Currently Being ModeratedOct 21, 2012 7:40 AM (in response to RuthSchell)
This warning means that the playback is dropping frames, but not in the actual project. You don't want to change the time code settings in your project. To get rid of this warning, simply change you playback settings to Unlimited RT. You can also render both the audio and video for the sequence to allow you to see the video without any dropped frames.
If you are just editing DV NTSC video, change your sequence settings to DV NTSC. Final Cut Pro is trying to upscale everything to HD which is what is slowing things down.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 21, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to Brad Wright2)
Thank you Brad for answering my question. I'm puzzled and I have a couple of questions about it:
1) you say "change your Playback Settings to Unlimited RT": yet the Warning window says "try turning off Unlimited RT" (is it the one at the left of the TImeline? It's on Safe RT)?
2) How do you "render audio and video" when there is no color bar on top of the Timeline asking for it?
3) Finally how could I change the sequence Settings to DV NTSC when the media's Quick Time Video Settings is: Compressor: XDCAM EX 2080p24 (35Mb/s VBR)? Are you saying that because I didn't check the Custom Setup before and found out the Sequence Presets are DV NTSC, I've been editing in DV NTSC unwittingly?
I appreciate very much your following up on this discussion. Thank you.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 21, 2012 11:11 AM (in response to RuthSchell)
I think the better thing to do is the following:
1, create a new sequence.
2. Take any media clip and put it into the sequence. You'll get a window that advises yo to make the sequence settings the same as the media. Say yes.
3. Delete that clip.
4. Copy and paste your good sequence into the new one.
Now your sequence settings are the same as your media. you should see a great improvement in playback.
If you don't, make sure that your media is not h.264 or some other non-editing codec. Also check that your media drive is fast enough and your connection is fast enough to handle the media. With prores for example firewire ain't great.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 22, 2012 1:40 PM (in response to Jim Cookman)
Thank you Jim for answering my question. Making the Sequence Settings the same as the clip Settings was done to begin the Sequence. How do you check if the media drive is fast enough? And that the connection (I use firewire 800) is fast enough to handle the media?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 24, 2012 1:45 PM (in response to Jim Cookman)
Sorry Jim for the delay in answering your question. In the "Get Info" on the media drive (Seagate) I don't see "Speed" anywhere, only Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Capacity: 3TB, Available: 111GB.
On the external drive of the System Settings (Glyph) : Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled), Capacity: 2TB, Available: 1.31TB.
The media I'm playing is Frame Size: 1920x1080, Vid Rate: 23.98fps, Pixel Aspect: Square, Compressor: XD CAM EX 1080p24 (35Mb/s VBR), Data Rate: 4.3MB, Audio Rate: 48kHz, 16 bit-Integer, Field Dominance: None.
The Sequence Settings are: Frame Size: 1920x1080, Aspect Ratio: HDTV 1080i (16.9), Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square, Compressor XDCAM EX 1080p24 (35Mb/s VBR), Audio Settings: 48kHz, 16-bit.
Now here is the rub (or is it?): the Sequence Preset is DV NTSC 48kHz.
Is it what's causing the Dropped Frames and affecting the speed of the Playback which causes the sequence to take a few seconds to get to sync speed?? All these questions, I'm sorry. But there is something basic going on here, I think, which must be quite simple. But what is it? Thank you Jim for any suggestion.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2012 8:56 AM (in response to Jim Cookman)
That's funny. Straight out of My Fair Lady! But as far as I know the footage is 1920x1080 in my Sequence: that's what the Sequence Settings (Command+0) say. The Sequence Settings became the same as the clips when I laid in the 1st clip. It's the Easy Setup which is in "Custom" mode, that it says Sequence Preset DV NTSC 48kHz. I didn't check the Settings there when I started my Project because someone who teaches Final Cut told me not to worry about those, that they will adapt to the footage. Was he wrong? What can I do now? It says that one cannot change it. Is that definite or can I change it and open a new Sequence? What about the preceding versions of the sequence? I'm sorry Jim to sound like an amateur, I used to have an assistant prepare the Project before I came in to edit and I'm missing some basics. Sheeesh. Thank you very much for throwing a light on this process.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2012 10:52 AM (in response to RuthSchell)
From what I understand from this thread, you are editing XDCAMEX clips in an XDCAMEX sequence which is correct. I edit with these all the time and the only thing I would change is your render settings.
Go to your sequence settings/render control and change the codec to Pro Res.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2012 6:06 PM (in response to RuthSchell)
There's nothing wrong with your sequence settings Ruth, the problem is probably with your media drive. It's way too full. 3TB with on 111GB available means its already filled to 96% capacity ... way way too full. For a single disc drive (which I'm guessing is what you are using) you'll need to keep it at 80% capacity or less ... for your 3TB drive that means you never want to put more than 2.5TB of media on it. Clear space on that drive eg backup unneeded/old/secondary project media elsewhere, delete your old renders etc ... and hire an assistant for goodness sakes, there are plenty of capable people who need the work.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 10:12 AM (in response to Andy Mees)
Thank you Andy for your input. I did take the time to move hundreds of GB out of the drive and at almost 300GB available for a 3TB drive my sequence runs much better and doesn't take several seconds to get into sync.
However a strange thing happened: a ProRes quicktime sequence which I spliced to my sequence in Final Cut which I exported in ProRes using Quick Time converter had slipping sync! The Audio kept slowing down by one frame every 5 min about. That ProRes sequence was originally an H264 sequence which I converted in Streamclip, specifying the Frame rate 23.98fps and the Audio rate 48kHz. So it's a mystery to me.
As far as hiring a technically competent assistant, I would like nothing better, but my independent producer can't afford it. And unfortunately I'm not the only one. What do all these film students do to get a foot in the door?