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Final Cut Pro X: Increase Export/Render Speed?

873 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 6:36 PM by Rob McGrath RSS
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Jan 18, 2013 12:26 PM

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)
  • Michigan One Fly Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 6:09 PM (in response to Rob McGrath)

    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?

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,935 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 1:46 PM (in response to Rob McGrath)

    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 H Level 6 Level 6 (12,935 points)
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    Jan 22, 2013 8:45 AM (in response to Rob McGrath)

    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?




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