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Old 22 August 2014, 11:29   #1
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Hama genlock

I've been offered a Hama genlock with an Amiga 600 .
Now I'll probably have it as I don't have a (working) A600 , but my question is , what can you do with a genlock.

From my limited understanding it allows you to overlay the computers graphics onto a video feed , but is there anything else "funky" you can do with it ?

What software do I need ?
And how compatible is an A600 (which is WB2.1 from memory) with classic A500 games ?

Thanks !
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Old 22 August 2014, 13:21   #2
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If you're not interested in the genlock, I am :-D Especially if it's a Sirius genlock. (Hama licensed the Sirius and the only difference is that a Sirius is black/blue and the Hama licensed is Black/grey)...

Back to topic. The Amiga has the ability to sync on external video feed, and the genlock can be used for titling and other effects. The Norvegian company Scala, made some excelent titling and effects software for this.

Nowadays, most of the video editing is done in software, but it's more fun with a genlock.
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Old 22 August 2014, 15:09   #3
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In order for you to keep any graphics you overlay onto a video feed, am I correct in saying that you have to transfer the complete production (video feed plus graphics) onto another video output i.e. a video tape (so if your video source was a VCR you would in fact need two VCR's!)


Can you take your completed productions (video feed plus over layed graphics) and save them to your hard drive as you work?
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@Peter , looking at the unit you would need a replay VCR and a record VCR.
The Amiga boots off floppy and the genlock powers up , now where can I find Scala ?
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you can find Scala ( in different versions ) on the ftp server. i suggest using MM400 version ( IIRC it was the latest ) using the eab ftp search - pathes:
/Commodore_Amiga/App/Archive/Scala MM400 floppy PAL/
/Commodore_Amiga/TOSEC/Applications/[ADF] (TOSEC-v2012-12-21_CM)/Scala Multimedia MM400 (1994)(Scala AS)(Disk XX of 10)[cr HF][HD].zip

edit: the Scala InfoChannel packages had some additional components, networking and things. you find them also on the ftp.

in case you only have floppy in your A600, you should get one of the Flash IDE solutions.
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