Grass Valley Turbo and video timing

If you’ve had trouble timing a GVG Turbo hard disk recorder in an analog video system this might come as news to you, Grass Valley never implemented the timing functions with analog video.Yes, even though there is a menu for horizontal timing, these settings do not apply to the analog video coming down the DVI-I connector.  In order to time a Turbo with a switcher and other devices, you have to run the Turbo through a frame synchronizer or TBC. 

More on Sony multi-core CCUs

I have experienced intermittent problems with Sony D30, 35, and D50 cameras connected to multi-core CCUs not always putting out color from the component outputs on long runs, 100 meters and longer. I have not been able to isolate these issues, but have had other engineers express that it has more to do with the camera than the CCU. One solution I have discovered is that, if I power up the CCU after making all the connections, rather than powering up CCU, connecting CCZ cable, then powering up camera, I seem to have less problems. Another engineer told me that you should never hook up camera cable to a powered CCU, CCZ or triax, although I’m not sure of the accuracy of that statement.

Does Sony hate me?

Sometimes it seems that an entire comm. system is rendered worthless by hooking up Sony CCUs. Particularly M series multi-core CCUs like M5 and M7.After a great deal of effort working on a 3 camera system with D50s, D50 CCUs, and RTS intercom, and consulting other engineers, I would have to say that the Sony comm. system should be bypassed. They are just doing something different, and it doesn’t seem to play right, even though they claim it is ‘RTS compatible.’ I would suggest running XLR to camera positions, or modifying cameras and CCUs to use the existing wires in the multi-core cable to pass the RTS signal through the camera mic. XLR jack to a beltpack.