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Recording video assist on 16mm

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I'm looking for some technical expertise..


I have an Arri SR3 Adv, with a video assist - see pic. The output is an analogue phono cable which I have running into a small 7" monitor. The only practical use for the video assist, and all I need it for, is framing. All in all the set-up works pretty well, but it would be handy if I had a way to record the video assist image.


Does anyone know a simple way to record the signal? Either an affordable small recording monitor with phono input, or I was thinking perhaps some hardware and software to turn the analogue signal to digital and record on a laptop.


Has anyone had any experience with this?


Thanks, Greg


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I wonder if one of those old hard drive based DV recorders or HDV recorders would do the job?


Ok this works. I bought a DVR, which are usually used to record CCTV footage. The phono from the video assist goes to the DVR video-in, then another phono cable from the DVR video-out to the monitor. Playback can be viewed on the monitor, and the DVR records onto an SD card so can be easily viewed on a laptop.


The DVR is small and very light, it's attached to the back of the monitor with adhesive velcro. A small 12v battery powers the monitor and the DVR, I'm looking into ways to attach this battery.


Pics and links below. Apologies for my shoddy phone camera..







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