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Larry Cohen
Use MacBook Pro as a monitor for the HVX200?
on Jun 7, 2010 at 7:40:29 pm

Hi,
Is there an easy way to simply hook up my MacBook Pro as an external monitor so I can see what my Panasonic HVX200 is "seeing"?

Actually, I don't even have to shoot this way - just monitor what the camera "sees" for a minute, then shoot on P2 card as normal. Or . . . we could capture directly to the MacBook Pro - but I forget how to do that!

There ought to be an easy way to do this? Or do I need to buy an external monitor?

The MacBook Pro idea seems really good, as I always have that with me anyway!
Thanks,

Larry


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Use MacBook Pro as a monitor for the HVX200?
on Jun 7, 2010 at 8:07:15 pm

You can do this via firewire and FCP, but there are some caveats. It's not accurate monitoring, but it can work as a confidence monitor.

Your camera can't be in 720pN mode.

Jeremy


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Larry Cohen
Re: Use MacBook Pro as a monitor for the HVX200?
on Jun 7, 2010 at 8:28:37 pm

Jeremy, thank you. I was kinda thinking EXACTLY what you just said!

If I wanted to tinker with it (to see how good? it would do! :)

what would the basic workflow be?? Oh, thanks for the pN warning - that IS what we shoot - but I'n thinking, just to maybe check color temperatures of mixing light sources - maybe we can get away with this - I would change the camera settings to 720 P just to see what things look like -- then change it back.

I mean, we firewire out of the camera to an 800 firewire in to the MackBook Pro - we have that adapter - do I want to be in the capture mode of FCPro??? Or . . . I'm not exactly sure how I'd do it??

I really appreciate your input. Lastly, maybe I won't like this approach anyway and will buy an external 'portable' monitor. Any you'd recommend ?

Thank you very much for your time,

Larry



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Noah Kadner
Re: Use MacBook Pro as a monitor for the HVX200?
on Jun 7, 2010 at 10:04:16 pm

I'd still advocate a real HD monitor. Even the cheapie ones out there would be superior to your laptop for any monitoring purpose. And would be much more ergonomic- i.e. good luck mounting a MacBook on the accessory shoe of your HVX200.

Noah

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Larry Cohen
Re: Use MacBook Pro as a monitor for the HVX200?
on Jun 7, 2010 at 10:15:14 pm

Thank you, Noah.
I think you've just put this to bed for me. I just thought it was a great 'fantasy' to use the stunning screen on my MacBook Pro as a monitor' to what the camera is "seeing"!

But I'm dreaming . . . and you've just confirmed that! I'll probably just get an external one.
Thank you for the confirmation!
Larry


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Noah Kadner
Re: Use MacBook Pro as a monitor for the HVX200?
on Jun 7, 2010 at 11:07:54 pm

I'd keep a MacBook around would be for data managing and file transfer, etc- but direct monitoring is not up there... :)

Noah

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Use MacBook Pro as a monitor for the HVX200?
on Jun 7, 2010 at 11:18:48 pm

Yeah, like I said before only a confidence monitor, as in confident your camera is getting a picture. Accuracy is out the window. Try the 7" FSI monitor.


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Patrick donEgan
Re: Use MacBook Pro as a monitor for the HVX200?
on Jul 18, 2010 at 6:30:10 am

There are a few applications that can do just that.
One I think is called "HD Monitor" and can do a bunch of things to your video
that you are watching, including recording direct to your hard drive.

Another is the viewing application that comes along with Adobe Premiere Pro
Master Suite and Production Suite.

I think you can even use the vector scopes in these applications.

But then, if your are doing a one man shoot - don't even think of doing this ;)



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Larry Cohen
Re: Use MacBook Pro as a monitor for the HVX200?
on Jul 18, 2010 at 6:43:52 pm

Patrick, that is EXACTLY what I was looking for. The program is called HD Monitor Pro. I works perfectly. Simple, easy and lets me se on my MacBook Pro exactly what the camera is shooting. You are correct - you can record it as a .mov directly.

It's funny how little there is written about this program. If you search the FCPro chat boards at Apple, it's not to be found at all? Interestingly, it won't work in the "pn" mode - only "P"! Where you're using twice the data rate. (On the HVX200). We don't use "P" - never quite understood why anyone would - it's not a better image, but used twice the data rate?

Anyway, thanks very much for the answer. You are exactly correct.


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