I solved it but since you're out there, I don't want to waste the opportunity. My question is: how best to work with two monitors and motion. I understand motion is a lot slower with two monitors because they both draw on the graphics card. But apparently having two graphics cards is not good either.
Sorry, I'm not the best guy to ask this one. I have always worked with dual monitors and have never had a problem. To clarify, I like to have Motion in one monitor and other apps / e-mail in the other. I think getting big monitors really helps and they have really come down in price.
I think David Bogie has great insight on Graphics Cards and this type of question. Hopefully he will chime in. You may find this thread of help.
[John Hill]"My question is: how best to work with two monitors and motion. I understand motion is a lot slower with two monitors because they both draw on the graphics card. But apparently having two graphics cards is not good either. "
Depends on several factors.
You can run Motion4 on any number of monitors as long as you've got the GPU horsepower. I don't hink you gain anything with more than two, though, the interface just gets too spread out, too hard to navigate your mouse form window to pane to canvas.
The previous version of FCP would not render many of Motion's FXPlug filters if you were using more than one card. It was very confusing. You could run FCP on two monitors but not from two separate cards. You could run Motion 3 on any number of cards/monitors. These issues have been corrected, sort of, with the new Final Cut Studio. I can run Motion and FCP on three monitors but other Apple applications, Aperture for instance, breaks.