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Nicholas Natteau
Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 3:33:37 am

Has anyone else experienced this?

When I advance up or down through my timeline index in FCP X...it takes 3 to 4 seconds each time I move up or down the list one clip at a time. Why doesn't it update immediately???

My timeline is only 3 minutes long so i have no idea why moving through the timeline index is such a sluggish process.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 4:40:49 am

[Nicholas Natteau] "Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?"

Use MacPro instead of MacMini.
Replace your GPU for a more powerful one on your MacPro.
In Preferences change High Quality to Best Performance.
In Preferences set to use optimized media rather than using the H.264 files without that set.
Wait until rendering is done for your many layers of effects.
Do not store your Events and Media on a hard drive that's 95% full.
Do not use H.264 media several layers deep on a 5400rpm hard drive.
Upgrade from 2GB RAM to 16GB RAM.

Without more detailed information from you I can only make wild guesses.



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Nicholas Natteau
Re: Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 5:16:10 am

I have a MacPro 2.93 Quadcore Intel Duo, not a Macmini.
I am using optimized media, not H264.
There is no background rendering.
My hard drive is not 95% full, I have a 1 Terabyte hard drive that only 30% full. 700gb free
I have 8GB of RAM


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Nicholas Natteau
Re: Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 5:21:13 am

My hard drive is also 7200 RPM not 5400, and i only have two layesr, not multiple layers of many effects.

Thanks for your help though.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 5:22:22 am

That covers the bases I can think of.

As a test, create a New User with Admin status. Delete all login items for that user.
Login to that account and open the Event and Project in FCPX and see how it runs there.
That will tell you whether it's a system or a user issue. If it's good in the new account then it may be some sort of preferences or cache corruption specific to the user.



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Nicholas Natteau
Re: Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 5:23:32 am

Thanks very much Craig, will try that.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 7:02:55 am

Are you zoomed in on the timeline?
I'm finding if I'm zoomed in all the way, the timelines responds slowly as I move from clip to clip. Zoom back out and it moves very quickly.
Try zooming out on the timeline if you are zoomed in.



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Aindreas Gallagher
Re: Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 9:59:38 am

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Craig Seeman
Re: Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 2:16:35 pm

Yes, If I'm zoomed in to the extreme such that one frame fills the length of the timeline (FCPX supports subframe editing in 1/80 of a frame increments and down to the sample for audio), if use the previous or next arrow or select a clip in the Timeline Index it seems to take a couple of seconds to move. This on a MacPro 8 Core with 8 GB RAM and Radeon 5770.

Of course an any kind of "normal" scale it's pretty zippy . . . but this means if you're doing detail work at the frame level, things slow down.



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Atonus Perry
Re: Moving through Timeline Index is painfully slow, why?
on Mar 27, 2012 at 5:55:10 pm

So, Im not sure if my issue is the same as yours, but its similar. My fcpx starts out fine and within minutes it has major slow down. I have to close the program and reopen just to use it. it gets annoying!


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