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Bryant Mock
External Monitor Pixelated from FCPX
on Nov 26, 2013 at 10:51:33 pm

I have a 2011 MBP running FCPX. I have a BlackMagic Ultrastudio Mini Monitor and an ASUS PA246Q connected as follows:

MBP Thunderbolt out to-
BlackMagic Mini Monitor Thunderbolt in to-
Mini Monitor HDMI out to-
ASUS HDMI in

I am getting very blocky/pixelation for my FCPX timeline in the monitor.


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Nikolas Bäurle
Re: External Monitor Pixelated from FCPX
on Nov 27, 2013 at 10:52:38 am

Check if desktop video is set to NTSC. Sometimes it crashes and defaults to NTSC for some reason.

"Always look on the bright side of life" - Monty Python



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Bret Williams
Re: External Monitor Pixelated from FCPX
on Nov 27, 2013 at 4:51:59 pm

That's not really a standard setup, using a computer monitor as a video editing monitor. Likely the gamma will be off and it wouldn't support fields.

On my Flanders, which is a video monitor, I have a DVI input which can be used for HDMI with an adapter. However I do have to go into the monitor menu and change the DVI type. I think the same would possibly be true for HDMI unless it has some sort of auto detection. It's likely looking for a computer RGB signal, and it needs a YCbCr signal.

Worth digging into the monitor settings if you haven't figured it out already.


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Bill Davis
Re: External Monitor Pixelated from FCPX
on Nov 27, 2013 at 6:30:01 pm

The others above might be totally correct and you may have some monitor settings wrong - but t's also possible that X simply hasn't had time to transcode from it's thumbnail video files into higher rez workng files.

Park you playhead on a frame - and wait a second.

If the shot on your monitor clears up - then you're just looking tX working like it's designed to - which is to get you working instantly - and do the rendering in the background when it has time.

When X fully renders out the timeline, (i.e. when the orange render bar disappears in your storyline) the problem may well disappear.

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Mathieu Ghekiere
Re: External Monitor Pixelated from FCPX
on Nov 29, 2013 at 5:54:31 pm

Also check in the preferences of FCPX if your playback quality is set on High Quality or Better Performance.


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