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#1 Jan Doggen

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 05:13 AM

Hi,
Does anybody know how you could feed the video-out of a camcorder to a ENG viewfinder? I am aware that an external 12V power source would be needed.
Do adapters exist? (except for the Canon one for the XL1)

Thanks for any info....

JD
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 09:06 AM

Hi,

Mostly they just take power and video signal, yeah, but the connectors can be type specific. I have the workshop manual for the Panasonic AG-DVC200 camera here somewhere, and the pinout for Panasonic standard ENG viewfinder connector is in it if you're interested. I don't know what style the connector is, though - you might have to chop it off and refit some other type.

Edit: Or, you could just google for "viewfinder pinout":

http://www.rcrowley.com/SonyPinout.htm

I suspect Sony viewfinders would be more available on the secondhand market. With a bit of ingenuity you could make the tally and battery warning lights work too.

Phil

Edited by Phil Rhodes, 03 July 2005 - 09:09 AM.

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#3 Jan Doggen

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 09:51 AM

Edit: Or, you could just google for "viewfinder pinout":

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thanks, i tried lots of different google seraches but this one seems to deliver.
i guess i should just try to find a second hand one on ebay and mess around with it.
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#4 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 10:41 AM

Hi,

S'what I'd do. Just be aware it'll probably draw twice as much current as the XL1 - I hope you have the PAG battery mount for it. If you don't and you're really dedicated, you could get hold of one of those black-box inverters that will take your 7.2V Canon power and give you 12 for the EVF.

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#5 Markus

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 11:57 AM

Can someone please tell me what ENG actually stands for.

Edited by Markus, 11 May 2006 - 11:57 AM.

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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 01:46 PM

Electronic newsgathering.
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#7 Markus

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 05:39 AM

Electronic newsgathering.



thanky you phil!
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