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FCP 7 workflow slowdown

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Philip Snyder Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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Feb 21, 2013 9:18 AM

Working in FCP7 on an iMac, I'm almost finished  a week's worth editing a 3 minute video in DVCPROHD 1080pA24. Suddenly, yesterday, everything slowed down. Examples: whenever I switched from viewing on the Canvas to fullscreen and back again, I get the spinning beachball for at least 25 seconds and the message, "Preparing Video for Display"; whenever I shift a video clip in the timeline, the same thing happens. Needless to say, this makes the workflow almost impossible. Luckily, I'm almost finished the project but there maybe revisions and I dread going through this again.

I've checked my other FCP projects and this isn't happening.

Does anyone know what could be causing this slowdown and what I could do to fix it? What opening another project and dragging my sequence and select take bins into it do that?

 

Phil

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 12:28 PM (in response to Philip Snyder)

    without looking at your timeline, it's hard to tell.  Could be your just pushing the limit of fcp, your processor and your hard drives.  If everything's rendered do you have the same problem? 

     

    You might try playing with your playback settings on the left side of the timeline.

     

    I see this behavior everyonceinawhile when I've got a very complex sequence, particularly if I'm moving large sections of the timeline at the same time.

     

    Also, run diskutility and diskwarrior (if you've got it) on all your drives.  Make sure you have a minimum of 10% free space on all drives (probably 20% on your startup drive). 

     

    Make sure your fcp project isn't much more than 100 mbs.  If it is, duplicate your project and delete unnecessary sequences etc.  You can always have multiple projects open at the same time if you need to access this material.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 2:00 PM (in response to Philip Snyder)

    ANy graphics bigger than 4000x4000 pixels?  All graphics rgb? 

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 2:28 PM (in response to Philip Snyder)

    anything with an alpha channel?  If you want to send me the fcp project, I'll take a look and see if there's anything obvious. 

     

    My email is mgrenadier@gmail.com  zip the project file before attaching to email.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 6:27 PM (in response to Philip Snyder)

    well I'll take a look.  You could also try copying the contents of the sequence in to a new sequence, and also copying the sequence into a new project.  Sequences and projects can get corrupted.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Feb 22, 2013 5:16 AM (in response to Philip Snyder)

    Have you tried removing the filter to see if that solves the problem?  You might find using Motion to do the stabilize worthwhile.  Works great for me.  I had a client recently who decided they didn't like the handheld material in a 2 camera shoot.  I was able to make the material look like it was shot on a tripod.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Feb 22, 2013 5:23 AM (in response to Michael Grenadier)

    Don't see anything obvious wrong.   First step, duplicate the sequence, then load the duplicate sequence, and close the original sequence in the timeline.  Make the timeline active, select all, control click on any clip and choose remove attributes and make sure only filters is checked and hit ok.  Does that improve performance.  If so, I'd guess that the 3rd party filter is the problem.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Feb 22, 2013 9:46 AM (in response to Philip Snyder)

    Did you try creating a new sequence (with the same settings) making the old sequence active, select all, copy, make the new sequence active, and paste?

     

    Sometimes a sequence does get corrupt and this is usually the solution.

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