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#1 Jaron Berman

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 04:40 AM

I work mostly in video/HD, and on the rare occasion I shoot film, I haven't ever really asked before. So what's the difference between a video tap, video top, and video door? Thanks!
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#2 David Auner aac

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 05:05 AM

I work mostly in video/HD, and on the rare occasion I shoot film, I haven't ever really asked before. So what's the difference between a video tap, video top, and video door? Thanks!


AFAIK a video tap is the same thing as a video assist, just a way of adding a preview video out capability to your film camera.

I have never heard the term video top. Maybe it is used for taps that prohibit looking through the finder at the same time?

A video door is applicable to cameras where the viewfinder is integrated into the door I think. Examples would be the Arri II or Arri 16 ST. If you want to add a video tap to these cameras you just switch the door...

People please correct me if any of the above is wrong!

HTH, Dave
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#3 Onno Perdijk

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 08:05 AM

I work mostly in video/HD, and on the rare occasion I shoot film, I haven't ever really asked before. So what's the difference between a video tap, video top, and video door? Thanks!



a videotap is the onboard/inbuilt videocamera to retrieve a video image from the filmcamera. Most of the times it is integrated in the camera.

a videotop is the replacement of the optical viewfinder of a filmcamera by a just-video-top or a blank-top to decrease wheight: http://www.pstechnik...st-videotop.php

videodoor: The older camera's did not have a videotap. You could add a videotap to it by replacing the door of the camera: http://www.pillefilm.....show=16|8:200

Hope it helps,

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#4 Jaron Berman

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 08:14 PM

thanks, makes perfect sense now.
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