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How would you set up a (professional) video monitor to a PowerMac G5 for use with Final Cut Pro? Would you just use the $20 Apple DVI to Video adaptor, or would you need another video card?
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you should be able to just hook up the DVI cable to the DVI ports on the back of the powermacs' video card.

edit: unless it is an older monitor i guess, then you'd need to use that connector...what monitor is this?
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Sorry, not a computer monitor, a pro video monitor. RCA/S-Vid inputs. And I know that the DVI to Video adaptor will connect the PowerMac to the monitor, but I want to set it up so that Final Cut automaticaly sets it as a monitor to be used with the program.
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if you dont mind me asking what cable are you talking about for the dvi to video, because it sounds like something I would want to buy
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Yeah. The Apple port thing to whatever (VGA, etc) VGA one comes with all computer. (At least iMac and iBook, I know that)
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The video adaptor is these:
For iBook, iMac, eMac, Old PowerBook G4 12in (Mini Video)
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL....0.1.1.2.1.0.3
For PowerMac G5 / Mac Mini (Standard DVI)
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL....0.1.1.0.1.0.3
For the *current* PowerBook G4 12 inch (MiniDVI)
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL....0.1.1.1.1.0.3

I'm not talking about VGA. By 'professional video monitor' I mean kind of like a TV- RCA and Svid inpits. I kno how to connect these, but I don't know if it'll work for Final Cut to recognise it as a video monitor, so that the FCP monitor will be displeyed on the video monitor automatically, as opposed to using it as a spanning screen and centering the monitor window to match up, because I want an accurate output.
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I mean like this. (Photoshoped composite of google images)
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since your editing, im sure you have a video camera with firewire and rca or s-video outputs......
connect your camera via firewire to your g5, then to the tv through the rca or s-video, then on fcp go to audio/video settings, then av devices, and select the firewire camera, or go to view>video playback, and select the firewire camera, then go to view>external video.. and select all frames...
that should work, its how i have mine set-up..
theres other ways, but this is the cheapest, since you most likely have a camera already wih these ports
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What you are actually doing is converting the Firewire DV output created by Final Cut to an Analog Component signal for the monitor. nutter already mentioned how to setup that DV output in FCP.

If you are looking for something as a standalone solution than this can be done through a signal converter such as the Canopus ADVC110, which is what I use, or a good DV deck. As nutter mentioned the cheapest way would be to use the DV camera you are using to shoot your videos with... Which would work just fine.

The advantage of the Canopus is you also can use it to directly digitize analog signals such as a VCR or BetaSP deck as well. Whereas with a deck or camera they usually will not do an instant Analog to DV throughput... so you have to dub the Analog video to a DV tape first. But unless you will be digitizing analog sources it really won't make any difference.

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