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Dennis Widmyer
I have a scene in my film Final Cut Pro X HATES
on Nov 28, 2013 at 5:28:57 am

Friends,

I'm at the end of my rope. There's a scene in my film that Final Cut Pro X just hates. For months I've been dealing with this.

The scene is about 4 mins long, and 2 mins into it, a person has a spotlight blasting on them, which begins to pulsate and get quicker, and then strobe blasts begin. So there's a ton of cutting going on in this scene, as well as a lot of sound design. Though the cutting is very economic and the sound design is all grouped together into compound clips-- and still, there's usually about a 5 sec delay on every step I try to do. Even clicking the Arrow key once right, to advance a frame, causes the spinning pin wheel. And trying to play what I've worked on, either crashes the system or freezes it for sometimes up to 5 mins (seriously).

This is a 5K project, but even at 2K (in its own Project), this sequence is impossible to work with. It's gotten to the point that I have to do all my work blindly (without being able to view anything) and then output the sequence so I can watch it outside of FCX on my desktop.

Any ideas what could be causing this? I can provide a system report of the crash, as well as a screenshot of the timeline if it helps.

Thanks.

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Dennis Widmyer
http://www.parallacticpictures.com


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Andy Neil
Re: I have a scene in my film Final Cut Pro X HATES
on Nov 28, 2013 at 6:48:16 am

[Dennis Widmyer] "This is a 5K project, but even at 2K (in its own Project), this sequence is impossible to work with."

When you say this, do you mean that you have encoded the 5K footage into 2K sized quicktimes or are you saying that you're putting 5K footage into a 2K project? Because if it's the latter, you're not going to get any relief from your problems because FCPX is still accessing 5K files.

Since it's a 5K project, I'm inclined to think that you're just stressing your computer, particularly if you're not using Pro Res files (ie: using r3d files). Have you tried transcoding your media to proxy files and working with them?

Andy

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Dennis Widmyer
Re: I have a scene in my film Final Cut Pro X HATES
on Nov 28, 2013 at 7:54:18 am

Hey Andy,

Yeah, I think you nailed it. Yes, it's Red footage (in 5K project). I have it set to use ProRes for Playback. But I didn't create Optimized Media upon importing it. So that must be what's stressing it-- particularly because there's so many damn shots and edits in this sequence.

How would I use Optimized Media for just one Project? (and not the entire Event?)

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Dennis Widmyer
http://www.parallacticpictures.com


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: I have a scene in my film Final Cut Pro X HATES
on Nov 29, 2013 at 10:49:48 pm

What effects are you using?

Have you tried breaking apart the compound clips?

You can select those two clips and choose to transcode them if you want. You don't have to transcode everything.


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Dennis Widmyer
Re: I have a scene in my film Final Cut Pro X HATES
on Dec 4, 2013 at 2:31:20 am

This advice was tremendously helpful, guys. Thank you.

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Dennis Widmyer
http://www.parallacticpictures.com


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