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Tom Laughlin
Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 26, 2012 at 9:31:40 pm

I'm exporting a video from off the timeline, as a QT .mov file, and it doesn't matter if it is to an external hard-drive, or internal drive, or to a network drive, or to the desktop, it will not export, it says "Out of Memory". Render Manager? Well, I've got plenty of memory, and deleting Render files doesn't help, there's more than enough room for this 2-3 GB file anywhere.

Anyone have any ideas?

Tom Laughlin
Producer/Editor
Digital Chop House
Salt Lake City, Utah


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Shane Ross
Re: Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 26, 2012 at 9:47:39 pm

Render before you export. get the error then?

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Tom Laughlin
Re: Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 26, 2012 at 10:16:37 pm

Can high-res stills cause this error? If there are quite a few still images? 4500x2500 sized stuff? Everything is rendering fine...

Tom Laughlin
Producer/Editor
Digital Chop House
Salt Lake City, Utah


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Shane Ross
Re: Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 26, 2012 at 10:18:40 pm

Yes, high res stills over 4000 pixels can cause this, that's why I asked. FCP has a 4K media size limit. This means video and stills. All stills need to be under 4000 pixels.

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Tom Laughlin
Re: Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 26, 2012 at 10:40:14 pm

But isn't there a way to take the images into Photshop, and lower their quality or change their color space or something, so that it still maintains the resolution, but the files are not so huge? In other words, to avoid re-scaling and adding motion to the images, more of an asset refresh?

Tom Laughlin
Producer/Editor
Digital Chop House
Salt Lake City, Utah


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Shane Ross
Re: Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:06:35 pm

Even if you lower the DPI to 10, that won't affect anything...as DPI is meaningless in Video. All that matters is the pixel dimensions. Those are what need to change, and when you do that, yes, the pictures will get smaller, and you will need to redo the moves.

Yes, it stinks.

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Tom Laughlin
Re: Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:24:20 pm

So, I'm in Photoshop, if I change the DPI from 300 to 72, this looks to be a good workaround. I'm unchecking "Resample Image". It's changing the dpi, but not the resolution, so looks like this should work ok.

Tom Laughlin
Producer/Editor
Digital Chop House
Salt Lake City, Utah


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Shane Ross
Re: Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:26:08 pm

Again...DPI is meaningless in video. And it isn't the file size that is choking FCP, it is the pixel dimensions.

But, try this and see.

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Tom Laughlin
Re: Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:33:16 pm

I've not yet relinked the old assets with the new assets, stills, when I do and re-link, and re-export, I'll let you know. The file sizes went from 7MB to 1-1.5MB...

Tom Laughlin
Producer/Editor
Digital Chop House
Salt Lake City, Utah


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Michael Gissing
Re: Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:45:48 pm

I usually just halve the image size and then it is easy maths to rescale image size and any moves.

An alternate approach is to do the scaling & moves first in Motion and then export a quicktime to drop into FCP.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Exporting from FCP: Out of Memory?
on Jan 27, 2012 at 7:34:01 pm

[Tom Laughlin] "The file sizes went from 7MB to 1-1.5MB..."

That's nice, but Shane's comments apparently didn't sink in. DPI is meaningless in FCP.

It's meaningless in just about every video production application. I can't say EVERY because I haven't used every one.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

We have a 4-inch wide image at 1000 DPI. FCP sees is as 4000 pixels wide.
We have a 40-inch-wide image at 100 DPI. FCP sees it as 4000 pixels wide.

If you want to animate large images, don't do it in FCP. It's an EDITING application with a few other helpful features thrown in. Rather than FCP, use Motion or After Effects, which are designed for the task.

The right tool for the job, y'know......

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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