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Old March 8th, 2007, 02:04 PM   #1
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Any good ideas how I should mount my MacBook Pro next to my HVX?

Hi all. . .

In this world of lunacy, one often has to make compromises. I just compromised. I was planning on buying a nice HD monitor to use with the Redrock, but I decided instead to run with another MacBook Pro for use in the field (about the same price, actually!). The question now becomes, how does one go about mounting a computer near the HVX so that the Firewire cable reaches and I can look at the Scopebox image on my MacBook Pro while shooting.

It seems to me that there must be some sort of an adjustable computer shelf that would attach to a tripod, but I can't find one.

Any ideas???

Thanks much.

Stephen
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Old March 8th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #2
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Hi Stephen,

I've used three methods for my monitors. One is a mount I made up to go on a seperate TriPod, the second is a shelf I made to fit in between the primary TriPod legs, the third is a clamp-on type that attachs to either the TriPod leg or the center pipe.

If you can't buy one, I suspect I could make one up for you. Since you live just up the road, you could see the ones' I've made in person if you're interested.

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Old March 8th, 2007, 05:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info, Harold. . . I'm definitely interested in learning more about the "clamp" on tripod legs tray-top idea. Do you know of any such commercial product out there???

I'd rather try to go the commercial route first so I have someone to go get if it fails.

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Old March 8th, 2007, 05:55 PM   #4
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Hi Stephen,

I'm too accustomed to making my own stuff up, either because I can't find such things or they cost way more than I'm willing to pay. Plus, I can make them to fit my exact needs and equipment. In addition, every modification I make to any equipment is "undoable", I can return it back to OEM condition/use.

I try to put my $$ into the items I can't make myself. $$ are way slimer since I retired.

I've not seen any of the three items I mentioned commercially made, but that does'nt mean they're not.

Try a Google search on them and check at B & H.

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Old March 8th, 2007, 07:16 PM   #5
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Stephen,

Bogen/Manfrotto makes exactly what you're looking for in a tripod-based, cross-pole system that has a utility tray, mounts and a host of other add-ons that will easily accomodate what you're looking for.

When I shot DSLR's on client shoots we almost always shot tethered to a Powerbook, which I had mounted on this exact system with a large Hoodman hood over the PB screen so we could "chimp" after each shot. This worked just as well on location as it did in the studio.

Here's the link to the Bogen equipment page with this system:

http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/...sf=107&child=6
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