2009 October 22nd, 05:24
Thinkpad laptop as external monitor?
i'm entering in the world of DOf adapter and because a external monitor is very convenient and I have a thinkpad 12", could be possible to use it as external monitor?
2009 October 22nd, 08:46
if you can bring the video signal from your cam to your thinkpad, so yes you can do it.
you must have (or add) a video imput on your computer.
2009 October 22nd, 09:14
You could rip off the monitor and mount it somehow, but you would need a LCD controller or something or other adapter as the signal from your cam (CVBS) is different from the signal of your LCD (RGBHV)..
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong in assuming that.
2009 October 22nd, 10:02
Does your ThinkPad have an expresscard port?
2009 October 22nd, 11:49
Nop, its a thinkpad x41tablet, so its pretty old ...
So I will need a video card, any recommendation (cheap recommendation )
2009 October 22nd, 12:08
It does have a cardbus port...so you could use a firewire cardbus adapter to bring the video into your ThinkPad...like this one: http://www.siig.com/ViewProduct.aspx?pn=NN-PCM222-S4
2009 October 22nd, 12:23
thanks! I will check it out! Cheers!
2009 October 25th, 04:51
well the problem is that my HG10 doesn't have a firewire connection, so I'm thinking on a 3rca (component) to vga connection. What do you think? Thanks!
2009 October 25th, 14:29
Originally Posted by autumnautist
I've been reading this thread with interest, since I have a spare small Thinkpad that I could use. In my case, it is an X24, and I have a cardbus video adapter which has a composite video cable. I'll see how this works. If I can make VLC stream the video, then I can flip the image horizontally and then use a mirror in the keyboard to flip it vertically, which would yield a great solution when I get a DOF adapter.
The main problem with incorporating a Thinkpad to a rig would be the bulk and weight (I figure my X24 is about 3.5 lbs.) The advantages are flexibility and no need for extra battery.
2009 October 25th, 16:57
Nevermind, I don't think you can monitor video via the AV out. I think that only works for Playback (but I'm still going through the manual, so I might be wrong.) Maybe it's time to think about an external DVD Player...
2009 October 25th, 18:42
I believe that the dvd player is a better solution in terms of size, but Why should work better than a 3rca component -> 3rca component video card -> thinkpad ?
or hdmi -> hdmi video card? (maybe more expensive than the dvd player
2009 October 25th, 19:09
2009 October 26th, 00:21
Just to mention that if there were a way to monitor the video from Linux, you can do a low level X manipulation on the screen to flip the image both vertically and horizontally with this simple command:
xrandr -x -y
And I'm sure there are ways to do that in Windows also. The toughest part is going to be finding a way to get the video signal into the Thinkpad without spending too much cashola.
****EDIT: If anybody using Linux was adventurous enough to try that, you can return to normal projection by doing:
xrandr -o normal
Then again, if you did that you are going to have a hell of a time trying to read this.
Last edited by MalfunctioningHuman; 2009 October 26th at 00:25.
2009 October 26th, 04:00
Thanks, I'm using linux ;-)
2009 October 26th, 07:51
how about this? thinkpad 770 dvd
update: Not a suitable connector
Last edited by autumnautist; 2009 October 26th at 08:09.
2009 October 26th, 19:15
The more I consider this issue, the more I think using one of the portable Sony DVD players is the way to go. Lighter, easier to mount (swivel screen), also can mount upside down, looks more professional, and much less hassle. But if you are one of the people that like to do something just to prove it can be done, I applaud you!
Please keep us updated.
2009 October 27th, 04:12
2009 October 29th, 12:14
Going to try to connect my HG10 to the x41 thinkpad with this (35€) for recording with DOF motoring
what do you think? (wep I won't give up :P )
2009 October 30th, 19:05
2009 November 6th, 14:08
A little update: with windows and vlc with the effect plugin transform rotate 180, works quite well. I will do a screen capture for you guys to see the quality of the adapter. I'm a newbie so, in my eyes, doesn't seems a very good image but sufficient for framing and focusing. the lag doesn't seems to big (that is to my eyes)
The problem arises when I try to use the thinkpad with fedora, no way the devise gets detected but I'm working on it.
The thinkpads aren't good for this work due to the low light monitors. Better to use a oled non glossing laptop.
Sorry for my portuguese english
The post name should be changed to laptop as monitor because this solution should work for every laptop with windows and a usb
2009 November 12th, 00:23
You've inspired me to try something autumnautist. I think I'm going to yank the lcd out of an old apple powerbook I have and try wiring it up. Thanks for the inspiration.
If the project looks promising, I'll start a build thread.
2009 November 12th, 03:01
2009 November 12th, 07:48
Your gonna drive yourself crazy with this setup, I would spend the time and money on a dvd player. There's no delay and the res is better.
2009 November 12th, 19:30
Not sure what I'll do about a battery. I'll probably use a setup consisting of c cell ni-mh or sub-c cell ni-cad. The battery would mount on my tripod.
Originally Posted by autumnautist
That's what I'm thinking. I found a 14inch widescreen from an HP laptop for less than $10. If I can find some wiring schematics, I might give it a go instead of the powerbook lcd, since it isn't ws.
Originally Posted by antman
I'm seriously contemplating picking up a broken portable dvd player to use. It would be much simpler (and smaller), but not as cool.
Right now I'm in the process of making a top mount handle for my hf11. Handle is complete, just need to figure out how I'm going to mount it. Once that's done, I'll start thinking about the lcd.
Oh, some other lcd's to consider - flip up lcd's from PSOne and GameCube video game systems.
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