using pc-monitor as camcorder monitor

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by norbert_sdk, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. norbert_sdk

    norbert_sdk Guest


    my (probably rather simple) question: how can I use my laptop monitor
    as output for my camcorder without capturing and saving a sequence on
    my laptop? Just using the pc-monitor as a monitor of the camcorder when
    I play a MiniDV.

    Camcorder: JVC GR-DVL140E (bought 2001)
    Laptop: Sony VAIO (bought 2005)

    Thanks in advance

    norbert_sdk, Jan 4, 2006
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    Frank Guest

    Hello Norbert:
    What you're looking for is called a "preview" function. Most all video
    capture programs include such a function, or you can download and
    install the free Microsoft DirectX SDK (Software Development Kit) and
    draw your own filter graph in the included Filter Graph Editor program
    (GraphEdt.exe). Drawing your own filter graph allows you to include
    capabilities such as previewing the audio along with the video (many
    capture programs lack this ability), saving the audio directly to a
    ..wav (wave) file, etc.

    DirectX Developer Center: Microsoft DirectX Downloads

    Learning how to draw your own filter graphs will help you to develop
    insight into how the DirectX subsystem, and especially DirectShow,
    works. If this is of no interest to you, there are numerous free DV
    capture programs available on the Net and most all of them will have a
    preview function. A Google search will prove useful in this case.

    Another possibility is to go visit my HDV Web page (URL in sig) and
    scroll down to the bottom of the page where you're find a link to
    download a program called DVApp. This is a Microsoft-written DV
    capture program and it has a preview function.
    I assume that both your camcorder and your notebook have IEEE 1394a
    (aka Apple FireWire 400 / Sony i.LINK) ports and that you have the
    necessary 4-pin to 4-pin, 4-pin to 6-pin, or 6-pin to 6-pin IEEE 1394
    cable to connect the two devices together.
    Hope this helps.
    Frank, Jan 4, 2006
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