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profftin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 19, 2011 5:34 AM

I am using a new Mac book Pro 15".


I want to attach a larger display, is it then possible to separate elements of the screen to each display? EG project edit and playback on large screen and source materials on the Macbook small screen? If so how do I do it??

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • elikness Level 4 Level 4 (2,635 points)
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    Sep 19, 2011 11:38 AM (in response to profftin)

    Yes you can. First however, go to the Preferences option under the iMovie Menu. Click on the check-box marked Enable Advanced Tools. Then Window>Viewer on Secondary Display. This will give you the option of playing back the previews on a seperate attached monitor.

  • elikness Level 4 Level 4 (2,635 points)
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    Sep 19, 2011 1:40 PM (in response to profftin)

    More specifically I can give you the Apple Help file regarding this issue:



    In iMovie, choose Window > “Viewer on Other Display.”


    My guess is try rebooting your Mac, and make sure the other display is set to be an extended desktop of your MacBook. Launch iMovie again, and see if the Viewer on Other Display appears as on option under the Window Menu.

  • elikness Level 4 Level 4 (2,635 points)
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    Sep 20, 2011 6:20 AM (in response to profftin)

    Now as you are a font of knowlege,is it possible to swap the diplays over..when working it would be great if the big screen was my work station and my Macbook the playback viewer.


    Try going to the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Displays > Try dragging the menu bar from the current window thumbnail to the other window thumbnail in the displays setup. The menu bar location determines which display is considered 'Primary' and which 'Secondary'. Be advised though that when you disconnect from what has effectively become your primary display, this could cause your Mac a little confusion and difficulty. Forewarned is forearmed. You might want to experiment with disconnecting from the display after you  have set it to being your Primary display.


    I notice that some of my transition edits are a bit bumpy as are some of the 'Ken Burns' moves over stills any remedies???


    In iMovie go to the iMovie Menu > Preferences > Full-screen playback:


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    From this point you will click on the pull-down menu and try out each option, see if it has any effect on the playback that's visible at the transitions and Ken Burns effect points. But be forewarned again, you are now try to drive 2 graphics displays instead of 1 and taxing the graphics chip on your MacBook Pro.

    iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • elikness Level 4 Level 4 (2,635 points)
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    Sep 22, 2011 7:56 AM (in response to profftin)

    It may not want to switch, it may be at it's limit for doing the two monitors. Or you may have to set both displays to some resolution less than the Maximum? I suggest trying different resolutions too something less than the biggest size available for either display. And liberal use of the 'Detect Displays' button is in order as the Mac may not auto sense the external display always. Just some things to try out.

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    Feb 11, 2013 2:31 PM (in response to profftin)

    I have sortof an issue here, I have 2 extra monitors, hooked up, a VGA and a HDMI 32" I want my hdmi 32" as the second monitor for imovie for the viewer, but it always resorts to the VGA smaller one, no matter what i try, it did work for a bit, then sometimes when i turn the mac off etc, its like everything resets and goes crazy again not letting me use the hdmi, if i unplug the vga perfect, but as soon as i plug it back in, it sees it and sends it back to the vga.  errrrr help!


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