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Krista Lettko
FCP imac to tv output
on Feb 4, 2010 at 2:40:19 am

I am updating my editing station, and am looking to add a lcd hdtv to view my FCP projects from my imac, and to do color correction. I need to know whether or not I need a breaker box to do so. I have been told that the video quality will be the same without a breaker box, I have also been told that I don't need a breaker box, and it will work without it. I don't want to purchase a new tv without knowing for sure whether I will need the box. If I do need it, I will purchase another monitor and make my station dual monitor instead. I need some input.
HELP.


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Chris Tompkins
Re: FCP imac to tv output
on Feb 4, 2010 at 1:26:42 pm

What do you as an output from the imac?
Do you want to run Firewire out to a deck/camera and then to a monitor?
How our you getting video in and out of the imac now?

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta


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Alan Okey
Re: mixed formats
on Feb 4, 2010 at 1:47:15 pm

If you are editing HD video and you want accurate color representation, you will need a breakout box like this:

http://www.matrox.com/video/en/products/mxo/

Simply using a second computer monitor attached directly to the computer (i.e. as a second computer monitor) will not give you accurate color preview for video content. You need a proper video output interface and a way to properly calibrate the preview monitor.

If you are not editing HD, you can use Firewire out of your iMac through your camera or DV deck to connect to a TV. Alternately, you can use a DV interface like the Canopus ADVC-110:

http://www.grassvalley.com/products/advc110

The Canopus is actually preferable to a deck or camera because most consumer DV devices (cameras and decks) do not output the proper black level for US-NTSC, which is 7.5 IRE. Instead, they mostly output 0 IRE, which is too dark. If you do color correction while viewing improper black levels on your preview monitor, this will result in your videos appearing washed out when you burn a DVD or play back your video on a properly calibrated system.

More info here:

http://www.signvideo.com/dv-black-levels-dvd-authoring-mpeg-2-part-1.htm





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Krista Lettko
Re: mixed formats
on Feb 4, 2010 at 4:39:03 pm

Thank you thank you thank you. I am still new to this wonderful world of editing, and this is exactly the information I was needed. Thank you!


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Sarab Lubana
Re: mixed formats
on Sep 10, 2010 at 9:36:03 am

I Have Sony Mini DV Cam. But I dont know how to get preview on TV with Firewire?? I Have Mac Pro G5 With Final Cut Studio-2. PLzz help me ... :) Thanx in advance .... :)


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