Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 11:01 PM (in response to kipchipdip)
Transcode the camera footage to Pro Res 422 (optimise it).
H.264 is very highly compressed and takes a great deal of processor power to play back.
Also, hide your audio waveforms (use the switch icon on the bottom right of your storyline) to select a format with no waveforms when you're not editing audio.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2012 4:48 AM (in response to kipchipdip)
I take the footage straight (H.264) from a T3i and I have no trouble with it in FCPX in regards to how it plays or edits - no stutters, no issues with the format itself
What are the specs on the computer you are using and the settings upon import of the files into FCPX?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2012 8:13 AM (in response to kipchipdip)
You aren't actually playing the video off your SD card, are you? If so, that's your problem, tranfer the files to your hard drive. If you computer is powerful enough, it should be able to handle the h.264 video without having to convert it to Pro Res (this was touted as one of the major advantages to FCP X). If your computer is not powerful enough, you may need to convert it. I edit my stuff shot on my t2i without converting, but I have an 8-core Mac.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2012 2:12 PM (in response to ksensenig)
No. I put it on my desktop. The SD card is not in my computer anymore. Then I'm importing into FCP X. The playback is still choppy. I tried the transcode and that didn't help. I only have 4 GB memory. I don't know what else to do.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2012 2:26 PM (in response to kipchipdip)
What are the specs on your computer besides the 4GB of memory
Also, what are your settings when you do a NEW PROJECT - is it set on "Set AUTOmatically based on first clip" or is it set to a "Custom" setting you created?
I assume when you play just the file on your desktop before import into FCPX it is not choppy
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2012 2:32 PM (in response to skyjamvideos)
I'm not exactly sure what specs to look for. This is what I came up with:
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro7,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
Boot ROM Version: MBP71.0039.B0B
SMC Version (system): 1.62f6
Serial Number (system):
Sudden Motion Sensor:
I've been doing Automatic based on the first clip. I messed around with the custom but couldn't figure it out. I didn't exactly know what to do for it. Thanks for help so far everyone.