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Rusty Rat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 8, 2013 5:22 PM

Sent a job from FCPx to Comp 4, making sure that all background tasks were complete.  Submit the job, yet it sends up a warning that the file exists. It shouldn't, so i click on the warning and click to continue, but it doesn't.  Tried it multiple times, yet it just stalls out.  Multiple error messages in the log (ya I should copy them here, but not sure were the log went.)

 

I've saved movies from FCPx and then read them into Comp 4 and that works -- most of the time.  But that intermediate step is a waste of time and HDD space and I would prefer not to do it.

 

I'm getting fed up with this erratic behaviour.  Is it just me?  Downloaded the Comp 4 fix app and ran that but no improvement. Getting really fed up and feel that I've wasted $50.00.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (13,025 points)
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    Mar 13, 2013 8:47 AM (in response to Rusty Rat)

    Rusty Rat wrote:

     

     

     

    I've spent a lot of time looking around the Web for a good overview of Compressor and never found one, so as a result, I've been labouring under some incorrect asumptions.

     

    You're right in that there is not a lot of free stuff about compression concepts and techniques on the Web. Jan Ozer is a recognized guru, but most of his articles and presentaions presume a good grasp of fundamentals…and he is not a fan of Compressor. Jon Chappel is a frequent contributor to these boards and has a blog that has some good info at his Digital Rebellion site. Jeff Greenberg is an instructor/consultant and his site is worth a visit; he is a frequent contributor at Creative Cow and also has a number of paid tutorials. Brian Gary authored a book on Compressor a few years ago; although it's about an earlier version, it's still a good resource. Larry Jordan, Ripple Training and Lynda.com offer paid tutorials – and all have samples. I'm sure that others on these boards have their own favorites.

     

    Not intending to be snarky, but I do think that people trying to use pro apps that are by design deep, would give themselves a huge leg up by familiarizing themselves with the user manual. While few people will have the patience to read one "cover-to-cover" most of the Apple manuals are quite well-written and the first several chapters usually are enough to get acquainted with the terminology, user interface and workflow basics. IMO, the Compressor manual is especially accessible to new users (perhaps because the UIF is so non intuitive.)

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (13,025 points)
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    Mar 13, 2013 12:20 PM (in response to Rusty Rat)

    Rusty Rat wrote:

     

    Interesting that my copy of Compresor never came with any reference to a manual, so I never went looking for one. Every other Apple app I've purchased came with a manual, online or paper. Is this a legacy of it's former inclusion in FCS 7?

     

    Not really. Just the way things are done now that we're into the download everything mode. Many of us miss the paper-based books of FCS (which I think vanished with FCS3).

     

    I probably should mention the links at the top of the Compressor 4 Discussions summary page more offten.

     

    Russ

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (13,025 points)
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    Mar 13, 2013 5:51 PM (in response to Rusty Rat)

    Hey RR.

     

    Most of Compressor's transgressions are temporarily losing its way…particularly with respect to Qmaster. Although remedies like Reset Background Processing or inactivating  and rei-activating Qmaster can fix things, The easiest way to straightem it out is to use Digital Rebellion's Compressor Repair. (Make sure the delete preferences box is checked.)

     

    Interestingly (to me anyway), I've been usimg various versions of Compressor (nearly daily) for about 8 years and have been very lucky…never had a crash. Glitches like losing all my clusters and jobs that refiused to cancel, yes…but never a crash. So I'd suspect a conflict. If you have a crash log, pay another visit to DR. They have a crash analyzer in their Pro Maimtenace Tools suite of apps. They offer a free trial.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

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