has a DV mode. Prior to that I used a JVC DV camera, but I don't remember the model number or where it went. The Vixias seem to be pretty well regarded and mine works quite well, though I use it primarily with the Power Mac G5 for HD video. Either way you're likely looking for a used or refurbished unit. It shouldn't be especially costly for the camera these days.

These are all tape-based, by the way, though Mini DV tape is still pretty cheap as well. However, that also means you'll need some way to get the tape data to the SGI. Since it looks like all you have are O2s, you'll likely need an intermediate system (I just dump the .dv file on the Mac using Final Cut and FTP it to the Fuel). It is possible to use a FireWire DTE with most DV cameras (I use the Focus FS-CF Pro) to record to Compact Flash, too, but such devices are not cheap or common anymore.

Re: What kind of camera

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:31 pm
by praetor242
My primary O2 has a video input card. Thanks. This leads me in the direction I need to look.

Re: What kind of camera

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:34 pm
by ClassicHasClass
You could consider a simple composite camera in that case. Your O2 would do all the recording itself. Something even like an off-the-shelf security camera could work once you convert the BNC connector to RCA (most of them come with this part). However, see this thread: viewtopic.php?t=5319

Re: What kind of camera

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:52 pm
by praetor242
Hmm...I need to do some research then. There are a lot of options, and all of them are very good.

Re: What kind of camera

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:17 pm
by uunix
What software do you plan to use?

Re: What kind of camera

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:46 pm
by praetor242
Adobe Premiere for editing and maybe Flame for effects,