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Bob Woodhead
Motion dogging down to a crawl..... ?
on Jun 15, 2006 at 2:02:22 am

Been using Motion for awhile, and fairly happy with the speed of creation. But my last project, which was fairly simple, caused Motion to progressively slow down to where the GUI was unusable. Like I'm talking about where simply changing from Timeline to Keyframe view would take as long as 2 or 3 minutes!! Just the generic Blue Curves generator and some text over top. Finally, after a reboot, the speed would bump back up for a bit.... but eventually bog down again. Ideas?
PS - switched to After Effects & ripping through the work....

(Oh yeah, no video output enabled, using an ATI x800XT card.)


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Jim Kanter
Re: Motion dogging down to a crawl..... ?
on Jun 15, 2006 at 9:28:48 pm

Could be several things but sounds like a caching issue.
Are you running any other apps in the background?
Is there plenty of available space on your hard drive?
Are you using 16-bit or float color?
Have you tried trashing the prefs?

Jim Kanter,
Digital Film Institute
http://www.dfilminst.com


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Bob Woodhead
Re: Motion dogging down to a crawl..... ?
on Jun 16, 2006 at 3:42:55 pm

Tnx for the thoughts Jim -

>Are you running any other apps in the background?
Nope. I even used Activity Monitor & shut down everything non-essential.
>Is there plenty of available space on your hard drive?
System drive has 70GB, project drive is a 1TB SCSI320W RAID, w/ 300GB free. [btw, I couldn't find any settings for drive caching not related to Livetype, etc. Thinking of "normal" drive caching.]
>Are you using 16-bit or float color?
Nope.
>Have you tried trashing the prefs?
No - is the file user/lib/prefs/com.apple.motion.plist ?


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Jim Kanter
Re: Motion dogging down to a crawl..... ?
on Jun 17, 2006 at 2:06:50 am

That's the file.

Could there be a corrupted font on your system?

Have you tried deleting Motion and reinstalling it? AppZapper is a great little shareware utilty for deleting apps and their attendant files: http://www.appzapper.com

Jim Kanter,
Digital Film Institute
http://www.dfilminst.com


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Bob Woodhead
Re: Motion is baaaaack, thanks Jim
on Jun 19, 2006 at 11:07:04 pm

yup, it was the prefs. only thing in there that looked like it would have any effect was the path to 3rd party plugs (got a bunch of AFX plugs). it was darn annoying, esp. since it wasn't that long ago I upgraded to an ATI x800XT vid card just for Motion.


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