Firewire link editing computer to laptop for video display?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by JT, Mar 5, 2005.

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    Not happy with a Panasonic video monitor I have ("too" adjustable, no
    easy way to get certainly-correct settings) I thought I'd have a look
    at the (realtime) output from the editing computer on a Dell laptop
    which happens to have a nice native 1600x1280 display.

    Firewire from the editing computer to the laptop doesn't work by
    itself because the laptop doesn't have a driver (afaik) that says
    "Hey, look at me, I'm a DV device like a camera."

    How-some-ever my ADS Pyro A/V Link does make that claim. That's what
    normally drives that annoying Panasonic monitor. And plugging the
    firewire cable from the laptop into a second port on the editing
    computer, alongside the ADS device, apparently shares the glory. As
    long as the ADS device is plugged into the firewire card along with
    the laptop, "capture" applications on the laptop are happy to display
    the video stream.

    For reasons not important here I thought I'd try replacing the ADS box
    with a DV camera. I've got several Sony cameras with DV in/out.
    Connecting firewire from the editing computer to one of them correctly
    displays the video on the camera's display, and passes it through the
    camera's analog video jack to the Panasonic monitor, just like the ADS
    box does.

    The laptop, connected as before, does recognize that a video device is
    present. However, the display apps I've tried complain about the
    format of the video stream, and refuse to display it. The same
    behavior happens with a VX700, VX1000, and PD150, my three choices for
    the experiment.

    (I actually think it worked once, but perhaps I'm deluding myself on
    that one.)

    If anyone really understands the situation, I'd be really glad to hear
    from you. Software for the laptop that would make it stand alone in
    this regard would be fine, too.
    JT, Mar 5, 2005
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