Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 2:28 PM (in response to kenackr)
You should always you a seperate drive as your media drive. Do not store the media you are editing on the same drive as the NLE is installed on. Using an external drive will increase performance.
Also, FCP will become obsolete soon, I suggest AVID Media Composer or Premiere Pro.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 2:44 PM (in response to parker612)
Sorry, I was editing while you were replying. I do, of course, have a separate scratch disk for media. It is one of 4 1TB internal drives in my Mac pro.
As you can see from my revised post, I focused more on swapping to premiere (because it's included in the clouds thing). It also uses all 16 threads of my 8 core Mac Pro. Those 2 facts make me think harder about making the switch.
KenMac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 8 core, 23 GRam, 4 TB HD
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 2:50 PM (in response to kenackr)
I personally would suggest making the switch. I use Avid Media Composer, but I also have Premiere Pro and that is a great NLE. PPro has come out with a lot of performance improvements in the last couple years.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2013 9:15 AM (in response to parker612)
Can you confirm that PPro does use all cores & threads in my Mac Pro just like After Effects CS 6 Does?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2013 10:30 AM (in response to kenackr)
I'm not sure. If AE CS6 does, them I'm sure PPro does as well but that's just an assumption. Maybe try contacting Adobe and asking, or maybe someone else here can confirm that.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 26, 2013 5:31 AM (in response to kenackr)
The CS6 suite is all 64 bit. FCS3 is all 32 bit. If you have set up your Mac to run 64 bit you will see some efficiency in heavy CPU tasks. Having said this, I see all cores in both my MacPro and 4 core MacMini server engaged in most FCP tasks and certainly peg them at 100% use when using Compressor for heavy lifting.
Moving from FCP to Premiere Pro is not that big a deal. Indeed, PP includes the FCP keyboard mapping as one of their standard templates.