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Is your HD camera “shy” in 1080p mode?

Unfortunately, many HD cameras are “shy” in 1080p mode. Here’s how to fix that.

Is your HD camera “shy” in 1080p mode? When you want to use your HD camera in a studio or other multicamera shoot with a video mixer (“switcher”), even though you set the camera to 1080p mode at your desired framerate, a “shy” camera delivers a disguised progressive signal that appears to be 1080i (interlaced). Depending upon your chosen framerate and camera model, that disguised signal could be either PsF or telecine. Both are undesired when you want a true progressive 1080p result with a capable switcher. This article explains how to resolve this and retain your pristine 1080p progressive signal. In essence, your “shy” camera will become “outgoing”!

In this article

  • Why this matters for your final quality
  • Clarification of “shy” 1080HD progressive cameras, versus “outgoing”
  • A summary of the NewTek Connect Spark devices
  • PROCEDURE 1: Pure 1080p workflow when you have a TriCaster and an “outgoing” 1080p camera
  • PROCEDURE 2: Pure 1080p workflow when you have a 3rd-party NDI switcher and an “outgoing” 1080p camera
  • PROCEDURE 3: Ideal 1080p workflow when you have a NDI-capable TriCaster and a “shy” 1080p camera
  • PROCEDURE 4: Ideal 1080p workflow when you have a 3rd-party NDI switcher and a “shy” 1080p camera
  • Átomos Connect options to eliminate “shyness” in your camera
  • How to determine whether your 1080p cameras are “outgoing” or “shy”

Click here to read the full article free on the NewTek website. Although this article was sponsored by NewTek and focuses on NewTek’s products, this article also applies where “shy” cameras are used with non-TriCaster and even non-NDI environments.

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The main image demonstrating “shy” versus “outgoing” cameras is courtesy of NewTek’s design department.

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