Re: Mac performance issue by Zane Barker on Jan 16, 2009 at 6:41:30 am
[Khusoiry Misuary]"Mac B is unstable and performs slower in rendering videos, opening multiple applications, transferring of big files and capturing of videos. "
[Khusoiry Misuary]"(Mac A) 2 x 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon, with memory 4 GB " [Khusoiry Misuary]"(Mac B) 4 x 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 Quad, with memory 2 GB"
As far as B being slower to render, rendering uses RAM and that machine has half the amount of ram as the other. (keep in mind that FCP can only use about 4GB of RAM)
Running multiple applications is again a RAM thing.
Think of RAM as a workbench the more you have the more things you can do at a time or the bigger the project you can work on.
As far as transferring of files and capturing of video its hard to say without knowing how the hard drives are connected, how full the hard drives are, what format the drives are.
From what you have described so far everything sounds perfectly normal.
You cannot expect a machine that is probably at least 3 years old and has less RAM to preform like a machine that is less then a year old with more RAM.
There are no "technical solutions" to your "artistic problems".
Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!
It is unstable in the following way; of all my Macs, the one we're talking about has a record of frequents hangs. Besides that, at times when I'm working on FCP, the program abruptly shuts down.
In other cases, when capturing video footage from either Digi Beta/DV decks into FCP, the resulting clip captured has often came up out of sync. The peculiar thing is that his isn't the case on the rest of my Macs.
And for hard disk space, I'm using two XSAN servers of 7 TB each connected to three Macs/FCPs. They store all my work files (Captured footages, render files, project files, exported clips, etc).
I would like to rectify this issue as it is affecting my workflow. So is it right to say that I need to upgrade or replace the system with a better performing Mac? I would deeply appreciate your advice. Thanks a million