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How to select which monitor is the "secondary display"?

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Azaadkb Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Aug 18, 2013 6:29 AM



I use a three monitor set up for my editing, including my late 2012 27" iMac, a 27" Samsung Syncmaster, and a 24" LG Flatron.  The monitors are aligned from left to right in the above order along my desk.  As many of you already know, FCPX has an option to enable a "secondary display" in the Window tab that lets the software span two screens - which I prefer to use when possible to take advantage of all the real estate I can. 


However, the software always defaults the secondary display to the last monitor in the sequence of 3.  In other words, the secondary display always pops up on the third monitor, my LG, even if my primary display is all the way over to the far left screen on my iMac.  This isn't a huge deal, but its not ideal for editing because I have to drag my pointer back and forth across all three screens to utilize the secondary display. 


Is there any way in the FCPX software to choose which monitor will be used to show the secondary display interface?  I would prefer to use my iMac screen as my primary display, and have the secondary display interface in FCPX show up on the middle monitor.  The only work arounds I can think of is to change the physical arrangement of my monitors so that my iMac is in the center, or to do all of my editing on the 2nd and 3rd display and leave my iMac display out of it altogether.  Anyone know of a fix from within the software itself?



iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), 3.4GHz Intel Core i7
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)

    what a luxury problem - three monitors! you make me jealous!


    have you tried the System Prefs?

    in 'Monitors' you simply drag'n drop the 'arrangement' of 2/3/4 monitors....

  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)

    It depsends on how the monitors are physically connected, and how you have the Displays settings configured in System Preferences.

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,885 points)

    "Haha, I think I'll just physically rearrange my monitors."


    Yeah that'll do it.

    No need for any software nightmares.




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