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?
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.
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.
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!!
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.