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Will a connection besides the IEEE 1394 work for this? (by the way I am not using HD footage)
No, unless you have a BlackMagic or AJA card. Computer and video are completely irrelevant. The ONLY way to display on an external monitor (apart from BM or AJA) is through firewire to a deck or camera, connected to the external monitor.
Thanks for the info Harmon, your straight forward help is keeping me from wasting more money than I already have.
Do you know a good source for an external monitor with the Firewire port? My camcorder's screen is not very good quality.
Also, do you know about the answers to the other questions? Thanks!
You only need to connect your camera by firewire to your PC and use the analog out from the camera to your external monitor. Set your camera to VCR and you have display on the external monitor, and you don't need to use the display on your camera.
Ah, good idea Harm.
Can you think of any way to cut the camera out of the equation? I can do this in my home, but sometimes I meet with clients and preview their wedding videos. We usually meet up at a local Starbucks, and it would be hard lugging around my laptop, camera, AND a moniter on a tiny little table just to show preview files of their wedding video, haha.
Any other ideas? Thanks man
Send them a review DVD and let them watch it at their convenience on their equipment.
The thing that comes to mind is to enjoy your Starbucks, then either use a nice laptop with a good screen (Sony VGN-FW31ZJ as an example, 16.4" high definition 1920x 1080 screen) or take them back to your place.