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Hour 2. Premiere Setup > Connecting Your Camcorder and Monitor(s)

Connecting Your Camcorder and Monitor(s)

Now it's time to connect a monitor and a camcorder or VCR to your PC. An external TV monitor (as opposed to the monitor windows within Premiere's workspace and your computer's monitor) is not essential, but once you work with one you'll never want to do without. For projects slated for TV viewing, it gives you a truer feel for how your finished product will look, including colors and placement of titles. There's no need to buy a broadcast-quality monitor. You simply can use a small, portable color TV. Attach your camcorder or VCR to the monitor using the VTR Out jack. See Figure 2.2 for some possible configurations.

Figure 2.2. Using a separate monitor (an inexpensive portable TV works fine) lets you see exactly how your edits will look on TV. Here are three suggested configurations, from consumer level to professional.



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