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T. Payton
Re: Should I create proxy & optimized media?
on Sep 4, 2011 at 4:42:28 am


I have a slightly slower machine but the same graphics card and I have had the spinning beach ball even on proxy footage. I have also played with the fastest macs at the apple store and also has spinning beach balls. From that I would say that some of the issues are inherent with this first version of fcp x.

Here are a few things I have found to minimize the beachballs:
- ensure your project is in a fast drive
- turn off background rendering in preferences
- turn off waveforms in event browser
- view the timeline in the "pill mode" ie no audio waveforms or filmstrips

I also think that handling h264 is really best with a newer iMac i7 for example. But for a Mac Pro I would stick with prores, or optimized as it is named in fcp x. Proxy is fine too but it shouldn't really be much better than full resolution prores.

T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque

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