8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2012 5:35 PM by serenity99
serenity99 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

The last day or so, I noticed my Macbook Pro running much slower than usual. I have a 500 gb hard drive and normally have 270 gb left. I checked the drive tonight and I now I have only 140 gb left which I think is the reason for the slow down. I have NO idea what ate up 130 gb all of a sudden. Can anyone help?

 

I did make a large video. It's almost 300 mb and I made three copies of it for different variations of it - but that's not even 1 gb! Or am I not understanding how FCPX uses space?


Final Cut Pro X
  • 1. Re: FCPX -Ate 130 gb??
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,255 points)

    serenity99 wrote:

     

    I did make a large video. It's almost 300 mb and I made three copies of it for different variations of it - but that's not even 1 gb! Or am I not understanding how FCPX uses space?

    That's not large at all. A one minute Pro Res HD video could be 1 GB.

     

    I also doubt having about 28% free space on the boot drive is the problem.

     

    Are apps other than FCP running OK?

     

    Russ

  • 2. Re: FCPX -Ate 130 gb??
    serenity99 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Everything else seems to be ok. I am getting that spinning beachball a lot, too. Tonight, I was simply talking to a friend on Facebook and my keystrokes lagged behind my typing when we were messaging. I cleared out cookies and cache but it made no difference.

  • 3. Re: FCPX -Ate 130 gb??
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,255 points)

    I suggest opening Disk Utility and repairing permissions.

     

    Also. open Activity Monitor and check how much RAM is free

     

    Screen shot 2012-11-19 at 9.53.48 PM.png

     

    Russ

  • 4. Re: FCPX -Ate 130 gb??
    Jakob Peterhänsel Level 3 Level 3 (655 points)

    1: How long is that video, and did you make it in FCPX?

    2: FCPX stores user data in two locations:

     

        A: ~/Movies/Final Cut...

        B: /Voumes/SomeHDD/Final Cut...

    See what size those folders are..!

     

    3: Slowdown can, if you un out of RAM and have a lot of Apps running, cause the system to 'swap' data to the Virtual Memory in the HD, that is about 1-5000x slower than your RAM.. yes, it takes time, but should mostly be seen when you switch between applications.

     

    You can check this in Activity Monitor, if the Page Ins number is running up, the system is activly using your HD as virtual memory.

  • 5. Re: FCPX -Ate 130 gb??
    serenity99 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Yesterday I noticed that some videos had current render dates, even though I hadn't touched them in a while - odd. Anyway, I deleted all the render files and I have now made up 100 of the 130 gig. Here is what my activity monitor looks like tonight.

     

    Screen shot 2012-11-20 at 7.40.39 PM.png

     

    I am not sure how to read this, though.

     

    My computer has 8 gb RAM.

  • 6. Re: FCPX -Ate 130 gb??
    serenity99 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I went to the Movies/Final Cut folder but folders on my computer don't give a size - unfortunately.

     

    The video I referred to was only 5:45 minutes long.

     

    Where do I find the Volumes folder? I searched for it and one came up and it gas about 10 .p3r files in it. Added together they are about 700 kb.

  • 7. Re: FCPX -Ate 130 gb??
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,255 points)

    If you control click (right click) on your file in the Finder and then select Get Info, you will get a wiindow with the

    size info.

     

    Screen shot 2012-11-20 at 8.17.28 PM.png

  • 8. Re: FCPX -Ate 130 gb??
    serenity99 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you. In that case . . .

     

    Final Cut Projects - 68 gb

     

    I found a Volumes folder but it is only 766 kb and there is no "Some HDD" folder in it. In fact, here is a snapshot of what is in it.

     

    Screen shot 2012-11-20 at 8.33.55 PM.png

     

    I don't know if it is the correct Volumes folder because here is its path:

     

    Screen shot 2012-11-20 at 8.34.48 PM.png