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Tangier Clarke
Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 5:16:31 pm

I am importing MVI files from a Canon 5D Mark II (transcoding to ProRes Proxy) and the import process is terribly slow. Additionally, there are occasions where I get import errors which stops the entire process until I his "OK" in the error prompt window. So with the intent of importing overnight expecting all to be done, I have 336 clips to import and only 7 came in because the error halted everything. Has anyone come across a way to get around this so the import process continues?

Tangier


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Steve Connor
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 5:48:58 pm

Is this on the same system that you had lost event issue with?

Steve Connor
'It's just my opinion, with an occasional fact thrown in for good measure"


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Tangier Clarke
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 5:54:21 pm

Yes. And I forgot to mention my system specs:

Mac Pro 2x2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
16 GB RAM
Mac OS 10.8.2
ATI Radeon HD 5770
FCP X 10.0.7
BlackMagic Multibridge Pro 2


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 6:22:27 pm

Yeah.

There's something going on here.

Is this your boot drive you are importing to?

Proxy creation can take a while, and if yuo continue working while it's importing, it will take longer. Are you importing from a card or another hard drive?

Please give the full run down.


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Tangier Clarke
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:12:27 pm

The app is only on the boot drive. Raw card folders are on my third hard drive, importing to the event folder on my 2nd hard drive.

At 9 am FCP X was importing clip 6 of 336
now at 11:08 am it's on clip 19.

Looks like it's importing and transcoding at the same time.

Not sure what else of the rundown you mean. Activity monitor has FCP X taking up most of my CPU (to be expected - 780 % or so - that's weird)

Apple mail is open, FxFactory loaded, iMessage open two monitors on A/V output turned off.

Tangier


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Mike Drew
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:24:30 pm

From the looks of your specs your machine should easily be able to handle 5D II files with no transcoding at all. I have no idea why it is so slow but maybe try just loading the h264 files and see if that helps. I use a mid-2012 15in Macbook Pro and I haven't had to transcode a file in months. I regularly load over 100 clips at a time and I'm ready to rock in a matter of seconds.
Another thought - sounds like you're daisy-chaining your drives. In my limited experience with doing that I've found that invisible bottlenecks can develop which slow transfers. Maybe copy your folder of .mov files to your desktop - blasphemy, I know - and try importing to FCPX from there. Might eliminate one variable, anyway.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:25:18 pm

Thanks so much, Tangier. This certainly helps.

On your second or third drive (or any drive) are there any card structures at the root level or are they all in folders (meaning is there a "PRIVATE" or "VIDEO" or "DCIM" or similar card structure folder at the root level?)

Do you have "Copy files to Final Cut Events folder" turned on?

I know that Blackmagic has a disk speed test. It might be worth running a disk speed test on Drives 2 and 3 to see if they are functioning normally.

WIth FCPX processes paused, you should be getting speeds of 60-100 MB/sec per drive.

Jeremy


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Tangier Clarke
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:33:21 pm

No card structures at the root level. But here goes my spotlight reindexing again. Yesterday I went through the process of reindexing after clearing the index and doing a couple other things to get Spotlight healthy again. It looks like this weird and irregular reindexing is back.

Tangier


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:38:14 pm

I feel like there's some weird OS voodoo going on here, Tangier. Your system doesn't seem to be operating at peak level.

You can choose to ignore indexing on drives 2 and 3 for now to see if that helps to speed up the import at least.

Be sure to read the article AND comments here: http://www.coolestguyplanettech.com/downtown/spotlight-out-control-mac-os-x...


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Tangier Clarke
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:40:23 pm

It only keeps reindexing my boot drive.

Tangier


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:47:50 pm

[Tangier Clarke] "It only keeps reindexing my boot drive."

Do you have DropBox running?

Try turning it off for a while and see if that speeds anything up.

Also, when transcoding, are you still editing ro are you not touching FCPX?


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Tangier Clarke
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:39:11 pm

I do have copy files to event folder on, but still it's sssllllooooowww. FCP X has always seemed slow to me controlling Finder level processes than the actual Finder. It's been one of those weird things.

Drive 2 Read Write = 118MB/s, 116.4MB/s
Drive 3 Read/Write = 134MB/s, 130MB/s

using Blackmagics speed test

Tangier


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:46:52 pm

[Tangier Clarke] "Drive 2 Read Write = 118MB/s, 116.4MB/s
Drive 3 Read/Write = 134MB/s, 130MB/s

using Blackmagics speed test
"


Perfect, so it's not your hard drives.


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Tangier Clarke
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:47:51 pm

Perhaps a fresh install of Mountain Lion and FCP X is in order.

Tangier


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:50:34 pm

Maybe.

I think at the very least, you should completely trash the index and start over.

Do this before you leave tonight and let it run over night.

If that doesn't work, I reinstall of the OS might help. I don't think any of this has to do with FCPX, but FCPX is hampered in performance due to this issue.

TUrning off spotlight via the Terminal will help you see if it's the indexing of FCPX that's not running correctly.


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Tangier Clarke
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:58:22 pm

Yeah, I did all of that - using terminal, turning indexing off, trashing index file using Onyx app, restarting index yesterday, etc. I was surprised to see this indexing issue show up again on it's own.

Thanks for your help though.

Tangier


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Importing incredibly slow and bypassing import errors.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 8:02:52 pm

If you have done all the troubleshooting, then perhaps a Mountain Lion reinstall is needed.

Jeremy


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