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Sony FXE-100 Digital Video Mixer Tips & Tricks - Old Article

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A few things not mentioned in the Sony FXE-100’s owners manual include the recommendation that the Program Out on the unit should be used in lieu of the Black Burst Output for feeding the External Sync In on the recording VCR (Blackburst signals should, however, be used to feed the External Sync In on the player VCRs).

The reason for this is that the Blackburst Outputs emit a 16 line timing advancement compared to the output emitted by the Program Out. Since the Sony FXE-100 utilizes a digital frame memory that slightly delays the transference of the video signals passing through the unit and in order to more closely match the incoming video signals with the overall output, the Program Out syncs the recording VCR to this anticipated delay. The result: Synchronized audio and video reaching the recording VCR at the same time.

Also, by pressing the Shift button along with a selected wipe pattern button, you can create a number of extended wipe patterns (i.e., the heart-shaped wipe becomes a star-shaped wipe, the box wipe becomes a diagonal wipe).

And, if you go into the Menu mode on the Sony FXE100 digital video mixer and select menu item number 201 (Wipe Pattern Setup), you can add a hidden wipe to your repertoire of patterns by dialing in the number “0050”. This will assign a shuffling, dual-compressed double picture to your User definable wipe pattern button.

And finally, the Sony FXE-100 can be returned to its factory default setting by pressing the Menu button. The, while holding down the display Reset buttons, press the Menu button again.

Sony Preview

The Sony FXE-100 switcher/edit controller combo sports another variation of Preview. In addition to its Main Output signal, there is a Main Monitor Out connector that sends a separate video image to a secondary monitor. In the edit controller section, an array of buttons toggle the user through an of the source VCRs and/or cameras, as well as the main output signal.

The respective video source appears on the Main Monitor Our monitor automatically when a specific VCR is activated for use with the edit controller’s transport controls or jog/shuttle dial.

Effectively, you could get away with using just one video monitor for your entire A/B Roll editing system with the FXE100.

Regardless of which digital mixer that you have, the use of the Preview function can speed up your editing process substantially if you use it correctly.

Q: I have noticed on some mixer you can add drop-shadows to PIP boxes. Is there a way I can simulate this effect with the Sony FXE-100?
A: Yes you can simulate this effect with most mixers, including the Sony FXE-100 video mixer. Using your computer, create a thick letter “L” that is sideways. Print this out on bright white paper. The thickness of the “L” will determine the thickness of your drop shadow. Point a live video camera at the paper with your sideways “L” and feed that video signal into your mixer’s superimpose or downstream key section. Make sure you assign the color black or dark gray as your keyed-in color. Create your PIP and then position it on the screen. Zoom in your camera and adjust your the paper with the sideways “L”, until the letter “L” rests along the bottom and right side of your PIP. You’ll now have a “drop shadow” effect.

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