Monterey 12.1 was released today and along with it was a feature called SharePlay. Can you share your Final Cut Pro edit screen and audio?

The quick answer is yes, the long answer is yes and you can do a lot more!

Today's update of macOS Monterey to 12.1 brings in SharePlay which allows you to share a screen or the output from an app on your Mac.

It might be designed for sharing music, a photo slideshow or AppleTV with a friend, but what about Final Cut Pro?

The process to share your window or screen is very simple, first of all start your FaceTime call as usual from your Mac.

Navigate up to the menu bar on the right and click on the green SharePlay button.

You will see a dialogue box asking what you want to share, a screen or a window. (Thank you to Chris Roberts for being the SharePlay guinea pig at 10pm at night!)

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Click on what you want and then the item or screen and that will start sharing. The person on the other end then has to click on the accept button (on an iPhone but it could be a Mac) to see the screen.

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And it is as easy as that! The viewer gets a very good quality feed of the screen and also has the ability to resize the 'person window' to shrink it down or move it out of the way. The audio goes too, although we did get a bit of feedback, maybe one of us needs to wear headphones or AirPods. The sender sees the other person if they have their camera switched on.

We did test going fullscreen with the output mid-call and that worked as well.

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Whilst I was on the call with Chris, I noticed a button on the far left of the FaceTime window, it was to add another person. We have a colleague who lives in New Zealand, so we called him up.

That worked too, so all three of us could see and hear FCP and we could see and talk to each other. Amazing! I can really see directors loving this being on the end of a call watching with an iPad. 

The Zoom subscription will get cancelled in the morning, this is much better quality and it is free. With more WFH and another possible lockdown, SharePlay might prove very handy over the next few months.



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Gerry Fraiberg's Avatar
Gerry Fraiberg replied the topic: #117974 14 Dec 2021 00:57
This is amazing! I've done screen share editing sessions with clients on Zoom. Now FaceTime. But what if you want to connect with someone who is not on IOS or OSX?
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JoeEditor replied the topic: #117978 14 Dec 2021 05:33
Now, if all my apps and plugins would update to Monterey, I could do that... AND, not sure an iPhone is a realistic screen to share editing on. iPad maybe, and then all your Android clients are left out...
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NDowning replied the topic: #117982 14 Dec 2021 12:08
For those wondering, you can FaceTime with non-iPhone users in Mac OS Monterey. Just create a link to a FaceTime call (which is also a new feature) and then share it with someone on an Android or PC and they can join from the Chrome or Edge browsers.
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rustychainpro replied the topic: #117991 14 Dec 2021 15:21
Just tried it out this morning with a colleague and it works well. However, I noticed the audio in the timeline plays back at half volume. Has everyone else experienced the same?
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RSK replied the topic: #117992 14 Dec 2021 17:07
Clearly someone missed that Facetime has been *Android compatible* for a while now. 🙄

Can't figure out what the big difference is to the screen sharing that has already existed for a looooong time now tho. 🤔 Aside from maybe pre-defining which window is shared, a lá Zoom.
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Emmanuel replied the topic: #118057 19 Dec 2021 15:01
OMG. Can we FINALLY remote edit with a colleague, without using LoopBack?