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Chris Dixon
Tiff causing FCP crash
on Mar 11, 2011 at 2:50:21 pm

I have a number of Tiff files that were created in photoshop. When I import them into FCP, some of them are fine, but some of them cause fcp to crash. The Tiff's are all 1500 x 1500, RGB mode, and save options are set for Mac, transparency, Interleaved, RLE, and no compression. I have tried using LZW compression after finding an old post suggestion that, but it still crashes fcp.

Any suggestions?
Thanks.


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Wayne Carey
Re: Tiff causing FCP crash
on Mar 11, 2011 at 3:15:10 pm

Well, it sounds like you're gonna have to check each pic for formatting errors. The first thing I see is that your tiff files are 1500x1500.

I know that FCP can reduce them but that maybe causing your crashing if your importing them all at one time. Keep in mind, when working with still images, try to keep them at around the HD screen size or whatever your project sizing happens to be.

Another thing... You didn't mention anything about the DPI. If your larger than 72 DPI, this will cause FCP to hiccup and crash, too.

Take a look at this first.

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Chris Dixon
Re: Tiff causing FCP crash
on Mar 11, 2011 at 3:23:06 pm

Thanks for the reply Wayne.

I'm working in an HDCAM sequence, at 1920x1080. I've never had a problem with tiffs at 1500x1500 pixels before. I'm importing the tiffs one at a time into my project. The pictures are at 300dpi. I tried lowering them to 72dpi like you suggested, but fcp still crashes.



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Wayne Carey
Re: Tiff causing FCP crash
on Mar 11, 2011 at 3:29:56 pm

Have you checked to see if some of them didn't accidentally get set to CMYK?

FCP doesn't like CMYK photos either. If you are still seeing crashes... Delete your prefs and reset your permissions. It would wise to do that anyway.

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Chris Tompkins
Re: Tiff causing FCP crash
on Mar 11, 2011 at 3:33:24 pm

After lowering the DPI to 72, did you reboot first before importing those?

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Chris Dixon
Re: Tiff causing FCP crash
on Mar 11, 2011 at 3:56:08 pm

Thanks for the help, guys.
I got them working fine now.

Turns out the problem was with my monitor. I turned off my external video, and the crashing stopped. For some reason the conflict seems to be with my Blackmagic 1080i outputting those pictures to my HD monitor.
But strangely enough, only in the viewer.
Once I have them in my timeline, I can turn my external video back on, and move the tiffs around all I want without a crash.



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Chris Tompkins
Re: Tiff causing FCP crash
on Mar 11, 2011 at 4:29:12 pm

That is strange.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Wayne Carey
Re: Tiff causing FCP crash
on Mar 11, 2011 at 8:37:42 pm

Have you trashed your prefs?

Sometimes, cleaning the prefs out will cure things like this, and, of course, newer versions of the drivers may help.

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Paul Jay
Re: Tiff causing FCP crash
on Mar 12, 2011 at 1:30:25 am

I have experienced 2 independent MacPro cases where ProRes timelines would crash all the time with Blackmagic cards.

External video OFF, and the problem was gone.

No they have AJA cards and never had any problems.
Maybee because the AJA cards have a framebuffer.

Something is def going on here lately with Blackmagic.
I like the Blackmagic stuff and i never had much problems with the cards, but lately AJA is my first choice.


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Jim Corbett
Re: Tiff causing FCP crash
on Mar 26, 2011 at 4:04:46 pm

Just had the same issue while using a Blackmagic card at 1080i. Turned off external video as you suggested and the problem went away. Thanks for the tip.


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