Yosemite Update: Secondary Monitor Display With Limited Resolution Choices

Yosemite Update: Secondary Monitor Display With Limited Resolution Choices


2015 MacBook Air
2012 MacBook Pro 15″
NewerTech Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
ProPresenter 5
Optoma TW610 ST projector (connected via VGA)

With the Yosemite update, the secondary monitor display options are limited to only 2 resolutions:
1280×1024 and 800×600.
There are no other options available under the “Scaled” option.

Yosemite secondary display resolutions
After blaming the Thunderbolt to VGA adapter, the cable, the projector, the user (me),
the host software (in this case ProPresenter 5), hardware (a 2015 MacBook Air), it came down to an OS problem with Yosemite.
It seems Yosemite is no longer able to auto sense what’s connected through the Thunderbolt port when it comes to VGA and it does not allow you to choose from a list of possibilities.

As a side note, I did try a Thunderbolt to HDMI adaptor that worked correctly
(i.e. showing me all available resolutions).
However, there wasn’t a 50′ HDMI cable available.

How do I know it’s not a hardware (2015 MacBook Air) issue?
Because an older MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) with a fresh install of Yosemite had the same issue
and the only thing in common was Yosemite.

Needless to say, this has driven me nuts for 2 weeks.

After more research, the solution is to hold down the “option/alt key
when selectingScaled” in the monitor preference.


Now all available resolutions including the one I need (1280×768) are shown.
Yosemite secondary display resolutions - all available

there are different refresh rates selected between the above images; refresh rates had nothing to do with what resolutions were available;
just wanted to make a note

So, thanks Yosemite for all the stress and aggravation for the last 2 weeks.

This seems to have been an issue with Mavericks as well.


Why did it take 2 weeks to figure this out? because I only have access to the system for a few hours on Sunday mornings
and have limited time to research during the week due to the fact that I’m simply a volunteer tech
and have a day job and evening responsibilities. 






More FREE stuff for IMAG

One of the many things I concern myself with is filling large projection screens every Sunday.

I’m not a graphic artist… but I think I can fake it pretty well. In my many attempts at faking it, I’ve created some stuff that I want to share.

This post deals with graphics and animations for Baptism services. Over the last 7 1/2 years we’ve had about 2 Baptism services a year. The first year, 2009, I created just still graphics. The following year, I decided that I liked things that move, so I began creating backgrounds and graphics with motion. I’m not a fan of static “screen filler”.

Below are several styles that I’m putting out on with world wide interwebs for public consumption. My hopes are that if someone in my volunteer service position at their church needs something  for their Baptism service, that they’ll somehow stumble upon this post and find what they’re looking for (or at least maybe a little inspiration).

The stills are free to all! Just please don’t resell them. Freely use, pass along, build upon, whatever, just don’t sell them. MMM-kay?!

The motions…. well… those aren’t free but are really CHEAP! SUPER CHEAP!
(click the middle of the thumbnail for the version you like – magnifying glass – then click the link under MOTIONS:)
(or click HERE)

It’s been my experience that ProPresenter (for Mac) doesn’t like .mp4 files. If you decide you like the motions and download them, then discover they don’t play well on your system, contact me and I’ll make .mov (h264) versions available to you that I know will play nice with ProPresenter (Mac).

If you find yourself here and do indeed download and use any of these, please leave me a comment.

If you feel comfortable, please share where your church is (city or state, or both), what size (rough estimate), are you portable (meet in a school or have your own building), and maybe what presentation software you use.
I’m just curious.

To be fair, I’ll start us off:
• Five Stones Church in Waxhaw NC, 700+/- in worship (my estimate)
• we are currently portable – we meet in a middle school – but are building our own facility just down the road
• we use ProPresenter 5


The “Stuff”

Third Party Thunderbolt – to – VGA adapters do not work with 2015 MacBook Air

Hopefully, when someone like me searches for answers as to why a 2015 MacBook Air won’t output more than 2 video resolutions through their Thunderbolt to VGA adaptor, they’ll find this post and won’t waste as much time as I have.

(** see this post on the same subject with additional details **)

Long story short, if you’re trying to use an adaptor that’s not Apple branded, you’ll only get 1280×1024 or 800×600 resolution choices from a 2015 MacBook air with OS X 10.10. For example, we purchased a NewerTech Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter from Mac Sales (NWTCBLMDPVGA) and had no trouble with it on MacBook Pros (2011 +) but the 2015 Macbook Air wouldn’t provide a higher resolution.

There are identical issues with the Amazon Basics Mini Display adaptor. (Click link for a review with a screen shot)

After resetting the SMC, “zapping” the PRAM, running in SafeMode, etc., etc., it seems to be that something has changed with the 2015 display port and third party adaptors now have limited functionality. I can’t find anything specific that says just that, but it’s much cheaper and safer to drop the $29.99 at Best Buy for the adapter than to try any kind of firmware update or hack.

It’s interesting to note that the third party Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter works as expected.
This adapter is from the same manufacturer as the VGA adaptor (NewerTech).

So, stop trouble shooting cables, connectors, adaptors, the OS, and system preferences.
Run out and grab an Apple branded adaptor and get back to it.



Mobile Edit Suite

Mobile Edit Suite

On a recent trip to Florida to visit my wife’s family, I decided to make good use of my time in the car.
My wife was kind enough to drive for a few hours which allowed me to get some long overdue work done.

On June 15th, Five Stones Church baptized 14 people at 9:00am and another 14 at 10:30am.
We used 5 cameras; 2 GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition cameras (borrowed), 1 Sony HDV,
1 Sony HXR-NX5U AVCHD, and a Canon 7D.
Editing with Final Cut Pro 7, audio edit/mix  with Sound Track Pro.  
This project amassed over 620GB of media.

I finished the video edit (cutting camera shots) on the way down,
and finished the audio edit/mix on the way back.
17 videos were produced and posted to YouTube for families to share.
A chaptered DVD will also be produced for each family as a keepsake.

Here’s some screen shots of the video timelines and a sample of the audio timeline.

9am Final Cut Pro video timeline

9am FCP video timeline

1030am FCP video timeline

1030am FCP video timeline

Soundtrack Pro Audio Mix timeline

Soundtrack Pro Audio Mix






Here’s a link to the finished video in the photo. Baptism Link



FREE Lord’s Supper graphics for IMAG


One of the things I do is provide visual support for Five Stones Church.
(graphics with scriptures, application points, etc. and announcement graphics)

It’s one of those things that I kind of fell into, in that I have the software and know how to do it. I’m not a graphic artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel like I can get the job done and fake it.

About 4 times a year, we observer The Lord’s Supper (or Communion). For over 4 years now, I’ve struggled with finding pre-made graphics that look cool and are relevant to the style of today (meaning they’re not dated looking). There are several resources out there that I can pull from, some are free (legally free, not borrowing/stealing free), and some are a paid subscription. Even with the paid sites, I’ve found it hard to find something less cliche for the Lord’s Supper/Communion.
(disclaimer: there’s lots of good stuff out there, I just can’t find things that speak to me and that I feel would fit Five Stones.)

This September (2013) I found myself searching for blank backgrounds that I could use for our upcoming Communion service. A few days into my search, I decided I would make some of my own, and if they turned out OK and I was happy with them, I’d share with hopes that someone will find them and be able to use them! So, that’s the reason for this post and links below.

I just ask 2 things:

  • Don’t sell them or give them away as your own work. You don’t have to credit me, just don’t claim them as your own. Pass them along if you like, it’s cool, just don’t tell people, “Hey, I made these” – that’s not cool. I’m working on the honor system here and expect you to do the same.
  • If you’re going to download any of them please leave me a comment below and let me know where you’re from (if in the US, just your state is fine, if out of the US, just the country is fine). I’m just curious that’s all. This is my first attempt at helping out my fellow media pals and I’m curious about where all this stuff might be used.

These are FREE! FREE indeed!!

These graphics are based on Francisco De Zurbaran‘s work “Christ On The Cross”.
His work is public domain (cc); he died in 1664.
(all works published before 1923 are in the public domain)

While I’m the creator and technically I own the copyright, I give anyone and everyone unrestricted usage (except for the selling and claiming them as your own work part).

Click the thumbnails below to get an idea of how I’ve used these backgrounds and if they fit what you’re looking for, then click here to download and use them as you wish for your services, ministries, etc.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment if you decide these fit your purpose!

podcast thumbnail example

Podcast thumbnail example

title slide example

Title graphic example

scripture slide example #2

Scripture reference example

scripture slide example

Scripture example