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Adam Berch
Stuttering playback on new iMac with latest version of FCP X
on Jan 9, 2016 at 9:56:39 pm

I have a new iMac 5K Retina with 16GB of RAM an AMD Radeon R9 M380 2048 MB Graphics card with 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 and the latest version of FCP X.

Why does my clips Stutter on playback either from the timeline or when I put a clip in the Viewer? This happens if the clip is Optimized our Not-Optimized. I have to stop the playback for a second, then press play again to make it stop Stuttering and being jumpy on playback.

I have it set to Proxy and better performance.

Thanks in advance


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Stuttering playback on new iMac with latest version of FCP X
on Jan 9, 2016 at 10:39:41 pm

What is the media type and what drive are you playing it from?

Obviously the Mac shouldn't have any playback issues so I'd start diagnosis by checking the hard drive throughput before looking at software or hardware issues on the iMac itself.

It's a new machine so maybe you could also try running things past Apple support. Maybe I've just been lucky but they've managed to solve some really mysterious tearing-my-hair-out issues for me the past.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
http://www.southerncreative.com.au | G+: http://gplus.to/jeffkirkland | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


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Adam Berch
Re: Stuttering playback on new iMac with latest version of FCP X
on Jan 10, 2016 at 2:13:48 am

Hi,

The media is DSLR footage, not shot by me. I import the clips into FCP X. The library is on my LACIE Rugged Drive.

How can I test the Hard drive to see if it has issues?

Thanks.



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Gerry Fraiberg
Re: Stuttering playback on new iMac with latest version of FCP X
on Jan 10, 2016 at 3:27:02 am

What is the speed of the LaCie Rugged drive? Is it Thunderbolt or USB?



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Adam Berch
Re: Stuttering playback on new iMac with latest version of FCP X
on Jan 10, 2016 at 3:41:59 am

The drive is a Usb 3 drive. 7200 rpm



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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Stuttering playback on new iMac with latest version of FCP X
on Jan 10, 2016 at 8:08:05 pm

Install a copy of Black Magic's speed test app from the Mac App Store. It's free and will give you a rough idea of the drive's performance.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
http://www.southerncreative.com.au | G+: http://gplus.to/jeffkirkland | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


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Brett Sherman
Re: Stuttering playback on new iMac with latest version of FCP X
on Jan 13, 2016 at 11:52:03 am

Sometimes USB 3 drives will connect as USB 2 drives. Check your System Report to see if this is happening.


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Patrick Donegan
Re: Stuttering playback on new iMac with latest version of FCP X
on Jan 14, 2016 at 5:04:05 am

What codec are you using?

And do you have "optimized Media" selected?

And it is don't transcoding to the optimized media>?

FCP X 10.2.2 - user since FCP 1.25
iMac mid 2011, MBA mid 2012
HVX-200, Shure wireless mic


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