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Marc Ligon
Canvas Playback Viewing/External Monitor hookup
on Dec 14, 2009 at 4:36:42 pm

I've hooked up my external video monitor as follows and am not getting a signal - preferably of the canvas output during editing.

I have a firewire going from the Mac to the Deck, the input on deck set at DV, video out of deck to video in on monitor.

Please confirm AV settings (I have tried several) or other steps I am missing.

Thanks!


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Shane Ross
Re: Canvas Playback Viewing/External Monitor hookup
on Dec 14, 2009 at 6:10:01 pm

What format are you working with and trying to monitor? If DV...then...

Shane's Stock Answer #8: External Monitor Viewing

If you are working with DV, this is simple. First connect your computer to a camera or deck via firewire, Then connect the camera/deck to your TV/Monitor via RCA or S-Video.

Then start up your camera and tv, then open fcp.

Go to the View Menu, choose > External video > all frames
VIEW>Video playback should be Apple firewire NTSC (If you are using an NTSC set)
VIEW>Audio playback should be Audio follows Video

Techinially, this should send synched video to your TV

If for some reason you can't view your timeline on your external monitor, there are a few things to try:

1) Make sure that the camera/deck is connected and powered on BEFORE you open FCP.

2) In the Final Cut Pro menu select AUDIO/VIDEO Preferences and make sure your signal is being sent out thru Firewire DV.

3) Go to the menu and select VIEW>EXTERNAL>ALL FRAMES.

4) Click in the % box above the image and select FIT TO WINDOW.

5) Go to VIEW->refresh A/V devices

6) Make sure the Log & Capture window is closed

If you want it to play in both the canvas and the external monitor you need to go to the FINAL CUT PRO menu and select AUDIO/VIDIO settings and make sure MIRROR ON DESKTOP is selected under the PLAYBACK OUTPUT section.

If you are working with HDV footage, FCP 6 allows you to view this via firewire, but ONLY as downconverted DV. It won't look the best, but you can see it. To do this,

If you need to view any format other than DV at full resolution, then you need to look into capture cards. Several standard definition and high definition models are available from http://www.aja.com and http://www.decklink.com. With these options you'll need a proper monitor to view full broadcast colors, but all models allow for realtime standard definition downconvert, allowing you to view HD on an SD monitor.

The Matrox MXO is another option that is output only, but allows you to view your footage on an Apple Cinema Display at full broadcast quality.


Shane



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John Maguire
Re: Canvas Playback Viewing/External Monitor hookup
on Jan 3, 2010 at 6:09:46 pm

Shane, you state "If you are working with HDV footage, FCP 6 allows you to view this via firewire, but ONLY as downconverted DV. It won't look the best, but you can see it. To do this," That's where that paragraph ends. Is there a different troubleshooting or setup process for external monitoring of HDV as SD via firewire than your usually recommended steps above?


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