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?
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.
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.
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?
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.