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Shaun Knapp
Migrating FCPx 10.0.7 to 10.3.3
on May 3, 2017 at 3:02:18 pm

I've been out of the loop for some years on video editing, but then last fall got going heavy again. I didn't upgrade with the idea "if it aint broke, don't fix it." Well, 400 video clips later on a big project, 2 project events (timelines) would not export, and froze up rendering. There were no answers for me in resolving this with extensive web research, and so then I finally did the upgrade.

Question: The whole media management and or file structure is different in 10.3.3 than it was in 10.0.7. In a nutshell, will I be able to access all of that formerly edited timeline of nearly 400 separate pieces, migrating from old version to the new? Or am I just screwed to have to start everything from scratch and reconstruct all those timelines? Any accessible .xml to help put some things back together?


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Migrating FCPx 10.0.7 to 10.3.3
on May 3, 2017 at 8:49:08 pm

yiu can update the library but it will be a two step process. You need to use the trial version of 10.2 to update the 10.0 library, then 10.3 to update from 10.2.

Read about it in this Apple support doc: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT202826

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Hobart, Tasmania | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


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Shaun Knapp
Re: Migrating FCPx 10.0.7 to 10.3.3
on May 3, 2017 at 10:37:09 pm

Jeff,

Tons of thanks for that. I'll go check it out. I hope I can get my hands on a trial version. That would rock to save all that work, migrate it over.


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Sam Lee
Re: Migrating FCPx 10.0.7 to 10.3.3
on May 3, 2017 at 11:00:48 pm
Last Edited By Sam Lee on May 3, 2017 at 11:02:41 pm

10.3.3 is quite buggy in real world production scenarios. Large project and multicam would all turn black. When I downgraded back to 10.3.2, it's error free. This happened on 4 different libraries. It's very hard for it to be an isolated problem. What a relief!

I'd wait for 10.3.4 to come out or use 10.3.2. Use 10.3.3 at your own risk.


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Migrating FCPx 10.0.7 to 10.3.3
on May 4, 2017 at 3:19:19 am

The link to the trial is in the apple guide.

Sam: I installed 10.3.3 the day it came out on four different systems. They've all run flawlessly editing everything from multicam to 4K ProRes 444. I've read people have had issues but it's far from universal.

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Hobart, Tasmania | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


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Shaun Knapp
Re: Migrating FCPx 10.0.7 to 10.3.3
on May 4, 2017 at 3:49:15 am

Oh man, that info was a godsend. It worked. How sweet to have the libraries imported and over 500 edited timelines that would have all needed to be recreated had the transition not worked.

Happily too, the last two rendered files output flawlessly, which I could not export in FCPx 10.0.7 without the program freezing up.

Yeah, that FCPX 10.3.3 looks like it should be avoided for now, certainly if the Voiceover going to nearly chipmunk mode in pitch shift is any indication, and it is likely a bug.

I've learned, certainly with my iPhone, that updates are not to my advantage. iOS 7 left me for months with no copy or paste capability, which was beyond infuriating. If I have things working okay on a computer or device, I don't like to update and go through all the hassle to see what is then brought to ineffectiveness.

Thanks a ton Jeff. That was superb instruction I likely wouldn't have discovered without you responding to my inquiry. I'm deeply grateful.


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Sam Lee
Re: Migrating FCPx 10.0.7 to 10.3.3
on May 4, 2017 at 12:52:43 pm
Last Edited By Sam Lee on May 4, 2017 at 12:56:35 pm

Jeff,

10.3.3 is OK as long as every system is upgraded to 10.3.3. I made a mistake of opening the library mix and matching 10.3.2, 10.3 on other Macs.

The most recent issue is that a 8 multicam edit was flawlessly edited and exported on 10.3.3 . Little did I know when I use the 10.3.2 (because of plug in compatibility needs) and then reopened in 10.3.3, it started to act up. Apple should prevent the library from being opened by earlier version such as 10.3 to 10.3.2. I assume that it's 100% compatible.

I'm still dependent on 10.3.2 because of the plug ins used on edits made before Apr 13, 2017. I didn't understand why until late yesterday when I saws the reoccuring pattern with several more libraries. Performing XML export and import didn't help. What saved the day was the auto save feature on 10.3.3. I was able to use that and open in 10.3.2 and all of the multicam edits didn't turn black. This itself would saved me 3 days of rework if I used this method instead of starting it all over again in 10.3.3.

The ability to simply recopy 10.3.2, Compressor 4.3.1 and Motion from my internal system disk image backup helped tremendously as well. Otherwise this will take half a day or more to reinstall the OS and all of the apps from scratch.


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Migrating FCPx 10.0.7 to 10.3.3
on May 4, 2017 at 1:33:20 pm

Upgrade anything and backwards compatibility with previous versions is always going to be hit and miss - so upgrading one machine and not the others, and then finding it's not backward compatible is not a reason to denounce 10.3.3 as buggy.

Out of curiosity, which plugin doesn't work? I'd have thought that 10.3.3 has been out long enough that everyone would have caught up by now.

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Hobart, Tasmania | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


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Sam Lee
Re: Migrating FCPx 10.0.7 to 10.3.3
on May 4, 2017 at 4:23:09 pm
Last Edited By Sam Lee on May 4, 2017 at 4:23:39 pm

Sugar FX Subtitles are still not 100% functional. They upgraded to 4 recently. Installed 4 w/ 10.3.3 and nothing but problems. I don't have the spare time to figure out why it's not outputting properly. It could be I'm working on 10.3.2 and updated to 10.3.3 while still using Subtitles 3.0 instead of 4. So I recreate it from scratch with Subtitles 3.01 on10.3.2 and it worked like it should.

Latest version of Magic Bullet Looks is working fine on 10.3.3 and the previous 10.3.2.

I'm sticking to 10.3.2 and couldn't be happier overall. Will wait for 10.3.4 though. I'm sure Apple will iron out the issues found on 10.3.3.


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