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#1 Shaughnessy McDaniel

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 05:44 PM

I know it's bad for assessing color, but as far as assessing focus, how would a laptop work as a portable production monitor? I'm shooting up in the mountains on HDV in march and I want to be able to do rack focuses and such with some level of confidence. Is there a program besides Premiere or FCP that I can use to view the shot via firewire?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 06:20 PM

Honestly, wouldn't it be cheaper/easier to just get a production monitor which runs off of batteries. Not only would the programs have a delay in them cause of the fire-wire but also you'd be monitoring in SD... You can buy a monitor for under $400... and it already has the connectors you'd need.
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Posted 08 February 2009 - 06:59 PM

An HD field monitor for $400? Tell me where to find it, that sounds great. And to clarify there's no way to do HD production monitoring through firewire? Even if my monitor has a 720p resolution? I've never tried running it live.
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#4 Igor Trajkovski

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:02 PM

Try HDV/DV Rack by Serious Magic.

You can zoom into your LIVE picture on the monitor.

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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:04 PM

That's just it, the laptop wouldn't be HD... not when looking at it over firewire. As far as I know the preview you get it by far not HD at least not in FCP. So since you're in SD anyway; why not just rent/buy an SD monitor. If you need HD you'd be going off of an SDI, and you'd need a proper monitor for that. At least that's my understanding, now I may be wrong therein; and you should really double check, but in my own experience, the "preview" in NLEs off of a deck (firewire) is not HD.
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