I have a Canon LEGRIA HF R56 which only outputs 1080p@60 from its HDMI port. Are there any methods to downscale this to 1080p@30 or lower?

Googling this doesn't seem to throw up light. I guess I could use a HDMI capture device to downscale the signal, but then that would defeat the object of downscaling it, as I could just use that device to perform my capture.

I am doing this because my capture device, an Intensity Shuttle, has a maximum input rate of 1080p@30.


From @ProfessorSparkles answer below, the HDMI output could be 1080p@50. I realize that my TV simply says 1080p as the input signal, rather than the framerate.

  • What camera do you have and why are you trying trying to go from 60 FPS to 30 FPS? Aug 20, 2014 at 14:11
  • @ScottJamesWalter I have updated my question.
    – rhughes
    Aug 20, 2014 at 14:17
  • What happens when you just attempt to record to your Intensity Shuttle? Does it down-convert the frame rate automatically? Going from 60 to 30 is literally just leaving out every other frame. Can the recorder do this? Aug 20, 2014 at 14:31
  • Unfortunately the Black Magic capturing devices are very picky when it comes to the video input, it has to exactly match the recording setting.
    – timonsku
    Aug 20, 2014 at 15:00
  • @professorsparkles Indeed, this is why I need to downscale the output from my video camera
    – rhughes
    Aug 20, 2014 at 15:10

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According to the specs on the Canon site your camera can record in 50i/p and 25p 1920x1080. Are you absolutely sure you can only get 60fps on the HDMI? Because that sounds rather weird that you get more FPS on the HDMI than the camera can actually record.

If you set the recording option to 25FPS normally on canon cameras the FPS should also apply to the HDMI output.

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    Something also to look for in the settings in European/United states settings. If you can toggle that, that may open more options for frame rates. Aug 20, 2014 at 15:12
  • @ScottJamesWalter You mean the settings are different for different parts of the world?
    – rhughes
    Aug 20, 2014 at 15:13
  • @rhughes Yeah, broadcast standards are different for different parts of the world. Check out the differences between NTSC and PAL. Different frame rates, different resolution, etc. Aug 20, 2014 at 15:31
  • The resolution won't change on an HD camcorder but the fps could definitely be region specific. Usually you can set NTSC/PAL sometimes you have to select a region with either PAL or NTSC. Which usually gives you the option for 60/30 and 50/25 FPS.
    – timonsku
    Aug 20, 2014 at 15:39

Speaking to the Canon technical team, it seems that at the time of this writing, there is no way on this particular model of camera to change the resolution of the HDMI output.

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