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Alex Wishart
Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 10, 2015 at 4:07:43 pm

Hello Everyone!

My company has me using a MacPro Retina, with two 24" external monitors.
How do I make the two externals my first and second displays? Each time I try to expand FCPX to my second monitor, it jumps to my MacPro, and not the larger external monitor.
Can I define the monitor order somewhere?
Any information and/or suggestions is greatly appreciated!
(My apologies if this is too easy, but I'm mainly used to working with Premiere, so I'm slightly out of my comfort zone on very random things lol.)

Take care,
-Alex-


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 10, 2015 at 7:09:01 pm

I'm guessing you have a MacBook Pro with retina rather than a Mac Pro but in any event, there's not much you can do with customising the display in FCPX. Unlike Premiere, it pretty much is what it is.

As far as I know, in OS X you can specify the primary screen, but with more than two screens, what it chooses as the secondary is in the lap of the gods. Maybe someone knows a third party utility that can set it?

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Alex Wishart
Re: Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 10, 2015 at 7:25:01 pm

Oops.. You're correct, I meant MacBook Pro w/ Retina display.
Well that's unfortunate, but I do appreciate the help and insight and answer, otherwise I'd be google-ing all over the pace and messing up my preferences.

Have a good one!

-Alex-


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Bret Williams
Re: Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 11, 2015 at 1:33:55 am

In arrangement panel of the displays preference pane you can move the menu bar from screen to screen. See if that helps determine which is primary.


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 11, 2015 at 5:00:20 am

I gathered that primary wasn't the issue - it's telling OS X which of the other two screens is the secondary display.

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Bret Williams
Re: Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 11, 2015 at 5:07:39 am

He said "each time I try to expand FCP to my larger external monitor it jumps to my MacBookPro" which to me, means he's moving the Final Cut Pro window/app to the external monitor, and expanding it full screen and that when he does that it pops up full screen on the laptop. He doesn't mention trying to put the viewers or events on the second display. X may not support 3 displays. But arrangement and primary/secondary is controlled on the arrangement pane. Put the menu on the main monitor and maybe close the laptop so it's not an option?


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Oliver Peters
Re: Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 11, 2015 at 1:24:49 pm

I'm not sure about 2 external screens, but certainly the laptop plus an external screen is quite commonplace. Here are some layout possibilities with X.

https://digitalfilms.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/fcp-x-screen-layouts/

Expand the images for a better view.

Oliver

Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
Orlando, FL
http://www.oliverpeters.com


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 11, 2015 at 6:46:31 pm

The actual question, on the second line of Alex's post, was how to make the two external monitors the first and second display, with the laptop being the third. You can specify the primary, but there's no way I can think of to specify the secondary.

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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 11, 2015 at 6:50:40 pm

Actually, if he could do without the third screen, I guess he could run the laptop in clamshell mode and jus.t use the two external screens.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Bret Williams
Re: Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 11, 2015 at 7:49:02 pm

Didn't I say that on the last line of my 2nd post? :P


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Monitor Setup for FCPX
on Nov 11, 2015 at 8:20:15 pm

What can I say... my comprehension and recollection pre-breakfast & strong coffee can be a little dodgy at times. :-)

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