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    Using converters to connect PAL cameras - possible?

    Long story short, I've got the NTSC-only Tricaster 40 and a bunch of PAL cameras I need to use it with. Exchanging the unit for multi-standard version would cost A LOT (close to a price for another TC40 unit), so it's not currently an option
    My question is: is it theoretically possible to use the PAL-NTSC converters, like those sold on ebay, to connect PAL cameras to NTSC-only Tricaster model?
    Maybe it's already been done by some forum members?
    Thanks !

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    It would work, but standards conversion ins't any easy process.

    You generally end up with the lowest aspects of the two formats combined. In this case, the lower frame rate of PAL and the lower resolution of NTSC. Not to mention other issues like the field order, PAL and NTSC are usually opposite field order. It's a lot of processing to convert all of these different aspects together and still get something that looks good.
    Kane Peterson
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    Thanks Kane, really appreciate your reply. I guess I'll try it out with one converter to see how bad the resulting picture will be, before buying some NTSC cameras.

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    Are you using component or composite?

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