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John Miller
iMac, Final Cut, and External monitor -- HELP!
on Nov 26, 2009 at 12:49:10 am

Hi, I tried searching but didn't find what I'm looking for.

I have a mid-2007 iMac that has a mini-DVI output port. I'm getting an LCD
widescreen (full HD) monitor and hook it up to my iMac using the adapter.

When I'm cutting in Final Cut Pro 6.0, I want to move the Canvas over to the
external monitor, and expand it so I can see my picture larger..

That is not the problem, but, when I go to full screen (command + F12) can I see
the full screen on my external monitor, or would it still show on my iMac?

I know I can go up to View>Video Playback> and choose Digital Cinema Desktop Preview Main
When I attach and configure my other monitor, will it show up in the Video Playback menu?
I assume that if it does, I will be able to preview full screen on that monitor now.


Thank you for any help or suggestions.


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: iMac, Final Cut, and External monitor -- HELP!
on Nov 26, 2009 at 12:30:08 pm

The LCD is a TV set or a computer display?

Jerry

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John Miller
Re: iMac, Final Cut, and External monitor -- HELP!
on Nov 26, 2009 at 7:40:35 pm

Hello Jerry,

The LCD is a computer display. I will connect it using a mini-DVI to DVI adapter from my iMac to the LCD display.


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John Fishback
Re: iMac, Final Cut, and External monitor -- HELP!
on Nov 27, 2009 at 5:58:38 pm

Here's a post that might relate to your question. I don't know if your iMac's display card does any "cleaning up" of the signal. http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/200/883587

John

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Jerry Hofmann
Re: iMac, Final Cut, and External monitor -- HELP!
on Nov 27, 2009 at 12:40:49 pm

You will be able to choose either monitor for full screen playback. But it won't be exactly what you'd see on a TV set because the gammas are different between the computer display and a video monitor or TV set, so it's not the best for color correction. If the source material is interlaced, then it will sort of tear during playback because a computer display is progressive only. There are fixes for this, but just keep that in mind...

Jerry


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John Miller
Re: iMac, Final Cut, and External monitor -- HELP!
on Nov 28, 2009 at 5:44:42 am

Thanks Jerry and John.

All I need it to do is playback in full screen.



Thanks for your help


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