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Motion is so slow - spinning ball all the time!

604 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2012 4:59 AM by Russ H RSS
petemay Level 2 Level 2 (470 points)
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Feb 20, 2012 9:14 PM

I took a class in Motion recently and they used iMacs at every station.  I never got a spinning ball.  I've got a 12 Core with 16GB of RAM and I can't scroll a window without getting a spinning ball.  Every tiny adjustment takes forever!  Another thing, when I select an effect or track, sometimes the HUD doesn't update until I click around a bit.  Just now it's started holding a single frame of video regardless where I put the scrub bar on the timeline.  The motion tracked box moves when I scrub but the picture beneath is a freeze frame.  Wait, I take that back, it seems to be playing at 1 frame per minute.  This is not a complicated composite either.  One shot with a motion tracked TIFF file on top.

I've restarted, checked permisisons, trashed preferences.  Nothing helps. 

I'm editing HDV.  I'm using internal drives for all media and applications (different internal drives).  All my software is up to date.  Is there anything I should check?  Any settings?  Any likely culprits?



MacPro 12 Core, MacPro Quad Core, MacBook Air, 2 17" MBP and one very old 17" PB, Mac OS X (10.6.6), All told, 30 TB of mismanaged storage
  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Feb 22, 2012 8:46 AM (in response to petemay)

    HDV is not a great format to work with particularly if you're doing any effects.  Try converting a shot to prores and see if your problem eases.


    It's also possible you have a drive problem.  Can you test this with another drive?  Run diskutility:  repair disk and if you've got it, run diskwarrior.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,950 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 4:59 AM (in response to petemay)

    To Michael's checklist I'd add this: are you using the download version of Motion? If you are, it's possible there may be some sort of conflict with FCS. If you're still getting beachballs, consider reinstalling Motion…using Apple's "best installation practices".


    I too don't like to work in HDV, but on the occasions I have, I've not encountered anywhere near the difficulties you describe.




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