I used to have a Canon XH-A1, with which I used the FireWire output into my MacBook Pro, and used Adobe OnLocation as a field monitoring solution.
This worked absolutely fine for me... until I upgraded my camera to the XF300. The XF300 doesn't have a FireWire output, only HDMI and Component etc. Adobe OnLocation only supports FireWire input, not HDMI.
Now I'm stuck - I can no longer use my MacBook on location shoots as a monitor!
Can anyone recommend any alternative monitoring software that allows HDMI signal input? Adobe have discontinued OnLocation, so there's no hope of there being an update to improve compatibility.
I know that there is a piece of hardware that converts the HDMI signal from the camera into an HDV signal ready for FireWire that is compatible with OnLocation (http://bit.ly/cua9f0) - but it's nearly £600 GBP, and I'm not spending that much money on a simple converter!
I just want a piece of monitoring software that I can use on my MacBook that is compatible with the HDMI signal from my XF300.
Well HDMI is not bi-directional, you'll need a box that will accept HDMI. I suggest the Intensity Pro Shuttle for Thunderbolt http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/intensity/models/ it's a cheap solution at $240USD. It will come Blackmagic Media Express which will allow you to monitor/capture to disk. It does not have scopes.