How To Hook Up an External Video Monitor to Final Cut Pro

Using an external video monitor when working with Final Cut Pro can be a pain in the neck. Final Cut Pro is not designed to play to video monitors, and the basic problem is that they speak a different language. These languages are the modes by which media and software information are passed between two electrical items, so in order to get the best out of both your computer software and your external video monitor, you will need to help them talk to each other in a way that they can both understand. This can be a difficult and frustrating process, but by following some simple guidelines, you should be able to manage to complete this task in a suitable time frame.

Materials Needed

  • Computer
  • External Video Monitor
  • Firewire port
  • Final Cut Pro software
  • Video clip

Step 1: Edit the Clip

Before you begin using the external video monitor, you should edit the clip in Final Cut Pro, and make sure that any unsuitable ratios and sizes are cut out of the video. Save your clip in a suitable location, and then close the Final Cut Pro while you attach the external monitor. You will need to avoid having the program running while you fit the parts, and you may also want to shut down the computer once you have fitted the firewire elements, so that the computer knows that they are there.

Step 2: Attach the Firewire

In order to adapt the signal from the computer to the video monitor, you need something which can speak the language of both devices, rather like a translator. One of the quickest ways to get a firewire converter is simply to use an intermediary, such as a DVD recorder or a mobile phone. You may also install a converter box which will act as a translator. The latter is not cheap, and you may only want to install it if you intend to use the video editing software as part of work. Connect your firewire device to the computer.

Step 3: Connect the Monitor

Attach the monitor to the recorder using a cable. Most recorders have a video jack connector which will allow you simply to clip the monitor to the machine without having to do any complex wiring. You should also connect the recorder to the stereo if you have suitable jacks for this purpose.

Step 4: Connecting Monitor and Final Cut Pro

In your computer, go to the General Preferences button, and click the View External Video connection. You need to select the right firewire connection, either that is a PAL or NTSC system. Once the computer recognizes the firewire, you should be able to go to the Final Cut Pro, and click on the View button. There, you will see a tag saying External Video. Click on All Frames, and then open the file containing your video. This method should allow your system to connect to the external video monitor, and play Final Cut Pro files upon it easily.

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