Media Composer and OS X Mission Control (spaces and desktop)

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I got an email from my friend Joseph Krings,  about using Mac OS Spaces and Media Composer because I had mentioned it to him as being quite useful. Well it wasn’t me, but our mutual friend Tim Squyres that had made the suggestion and now was something I just had to try. I am probably the last person to know about this function, but I started looking into it and how to set it up with Media Composer when editing on a MacBook Pro (or any single monitor configuration).

There is plenty of information on setting up multiple desktops, such as this one.  On my MacBook Pro, I press the F3 Button to access the UI for setting it up. Just move the cursor to the upper right corner and you will see a square with + sign. Click that. In my test scenario, I added three desktops in this order from left to right:

  1. Bins
  2. Script in full screen mode (ScriptSync), optional if you’re using ScriptSync. 
  3. Composer and Timeline windows

This is done by dragging the individual windows into each of the different desktop icon representations, then organizing their layout from each window. All in all, it works quite well. Double clicking a clip will load it in the source monitor as expected, and that desktop view will become active. “Find Bin”, and ScriptSync editing all work as expected. The main benefit for me is to not have to deal with having multiple bins open and trying to organize them in whatever real estate I have available on a single screen. While Tab’d bins are nice for some workflows, there are times when I want to see multiple bins in a frame view where a single glance will tell me the coverage or information needed. And bins can each take on the size needed for the best display. Once set up,  I “four-finger swipe” back and forth between desktop views closely replicating the two monitor (or three screen in this case) Media Composer experience I am accustomed to when editing with desktop systems.

The only small inconvenience is that Media Composer does not remember the desktop layout it belongs to when launched a second time. There is a way to pin an application to a desktop view, but only works for applications that have a single UI window. Media Composer has multiple windows being assigned to different desktops and therefore cannot be pinned via the OS X UI.  I am still testing workspace layouts within Media Composer to see if I can get a combination that works and will provide an update if possible.  Perhaps someone else has been successful in saving a multidesktop configuration with Media Composer? If so, let me know! Because of this,  I leave the Project window and bins on the original desktop view as they will always open there, moving the Composer and Timeline windows to another desktop view. It’s quick to set up and good for the whole session.

Have fun swiping!

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