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Phil Norden
MC 6.5.2 + Macbook Pro = Spinning Beach Ball
on Apr 3, 2013 at 11:10:04 pm

I'm having serious problems with MC 6.5.2 on my Macbook Pro. I am constantly getting the beach ball whenever I try to do anything in the timeline - just moving clips, hitting play, etc. Usually if I wait a minute, the ball will go away and I can try to continue. But it happens so often that it's difficult to work.

Occassionally, I get an audio sample error message:

ADMConsumer::PreLoad()
Error [0] unable to:
preload audio samples: numSamplesToPreload

My system is a 2011 Macbook Pro 15", 2Ghz i7, 4GB RAM, OS 10.7.5

My files are DNxHD36, 1920x1080, 23.98fps, no AMA at all.

I'm working off an external 2TB GDrive connected via FW800.

I've been an Avid editor for years, but this is my first time owning and using the current software version.

I've already done some basic troubleshooting in my System Preferences, such as adjusting the Energy Saver settings, and disabling FireWire networking.

And this same laptop, in the same configuration, using similar ProRes files, has had zero problems when editing with FCP 7 or PPRO. The only thing new is the MC install and DNX files.


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Christian Hart
Re: MC 6.5.2 + Macbook Pro = Spinning Beach Ball
on Oct 24, 2013 at 10:09:52 pm

I'm having the exact same situation & error in MC 7.02
My files are also DNxHD36, 1920x1080, 23.98fps, no AMA at all.

System info
2011 2.5Gh core i5 imac, 20 Gb 1333Mhz DDR3 memory
OSX 10.8.1 first, then upgraded to 10.8.5 (which didn't fix the issue)
Media lives on a thunderbolt connected G-drive
I am using a usb connected M-audio m-track audio interface with my monitors

Have tried deleting & making a new user, re-did my settings from scratch and still have the problem.

Have posted this on the Avid MC mac forum also - hope that's ok?


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