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How to get started video editing with two monitors.

by geoshimomura / August 20, 2013 10:39 AM PDT

I have a new Windows 7 desktop computer with two monitors but do not have knowledge or experience on video editing using two monitors. Would appreciate any assistance on how to get, physical set up, etc. Any referrals to workshops or forums or on-line classes would also be appreciated.

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It's your choice all the way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 20, 2013 11:01 AM PDT

Why would you think there is no way but such as you learned in the classroom?

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What I'm using.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2013 8:01 AM PDT

Here's how I digitize old analog content -> A Philips DVDR3576H

No computer required and can pop the content to DVD for use later on the PC. Quite the time saver.

As to titles I've used, that's a long list. Remember that one never is locked to one title as the client is always right. Try Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas and for the cheaper seats Corel's VideoStudio and others.

Hope this helps,

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With the monitors confgured for an Extended desktop view,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 21, 2013 1:32 AM PDT

launch your video editing program and spread out across the two monitors.
Editing with two monitors is not that much different from editing with one monitor, you just have much more room to put stuff.

You'll soon figure out what arrangement works best for you and what you are most comfortable with.

As Bob said, there is no "correct" was to set this up.

On the other hand, that may not be the question you are actually asking. Did you mean that you had never done video editing before and wanted referrals to workshops or forums on how to get started with video editing


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Still unsure about getting started in digital video editing.
by geoshimomura / August 21, 2013 7:55 AM PDT

Thanks to both of your're right in questioning what I really am getting at. I did movie editing with Super 8 and 8 mm format in the "old" days but have never gotten my feet wet with digital video editing on my desktop computer. I only understand that having two monitors (on one keyboard) can be easier to edit than using only one monitor. I have old 8mm films and VHS that need to be converted to digital format and downloaded on my new computer as well as having to decide on which video editing software to use. I asked about the use of two monitors because I'm thinking that it would be less stressful learning to work with two from the start rather than extend the learning curve learning from one then "graduating" to two. Thanks.

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