Have you changed the cursor tool?
When it occurs again, hit the A key to ensure that you still have the Selection Tool chosen.
You could also try the old standby of trashing the preferences using
Hi Ian yes, I have cycled through the cursors tried the position as well as the selection tool. I have prefman and trash the pref regularly but still get the same problem. It also seem to happen when dragging clips from the browser to the timeline. Its very odd, I have tried changing focus to the finder or another program and then changing back but the only way to clear it is a restart.
Running on Lion, restarting FCP X every 15 minutes is rule number one when working on large projects. Deleting Preferences is really only something you should be doing when FCPX doesnt launch or crashes every minute.
If all you need is the standard dissolve... Just select the edit point on which you want the transition and hit command+t.
A last thing you could try, if you do not want to restart FCPX(Which is quite fast) is to go to the projects panel, select a different project, then come back to the current project and try again...
Sometimes, after a while I cant select my clips anymore, then I switch to a different project and come back to the current one and I can again select my clips...
Those problems, to me, are only occuring on OS X Lion on Snow Leopard I dont have them. I take it has somethign to do with how Lion handles inactive memory as oppose to Snow Leopard.
A Lion fix all together would be fantastic.
Is this a problem that has just started or has it been happening from the moment you first got FCP X?
What format of video are you shooting and editing?
If it has started recently, have you upgraded anything or installed anything on your computer that could be affecting FCP X?
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It's not something that has happened recently although it was fine when I first bought FCPX. I have upgraded a graphics card (non Apple) but I had the problem before I upgraded the card. I edit many formats from 1080p down to Pal and photo only projects. Happens on all of them. Very odd. I might try a complete re-install see if that cures the problem
I will try the idea of switching projects and see if that helps, most of my projects are fairly simple not particulalry intensive. You may be right about Lion, I certainly noticed FCPX being more buggy with Lion and I was getting performance problems since upgrading which are only solved by monthly defrags.
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This same thing happens to me a lot when I'm editing several short clips. I've been videoing my grandson's Bball games, and the clips are averaging about 30 to 45 seconds each. After I drag the first transition in, sometimes I get the warning message about the transition shortening the clip. Then I know that the next drag and drop attempt witll not work. After restarting fcpx, I get to do the next one...get caught in a loop. This is so frrustrating. I love fcpx as compared to 7, but give me a break. I'm using Lion 10.7.4 on a Mac Pro with 11 gigs of ram.
It sounds like you don't have sufficient handles to create the transition overlap. Double click the edit point to open the precision editor and post a screen shot of the edit that's causing the problem.
Don't drag transitions into the storyline. Select the edit point and double click the transition you want in the transition browser.