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Old January 4th, 2009, 07:02 AM   #1
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Using Macbook laptop as location monitor

Can I use a Macbook Pro laptop computer as a monitor when shooting with my XH-A1?. I do not want to capture to the laptops hard drive, I simply want to be able to monitor my shot without having to look at either the cameras eyepiece or it's built in monitor. What, if any, software would I need and what cables for the connection? Thanks for the input.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 07:25 AM   #2
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Haven't done it recently but you can use iMovie (or Quicktime Pro if you don't mind the aspect ratio being wrong for 16:9). There will be a timelag though - that can be a pain. That's assuming a FireWire connection (6 pin Mac end 4 pin camera end). You can use other outputs (composite or component) but you would need extra hardware.It might get rid of the time lag though.

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Old January 4th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #3
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I have done that with a 17" MacBook Pro. Open iMovie, expand the window to full screen, and it works great. The aspect ratio works with 16:9 automatically, assuming you have the latest version. As mentioned, there is a lag, but if the purpose of the monitor is so someone else can watch, log takes, etc., then that is OK.
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