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#1 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 04:04 PM

"hey, do you know if its possible to use a macbook pro laptop as a monitor via cable to a digital camera - sony pmw-ex1?"

A director friend of mine asked me this, and I don't know the answer. Can this be done, and if so, how?
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 06:06 PM

You may want Adobe OnLocation.

This is what DV Rack used to be; I've never used it, but I believe it offers scopes and so forth. You could, if an operator was available, actually record the show to it, and have everything precaptured.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:47 PM

Remember though, you won't be monitoring the full HQ signal, it'll be HDV. 25Mbit 1440*1080.

One thing I plan to try in the future is a new HD-SDI express card adapter recently released.

http://www.imperx.co.../hd-sdi-express

With a decent laptop which has a quality screen, some realtime software waveform, scope, parade, etc, you'd have a handy tool. A portable production monitor that records and manipulates.
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#4 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 01:15 AM

OK, pretend I'm a complete moron (which I may or may not be) and just answer the question....please. She doesn't need scopes or to record to the hard drive, or anything fancy whatsoever. She's working at comic-con and my assumption is they will have a camera set up on sticks and they want to monitor it with the Macbook. To re-iterate, they want to use the computer as a monitor and nothing else. Is that possible without being an electronic/hardware/software/video expert? She is not.
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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:44 AM

Well, any capture application - just pop up the capture window and fullscreen it!

You will probably find that it's pretty laggy, though. It's often an intrinsic characteristic of HDV firewire outputs.

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#6 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 07:21 AM

Cool, thanks.
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#7 Andrew Rawson

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 09:27 AM

Remember though, you won't be monitoring the full HQ signal, it'll be HDV. 25Mbit 1440*1080.

One thing I plan to try in the future is a new HD-SDI express card adapter recently released.

http://www.imperx.co.../hd-sdi-express

With a decent laptop which has a quality screen, some realtime software waveform, scope, parade, etc, you'd have a handy tool. A portable production monitor that records and manipulates.



This is great and this looks like your solution Brad. I have a Sony EX-1 and have often wished I could use my Mac Book Pro to monitor it since I have it out there in the field with me anyway to do all the archiving from SxS cards to HD's. Instead I always end up having to rent a 17" monitor. This HD-SDI express card looks like it might be the answer.
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Posted 18 July 2009 - 09:26 PM

This is great and this looks like your solution Brad. I have a Sony EX-1 and have often wished I could use my Mac Book Pro to monitor it since I have it out there in the field with me anyway to do all the archiving from SxS cards to HD's. Instead I always end up having to rent a 17" monitor. This HD-SDI express card looks like it might be the answer.

Alas, I don't think so. As far as I can tell, it has no Mac OS X support, only Windoze. Pity, really.
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 05:32 PM

Yeah, finally got around to checking out the specs ( and the price, almost $1000) and was very disappointed. I sent an email to imperx and am waiting to hear back, really quite unbelievable that they would not support mac os. This is exactly the product I've been looking for...
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 05:41 PM

Sorry guys, mac compat didn't occur to me. I have a nice HP ready for it...
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#11 Andrew Rawson

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 10:09 AM

Here was the response I got from the guys at Imperx.

Imperx is not supporting MAC OS, but we have every intention of doing so in the future. Norpix software solutions is offering a support for Windows OS on MACBOOK Pro with their proprietary software. Please contact Luc at Norpix, ln@norpix.com, and he can give you details. If you are satisfied with his solution, he can sell you the card and his solution.

Best Regards,

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#12 John Sprung

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:48 PM

To re-iterate, they want to use the computer as a monitor and nothing else. Is that possible without being an electronic/hardware/software/video expert? She is not.


I don't know, but I know who does:

http://www.melrosemac.com/

Since you're local, just walk in the door with your gear, and they'll get you hooked up with whatever it takes to do what you want.





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#13 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 11:11 PM

Thanks for the tips guys. I think she just ended up using a monitor.
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