I am well-aware of the long-standing limitation of having to preview footage on the camera's display. So I was very surprised when viewing Andrew Devis' latest video tutorial on capturing over at Creative Cow that video from his camera was displayed on his computer screen while he was playing back footage from the camera and selecting start and end points for batch capture. Once footage was actually being recorded by the capture function, the capture area went black.
I contacted Devis and he was also confused.
He uses two computers for capture; on his laptop, he also doesn't see the preview, but on his his desktop, he does! Maybe the laptop isn't powerful enough, but I think my system is pretty adequate:
Win 7 Pro
i7 X980 3.3GHz
GeForce GTX 480
Seperate boot drive and seperate RAID0 drives for source and render
HDV footage from Sony HVR-5ZU
I've tried both default and legacy Firewire drivers.
Any ideas how to get preview to display on my computer monitor?
There are two issues here. Don't get confused with previewing and viewing during capture:
1. Some of us have had an issue previewing CS5.5 when it wasn't an issue with CS5. That is when we had to view the material on the camera's monitor. There is an active thread in which Jeff Belume has a fix.
2. Firewire HDV viewing during capture has not been possible since CS4. It may be possible using 3rd party capture cards, such as Blackmagic Intensity, but I haven't tried this.
Thanks for the response. I copied the DLL as directed by Jeff Belume and the problem was resolved! Playback is now visible on my computer screen.
If you insist on viewing HDV footage while capturing use On Location.