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Old March 26th, 2009, 12:12 PM   #1
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PowerBook + HDV + 24" secondary display?

Hi all,

Long time lurker, absolutely great site!

I'm currently editing (no rendering or encoding) 1080i HDV from both a Sony HVR-A1E and a Canon HV30... on a PowerBook G4 with 1.67 cpu and 1.5GB of RAM.

I can cut and arrange footage quite happily on this machine, I have an 8-Core Mac Pro at work for the heavy work.

Now, I'm still working on the PowerBook's 15" display. I was hoping to purchase a 24" monitor to aid my home workflow.

I know the PowerBook can output to a 30" Apple Cinema display, but can it also power a display (24") and the HDV content running on the new display? The capture scratch, is running on a 500GB LaCie with FW800

Is the PowerBook powerful enough to output HDV video on a secondary 24" display, and using the 15" PowerBook display as the source monitor?

Hope this is clear?
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Old April 1st, 2009, 08:26 AM   #2
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I have the exact same arrangement, accept I think I have 2gb of RAM. I went for a 22" hewlett-packard hew2207h for $279, I use this as a source monitor and the powerbook as a second display -which I never even look at. ...So I guess I don't know the answer to your question, but this definitely works, and personally the screen feels plenty big. It attaches with an HDMI cable and I already owned a dvi to HDMI. I figure it will have more uses in the future too since it has an HDMI hook up.
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