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Tobias Heilmann
FCP X Performance
on Nov 27, 2012 at 6:30:14 pm

I am very happy with the FCP X editing experience as such and as it truly aides my personal working-style to free up the way I work in a timeline...

...I am however deeply unsatisfied with the performance I am getting out of my system. Could it truly be, that my system isn't up to the task of running this App fluidly? Timeline scrolling and scaling is stuttery, opening things takes a long time...

OSX 10.8.2
MacPro 2x 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
24GB 1066 MHz DDR3 RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB - running two 1920x1080 monitors

FCPX 10.6

All Media is coming from a Dulce HDQ Pro Raid

Using a BlackMagic DecklinkHD Extreme 3D Card

Any advice would be much appreciated!!

Thank you,

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Morten Carlsen
Re: FCP X Performance
on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:52:51 am

I had above system like you only with a GTX285 Card inside. I had a RAID0 spinning drive system.
Performance in FCPx sucked and so it did on a much newer and bigger Mac Pro.

As I always do when a new MacPro pops out, I go and get it. Call me an addict. I got the Retine, 2.6 & 16GBRAM with a 512 SSD.

I tested FCPx on that... And let me tell you, it is so much faster than the MacPro. Unbelievable. I could not believe my eyes when running a project
off of the internal system drive. FullHD ProRes 4444. I can even play RAW Image Sequences. OFF THE SYSTEM DRIVE ;-)

Anyway, I believe in the faster CPU and care less about size... I have a machine room in which the coomputers are residing. I took the retina and put in on top of the BIG Mac Pro, closed its lid, put the 30 Inch Cinema Display into a thunderbolt port and a 1080p monitor into the HDMI. 2nd thunderbolt port is used for an external SSD. This setup is so fast and so is FCPx. It beats any current Mac Pro regardless of RAM.

Ok.. After this very long anecdote - Here is my answer to your question. Yes, you CPU is too slow. ;-)
Wish I could say, buy more RAM - put an SSD inside... But if I did that you would be wasting your money.

QUite a few of my colleagues were laughing as I told them the story above... Their smile quickly vanished when they saw it for real. The Retina is IMO the first super computer Apple has ever built and I have been using Apple since 1995

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Tobias Heilmann
Re: FCP X Performance
on Nov 29, 2012 at 9:11:19 am

Thanks for your input!

[Morten Carlsen] "As I always do when a new MacPro pops out, I go and get it. Call me an addict. I got the Retine, 2.6 & 16GBRAM with a 512 SSD."

I presume you are talking about the Macbook Pro?

So would I be correct in the assumption that the new iMac would do an awesome job with FCPX as well?

Is there a Thunderbolt interface that will drive an external box with all my PCIe Cards? The peripherals are, what's keeping me with the MacPro at the Moment...

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