Final Cut Pro X: View playback on an external monitor or display

View playback on an external monitor or display

Final Cut Pro includes an A/V Output option to send video and audio from your Mac to an external video monitor. The A/V Output feature shows you how video and audio look and sound on an NTSC/PAL, HD, or 4K monitor. In addition, this feature allows you to test output with sophisticated external devices such as vectorscopes and waveform monitors.

NTSC or PAL output requires compatible third-party video interface hardware and software. 4K output requires a third-party video interface or a 4K-capable Mac with an HDMI output. FireWire DV devices are not supported. For more information about third-party devices and software, contact the device manufacturer or go to the Final Cut Pro X Resources webpage.

Note: If you have a second computer display connected to your Mac, you can expand your workspace by showing the viewer, browser, or timeline on the second display. For more information, see Move the viewer, browser, or timeline to a second display.

View playback on an external monitor using a third-party video interface

  1. Install the video interface hardware and software according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  2. Connect an external video monitor to the video interface, and make sure the monitor and all other external devices are connected to power and turned on.

  3. To select an A/V output device, choose Final Cut Pro > Preferences (or press Command-Comma), click Playback, then click the A/V Output pop-up menu and choose the external monitor.

  4. In Final Cut Pro, choose Window > A/V Output.

    The viewer contents appear on the broadcast monitor. Viewer features (such as onscreen controls and the title-safe and action-safe overlays) appear only in Final Cut Pro.

    Note: Video and audio are synced at the video frame (not audio sample) level.

    Viewer contents appearing on an external monitor connected through a third-party interface

    To turn off A/V output, choose Window > A/V Output.

View playback on an external monitor using HDMI

If you’re using Final Cut Pro 10.1 or later on a 4K-capable Mac with an HDMI port, you can play 4K or HD 1080 video on an external video monitor connected to the HDMI port.

For a list of compatible Mac computers, see the Apple Support article Mac computers capable of viewing 4K resolution via HDMI.

  1. Use an HDMI cable to connect the external HDMI video monitor to the HDMI port on your Mac, and make sure the monitor is connected to power and turned on.

  2. To configure the HDMI monitor, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Displays.

  3. In Displays preferences, set the HDMI monitor to be a secondary display.

  4. Select Scaled, and in the list that appears, select 4096 x 2160, 3840 x 2160, 1080i, or 1080p.

    Note: You may need to press the Option key while you click Scaled to see additional resolutions for the HDMI monitor.

  5. To select the monitor in Final Cut Pro, choose Final Cut Pro > Preferences (or press Command-Comma), click Playback, then click the A/V Output pop-up menu and choose the HDMI monitor.

  6. In Final Cut Pro, choose Window > A/V Output.

    The viewer contents appear on the HDMI monitor. Viewer features (such as onscreen controls and the title-safe and action-safe overlays) appear only in Final Cut Pro.

    Note: Video and audio are synced at the video frame (not audio sample) level.

    Viewer contents appearing on an external HDMI monitor

    To turn off A/V output, choose Window > A/V Output.

Published Date: Apr 17, 2017
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