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. 






FCP X (2)

FCP as I know it, is officially dead with the release of FCPX and subsequent removal of FCP 7 from the Apple website. (read: no hope of going up to 7 for me).

I’ve been following the total professional market meltdown over this. Some don’t understand what the big deal is. Let me give you the juicy middle of the complicated issue: the deal is, you can’t buy anymore FCP licenses. If you’re a facility that wants to expand, or your a small shop that wants to add another box, too bad. I heard Turner in Atlanta bought up 200 copies of FCP 7 before the release of FCP-X on tuesday.  Apple killed Shake a few years ago, the XSan, Final Cut Server (that thing never worked right anyway), and now FCP. FCP-X is not Final Cut Pro, it is iMovie Pro (Pro is such a stretch!). It’s built on the iMovie GUI and works like iMovie.

I work in the Charlotte NC market. Just about everyone in town has moved to FCP. Here’s a list of who I know to be FCP houses:

SPEED Channel, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Inspiration Network, the Halogen Network, and I think NASCAR Media Group (formerly NASCAR Images). If you make your living as an editor, you’ve worked in at least one of these facilities, if not all of them at some point. If you’ve never worked in a facility and you make your living off FCP, then enjoy FCPX and stop reading now. You don’t understand what I’m talking about anyway.

EPSN Regional/ESPN U is still Avid, the banks are still Avid (AFAIK), Duke Energy is still Avid, Raycom is Avid, Media-Comm still has a few.

SPEED has built their entire operation around a tapeless HD FCP workflow. BGEA is heavily invested in FCP (including FC server), INSP is all FCP, Halogen is all FCP. The question is, now what? This is a huge blunder on Apple’s part. Incredibly stupid and very arrogant. Yes, FCP 6-7 still works and will work. BUT IT’S UNSUPPORTED AS OF TUESDAY!!

Apple has turned it back on the professional video world after taking a huge market share away from the powerhouse Avid. Apple didn’t have a better product, they had a cheaper product and that’s why everyone migrated to it, only to be left out in the cold with our pants down and our junk all hanging out.

So, what will happen now. My prediction is those that can’t and/or won’t wait to see if Apple pulls it’s head out of it’s arse will move to Adobe Premiere Pro. Everyone on the list above has the Adobe Suite (most have CS5). So they already have what they need in a supported, better featured program with out additional capital outlay. Plus, the AJA and Blackmagic cards we all have will work with Adobe just fine. What will be interesting is whether or not Avid will decide that we can use AJA and Blackmagic hardware with their software (this has always been Avid’s problem – forcing you to buy their $$$$$$$ hardware).

What will I do? I have my own FCP setup at home and  I do paid work from home. I’m on 6.5 because I couldn’t justify the cost of the upgrade to 7 for what it had – nothing I would use. I was waiting for this update to upgrade and now I’m totally disgusted and disappointed. I also have the Adobe CS4 suite, so I also have Premiere Pro (just not CS5). I guess I’ll be learning Premiere Pro until I can justify buying Avid again, but if Avid takes back it’s market share from Final Sissy Pro. I’ll have to learn Premiere Pro so I can be ready to work in other places one day (freelance).

Anyway,  below are a few of the blogs and sites I’ve been keeping up with on The Great Apple Debacle: FCPx



updates:  http://www.richardharringtonblog.com/files/fcpx_response.php