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Mark Chomiczewski
FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 23, 2011 at 11:54:16 pm

Hello Folks,

It's been 10 years since my last confession, er I mean post. I'd say FCP has served me well over the years.

The once-in-a-decade problem:

Just installed OSX Lion and my FCP7 Voice Over locks up the program once invoked (the beautiful spinning color wheel). Doesn't seem to matter what mic i'm using, my display or my Podcaster, or when my Behringer 1204 is connected. Sometimes I can get a drop down list to work to select the source, but once I touch that same thing happens.

What I have done thus far:

1) Restart FCP.
2) Restart MacPro (1,1 - quad 3.0Ghz - 8GB RAM)
3) Trash pref's
4) Created new project
5) Tried on old project
6) Tried Log & Capture - crashes & exists program when I click on Capture Now

Other relevant info:

1) Have FCPX installed. ( i did not install on separate partition, but I have followed the recommended process for installing on same partition and starting Motion 5 first). I had no issue with either after installing FCPX, only now with Lion.
2) I just added the 27" Cinema display a week ago, did not attempt a Voice Over since then.


Help!

Best!

Mark

Mark


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Wayne Marx
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:26:19 am

Clean install of the OS, or overwrite?

W


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Mark Chomiczewski
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 24, 2011 at 2:48:31 pm

Do you mean going back to install 10.6, and then re-installing Lion? Otherwise, how would one do a clean install with Lion these days?

Thanks

Mark

Mark


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Christian Klaus
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 24, 2011 at 12:23:28 pm

Ah - I'm not alone. The very same problem on my iMac. But I'm sorry I didnt't find a solution yet. I didn't change anything beside installing Lion. Perhaps someone can help?

Please?!

Christian


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Michael Gissing
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 24, 2011 at 11:33:42 pm

Given the fact that Apple have dropped support for FCS3 like a hot potato and the advice here to clone your drive before any system changes, I am not sure what to advise, other than restore your cloned system drive, which I suspect you didn't do.

For others reading this post who value their FCS3 install, then don't install FCP X the way Apple recommends and don't change your OS. In fact don't even upgrade SL beyond 10.6.7 and clone you system in case of drive failure.


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Warren Eig
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 25, 2011 at 6:03:22 am

OS X 10.6.8 is fine. Been pushing it very, very hard the last 12 days and no problems with FCP 7.0.3, or any of the suite applications. I'm talking 15 hour days and no hiccups. And yes I have clones.

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Gordon Harrison
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 25, 2011 at 9:58:44 am

I have the same problem with Final Cut Express on an iMac running Lion.

I had no problems with voiceovers until I upgraded to Lion.

Someone suggested I try Audacity as a work around. It's easy to create voiceover files and import them into FCE and it's free software.

It can be found at :

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/beta_mac#recdown


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Mark Chomiczewski
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 25, 2011 at 4:14:59 pm

I failed to mention that I did try all my usb miss through Soundtrack and LogicPro and they all work in Lion! Something about FCP7 and Lion. I wasn't sure if it was a USB cross-over between the display mic and my other USB mic connections. Anyway, I do have a work around, although not as seamless as doing it directly within FCP7.

Cheers!

Mark


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Michael Cocivera
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 29, 2011 at 4:38:43 pm

It appears the only work around is going into Soundtrack pro and doing the voice overs... I was using it fine up until 2 days ago and then this happened... I wonder if it happened on my imac at home as well now...


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Ashley Davies
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 31, 2011 at 5:20:07 am

I'm having exactly the same issue. Running Final Cut Express on Lion, have been doing voiceovers for years with no issues whatsoever. With Lion though, simply clicking the voice over option causes FCE to lock up. No option but to force quit.

The most annoying thing is that I'm running an early 08' MacBook which doesn't support FCP or the new FCX. If no fix or update is available I've got no option it seems but to cash out and upgrade my computer.


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Michael Cocivera
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Jul 31, 2011 at 1:55:01 pm

It looks like your best work around would be recording your voice over with quicktime and then importing the files and adding an effect in FCE after since you do not have Soundtrack pro.


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Sean Lander
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Aug 2, 2011 at 3:36:25 am

Also having the exact same issue. Funny because last night I recorded some voice overs with my Blue Snowball directly into the Timeline but today there is nothing I can do to stop FCP 7.03 from crashing. Even if I select a different source to the default (iSight) it crashes.

Let's hope there is an update to Lion that fixes this behaviour.

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Mark Chomiczewski
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Aug 2, 2011 at 3:39:08 am

Did you do anything since yesterday? Update anything? How long since upgrading to Lion where v.o worked?

Do you have FCPX installed as well? Same partition?

There must be some bullet to slay this thing....

Thanks

Mark

Mark


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Sean Lander
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Aug 2, 2011 at 3:44:14 am

Installed Lion the day it came out. Had no issues. Have also installed FCP X recently and have recorded voice overs in it just fine. Even today.
Yes they are on the same partition. Tried re-installing FCP and then added QT 7 as Lion deleted it. Still no good.

I have no idea what I did differently. Last night when I used it it crashed too but on relaunch all was fine. Today I can't select anything other than default in the Tool without it hanging. Have ditched prefs etc. At a loss to figure it out, but I've wasted too much time on it already I need to get back to cutting.

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Sean Lander
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Aug 2, 2011 at 3:59:08 am

One thing I did do was go to the Mac App Store and buy a little program called "SimplyRec" as looking at Audacity I kept thinking I'd been transported back in time by 10 years. Awful.

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Mark Chomiczewski
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Aug 2, 2011 at 4:03:01 am

You're talking about today after the v.o issues or in between the issues?

I just went into Soundtrack to do my v.o's. I don't have time to figure this thing out either. I hope Apple takes care of this issue. Seems like a Lion issue to me.

Cheers!

Mark


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Sean Lander
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Aug 2, 2011 at 8:46:07 am

Yeah today after issues. I got it to work but it isn't pretty. Open Voice Over, Select your mic then quick as hell click in timeline. All is fine.
Make sure you switch back to whatever you had before when you close the tool otherwise next time you open it CRASH!

The other problem I've been having with Lion is iChat, I wonder if these problems could be related?
Anyway I'm happy with SimplyRec for now.

I've posted this problem on the Apple forums as well to see if anyone else is having similar issues

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John Oselette
Re: FCP 7 Voice Over freezes program with OSX Lion
on Feb 9, 2012 at 2:21:55 am

I have had identical issues. I too have used my Blue Snowball for 3 years with no problems in Final Cut Pro.
It happens to me on my iMac as well as my MacBook Pro. Both of which have had OS X Lion recently installed.
Quick workaround I use is recording the VO in QT 7 and importing back into FCP as suggested in an earlier post.


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