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Matt Wise
3-monitor setup with Final Cut Pro
on Aug 14, 2012 at 4:53:34 am

So I'm trying to figure out how to do external playback on my Sony TV while using my 2 main monitors to edit. Help anyone?

My setup:
I have a Mac Pro tower with 2x ATI 5770 graphics cards and 2x 24" monitors which are hooked into one 5770. My TV is hooked up via DVI to the other 5770. Both monitor are working great side-by-side and the TV is working well as a third monitor.

The problem:
When I go into "Audio/Video settings" in FCP, and set up the "Playback Output" to Digital Cinema Desktop Preview, like I read to do, the video plays back on my 2nd 24" monitor. How do i get it to play back on my TV instead so I can still use my 2 monitors side-by side? Thanx a lot!!!


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Shane Ross
Re: 3-monitor setup with Final Cut Pro
on Aug 14, 2012 at 6:13:11 am

http://www.decklink.com
http://www.aja.com
http://www.matrox.com

Look at the Decklink Studio. $300...HDMI out, does what you want.

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Matt Wise
Re: 3-monitor setup with Final Cut Pro
on Aug 14, 2012 at 6:29:06 am

Thanx a lot Shane,

Appreciate it...

Even though my TV is working via HDMI and DVI from my 2nd ATI 5770 graphics card, I can't use it as playback monitor? Curious what the difference is between the 5770 and a Decklink Studio since they both have HDMI outputs. Thanx a lot!


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Shane Ross
Re: 3-monitor setup with Final Cut Pro
on Aug 14, 2012 at 9:04:03 am

The graphics card will only output TWO signals...even though you have three outputs. Whenever two video sources are in use, the third port goes inactive. Yeah, I know this for sure as a friend of mine tried this, and we called the manufacturer.

And the main difference is that the output will be a COMPUTER display output, not a video output. The HDMI out is a proper video signal. And there is a difference.

Main thing is that the graphics card only allows two outputs, for a third you will need the IO card...to get a full video output. You can add another graphics card, And that will do three computer display outputs, but FCP and Motion don't react well to two video cards.

Shane
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Matt Wise
Re: 3-monitor setup with Final Cut Pro
on Aug 14, 2012 at 9:16:45 am

Thanx Shane,

I do have 2x 5770 graphics cards, one connected to my two monitors and the other card connected to the TV via a DVI output to a HDMI input. It must be what you were saying about FCP not liking the 3rd monitor. Bummer.

Thanx anyway... appreciate the input!

-Matt


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