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FCP7 Bogging Down

276 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 19, 2013 7:13 AM by Michael Grenadier RSS
videoguy4u Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 18, 2013 12:10 PM

I was hoping that some one could help with my Final Cut Pro 7 question.

I have the an 8 Core 6 gigs of ram. 8TB 7200rpm. Editing all in HD with XDCam footage.


I am strarting to get bogged down when I am edtting my videos. Does any body know how to clean up the system so I am running more efficient in final cut pro 7? My main video files are on one drive and the preview files are set to another drive. Main install of FCP7 is on my Main Drive.


Can you help?



Final Cut Pro 7, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 8 Core 6 gigs of ram. 8 TB HDs
  • Jim Cookman Level 7 Level 7 (23,435 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 1:35 PM (in response to videoguy4u)

    I see it this way:


    My edit system feeds and houses me.  That means no unnecessary applications, no junk downloads, I keep it off the web except for uploads/downloads of work files.  Keeping the system drive OS and applications only is a must. 


    The biggest slowdown is drives that get too full.   20% free space seems about right for media drives, but the emptier the better.


    What are those 8TB?  e-sata? Firewire?

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 12:10 AM (in response to videoguy4u)



    Me again.


    And all External Hard Disks - formatted as Mac OS Extended (hfs) ? - Mine are (and journaled).


    Select one - and click on it's icon on DeskTop/Finder


    press [cmd+I]


    read - formatted as


    UNIX / DOS / FAT32 / Mac Exchange - works for most other things BUT NOT FOR VIDEO !


    New - NTFS ??????? (WINDOW standard today)  - need special programs to be able to be read and written too


    Yours Bengt W

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,900 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 5:23 AM (in response to videoguy4u)

    videoguy4u wrote:


    Any other Ideas?



    Run the Apple Hardware test.


    Download and run the AJA systems test to see if there are any obvious drive bottlenecks.


    Run Activity Monitor to see if it indicates any memory issues.


    Open Disk Utility and repair permissions.



  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 7:13 AM (in response to videoguy4u)

    try disconnecting EVERYTHING that's not crucial to working with fcp including ethernet and turn off airport.   Have you done any os or app updates lately?  Have you installed any new applications or hardware?  If you have any cards installed, first make sure you have all the latest drivers and you might also try pulling the cards.  On that note, I have a sonnet esata card and I started getting all sorts of drive issues.  Turns out there was an incompatibility between the OS I was running and their latest driver.  These kind of things can be difficult to troubleshoot.


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