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Jerry Jones
Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:18:50 pm

I think, in all of my brilliance, I did something pretty stupid.

I have a good amount of stock footage collected over the years. I was thinking that I could create an event just for my stock footage, to make it easy to always have it handy for whatever project I am doing.

I have added the various folders of stock footage in an Event titled "Stock Footage." ☺ Thinking that since I was leaving all of the footage at its original location, it would make this a great way to quickly get access to it (through FCPX).

But now, it is taking over an hour to just load each time I open FCPX to work on X project. Now I am feeling quite stupid.

1) Is there any alternative ways to keep easy access to my stock footage? (But not delay getting FCPX loaded.)
2) I read someplace (I think in an older post) that holding the option key when opening FCPX will allow me to select the projects I want to open. Does this still work? (I would try it now myself, but still waiting for files to load! ☺

Thanks again, Jerry

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Bret Williams
Re: Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:55:38 pm

You mean you crated a "library" for stock footage, right?

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Jerry Jones
Re: Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 26, 2017 at 2:23:16 am

I actually created an event. Maybe that is my problem. Still learning the FCPX way of doing things. (Was thinking that the Event is the "folder" where I would be keeping the stock footage.)

Jerry

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Bret Williams
Re: Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 26, 2017 at 3:05:22 am

Well, yes an event is a container within a library. A library generally being the main "container" for each job you do. So to say you're putting your stock media in an event would mean you're going to do every job in the same library.

I would recommend you create a library called "stock footage." And within it you might want to create events/keyword collections/folders to organize the library of stock footage.

Then when you are working on a timeline in a library and you need some stock footage, you then open the stock footage library as well, grab what you need, and drag it into the project library you're working in, and then close the stock footage library.

But if this stock footage library is so huge that it's bringing down your system, then it's existence is possibly a bad idea altogether. But I'm guessing there's something corrupt. A weird old codec or file or something. Perhaps the library itself is just corrupt.

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Oliver Peters
Re: Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 26, 2017 at 5:08:30 am

How many clips are you talking about? If you can turn off waveforms, the clips will load faster. But yes, if you have a lot of clips, it will take a long time to load. In spite of what you hear in this forum, FCPX is not an asset management application.

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Joe Marler
Re: Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:38:47 am

[Oliver Peters] "....if you have a lot of clips, it will take a long time to load..."

I'm working on a library of 1.4 terabytes comprising 1,600 4k H264 clips, 58 hours of material. On my 2015 iMac 27 it loads within about five seconds. The media is on an 8TB Thunderbolt RAID-0 array.

Previously I had 6,000 clips comprising about 2.4 terabytes in a library on a conventional spinning 16TB RAID-5 array, and that loaded within about 10 seconds. Most of the clips were in a single event.

I had waveforms turned off in the Event Browser, but didn't do anything special beyond that.

There can be performance problems (some severe) if you import any AVCHD content "in place". Also, the Event Browser in filmstrip mode can take a while to generate thumbnails when scrolling through a huge library. Unlike Lightroom you can't tell it to pre-generate thumbnails -- they are done dynamically as you scroll down/up, then cached. However none of these affect "loading time". I've never seen FCPX take very long just loading a library, event or project.


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Jerry Jones
Re: Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:22:22 pm

Thanks, Joe. Appreciated. Good to know that there is at least the possibility for it to load much faster. I have not tried turning off waveform yet. Will try both that - and creating it as a Library rather than a Event.

Jerry

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Jerry Jones
Re: Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:19:46 pm

Thanks, Bret. Appreciated. If I create it (Stock) as a Library and not an event, is the time to load about the same as when it is an Event? I'm just trying to figure out if it is even a workable idea. In my perfect world, I would be able to get access to all of my stock - but without taking forever to load each time I open FCPX. Maybe that is just a pipe dream! ☺

As best I can tell, it is not corrupted. Because it does actually load. But it may take up to 5 hours or so to do so.

My total stock library is 278 gig. (Actually, I have two stock libraries. But the one I was trying to open is 278.)

Maybe that is just more than what FCPX is built for.

Thanks again, Jerry

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Brian Seegmiller
Re: Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 26, 2017 at 3:29:35 pm

Jerry, is your stock footage on a raid or just an external drive? Your drive may be the bottle neck. Some external drives just can't make the cut.


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Jerry Jones
Re: Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:23:32 pm

It is an external drive. I agree, that may be part (or all) of the issue. I will do more experimenting.

Thanks much. Jerry

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Francois Jean
Re: Long, LONG Event loading times - is there a solution? (Stock Footage)
on Apr 29, 2017 at 1:47:14 pm

Reading this thread , I did recollect a small MAM fully integrated with FCPX that might be a better solution for your situation...
http://www.keyflowpro.com/help/whatsnew.html
Check it out, it's not very expensive.

FRANCOIS


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