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    Editing question on a Mac - output to tv / monitor?
    Hi everyone,

    I have been a PC user nearly all my life - I am looking at upgrading to a mac for editing (i tried final cut pro and was so impressed). One question, when I edit on final cut what output's are there on the mac so I can see the image on a TV / monitor (i.e. -svideo, hdmi, composite)?

    Or would I need a seperate device?

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    It depends on what Mac you get. Look at the Apple website to see what kind of video output each model has.


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    I can't find anything on the mac site. I am looking at either a powerbook or imac.

    Can any other video editors help me?

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    you would need either a firewire output device like a dv deck or a AJA HD IO or you would need a capture card (only available on mac pro and powermac) nothing can be purchased from apple.

    If you are going to be getting a powerbook or a imac you probably are not going to be doing anything professional so I am thinking just a dv deck will suit you fine.
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    If you go with an iMac or Macbook Pro, and the dv deck is out of your price range, you can just use a standard camcorder as your deck. Just use the cables that came with your camcorder, plug them into your TV. Then launch final cut, and then do the normal steps to detect and connect to a dv deck...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerBookG4 View Post
    you would need either a firewire output device like a dv deck or a AJA HD IO or you would need a capture card (only available on mac pro and powermac) nothing can be purchased from apple.

    If you are going to be getting a powerbook or a imac you probably are not going to be doing anything professional so I am thinking just a dv deck will suit you fine.
    No, i'm actually doing music videos. I am setting up a company and have been working freelance so far editing on a PC with premiere pro, which until now has suited me fine. - so yeah, it's pro work.

    The problem is, at this stage I need a mac, but cannot afford a powermac, they cost a fortune in the UK. I was lead to beleive that a mac will edit whatever (even HD) without the need for an extra capture card.

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    Yeah, you can do this.
    I think the other people were mixing up capturing and displaying...or something.

    All you need is a imac, macbook pro, macpro, powermac, or any other mac with dual display support.
    For SD:
    All you need is a cable from Apple that converts to video out (s-video/composite). For example, for a macpro or macbook pro you need a DVI to video adapter. Then just plus your monitor into the adapter and set up the monitor in FCP (check the manual). Also make sure you arn't in display mirroring mode.

    For HD:
    Same as before, only you don't need the adapter (unless you are using HDMI, then you need a DVI to HDMI adapter), Just plug your computer into an HD monitor. This won't work with any mac with analog out (not a problem with any current-gen mac).

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    Also, like xtreeme and pb hinted,

    either SD or HD you can get you carmcorder (or deck) to output your image to a TV. From the Mac via firewire to the deck and from the deck to the tv (most likely via RCA cables).

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