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Christian Østmo
FCPX slows my whole computer way down.
on Nov 15, 2013 at 6:15:23 pm

Hey all,

I'm working on a mid-2009 MacBookPro7,1 with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 16 Gigs of Ram. Everything was fine with FCPX 10.0, but when I upgraded to FCPX 10.0.9, it slowed everything down. Any ideas on why this might have happened or solutions to fix it?


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: FCPX slows my whole computer way down.
on Nov 15, 2013 at 6:47:33 pm

Are you saying the entire computer has slowed down or just FCPX? Which version of OS X are you running?

Over all, the initial release ran on pretty much anything but FCPX has been leaning more heavily on the GPU from about 10.0.6 onward so you might be seeing signs that your graphics card isn't keeping up.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Christian Østmo
Re: FCPX slows my whole computer way down.
on Nov 15, 2013 at 6:54:15 pm

Hmmm okay. It has a NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB graphics card. I don't really know what that means, but I think it's stock. When I bought the computer, the original owner said there weren't any mods to it and all I've changed is the RAM.

I'm running Mavericks and since the OS upgrade, FCPX 10.0 couldn't export, hence the deliberate update. I was told that was a compatibility issue between old versions of FCPX and Mavericks. Do you know if there's any way to downgrade? I'll have to explore previous versions that both don't have reports of export problems and don't way too heavily on the graphics card.


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Christian Østmo
Re: FCPX slows my whole computer way down.
on Nov 15, 2013 at 7:02:30 pm

Hey Jeff,

I deleted a few projects and it seems to have cleared up the issue. Maybe there was a problem with a specific one? I tested several different projects and all of them slowed down the computer. Is it possible that it was slowed down just because there were too many of them?


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: FCPX slows my whole computer way down.
on Nov 15, 2013 at 7:38:42 pm

Possibly. Also changes in FCPX, especially around version 10.0.6 made older projects less compatible.

Glad to hear it's working for you...

Generally when making that big a leap forward, I'd do a backup and clean install of the whole computer because there's potentially so much incompatible "junk" lurking under the hood that it's almost impossible to tell what's causing issues.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Christian Østmo
Re: FCPX slows my whole computer way down.
on Nov 15, 2013 at 7:39:23 pm

Cool, well thank you for your help.


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