One of the greatest improvements you can make to an editing setup is adding a second monitor. This could mean having two monitors on your desk or simple adding a monitor to your laptop, giving you two displays. There are plenty of ways to configure a dual monitor setup as well.
Orange83 put together a quick tutorial on how to make the most of your dual monitor setup as well as explaining reasons why you might want to do certain things.
There are two different ways to get a dual monitor setup using Premiere Pro. The first method is to get a fullscreen playback of your footage on the second display. To do this you’ll need to head to the menus. Under “Edit” you’ll find “Preferences” and then “Playback.”
Once you have that opened up you’ll be able to select both of your monitors. Also, check the box to disable video output when Premiere is in the background. That keeps it from remaining up when you are not actively in Premiere.
As for why you would want to do this there is the obvious answer: you get a nice large view of your footage as you work. That makes it easier to grade and since it is a different display you can change the color spaces to preview it in multiple scenarios.
Method number two is more customizable. When you hover over panels you will see a rectangular icon appear. By clicking that you can drag the panel wherever you want, such as the other display. Now you can take whatever parts you want and move them over, creating a larger workspace for you to fit all your tools.
If you want to save a custom workspace just head to “Window” > “Workspace” > “Save as New Workspace…” Once you have it saved you can quickly pull it back up whenever you want.
You can make multiple different configurations, say one for editing and one for grading, and quickly switch between them when you want.
One more tip is actually for using a single display. Take the entire project panel and move it to the left side of the screen. This helps minimize any wasted space once you appropriately shrink the width of all the various panels. You still get to see everything but have a lot more timeline space to work with.
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