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robert bikel
project too big for macbook pro?
on Jul 13, 2010 at 3:22:49 pm

I know you're all probably reading this from your state of the art edit bays and cringing, but here is what i believe to be my impending problem-

I've been shooting/editing news for years in the field and I haven't encountered any problems since our switchover to xdcam a while back, but I am now working on the first feature doc and not a 3 minute news piece. Everything has been just fine while building individual scenes, but now that the project has grown to about 2 and a half hours of rough cut material and we are starting to assemble into one timeline, final cut has started to crash more and more. Im now at a point where i cringe when i copy and paste anything over 5 minutes long. Am I trying to race the tour de france on a tricycle? I'm afraid that there will be a tipping point where simply loading the project will cause it to crash.
My macbook pro is about 6 months old, fcp is 6.0.6 and and I'm working off 3 1tb g-drives daisy-chained together with firewire 800


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robert bikel
Re: project too big for macbook pro?
on Jul 13, 2010 at 5:30:07 pm

while looking through some threads, I"m learning that the combo of xdcam ex and a 220mb project file might be to blame. I just dropped the waveforms and thumbnails from the timeline and set my stills cache to 0. Hopefully that will help


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walter biscardi
Re: project too big for macbook pro?
on Jul 13, 2010 at 6:38:52 pm

[robert bikel] "My macbook pro is about 6 months old, fcp is 6.0.6 and and I'm working off 3 1tb g-drives daisy-chained together with firewire 800"

That makes me cringe. Three drives daisy chained together with that much media is going to bring FCP to a crawl.

If you want improved speed, you pick up a larger array. You can pick up a WiebeTech RTX unit which allows you to put up to 8 drives into trayless chassis.

Basically in your position I would want a 6TB minimum amount of storage so you have about half of your array clean. Firewire 800 is a bit slow to begin with and then you start daisy chaining drives and filling those drives and you are going to be in for a world of hurt.

You should also have the maximum amount of RAM possible in that MacBook Pro as well.

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Michael Sacci
Re: project too big for macbook pro?
on Jul 13, 2010 at 9:04:32 pm

Totally agree on the daisy-chaining, one of those, you can but you should never.

If you have a 17" MBP you have a lot of options for drives (or at least more options) you can get a express34 eSATA card and RAID a couple of 1.5 TB drives to getting to even run 2 single drives. Since you are working with discreet ports (that are much faster than FW800) it will help things out big time.


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Chris Tompkins
Re: project too big for macbook pro?
on Jul 13, 2010 at 10:02:00 pm

In past versions of FCP if your project file got to big, like 90MBs plus - it really started to protest, crashes and the like.

trash prefs?

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta


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