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Dan Seibert
Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 12, 2011 at 5:44:44 pm

Well my computer is doing some really odd things lately and I've been told that I need to restore my computer. So I've ran time machine and are about to do the deed... BUT I was told to just restore my apps and nothing else with time machine. Said that it would probably just be better to pull everything just one at a time off the time machine.

With that in mind, can I simply pull Final Cut Pro from the apps folder?

I know it's got files scattered around everywhere so is there an app to locate and put them in the appropriate places?

Thanks!

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David Roth Weiss
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 12, 2011 at 6:40:51 pm

[Dan Seibert] "my computer is doing some really odd things lately and I've been told that I need to restore my computer."

You're going to have to be a whole lot more specific than that around here to get anyone to advise you to do a Time Machine repair of your FCS components.

Whomever is currently giving you advice seems to be unaware that Time Machine backups and FCS components are not a match made in heaven. It is likely that you may only break the FCS components further by going that route.

I'd advise you to tell us what symptoms are presenting themselves, and we'll try to help you from there.

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Dan Seibert
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 12, 2011 at 11:23:51 pm

My screen has been showing vertical green lines instead of what should be black.

A diagnostic check showed that there were no hardware damage or issues to speak of and the specialist said that it's probably a software issue and needs to be restored completely. He told me that I should be able to Time Machine the applications, but that Final Cut Studio would most likely need to be installed from the DVDs again.

I was seeing if someone had found a way to restore Final Cut Pro without having to reinstall with the DVDs. Trying to save some time instead of being shut down for a day hunting down the DVDs again. Though it seems by your reply that I'm looking at the long way.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 13, 2011 at 1:14:02 am

[Dan Seibert] "My screen has been showing vertical green lines instead of what should be black.
"


What video codec are you editing?
What version of FCP are you running?
How are you monitoring?

[Dan Seibert] "the specialist said that it's probably a software issue and needs to be restored completely. He told me that I should be able to Time Machine the applications, but that Final Cut Studio would most likely need to be installed from the DVDs again."

Are you referring to a specialist as in someone at the "Apple Store"? If so, you really need to know that the collective knowledge regarding of all the Apple geniuses put together is but a small fraction of the real-world knowledge you will get here. The best people at Apple send their customers here Dan...

Okay, so you've go to tell us what you're editing (be specific, don't hold back, what's the codec, tell us if you transcoded some FLVs etc).

Does every video clip have the same problems, or just some?

Have you tried opening a new project and testing the some of the same problematic video clips?

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Dan Seibert
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 13, 2011 at 5:23:03 pm

See that's the thing. I wish it was only happening in final cut, but it's my entire screen. The background of my computer that is mostly black is showing green vertical lines. Every program that shows black shows these terrible green lines.

I first took it to the Apple Store, and yeah not much help at all just a suggestion for a $310 overhaul. Then I took it to a Apple Certified repair place that a friend recommended me to. They ran a full diagnostics and got nothing. So he thought it's probably driver based. I'm not a hundred percent sure about that, but I figured do an overhaul and clean out the system. If it works, I save myself a couple more hours of labor. If not, I take it back and he opens it up and takes a deeper look inside.

He said that time machine should recover most of the apps, but probably not final cut or adobe. He didn't want me to time machine the whole thing because the issue is somewhere in the library and I really shouldn't touch that. But I haven't been able to find any recent information on whether time machine has been updated to fix final cut or apple just kinda let this battle go.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 13, 2011 at 6:27:15 pm

If I were you, I would install the OS onto a clean Firewire drive. Boot to thje firewire drive, update that, and see if the basics function as they should.

If you see an immediate improvement, then you know where you're at, and at that point you can come back and I'll help you to strategize from there.

In any case, using Carbon Copy Cloner to eventually clone the firewire drive to your laptop system drive is the direction you should think about pursuing.

David Roth Weiss
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David Weiss Productions, Inc.
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Dan Seibert
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 13, 2011 at 10:15:12 pm

Awesome. I'll give that a shot.

I was advised to pick up MacKeeper and ClamXav to see if running those would solve some problems. I'm in the middle of the first scan, but as soon as I can I'll install the OS on a firewire and post back here the results probably tomorrow morning.

Thanks for all your help and sticking with me on this one. Sooner this goes away, the sooner I can really start working.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:43:13 am

[Dan Seibert] "Thanks for all your help and sticking with me on this one. Sooner this goes away, the sooner I can really start working."

You're a good patient Dan, and I'm happy to help.

Situations like yours can prove to be the ultimate challenge at times, but I'm pretty sure that we're not up against the wall on this one. Clean installations to firewire drives and cloning the system drive are the way to go on these types of issues, and they almost always save the day. When we get over this one you'll have a bunch of new tools in your arsenal that will give you confidence that you can fix all kinds of things without worry in the future.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

Don't miss my new Creative Cow Podcast: Bringing "The Whale" to the Big Screen:
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Dan Seibert
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 14, 2011 at 7:49:16 pm

Welp. Vertical green lines no mater what I boot from. So though there wasn't a hardware issue that showed up, I still suspect a loose connection or something. I don't think it's the GPU because when I plug in an external monitor, it's perfectly fine.

So I called the repair place again. Unless there is any other suggestions on the subject, I guess I'll take it in again and have them look deeper.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 14, 2011 at 10:01:27 pm

[Dan Seibert] "So I called the repair place again. Unless there is any other suggestions on the subject, I guess I'll take it in again and have them look deeper."

Yep, it's got to be a hardware issue...

Good luck Dan... Keep me posted...

David

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

Don't miss my new Creative Cow Podcast: Bringing "The Whale" to the Big Screen:
http://library.creativecow.net/weiss_roth_david/Podcast-Series-2-MikeParfit...

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums.


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Dan Seibert
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Dec 14, 2011 at 10:07:54 pm

Thanks for all your help David. Update when I can.

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Dan Seibert
Re: Final Cut Pro and Time Machine
on Jan 6, 2012 at 8:52:36 pm

Hey,

Though I should update. It's been crazy and complicated, but the cable for the display seems to be out. We're putting in a new one and hopefully have it fixed by the end of the day or early next week.

That's the update!

-Dan

You Don't Say! Media
Director - Producer - Editor

MacBook Pro 2009
Mac OS X 10.6.8
2.8 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (256MB)
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT (512MB)
Apple Final Cut Studio 3
Adobe Production Suite CS4


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