Questions tagged [hardware]

On this site, can refer to any of the various physical devices used in the production of video. (In contrast to software)

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What factors are important for DSLR lenses for shooting video?

I'm about to upgrade my DSLR camera from a Canon XSi (450D) to either a Canon 7D or T3i (600D). I'm largely interested in the video features of the camera. I have several mid/high-end lenses that I ...
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Cheap solution for shooting with multiple (>2) cameras in sync (genlock or LANC?)

I'm doing research into natural phenomena in computer vision, and I'm looking for a method of shooting video from multiple camera angles. It's likely that the subject will move very erratically, ...
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Screen refresh rate above 100 Hz noticeable?

Is a refresh rate higher than 100 Hz still noticeable for the human eye? Tv manufacturers are still taking these refresh rates to new heights, but is there really a noticeable difference between a ...
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connect 8 projectors together to create a large image

For an experiment purpose i collected 8 projector with 5000 lumens and 1080P resolution. I need to connect them altogether to create a really large image? So, should i use 1 computer for each ...
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Effects LEDs are uncomfortably bright - can they be dimmed? (Boss ME-70)

I use a Boss ME-70 multieffects unit and its red LEDs are uncomfortably bright. When I bend down to adjust a setting, it's like having a red laser shining in my eyes -- I can't even read the controls. ...
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How to set up a 3-screen video installation to sync correctly?

I need to set up a three-screen HD video installation with sound for a friend's art exhibition. The videos will likely be provided as separate video files, each with a different video but exactly the ...
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Video archive solution

We are a community TV station, looking to improve our video archive. Currently we archive our master files on external drives. But to make the archive easier to access, both for saving and re-using, ...
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Does rackmount hardware attach only on the faceplate?

I've just purchased a few simple hardware rackmount devices, and a rack case. I've never set anything like this up before. I've been told that the devices' faceplates are screwed to the rack, and no ...
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What kind of camera do I need to record a moving object in order to do motion tracking?

I have a few markers that I use to make augmented reality pictures for DIY projects. It's working fine when the camera is fixed. Now I would like to use them on a moving object to do basic motion ...
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Reasonable hardware for basic video editing?

We have an old duo core Windows XP machine, and it seems to be the case that, when using Adobe Premiere Elements 9, we frequently have situations where the audio and video are out of sync. We will ...
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Should I be concerned about overheating when doing long render tasks?

I bought a new computer recently and I'm very pleased with how quickly and accurately it renders. In my line of work, however, I find that sometimes my queued render tasks add up to more than 20 hours....
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What lighting setup is recommended for filming a presenter in front of a TV screen?

i will be filming a presenter in front of a 48" TV with graphics on it. The presenter will be pointing at the graphics at times to explain certain things. We will be doing this in a tiny studio on a ...
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Slow Video Render? incl. New & Old PC Specs

So I've been recording gameplay & posting it on YouTube for a few years now. Primarily using Sony Vegas as it always seemed to be the community standard. Never really had an issue. Since I built ...
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Multi-source, picture-in-picture live stream

So I have some experience with live production, but I want to do something a bit more complex and need some things cleared. This project would use multiple cameras (lets say 5), some non-camera ...
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Camcorder for use as a webcam

I've been looking into a camcorder for use as a webcam, since all the webcams I have found don't seem to be up to the task I have in mind. My biggest issue is finding camcorders can can even be used ...
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Slow HD video whilst editing

I use Adobe Premier 5.5 to edit my videos. I have always seemed to have slow editing. I upgraded the PC which now has 8 Core 16gb of DDR3 2333mhz ram 1gb 460 gpu 6 hard drives, 1 is SSD So, I think ...
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What are the key PC specs for best editing HD videos?

My wife bought a GoPro Hero3 for some simple home video: kids, holidays, etc. The problem is that some videos are not playing very well on our old PCs. We want to buy a new one for video editing. As ...
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Why is Audio and Video out of Sync during recording?

I make a 30 second recording using a webcam on a laptop. When I play the .avi file afterwards, the audio and video are out of step. The sound starts arriving about a second after it should do and gets ...
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Should I just get a gaming PC for audio/video production?

I was looking around for computers aimed at AV production, and there doesn't seem to be many. It seems you largely have the option of SOHO PCs, business machines, or gaming machines. Is a gaming ...
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CPU Selection for video encoding

I have been perusing this page: https://openbenchmarking.org/showdown/pts/ffmpeg Something doesn't make sense to me, I am looking at the following CPU's: Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2650L v3 (30M ...
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Getting Started with Webcasting and Video conferencing

Our church is trying to move into the 21st century. We have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $20,000 ($10,000 would be more likely to succeed) for equipment purchases. We need to be ...
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What is this device?

I was doing some cleaning today and found the device below, unopened, in its original plastic bag. I'm guessing it's an accessory for a photo or video camera from the 8mm jack, but anything more than ...
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High-end graphics cards: is it needed or useless for video editing at i5 machine with quicksync?

I am in search of a graphics card that makes video editing fast. I think to buy an i5 cpu with a motherboard with quicksync (z68?) and an SSD. Quicksync on cpu is only for transcoding (h.264 and ...
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HDMI/DVI capture/recording hardware?

Does anyone know a Framegrabber / capture device that works for all HMDI, VGA, DVI, SDI ?
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How to avoid sluggish UI in FCPX - more CPU, GPU, RAM or what?

My question is about what aspects of hardware performance would best prevent sluggish UI and 'beachballing' in FCPX. Currently I am running on a Macbook Air Core i7 2.0ghz, 8GB RAM and Intel HD4000 ...
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What specs should I be looking for in a camera to record board-game sessions?

I'm a computer science engineer with no experience and very little knowledge in camera and video processing. I would like to record boardgame sessions (timelapse for example) and record boardgame ...
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What part should I buy to render videos?

I want to create & render videos (using SonyVegas, Adobe Premiere) to get fast rendering speed. I have optimized the program codecs/bitrates, but now want optimize hardware too: Can I ignore CPU ...
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Does SSD reduce render time significantly?

I wanted to know if it is worth it to buy SSDs to improve render speed? By what percent can SSDs reduce render time? P.S. I ask this because, some time ago, I accidentally changed hard drive cables ...
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solution for archiving digital video

What solution do you use for archiving digital video content? Are magnetic tapes adequate, or better setup another 8HDD raid5 server? I read some news that SONY will bring to market an 1.5TB tape ...
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Sharp drop in FPS while recording

I've recorded a few Minecraft videos using bandicam before without this problem, but yesterday I went to record it was all going good until out of nowhere my FPS went from like 60-100 to 0-2 for like ...
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Recording Video From one PC to Another

I'm planning on recording PC screens in general, including gaming and videos. I'm aware of screen capture software like FRAPS, Playclaw etc. and have tested them out, but the increased strain on my ...
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Hard drive configuration for editing

I am setting up a machine for video editing using Premier Pro and After Effects I have the following hardware: i7 6700 skylane 32Gb DDR4 GTX 1060 with 6Gb RAM 500Gb SSD and access to 3 more drives (...
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Adobe Premiere Pro / After Effects Hard Drive Scratch Disk and Cache set up in temporary situation.

I've exhausted all options before asking for opinions in trying to figure this out, and I'm running out of time by doing all possible combinations and running benchmarks, or setting up projects to see ...
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What is the relationship between hardware acceleration and DXVA/QuickSync/Cuda?

Many video playback applications (e.g. VLC Player, MPC-HC, etc.) are highly configurable. For example: VLC Player allows you to enable: QuickSync and/or DXVA Freemake allows you to enable: CUDA and/...
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What new piece of hardware to get to increase video rendering performance?

So, I've got the opportunity to buy some new piece of hardware for my PC. I do video rendering quite often, so, my question is - what piece of hardware should I replace to get a guaranteed rendering ...
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Which part of a computer is critic to work on 4k footage

I'm working in a compagny that starts working on 4k video footages. The person responsible for the video editing is complaining that working on those footage is really a pain. So I'm wondering which ...
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GoPro 3 Black gets stuck in “>” Play mode when diving

I have bought a touchscreen backpanel for my GoPro3 black and whenever I take it diving, it switches to ">" play mode (the black triangle shows up on the front panel and keeps stuck there). I cannot ...
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Hardware requirements for multiple TV channels (cable TV) digitization

I'm planning to start a service which archives TV video content (at low quality). I'm exploring what hardware and video digitization equipment will be needed. The TV channels in the geography I'm ...
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Tripod Quick Release Video Pin Dimensions

I have an Industrial camera that I am working with and I want to mount it to a standard tripod that features a quick release with video pin; otherwise known as an anti rotation pin. While I wait for ...
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2GB vs 4GB Graphics card Memory for playback and encoding of Videos in Adobe Premiere CC [duplicate]

While looking into buying a new graphics card for the editing, live playback and encoding of videos in the new 64bit Premiere Pro CC, I was wondering about: 1) how and when a graphics card's ...
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What hardware should I get for a conversion farm for MXF => Prores

I currently use a mac pro for importing mxf files into FCP (equivalent to converting to prores, I believe) at about 3x realtime @29.97fps. I want to get a machine to run ffmpeg & do the ...
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Can the VGA port of the laptop be used as input port? [closed]

A few days ago I had a problem installing a video conferencing system, as I was unable to take the output of the codec display on a TV for some reasons. I was wondering could I have used the VGA port ...
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What options are there for hardware encoding/decoding?

For the last 24 hours I've been waiting for some files from a Sony camera (about 60Gb) to convert to MP4. I'm thinking there must be some other way to speed this up. I'd much rather go for a purpose-...
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Are there Tripods to film the bottom when writing on a paper?

I would like to make some short movie clips explaining how algorithms work. To do so, I would like to film how I write / scribble on the paper. Are there tripods which support filming what is ...
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Graphics Cards that have SDI outs

I am looking for a medium to high end graphics card that has SDI outputs. I have a home studio with a SDI matrix switch and I want to hook my Gaming Computer into this rig. I am planning on doing some ...
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How to shoot my whole life from first POV?

I would like to shoot whole my life (24h, 365d etc) on video, like as through my eyes. However I came to dead end trying to match recording times of modern action cameras, the battery change hustle, ...
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Is there something like nvenc for free codecs (VP8/9)?

I'm new to video encoding. And I was looking at h264/265 and VP8/9. I'd like to use VP8/9. But it seems like nobody except Google is pushing it. I just want to know does someone else support VP8/9? ...
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What does an external video recorder like a Ninja offer?

According to the Ninja Website Take your consumer camera to a truly Pro recording device. Avoid the internal MPEG compression & go from sub 30Mbps MPEG to 220Mbps ready to edit 10-bit 422 ...
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What is more important number of CUDA cores on GPU or VRAM for video editing and graphics?

What is more important number of CUDA cores on GPU or VRAM for video editing and graphics? What are benefits from good graphic card? Better preview when working with 4k files with effects on them? I ...
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Which graphic card to buy [closed]

I have decided to buy a new pc for short videos rendering in after effects. I dont have a big budget, it's around 1000$. This is the thing i thought to buy, but i'm not really sure about graphic card....