7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 6:36 PM by Rob McGrath
Rob McGrath Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Hi everyone.

 

Just to preface this, I am pretty limited in my knowledge of Pro software. So, forgive me if I am asking something stupid.

 

I am running FCPX on my Early 2011 15" MBP. 16GB RAM. Running OS and software off SSD, replaced the optical drive with the stock-HDD. I render store the video and work on it from the extra internal HDD.

 

I have noticed a significant decrease in performance of FCPX since the last update. The % shown in the progress bar is also completely inaccurate.

 

Exporting files now takes 3-5x longer than it used to. I disabled background rendering. When I actually render the video prior to exporting, it seems to go normal speed. All my export files have to be 1080p due to the nature of their use, but this export speed is obscene. It's taking me 30+ minutes to export a 3 minute clip, where it used to take a fraction of that.

 

When importing media, I always have it create proxy media.

 

Any suggestions? I am considering (in the long run) getting a desktop, but I'm not even sure that will be a big enough. Thank you for your help!


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Final Cut Pro X: Increase Export/Render Speed?
    Michigan One Fly Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)

    So to be sure I understand your work flow.

    Your operating system and FCPX is on the SSD drive,  while your events and projects are on the HDD drive, that I assume is now in your super drive bay ( where the DVD burner was).  Is that how your MBP is configured?

     

    Is the SS/HDD configuration new or have you been using this for awhile, at least before updating FCPX ?

     

    How are you exporting ?  Are you using" share / master file" or are you doing something different?

  • 2. Re: Final Cut Pro X: Increase Export/Render Speed?
    Rob McGrath Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Yes. I replaced the orignal HDD with a SSD, used an optibay to hold my HDD in the computer.

     

    OS X and FCPX run on the SSD, I store the media and proxy files on the HDD. I've been doing this for over a year.

     

    FCPX changed their sharing options a bit in the last update, so now I use the share button in the side, set it to export the file as 1080p. I used H.264 encoding, and have it set for m4v files to work with our presentation software that we use.

     

    I have reinstalled FCPX, OS X, done a clean install of everything. Tested the RAM, HDD appears to be in good health. So I am at a loss as to what is going on with this.

     

    The % remaining is never accurate, and export times have tripled/quadrupled.

     

    I am just praying that this is not a sign of things to come for my mac.

  • 3. Re: Final Cut Pro X: Increase Export/Render Speed?
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,255 points)

    How much free space (percent of capacity) on your boot drove and how much free space on your media drive?

     

    Download the the AJA systems test and run it on both drives.

     

    Russ

  • 4. Re: Final Cut Pro X: Increase Export/Render Speed?
    Rob McGrath Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    The SSD has about 15% free, while the HDD has 30% free.

     

    The SSD actually had only about 5% free when FCPX was working quickly.

     

    The AJA program seems to show normal r/w speeds.

     

     

    I appreciate the help/troubleshooting guys. This is driving me crazy. I'd love to buy a powerhouse iMac (or new MacPro whenever it's released), but I simply don't have the budget for that, nor does my job.

  • 5. Re: Final Cut Pro X: Increase Export/Render Speed?
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,255 points)

    It seems to me your MBP specs should easily handle most FCPX projects. By way of comparison, my not-so-speedy three year old iMac will export an unrendered color-corrected clip with titles in slightly more than real time – whether as a .mov or MP4. (I don't render in the timeline as long as playback is acceptable.)

     

    Since you said your drives tested OK and you have already done a complete reinstall, the two other things that come to mind are a software conflict or a graphics card problem (FCPX relies a lot on the GPU in the export). Do remember if you added any third party software or plug-ins during the time when your export problems began?

     

    Russ

  • 6. Re: Final Cut Pro X: Increase Export/Render Speed?
    Rob McGrath Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I don't think so. the only 3rd party software that I installed, but it didn't noticeably make any difference at all, was a graphics card toggler. I have uninstalled it since then, though.

     

     

    *edit* also, in FCPX itself, the only 3rd party anything I used is 3rd party transitions.

  • 7. Re: Final Cut Pro X: Increase Export/Render Speed?
    Rob McGrath Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Interesting Development:

     

    Just recently pieced together a video using audio from one clip, running alongside several stock-footage clips. Approximately 2 minutes in length.

     

    Export does the same thing (inaccurate % completed, took nearly 20-25 minutes).

     

    1080p. Did export of Master, Exported for Apple devices in 1080p, and also did an export of the file as a 1080p m4v.

     

    The final result was a video that would sporadically show the Background Tasks window randomly flashing throughout the video. It does the same thing when viewed on other computers as well.

     

    I am going to reinstall FCPX again, but this is just ridiculous.