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Max Frank
Recommended Hardware for Playback to 3rd display?
on Apr 15, 2015 at 11:22:58 am
Last Edited By Max Frank on Apr 15, 2015 at 1:55:45 pm

Hi,

I currently have 2 displays connected to my 2010 Mac Pro.

What is the best/cheapest breakout box or IO to be able to play the output from
my Premiere Pro timeline to a 3rd display?

This device below has been recommended. Any other suggestions?

http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Graphics-2048x1152-1920x1080-DisplayLink/dp/...
Plugable® USB 3.0 to VGA / DVI / HDMI Video Graphics Adapter Card for Multiple Monitors up to 2048x1152 / 1920x1080

Thanks in advance.


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Shane Ross
Re: Recommended Hardware for Playback to 3rd display?
on Apr 15, 2015 at 4:13:31 pm

The USB adapters won't work. They have no VRAM and Premiere Pro won't even launch with that connected.

Now...do you want a third COMPUTER display, or something like an HDTV for full screen playback? If the latter, look at decklink.com and aja.com for IO options. Decklink has cheaper ones...for the MacPro, there's the Intensity.

Shane
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Max Frank
Re: Recommended Hardware for Playback to 3rd display?
on Apr 15, 2015 at 4:16:49 pm

Thanks, Shane!


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Recommended Hardware for Playback to 3rd display?
on Apr 15, 2015 at 6:25:12 pm
Last Edited By David Roth Weiss on Apr 15, 2015 at 6:25:45 pm

Are you looking for a third computer display, or are you looking to output to a TV or monitor??? There's a huge difference...

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions


David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum.


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Max Frank
Re: Recommended Hardware for Playback to 3rd display?
on Apr 15, 2015 at 6:42:53 pm

Sorry if I was ambiguous.

I have a 3rd display (Dell 24"), that I want to
connect and use as an output monitor.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Recommended Hardware for Playback to 3rd display?
on Apr 15, 2015 at 6:55:03 pm
Last Edited By David Roth Weiss on Apr 15, 2015 at 7:05:27 pm

[Max Frank] "I have a 3rd display (Dell 24"), that I want to
connect and use as an output monitor."


In that case, your best bet is probably to acquire a GTX 680 Mac Edition GPU, which will not oily give you support for three concurrent computer monitors, and will also provide GPU acceleration via the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine.

Call OWC to see if they still have them - if not, ask them what the replacement is that three monitor support.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions


David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum.


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Max Frank
Re: Recommended Hardware for Playback to 3rd display?
on Apr 15, 2015 at 7:03:48 pm

Thanks, that's interesting, Dave.

I already have an NVIDIA 4000 (CUDA) card,
so would the GTX make such a big difference in
performance that it would warrant over getting a
Sub $200 I/O card?

Thanks in advance.


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Jeff Pulera
Re: Recommended Hardware for Playback to 3rd display?
on Apr 15, 2015 at 7:10:56 pm

Does the Dell display have an HDMI input? A BlackMagic Decklink Mini Monitor card is $140 and provides HDMI (and HD-SDI) output from a small PCI-e card (if you have a slot open). This is a VIDEO output at proper signal timing, not a "computer signal". Provides a more realistic preview of the video from Premiere timeline. Premiere will feed the card directly, has nothing to do with the Mac display hardware.

Thanks

Jeff Pulera
Safe Harbor Computers


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Max Frank
Re: Recommended Hardware for Playback to 3rd display?
on Apr 15, 2015 at 7:28:07 pm

Thanks, Jeff,

That's exactly what I'm looking for.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/964120-REG/blackmagic_design_decklink...

Thanks to everyone that took the valuable time to help out.


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Jeff Pulera
Re: Recommended Hardware for Playback to 3rd display?
on Apr 15, 2015 at 7:29:36 pm

Hi Max,

I recommend this vendor: http://www.sharbor.com/decklink-mini-monitor.html

Thanks

Jeff


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