Using the Matrox with Final Cut Pro
General Overview of Matrox Set-Up for Final Cut Pro
The lab and edit suites have NTSC monitors which on their own can’t accurately render an HD image. Matrox MXO systems installed in edit suites 205 and 206 take the DVI output from the Mac computer and convert it to broadcast-quality video. You can preview your Apple Final Cut Pro Studio projects on the secondary NTSC Apple Cinema displays installed for that purpose.
1. Open the footage for viewing within Final Cut Pro
You must view your footage within Final Cut Pro in order for the Matrox color correction to work. Open your project and have your sequence ready to play.
2. Turn off Mirroring
Mirroring happens when the video plays on the external monitor and the desktop simultaneously. The Matrox system will not run correctly if mirroring is enabled.
a. When Final Cut Pro has opened, in the top menu go to “Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings…”
b. In the “Audio/Video Settings” window, click on the top tab labeled “AV Devices”
3. Review the clip format
In order to view your sequence, you will need to know what compressor was used, as well as at what resolution and video rate the footage was captured. You can find this information by right or control + clicking on the clip in the browser and from the drop down menu select “Item Properties > Format…”
Within the “Format” view you will see settings for the Video Rate and Compressor. You need to make note of these so you can review your footage on the secondary monitor.
4. Set video playback setting
Now in the top menu go to “View > Video Playback.” A drop down will display a large number of settings re: the compressor, resolution and video frame rate. Review your notes and select the appropriate MXO setting in the menu.
When you set the setting the secondary monitor should refresh and display a still image of your footage. If you don’t see anything on the secondary monitor, check that the correct “Video Playback” setting has been chosen and proceed to step 5 below.
5. Set external video settings
Now in the top menu go to View > External Video. In the drop down select “All Frames.” This is a toggle, so if you are unable to view the footage, check again and be sure that All Frames was selected – not deselected.
You should now see a full screen still from your sequence. When you play the sequence, the video footage should play smoothly and at the true frame rate on the secondary monitor. Use this monitor to review your color correction work within Final Cut Pro.