Set up dual displays

You can use a dual-monitor setup to work with SpeedGrade. The SpeedGrade workspace is displayed on one monitor and the footage is displayed on the other.

Standard dual-monitor setup

A standard dual-monitor setup uses two monitors connected with two DVI or two DP outputs from your graphics card.

  1. Connect the DVI or DP outputs to the two monitors. 

    Tip: Use a calibrated monitor or projector for the footage monitor.

  2. In SpeedGrade, click Settings > Display and adjust the settings under Window Size. 

    The default values work for two displays with 1920x1080 resolution. SpeedGrade is displayed to the left of the display with the footage.

  3. Select the Enable option.

Advanced dual-monitor setup

The advanced dual monitor setup uses nVidia Quadro SDI technology to allow for real-time 10- and 12-bit output over Single Link or Dual Link SDI. The nVidia Quadro SDI setup requires a 64-bit Windows 7 system.

  1. Connect the DVI or DisplayPort output to the display you want to use for the SpeedGrade workspace.
  2. Use either a Single Link or Dual Link SDI output from the NVIDIA SDI card to connect with external waveform and other monitoring devices, and your reference monitor or projector.
  3. In SpeedGrade, select Settings > Display.
  4. In the SDI Output section, change signal and format settings according to your desired output format settings.
  5. Select the Enable option.

FAQ: How many outputs on the nVidia GPU can be used in parallel?

Only two outputs at a time can be used in parallel. The SDI card is routed through the Quadro GPU and thus takes one DVI or DP output. The other output can be used for the workspace display. The additional DisplayPort is not active in parallel.

Tip: Combining local footage display with a projection setup

To give the operator an accurate local display in parallel to another display or projection system, a signal split on the SDI output is recommended. This is the recommended way to monitor a signal through external waveform and vectorscope devices.