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FCPX cant handle video?

555 Views 19 Replies Latest reply: Nov 17, 2012 9:41 AM by Devon8822 RSS
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Devon8822 Calculating status...
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Nov 13, 2012 7:48 PM

just tried to use FCP for the first time, I took a .MOV file right from my camera and whenevr I play it back in FCP it first of all looks horrible slow and flitchy like (skipping frames), secondly it goes out of sync with the audio after a couple seconds. I got an error saying that it is skipping frames. Anyways 2 things... I am on a mac pro, not a laptop ( i haven't applied any processing to the video yet), and if I open the .MOV in quicktime it plays perfectly. Can anybody help me out? why cant FCP handle it?

Final Cut Pro X, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • dastoelk Level 3 Level 3 (650 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 8:22 PM (in response to Devon8822)



    Of course FCPX can handle video! ;). (It can handle RAW "Red" files, if need be.)


    I can get you started. The experts in this discussion group will want you to publish a screen grab of the inspector window in QT so as to analyze the actual file, codec, etc.


    They will also ask you pointed questions as to how you ingested the footage. (FCPX encourages you to ingest through its portals to "optimize.")


    So... I don't have an answer for you, but... If you comply with the above, someone will get you on your way shortly!

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,790 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 12:44 AM (in response to Devon8822)

    Devon8822 wrote:


    Well it should be able too at least


    Not sure how to access the inspector in QT.



    Open the movie in Quicktime Player and press Cmd-I (or go to Window->Show Movie Inspector).

    Take a screenshot of the window that comes up.


    The .mov is straight off my Canon T3i


    I intentionally did not use the optimize feature, I i'm an audio engineer and have a solid computer so I figured I would be able to do the minimal chopping of this video that I needed without running into issues. I created a new event and than imported the video from there. thanks!


    You may need to optimize, or not, depending on a lot of factors, like the codec and size of movie (HD pushes a lot of pixels), speed of drive, gpu, cpu, ram...

  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 9:03 AM (in response to Luis Sequeira1)

    Your originals are H.264, super crapy for compositing and generational copies.


    What Mac, how much RAM, hard drive configuration, OS and software versions?

  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 10:22 AM (in response to Devon8822)

    Optimized media is ProRes, and there is NO loss in image quality, not even theoretically.  Who told you that was flat out wrong.  "Proxy" media is low quality and for a reason, but Optimized is the same data, period, no quality loss.


    What graphics card are you running?


    Do not keep Events and Projects on the system drive, put them on a secondary internal drive.  A single drive doesn't have the bandwidth available to do multiple video/audio data streams AND handle OS/App data all at the same time.  Especially when you get into larger more complex projects.  Also make sure all your drives are 7200rpm.


    When FCP X runs a video clip, and when QT Player runs a video clip, they are doing very different things.


    Again, what graphics card?


    You should be able to play those H.264 originals back just fine, but if you're on a 5200rpm drive, and on the system drive on top of that, all bets are off.

  • innocentius Level 4 Level 4 (1,355 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 10:57 AM (in response to Devon8822)

    Is it not time for you take a look at the manual or buy a tutorial. FCPX is no plug and play

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,460 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 11:28 AM (in response to Devon8822)

    I'm using a 2008 iMac with 4GB RAM and have no problems with FCP X so you can be fairly sure it is not your computer at fault.


    Chances are that it's some simple form of user error which once corrected will see you racing away.

  • digibudII Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 12:11 PM (in response to Devon8822)

       You can either transcode the footage to prores or create proxy media for the moment and your export time will be long. When you get the footage on an external drive you may find that is all it takes. A sufficiently fast machine properly setup can handle some compressed forms but I can't speak to your specific camera. For now, you'll have to transcode to prores or create proxy media for editing till you test how things work with an external drive.

  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 1:15 PM (in response to digibudII)

    I used to have that card, it ran fine, but upgraded to the 5870.  Still, you shouldn't be having any issues unless your Events and Projects are really huge.  I've used almost the same Mac and camera quit a bit.  Try Optimizing and see what happens.  But that's odd.  Maybe run Disk Warrior and repair the directories on all your hard drives.


    I assume you're not making tons of Compound Clips, or doing heavy Mutliclip edits, or tons and tons of filters or anything.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 11:09 PM (in response to Devon8822)

    I don't understand why your inspector is showing what should be an aliased filepath to the location of the QuickTime. Is this file on your desktop or somewhere else? Where are you playing it from? Why is there a filepath to your Library?

  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 11:43 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)

    Agree with Tom.  That file path is WAY not correct.  You should not have any video stored in that path there.

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