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#1 Brandon Locke

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:06 PM

So, I'm shooting with an XL-2 and as you probably know, the lcd on that guy is like a little baby. I was wondering if it was possible to hook my XL-2 up to my MBP and use the computer screen like a LCD for my camera. I was figuring that there's a way to do it in FCP but I couldn't find it. Help please.
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#2 Keith Mottram

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 01:31 PM

So, I'm shooting with an XL-2 and as you probably know, the lcd on that guy is like a little baby. I was wondering if it was possible to hook my XL-2 up to my MBP and use the computer screen like a LCD for my camera. I was figuring that there's a way to do it in FCP but I couldn't find it. Help please.


Hi, you cant... what the hell is an mbp anyway?
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#3 Simon Miya

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 02:54 PM

Hi, you cant... what the hell is an mbp anyway?

MacBook Pro.
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#4 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 03:31 PM

You could, by putting FCP into capture mode, but the monitor window is very small, and you're restricted by the length of your firewire cable.

Why not use the Phono video out, or the BNC out to feed a domestic TV? It won't be anywhere near perfect, but better than the viewfinder.

I used to use this camera a lot a few years back, and that's what we did when the budget wouldn't stretch to a proper monitor.
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#5 Keith Mottram

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 01:41 PM

You could, by putting FCP into capture mode, but the monitor window is very small, and you're restricted by the length of your firewire cable.

Why not use the Phono video out, or the BNC out to feed a domestic TV? It won't be anywhere near perfect, but better than the viewfinder.

I used to use this camera a lot a few years back, and that's what we did when the budget wouldn't stretch to a proper monitor.


plus the video would lag, not play at the correct frame rate and could even offer a nice split screen effect ocasionally. which is why the answer is no as far as FCP is concerned.
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#6 Andres Pardo aka Gral Treegan

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 12:38 AM

Look for Flip-Flop mac program, is like a video assist for mac. works fine with firewire and have dv, hdv and all that kind of formats.
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plus the video would lag, not play at the correct frame rate and could even offer a nice split screen effect ocasionally. which is why the answer is no as far as FCP is concerned.


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#7 Michael Collier

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 02:46 AM

Check out DVrack. I think they have it now for macs. It gives you a screen (with actually very little lag) and gives you the option to see waveform/vectrascope, audio spectrum analizer, and a whole host of other tools. If your going to tote your laptop around to shoot, I'd recomend that software over FCP. It can even do backup recording automatically. I have used it in certain circumstances, but carrying laptops around with all the other stuff I need, sometimes seems excessive.
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#8 Tim Chambers

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 11:38 AM

Check out ScopeBox (http://www.scopebox.com/).. I got a license with my Redrock Adapter, but since it doesn't yet support HDV over Firewire, I haven't really used it. It should work fine with your XL2, though. Not sure if it solves the firewire lag issue, but you should be able to download a trial and find out.

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#9 Peter Hoare

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 08:54 PM

Oddly enough, you can do this very easily in iMovie. Just put it in capture mode with teh camera plugged in and it will automaticly give you a large preview. Its slightly delayed by .3seconds or something but its good enough for framing.... You can also record directly this way but not as good as the cameras own miniDV....
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#10 Sterling Silva

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 11:57 AM

Bro,
I got the answer for you. It's so easy.

THE GHETTO FAB VIDEO TAP!

See I got this portable DVD player for my kids, a real cheap one, but dude, it's got RCA cables to go out so you can watch the DVDs it plays on a regular TV right, BUT it's also got a switch that makes the AV OUT become AV IN!!!
Run your RCA wires or S-Video to RCA to the portable DVD player and sit back and enjoy. No lag, no programs just video.

-S
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#11 Michael Nash

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 02:31 PM

Bro,
I got the answer for you. It's so easy.


It'd be even easier if you told us the brand and model... ;)
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#12 John Sprung

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 07:11 PM

Lag is super important if you're going to use it to operate. A few frames late on a stand-up, and it looks like the operator had a few too many beers at lunch.




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