For all those out there who think the solution is to go back to Snow Leopard - I have exactly the same issues on my 2008 Mac Pro (12Gb RAM, Radeon HD 5770, 2Tb HD), running... Snow Leopard.
There doesn't seem to be any particular thing that sets the beachballs off - but once they start, you have to restart the Mac to get rid of them. Grr.
Hi Sudio Engenier thanks for your posting .
I run an 8 core MacPro, Lion ,FCPX 10.3 editing is impossible the beachball is spinning constantly .
So I installed SL on a different partition and editing is like a charm .
Yes I see the beach ball once in a while but only for seconds not for 15 minutes like before .
Thanks a lot ;-)
Its really bad that Apple are leaving us in the dark. I really am starting to dislike this company. Its simply not the way to do business and keep happy customers.
Its about time they told us there plan with FCPX...
My latest beachball experiance lasted more than 8 hours.
As I imported 2891 jpgs of 1920x1080 72dpi apr 800kb per size.
Apr 1 hour to pull them on to my timeline (PRO RES 422, 25frames/second 1080p)
Apr 5 minutes to select all
Apr 2 minutes to open the dialogue where i can change the duration (ctrl+D)
Apr 1 hour to change the duration from 10 sec to 1 frame duration.
Playback was terrible. Even after restarting.
This process, is tough I know. 2891 jpgs all ready sized and everything is demanding, but come one. If I cant do this???
So now I opened up Final Cut Pro 7.0.3
All exact steps done in less than 15 minutes and playback on the timeline is smoooooth...
Need I say more?
MacbookPro Mid summer 2010, i7 core 2,6Ghz, 8GB ram, 7200 rpm disk and eSata Sonnet Tech Fusion F3 raid 0.
OSX Lion 10.7.3, FCPX 10.0.3
Argh!!! I'm getting the spinning beachball every single time I try to edit a FCPX project. I'm running the latest version of everything, OSX, FCPX, maxed my MacBook Pro memory at 8GB, don't have any big apps running at the same time. This is completely unacceptable. I should have just bit the bullet and gone to Premier
you ever worked with premiere? i promise this has also some problems
check that document here
especially steps 7&9 are worth trying
additionally i'd try excluding the the fcp project and event folders from spotlight and restart machine
also i'd write feedback to apple about your problems - if they know about existing problems they can do something about it
thanks for sharing this - all the first ones are obvious and 9 I already have done a few times. but number 7 - hiding all the events and projects worked for me so far. I didn't go thru each one to test since I have a bunch. so instead I just hid all projects and all events and started a new one. It was a simple edit - simple or complex edits in this don't seem to be the problem - you can do something very simple and lock it up. so anyways everything worked smoothly and zero lag, zero beachball, quick scrubbing, quick opening of different browsers. I even applied a couple audio filters like limiter and it didn't screw up the waveform like it usually does.
so at this point I'd like to surmise that FCPX is having a hard time keeping events / projects from corrupting. I've never force rebooted during use or anything. so who knows what is causing things to go bad in the first place but that must be the issue.
honestly I'd be happy to hide everything I'm not currently working on and simply move these folders around as needed if this fixes the problem for now. I've thought about switching to Premier but I really don't love Adobe and I really like FCPX when it works right - still holding out I guess for Apple to fix it. I do however think they owe $100 or more gift cards to all the early adopters for putting up with this for so long - totally unacceptable to pay $300 for a program that doesn't work properly - as if we are guinea pigs paying to be tested on (all the while trying to keep our professional work going
additionally i'd like to recommend a little tool that shows you your free memory - you'll be surprised how much memory is used for programs you might not need during editing for instance a browser