Using a MacBook Pro as a monitor for Canon XF300

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      I used to have a Canon XH-A1, with which I used the FireWire output into my MacBook Pro, and used Adobe OnLocation as a field monitoring solution.
      This worked absolutely fine for me… until I upgraded my camera to the XF300. The XF300 doesn't have a FireWire output, only HDMI and Component etc. Adobe OnLocation only supports FireWire input, not HDMI.
      Now I'm stuck – I can no longer use my MacBook on location shoots as a monitor!
      Can anyone recommend any alternative monitoring software that allows HDMI signal input? Adobe have discontinued OnLocation, so there's no hope of there being an update to improve compatibility.
      I know that there is a piece of hardware that converts the HDMI signal from the camera into an HDV signal ready for FireWire that is compatible with OnLocation ( – but it's nearly £600 GBP, and I'm not spending that much money on a simple converter!
      I just want a piece of monitoring software that I can use on my MacBook that is compatible with the HDMI signal from my XF300.
      Any help is appreciated!
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      Also, I have two cameras – is there any software that allows multiple video inputs?

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      Have you considered looking into the matrox M0X2 with max? I realize that this is a hardware solution but it may be possible to come out of your camera with componet signals and convert them. Also, if can get it to work, the Blackmagic company has a more reasonably priced hardware solution that may work for you.


      Good luck!

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