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    Jan 02, 2010
    Use laptop as monitor for video camera
    Forgive me if the answer is something obvious, because I've looked everywhere and cannot find an answer, and I'm fairly new to Mac and making videos.

    I have a Flip UltraHD pocket camcorder that I'm going to use to record videos of myself singing. It makes great videos, but I need a monitor of some sort to be able to view what it's recording while it's recording it. While I know I could use my TV, but I want to use my laptop for this. How can I do that? The Flip UltraHD has a USB output for transfering data, and it also has an HDMI output.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Jun 25, 2005
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    2011 MBP, i7, 16GB RAM, MBP 2.16Ghz Core Duo, 2GB ram, Dual 867Mhz MDD, 1.75GB ram, ATI 9800 Pro vid
    No way that I know from the USB port.

    The solution takes spending money. At least as much as your camera cost.

    For older Macbook Pros, there was a PC card port available and at least one manufacturer made device which I believe allowed direct HDMI input. That may have been limited to us with Pro software such as Final Cut Pro.

    If you could convert the HDMI port down to analog, or firewire if your computer supports that, then with the right gear and iMovie you could see feedback on the Macbook screen.

    Perhaps tilting a mirror down behind the camera would be a practical solution.
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