6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2014 5:20 AM by Russ H
msy337 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Mid-year 2010 iMac with only 4GB memory (2x2). Computer running Extremely slow while editing, surfing web, everything! Nothing on the hardrive - already dumped everything onto external HD's months ago - but it just keeps getting slower. Today - patience ran out.

 

Just purchased 16GB memory (4x4).

 

Main concern - if I remove the 2x2GB memory sticks/cards, could this affect the current FCPX projects I am working on?

This may be a dumb question to experts, but my anxiety of losing these projects drives me to ask this important question before leaping.

 

I am grateful for any help and/or advice given!

Also - any other tips about helping your Mac run faster is always appreciated.

 

Thanks!


iMac
  • 1. Re: If I replace memory sticks, will this affect ongoing FCPX projects?
    babylonslim Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)

    No. It will not effect anything stored on the hard drives when the machine was last shut down. RAM dumps its contents after apps are exited and the machine is shut down.  Go for it! Your going to love what  that xtra memory does to FCP X - providing you got the right speed.

     

    Cheers

  • 2. Re: If I replace memory sticks, will this affect ongoing FCPX projects?
    msy337 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the response! Going for it!

    Not sure what you mean by 'right speed' - but I got the only memory cards compatible with my iMac.

    I'll follow up...

  • 3. Re: If I replace memory sticks, will this affect ongoing FCPX projects?
    msy337 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The iMac definitely ran faster when the memory was first installed (Feb 25th), but it didn't take but a few days to start lagging again while editing. Fortunately FCPX doesn't crash as much now, but all together - editing isn't too much faster. I'm still confused about 'right speed' for the memory? Maybe this is my issue?

  • 4. Re: If I replace memory sticks, will this affect ongoing FCPX projects?
    babylonslim Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)

    I feel sure that hwoever sold you your ram, first reasearched this. Look under the apple menu/about this mac to see how much Ram & its speed on your mac.

    Have a look at this link. 

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/apple/memory/iMac

     

      Try editing only after you start up your Mac. If you gotta go online, check your e-mail, play with FaceBook, etc. - do that then reboot to edit.

    I also suggest deleting any startup items that you don't NEED to start up at LOGIN:

    apple menu/system preferences/users & groups/log in items.

    I downloaded a little app called System Pal from the App Store so I can see in real time what is using Ram & the CPU. Works for me.

       So much of Final Cut Pro X takes advantage of the I7 chip & Vram. Unless you are having OS or software issues, your Mac is doing the best it can. Generally, I try to stay with App versions that are designed with my hardware.

       I suggest using FCP X tutorials to learn the program really well. If you become a great editor, you will be able to afford a new machine in no tiime.

     

    Goood Luck

  • 5. Re: If I replace memory sticks, will this affect ongoing FCPX projects?
    msy337 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for all of the advice! I really appreciate that! I've been working with FCPX for about 4 months now, and I'm learning more and more - it's great. It just takes so long to edit - rendering kicks my rear end (and my deadlines)! My jobs pay well enough - I'll be looking into a new system in the near future for sure! Thanks again!!

  • 6. Re: If I replace memory sticks, will this affect ongoing FCPX projects?
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,255 points)

    Your iMac, with 16 GB of RAM, should be able to handle most anything you throw at it. Perhaps not a half dozen angles of 4K, but you should not be suffering through the vast majority of your work. What kind of media have you been working with in your projects? Are these complex timelines with many layers and multiple effects?

     

    Most people find that the app performs best (speed and reliability) when projects and events (now libraries) are stored on a fast external drive. Not sure whether your model has Thunderbolt or not, but FW 800 does the job pretty well if Tb is not an option. Leaving Background Rendering off will help performance. Set playback quality to Better Perfomance and use optimized media. If working on a multicam project with more than 3 angles, you'll generally find it advisable with that setup to use Proxy.

     

    HTH

     

    Russ