Pro Tools - How to setup the Mac Computer Desktop for Audio Monitoring

Go to >Apple>System Prefs
System Prefs>Sound>Output>Make sure it is set to Headphones

Launch ProTools

Click OK Here

Click OK Here

When ProTools opens click "Cancel" on the Quick Start Dialog.

We do not want to open a session yet.

Need to set up the routing and Playback Engine first.

Go To Setup > Playback Engine

On the Playback Engine Drop Down choose Built-in Output

Click OK

Now go to Input and Output setup

Go to >Setup>I/O

Make sure the Output Tab looks like this if not >

Click "Defautl" on the I/O setup

Then Click OK

Now that the routing and hardware is set up open the ProTools session if you have one created already or make a new session.

Navigate to the session and open it

Next Import the video into the project

Choose Import Video

Navigate to the video file that you want to view in the ProTools session

Choose to import at Session Start

Choose to enable the Video Engine

Click Yes here

If you would like to use the audio off the video file choose to save it to the default Audio Drive folder

Last step is to open up the Input and Output view in ProTools

Go to > View>Edit Window Views> I/O >

Choose the format 1080 or 720 23.98fps

Choose the Playback Quality - Note if there is stuttering choose Draft but Full should work

Make sure all the audio outputs are routed to the Built In Output 1-2 Stereo

Then you should see image on the TV and hear audio on your headphones.