Applies to products: PXD310E, PXD510E,
PXD520, PXQ524, PXQ540
While the PXD310/PXD510 series will work with
almost any video camera or other source, here are some suggestions for maintaining the
best possible performance.
Both cameras or video sources must be NTSC
or both must be PAL, they cannot be mixed.
When using two identical cameras, the
cable lengths from the camera to the PIX/2 DSP should be identical. The PIX/2 DSP has
enough sensitivity to display the loss in a 6 foot cable verses a 3 foot cable.
Either camera can be composite, S-Video.
Consumer cameras and camcorders, even of
the same model, may not always look identical to each other. Sometimes not even close.
Don't expect two cameras from any
manufacturer to be absolutely identical. Some may be better than others but there are
always minor variations. Try to choose two cameras of the same model from the same
manufacturer with very close serial numbers if possible.
Professional or Industrial grade DSP
cameras are recommended for closest matching. The DSP processing makes them less prone to
drift and there is far less variation in components and setup procedures used by the
If using a VCR as one or both of the video
sources, choose the best grade possible. Digital VCRs and camcorders will provide the best
signal quality from tape.
If you are using standard VHS model, the
SP (2 hour) mode will provide a better signal than the slower recording modes (LP, SLP,
EP). S-VHS and Hi-8 models may provide higher resolution.
Always adjust the tracking properly for
optimal performance. Most newer models have digital auto tracking but sometimes manual
adjustment can improve the picture quality.
While the PXD310/PXD510 can normally lock to even
very bad video signals, there may be times when the signal is so bad that the unit cannot
lock. Overall, the PIX/2 DSP system is very robust and has good performance with
even bad tapes and poor tracking.