I'm not actually using it for video. im useing it for stop motion basically I'm going to be taking a buch of photos and making them in to a video in an edition software so i want to be able to view the photos on my macbook pro instead of on the cameraUsually not. Computers rarely have a HDMI in function, they mostly are outbound video only. You normally have to add a card or USB device to capture inbound video on a MAC or PC.
Correct, you need a monitor made for this not a computer or even a tablet.