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06 June 2010, 09:23 PM
Would it there be some waste of performance at After Effects (and Premiere)
by using two monitors (and not just one) with a single graphic card?

Thanks in advance.

06 June 2010, 11:52 PM
For the gain you would receive in human performance alone, the extra monitor is worth it.

Unless you have a very basic graphics card it is not going to tax AE all that much to use it on two screens.

06 June 2010, 04:24 AM
I keep my main work on a large 16:9 monitor, and I have a smaller 4:3 monitor for utilities, like Bridge, a browser, and the Metadata panel. I have some custom two-monitor workspaces ( saved.

06 June 2010, 04:08 PM
...although the CS3 onwards UI has made working on even a single monitor efficient, unlike the old mess with floating and overlapping panels around, it still is way more productive to work on dual or triple monitor setup.
For starters, one can view the comp window in a decent size, especially for HD work (assuming no blackmagic or aja cards are hooked) and you still have space for multiple expanded timelines and nifty panels open to view at a glance.

The only slight drawback in AE on old machines with a weak cpu & vga card that is, if you open a second comp window, say in a 3D comp, and have one window showing active camera and the other a 4 view display top, left custom etc, having them in full quality will indeed slow things down.

07 July 2010, 05:04 PM
dual all the way!!
when i freelance at a studio and they got only one i immediately ask for another, way more productive and the fact that you can see all of your layers and be able to look at your footage at full res is a definite plus!

long live dual display!!

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