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Bob Cole
Hardware and Beach balls
on Sep 27, 2016 at 6:06:08 pm

Editing HD footage (Apple ProRes 422, 1920x1080) without LUTs, making simple edits, with one layer of video and audio, I'm finding the "beach ball" appearing every couple of minutes.

I like Resolve, but the continual interruptions are very annoying to the "flow" of editing.

Is my system and/or configuration adequate to handling Resolve? Do you have any suggestions for tuning the system?

Thank you!

Bob C

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inch, Mid 2014), OSX 10.10.5
2.5 GHz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
NVIDIA GEForce GT 750M 2048 MB -- in Energy Saver, I have deselected Automatic graphics switching
External monitor (Dell connected via HDMI
OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock (but the footage is all on the CalDigit T4 RAID)
CalDigit T4 (AJA Tested at 289 MB/sec Write, 305 MB/sec Read)
System and RAID disks are 90% and 80% full respectively.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Hardware and Beach balls
on Sep 27, 2016 at 6:50:13 pm

Your hard drives being that full are certainly not helping your cause.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist & Workflow Consultant
David Weiss Productions
Los Angeles


David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum.


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Marc Wielage
Re: Hardware and Beach balls
on Sep 28, 2016 at 2:48:27 am

Laptops are not ideal for Resolve. I agree with David that having mostly-full hard drives is problematic at best, and could be a potential disaster at worst.


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