3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 19, 2012 6:31 AM by Jim Cookman
KillerKreate Level 1 (0 points)

Hello everyone, got a bit of a tricky situation to troubleshoot :/

Before you ask here's my iMac info http://gyazo.com/0648a1d03fb15935117894dd6716ffbc

Ok so the problem is, I'm making this video and its having a lot of distortion effects added to it within FCP 7 using the plugin Digi Effects Damage "Blockade". Now I had a sequence which had just enough memory to use it on all the clips I needed. However, I sent that sequence to Color and sent it back to FCP and in my new 'color sequence' I can watch the whole thing through in real time with safe RT and unlimited RT, however there is this colour http://gyazo.com/d022bf802fb82d76d191a004ddcbc387 above all the clips that have the plugin on.

Although I can watch it through in playback mode, when I render, after a few seconds it says Error: Out of memory.


Here are my general sequence settings http://gyazo.com/a270414e2c2d38cb1274f8f84f507383

I am using clips in the pro res 422 format. Any ideas? :/



  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)



    Out of memory use to refere to amount of

    • RAM

    • free Space on Start-Up (Mac OS) Hard Disk - VERY IMPORTANT

    • Space availably on Hard Disk/s That holde the Movie Material



    Never been a problem to me - 2 resp 5Gb dep on Mac used


    Free Space on Boot HD

    I never go under 25Gb free space - when working on SD-Video project's - I guess that 4 - 5 times more will be a safe level when doing HD. This space HAS TO be just here as Mac OS works like UNIX (it is in fact) and then produces lot's of temp. files that can not be stored elsewhere and so does FinalCut (or whatever application running)


    Space to keep Movie Project

    • Should be on other hard disks than the Boot HD.


    • Should be as fast as possibly - RAIDed, FireWire or Thunderbolt - USB/USB2 performs badly to me and especially when filling up and when holding HD-material


    • MUST BE - Mac OS Extended (hfs) formatted - this goes for all Video editing - iMovie, FinalCut or Adobe etc.


    • This too can fill up - So this space is also important


    What memory that are not sufficiant - is hard to guess - when You don't tell the above figure.


    Good Luck in finding it


    Yours Bengt W

  • David Mclaine Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Do you have any stills in your sequence, if so is the resolution more than 4000 and are they in RGB color space (not CYMK).


  • Jim Cookman Level 7 (23,435 points)

    Save your project, close it, reboot the machine to clear the caches, open your project.  Select a small chunk of your timeline, render it.  Rinse and repeat until everything is rendered.  I don't know the particular filter set you're working with but some are pretty intensive and can suck all the ram available.


    Remember that FCP is basically just an addressable database that stores in RAM EVERY clip, sequence, effect, etc etc.  When you've used up all the ram with an intensive filter, you get the error message.


    Always best practice to get it all rendered, then make the necessary changes.