8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2012 11:52 PM by Alchroma
tcooll77 Level 1 Level 1

I am new to video editing and i have a mac book pro and final cut express4 with a seagate 2 terabite external. Sometimes when i am logging and transfering and also when saving  my computer freezes.  my computer runs just fine other than when using final cut.


my friend wonders if A.) i need a ram boost, or B.) I bought the disc of ebay and the package was opened, he thinks maybe the person downloaded it and then sold it as new.


truthfully i am looking as to any reasons that would cause final cut to freeze


thank you-

sincerly tim

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6

    Have you used Software Update to update your version of FCE to 4.0.1?




  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6

    Things to check regarding the drive:

    Is it connected with a firewire cable?

    Is it formatted to Mac OS Extended?


    If your Mac has 4 gig of RAM that should be fine.


    Also knowing the exact footage you are using and what Sequence the footage is working with, will help us to further assist.



  • tcooll77 Level 1 Level 1

    my external is connected via USB port. is there something i need to change? what is the difference between that and a firewire?

    I believe it is formatted to mac but maybe i should re format to be certain?


    I am shooting my videos with a canan hfs-10

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6

    To check the format of the drive, right click the icon on the Desktop and select
    Get Info. The format will be in the info.


    USB is not recommended for video work, you may however "get away with it."

    See here for details:



    Your Canon can shoott several types of footage. FCE will only work directly with Interlaced not Progressive.


    Also make sure the Easy Setup is an AVCHD selection to match the camera output.



  • tcooll77 Level 1 Level 1

    wow ive got much to learn. can the USB be replaced with a flywire since that cable can be removed from the external?

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6

    "can the USB be replaced with a flywire since that cable can be removed from the external?"


    If the external drive has a connection port for either 400 or 800 firewire you can use one of those ports to connect with a firewire cable to your Mac.

    If USB port/s are only available on the external, No, you can't swap to firewire.

    You require an external with firewire port/s for firewire connection.



  • tcooll77 Level 1 Level 1

    thank you alchroma, i will look into this i believe it can be done.

    i think i am going to go to the mac store and find out more information.

    this production endeavour is one i want to take up but i just have no background or person/place to show me.


    i have the "drive" though lol

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6


    Yup, ya gotta start somewhere.