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Robert Bracken
Final cut pro is slow
on Mar 30, 2010 at 8:16:45 pm

My final cut pro is acting really goofy. When I play back video on the timeline the video won't play through cleanly. The video will stutter on the timeline and come to a grinding halt.
I changed it from Safe RT to Unlimited RT and it still has problems playing normally. I deleted the preferences. I restarted the computer... etc.

I don't think it's a RAM issue. It encodes the video and plays back the video files properly.

It is final cut pro 5.0.1

I have a Mac Pro. OS x 10.4.11
Dual 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5
Memory 2.3 GB Ram


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Mark Petereit
Re: Final cut pro is slow
on Mar 30, 2010 at 8:40:14 pm

HD? SD? Codec? Where is your media -- internal drive, system drive, external drive? If external, how is it connected -- Firewire 400? Firewire 800? USB 1.1? USB 2.1? SCSI? eSATA?

2GB RAM isn't enough to do any serious editing in FCP. I recommend 8GB minimum with all modules of the same specs and manufacturer.


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Robert Bracken
Re: Final cut pro is slow
on Mar 30, 2010 at 8:43:02 pm

it is SD, we edit DV footage off the USB hard drive 2.0. I know, I know. It's so horrible. Blah.

But, it works perfectly on my other two macs. I haven't upgraded my RAM on my other macs so it can't be the RAM.

-bobby


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Mark Petereit
Re: Final cut pro is slow
on Mar 30, 2010 at 8:57:17 pm

So what's different between this Mac and the other two?


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Robert Bracken
Re: Final cut pro is slow
on Mar 30, 2010 at 9:21:43 pm

I dont know what the difference is. I don't even know where to start looking.
-bobby


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Mark Petereit
Re: Final cut pro is slow
on Mar 30, 2010 at 9:29:53 pm

Well, start at the beginning. ;-)

What are the specs of your 3 Macs? (Make, Model, Processor(s), RAM, OS version, HD size(s), etc.)


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Robert Bracken
Re: Final cut pro is slow
on Mar 31, 2010 at 6:10:21 pm

It's a PowerMac G5 the main hard drive is 250gb the second is 750gb. The processor is dual 2.3 GHz.

It doesn't do it on every video. I'll have to experiment more and see why it's doing that.


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Bret Williams
Re: Final cut pro is slow
on Mar 31, 2010 at 12:57:43 am

So how do you get your FCP system to utilize anywhere near 8gigs of RAM?

I think 3 is the max, and you won\'t find it using that much too often.

But 8 is great, and will permit you to run AE, FCP, illustrator, Mail, Safari, PS, Fetch, Compressor, etc all at once. Heck, I used to run all that with 3 gigs, but with AE or Ps in the mix, you\'ll find page ins and outs occuring quite a bit when switching apps.


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Mark Petereit
Re: Final cut pro is slow
on Mar 31, 2010 at 2:00:10 pm

What makes you think 3 is the max?


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Phil Balsdon
Re: Final cut pro is slow
on Mar 31, 2010 at 6:31:00 am

Final Cut Pro 5 User Manual
Volume 1: Interface, Setup, and Input

Page184; Types of Hard Disc Drives

ATA
Firewire
SCSI
RAID and Fibre Channel



Cinematographer, Steadicam Operator, Final Cut Pro Post Production.
http://www.steadi-onfilms.com.au/


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