3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2008 4:27 PM by Jeff Linkous
Jeff Linkous Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
Motion and Final Cut are both acting screwy:

• In Motion, the canvas starts scooting off the screen toward the right upon creating a new project, as if it were propelled by something.

• Final Cut, not to be outdone, decides it wants to go haywire whenever the mouse cursor is moved over the canvas: go right, it scrubs the play head that direction, left it rewinds. The start/stop button in canvas pane appears inoperable, but moving mouse cursor to timeline and the spacebar and jkl keys still function.

What gives?

This all started upon downloading that recent update for the Pro Aps, as well as 10.5.6 combo update. I've already booted up from Leopard disc and run disk utility fixes. It temporarily solved the issue for Motion, but the canvas slide began anew after I created a project, put a particle emitter in a layer, tried to scrub to where it began emitting to mark a point, got spinning beach ball and then Motion going through those spasms I described, dragging Final Cut along for the ride.

So maybe it's trash prefs time. So the question is: Canning the prefs is as simple as going into user account library folder > prefs > motionplist and finalcutplist and hauling them to the trash, emptying trash and restarting the computer and relaunching? Is it that simple?

G5 Dual 2.0 (w/3GB ram) & Klipsch GMX D-5.1 speakers, G4 933 MHz, PwrBk 1.5 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Andy Neil Level 4 Level 4 (3,795 points)
    Jeff Linkous wrote:
    Canning the prefs is as simple as going into user account library folder - prefs - motionplist and finalcutplist and hauling them to the trash, emptying trash and restarting the computer and relaunching? Is it that simple?


    It is for Motion, but FCP has more than one preference file. To delete FCP prefs, you delete the .plist where you described. Then go into the Final Cut Pro User Data folder in the same location and delete the prefs file and the OBJ and PROF cache files.

    This will erase your settings in FCP and restore default values so you'll have to go through and reset everything how you had it.

    There's also a couple of programs out there that will save a copy of your good FCP prefs with the correct settings so when it happens again you can restore good prefs without all the hassle.

    Andy

    PS: BTW, you don't have to restart your computer (just the individual programs), but hey, it doesn't hurt.
  • Jon Chappell Level 5 Level 5 (4,005 points)
    This app will trash both at once:
    http://www.digitalrebellion.com/pref_man.htm

    Why most apps only trash FCP I don't know.
  • Jeff Linkous Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    Thanks to both.

    Before going the preferences route, I took one other step and disconnected every peripheral and my Logitech mouse, on the chance it may have been throwing a wrench into the works. Reconnected everything and went to Logitech's site and got a new driver for the mouse and reconfigured it. So far so good, at least as far as Final Cut goes. Crossing my fingers on Motion.