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Jim Cunningham
recommendations RAM & video card
on Feb 17, 2011 at 3:23:05 pm

I've been using my tower at home more and more to edit and was running into some performance issue when I have both Motion & FCP (7) open. If I shut down Motion then reopen FCP frame rate goes back to normal (29.97 or 23.97) I seem to recall someone posted a way to clear the RAM cache which would be good to know; but probably more RAM and perhaps a beefier video card might be the ticket.

Config now: OSX 10.6.4, 2-2.26 GHz Quad Core, 6GB 1066MHz DDR3 and NVidia GeForce GT 120 (VRam 512MB)- RAID 5 4TB eSata.

As always your sage suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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Jerry Hofmann
Re: recommendations RAM & video card
on Feb 17, 2011 at 3:29:28 pm

More RAM will likely help. If you have Motion open, and you've performed a RAM preview, you might have taken up all RAM and disk caching starts... ugly. Get another 6 gigs of RAM and what your experiencing will likely go away.

Adding a beefier video card is going to make Motion run better for sure. Might check out the reviews of the upgrades available for your Mac at


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Dave LaRonde
Re: recommendations RAM & video card
on Feb 17, 2011 at 3:38:18 pm

Another consideration: the OTHER software you like to use on this machine.

do you routinely run any other multimedia-creation software other than that associated with Final Cut Suite, e.g. any Adobe applications? Do you like to have a browser open, do you like to have Microsoft Office for Mac open, etc.? You'd want to figure them into the mix, too.

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