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I'm trying to find out if I upgrade the memory in my Imac and update OSX will final cut Express work better?

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Mar 14, 2013 1:18 PM

I have an older imac below is the specs. I've already ordered the snow leopard and was thinking about replacing my 1GB memory with 2- 2GB sticks. Would this help my stability in FCP? ? I've been having issues getting big HD projects to export. I have exported countless HD projects so I don't think it's something I'm doing wrong. it let's me export without using quicktime conversion but then never finishes upload when I try to upload to youtube. i even tried exporting as quicktime (without conversion) and then converting in mpeg streamclip to h.264 and it still never finishs uploading in youtube. In youtube, the percentage stops calculating but it looks like its uploading but the upload bar never goes anywhere. The video is about 6 GB, how long should it take to upload to youtube?


Also, I seen in these forums it says don't update OSX in middle of a FCE project, but when I talkd to Apple specialists they stated that updating the OSX would not affect my programs or files. Any input on these questions I would really appreciate.



Model Name:          iMac

  Model Identifier:          iMac7,1

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          2 GHz

  Number Of Processors:          1

  Total Number Of Cores:          2

  L2 Cache:          4 MB

  Memory:          1 GB

  Bus Speed:          800 MHz

Final Cut Server, iOS 4
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
    The video is about 6 GB, how long should it take to upload to youtube?



    Depends on the speed of the pipe between you and the destination. It could take several hours or more.


    Adding RAM can't hurt, but any type of graphics work is dependent on the speed of the GPU and CPU. You can't change them unless you buy a faster computer.

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,885 points)

    4 gig RAM would be nice for FCE.

    As already discussed export times are variable from Mac to Mac.



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,935 points)

    trakaddict wrote:


    What about upgrading my osx, would that affect my project I'm currently working on?

    Possibly. Most people would agree that the risk of upgrading in the midst of a project is not a gamble worth taking. Regardless of what the Apple folks said, I can't see any upside in doing that…only downside.


    But taking RAM to 4 GB sounds great.



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)

    I would be leary of this because upgrading could lead to compatibility issues. See:


    Are my applications compatible?


        See App Compatibility Table - RoaringApps.


  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)

    I'm sorry but crash reports are pretty useless. For future please don't post long pastes like this unless someone asks for them. Hardly a soul around here can interpret them without the use of a debugger connected to your computer.


    Does the computer crash when you don't use FCE? Is your version of FCE compatible with Leopard 10.5.8? What peripherals are you using?


    Create a new admin user account. Log out of your normal account and log into the new one. Do you still have problems?

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,935 points)

    One thought on the crash report: you might download Pro Maintenance Tools from Digiital Rebellion's site. PMTis a suite of apps which has a crash analyzer, which reports out suggested fixes. There is a trial version so you can evaluate.



  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)

    Kappy is right, do not upgrade before your project is finished. Then make sure ( whether you have to upgrade FCP (and other apps) too.

    1GB RAM is very little, especially when you upgrade beyond SnowLeopard.

    Your mac can handle Lion 10.7.5 as maximum OS (need 2GB already for itself), and at maximum 6GB RAM.

    If your budget permits a new mac with Mountain Lion and 8 or 16GB would be optimal (check the compatibility of your apps!).


  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)

    There are a number of different issues here.


    1.  1GB RAM is pretty thin for Final Cut Express, even for Standard Def video.  2GB would be better.  FCE can use a maximum of 4GB


    2.  You didn't mention your hard drive.  What is its capacity, and how much free space is on it?  A hard drive that's over 50% full can cause issues with video editing & exporting


    3.  It will help if you tell us what your source media are (file type, codec, frame size & frame rate), what your FCE sequence settings are, whether or not you fully rendered the video & mixed down the audio in FCE before exporting, and exactly how you are exporting from FCE.


    4.  YouTube has a default video upload size of 15 minutes or 2GB whichever comes first.  There is a way to enable larger uploads (up to 20GB) but if you haven't enabled that in your YouTube account, that could explain why your 6GB upload hangs.


    5.  Are you using any external hard drives?  If so, what are they, and are you using USB or FW to connect them?  Are any of the external devices daisy-chained together?


    6.  You appear to have FCE 4.0.1 running on Leopard 10.5.8.  That combination is fine, it wouldn't cause any issues per se with your use of FCE.  FCE 4.0.1 will also run just fine in Snow Leopard; but if you choose to upgrade, don't do it in the midst of an FCE project.  The pro apps (including FCE) don't take kindly to full OS X upgrades and have often necessitated removal & reinstallation of the app in order to get it working properly after the upgrade.


    7.  FCE was discontinued over 18 months ago and is not supported on Lion or Mt. Lion.  Users have had limited success installing & running FCE on Lion & Mt. Lion.  I don't recommend it.   If you are moving to Lion or Mt. Lion then you should also move to Final Cut Pro X.


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