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MacBook Pro with an External Monitor for Final Cut Pro

Anytime you can run Final Cut Pro on two monitors you are going to appreciate the added real estate. On the other hand if you use only an external monitor, it will extend the screen life of your MacBook Pro. 

After connecting the external monitor, and launching Final Cut Pro there will be additional Window Layouts available. Depending on the size of your external monitor, you may want to just leave the the standard configuration on the external monitor, and use the MacBook Pro screen as your preview. 

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To do this you will want to go into the Display Settings in the System Preferences, and set the menu bar to the external monitor. Once this is done you need only set up the preview in the view menu in Final Cut Pro. I suggest keeping the Finder on the MacBook Pro screen, so when you need to go into the Finder, it will leave the entire Final Cut Pro interface visible. 


If you are trying to extend the life of the screen on your MacBook Pro, you can actually close your MacBook Pro, and use only the external monitor. There are however a couple steps that you will need to follow to make this happen. First you will need to go into the Display Settings within the System Preferences, and under the Arrangement tab check the Mirror Displays box. Once the displays are mirrored, you are ready to close the MacBook Pro, but before you do, you will want to make sure the keyboard that you will be using is unplugged. As soon as the MacBook Pro is closed, it will go to sleep, and you will see no display on the external monitor. Plugging the keyboard into the MacBook Pro will wake it up, and show the display on the external monitor. 

The Henge company has a line of dock products that facilitate the use of external monitors very effectively.  Using one of the Henge docks to integrate your home entertainment center to your MacBook Pro is an extremely contemporary way to tie everything together. 

Regardless of how you use your external monitor, once it is connected to your MacBook Pro, you will need to adjust the resolution of the external monitor. By default the external monitor will assume the resolution of the MacBook Pro, which is going to be less than the MacBook Pro. Finding ways to be most efficient is what we do at GeniusDV. Visit geniusdv.com today, check out our training classes, and become more efficient yourself.
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