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Gary Huff
Is the Compressor UI sluggish or is it just me?
on Aug 1, 2013 at 4:04:42 am

I use Send To Compressor for nearly all of my exports, but Compressor itself is a pain to use. I'm on 4.0.7, and the UI is very sluggish (lots of spinning beach balls for a second or two whenever you do anything). I'm on a MacBook Pro 17" from 2011 (Sandy Bridge i7 Quad 2.2GHz, AMD Radeon 6750, 16GB RAM and Crucial M4 SSD) and FCPX works just fine, as does Motion, but Compressor is driving me nuts with how unresponsive it seems to be. Renders are okay at least.

It would also be helpful if anyone knows how to send multiple FCPX projects to Compressor and not have them in different tabs. I usually "Tear Off Tab" and then move it to the first tab, then close the tab out, but that's a hassle.

Thanks!


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John Pale
Re: Is the Compressor UI sluggish or is it just me?
on Aug 1, 2013 at 4:18:46 am

It does that with certain codecs...like the H264 used in GoPro footage, or AVCHD


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Gary Huff
Re: Is the Compressor UI sluggish or is it just me?
on Aug 2, 2013 at 1:38:01 am

[John Pale] "It does that with certain codecs...like the H264 used in GoPro footage, or AVCHD"

That would be it then because it's mostly been AVCHD I've been working with in FCPX.


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Petter Stahre
Re: Is the Compressor UI sluggish or is it just me?
on Aug 1, 2013 at 2:00:25 pm

I've had similar problems in two situations. The first was due to an external DVD-player I had connected. Once I unplugged that one Compressor ran smooth again (seems it was looking for files on that player). I suspect this is not your case though, but maybe Compressor is curious about other drives (like on a network) that could be a potential problem.

The other free ticket to a slow Compressor is to have the Preview-window open. Close it.

Since I did these changes I've never experienced problems with spinning beach balls in compressor again.

About your other question, I've also looked for a solution but haven't found any. I also tear off tabs and drag the files. We would really benefit from a better FCPX-Compressor integration, at least the possibility to export multiple projects at the same time from FCPX.

Best,
Petter


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Gary Huff
Re: Is the Compressor UI sluggish or is it just me?
on Aug 2, 2013 at 1:38:20 am

[Petter Stahre] "The other free ticket to a slow Compressor is to have the Preview-window open. Close it."

I will try that, thanks!


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Gary Huff
Re: Is the Compressor UI sluggish or is it just me?
on Aug 5, 2013 at 1:58:07 pm

[Petter Stahre] "The other free ticket to a slow Compressor is to have the Preview-window open. Close it."

I tried that and it completely solved the issue. Compressor works like I would expect it to now.

I really hope they give it a 64-bit makeover along with updating the GUI. It's in sore need of that.


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