2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 5, 2012 1:55 PM by m4a3
m4a3 Level 1 Level 1

So I am I getting the "cannot allocate memory" error whenever I try to start a new project in FCPX


System specs:


Model Name:          Mac Pro

  Model Identifier:          MacPro3,1

  Processor Name:          Quad-Core Intel Xeon

  Processor Speed:          2.8 GHz

  Number of Processors:          2

  Total Number of Cores:          8

  L2 Cache (per Processor):          12 MB

  Memory:          8 GB


ATI Radeon HD 5870:


  Chipset Model:          ATI Radeon HD 5870

  Type:          GPU

  Bus:          PCIe

  Slot:          Slot-1

  PCIe Lane Width:          x16

  VRAM (Total):          1024 MB



"Movies" folder is on a drive with about 120 GB free. The folder is not locked. Imovie uses the same folder, and that works.


The account is not a server account.


I've removed all preferences and all references to FCPX, reinstalled, no difference.


I have tried every suggestion on every apple support discussion thread, save reinstalling the OS, which I will not do. Nothing works.


FCPX won't let me select a default location for projects, either.


This is the only application on my system that doesn't work. Anyone have any suggestions?

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10
    Mac OS X

    Did you try making a new users?

  • m4a3 Level 1 Level 1

    I figured it out:


    FCPX does not support NTFS drives, even with Paragon NTFS working perfectly for everything else on the system.


    I guess Apple (just) assumes that nobody will, or should, be using any other filesystem than Mac with FCPX.


    I wasted hours looking for a solution, when a better error message besides a misleading "cannot allocate memory" could have been something more useful.


    Not impressed.