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  • machine now really slow on FCP5

  • rich tru

    February 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Help guys,

    My FCP 5 is now really slow on playback, in fact I can’t view what I have edited cause the response time is way to slow – can any help me to get my machine operating quicker again (macbook),I have moved over alot of projects and videos to my external hard drive, still nothing changes. how do clean up and get rid of fcp files – I am aslo very scared of getting rid of files in projects i have saved – HELP ME Someone!!!

    SO SLOW!!!

  • Samuel Hall

    February 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Just a few questions:

    What are the exact specs of your system?
    What type of footage are you dealing with?
    Where and how are you storing this footage?

    Samuel Hall

  • Rafael Amador

    February 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Run DiskWarrior or TechTools in all your hard drives, starting by the Main HD>

  • rich tru

    February 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm


    Macbook – FCP 5 – Mac 10.9.4

    I save projects in the FCP default. some projects I have completed I store on ext hard drive. My projects are small 20sec – 10 min projects, DV files, Mov, Jpeg, etc nothing too big at all.

  • rich tru

    February 18, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    where should I be saving, and how do I clean up FCP and start again by moving all files to EXt hard drive, without disrupting too much and loosing stuff.

  • rich tru

    February 18, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    any freebies out there doing the same job..

  • Samuel Hall

    February 18, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Editing video files on your Startup Disk can slow you down a bit but probably not as bad as what you’re describing, unless you’ve got less than 10% of that disk free. I’d recommend always storing your footage on an external drive when possible.

    DiskWarrior, as Rafael suggested is a great option for directory repair. Well worth the money.

    Samuel Hall

  • rich tru

    February 18, 2009 at 8:11 pm


    so heres what I have done, change the settings on autosave, rendered file, audio etc on FCP from Mac HD to external HD, thereby all new project savings will go to Ext HD, also moved Final cut pro document to Ext HD. Is this a start?

    anymore actions that might help performance?

  • Andrew Kimery

    February 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Are you running FCP 5.0 or 5.1? If you are running 5.0 your performance will always suffer because 5.0 and below is all PPC based software which has to be run in emulation so it works w/your Intel based Mac.


    3.2GHz 8-core, FCP 6.0.4, 10.5.5
    Blackmagic Multibridge Eclipse (6.8.1)

  • rich tru

    February 18, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    running FCP 5.0

    However was working fine until recent – playback is very slow and satggers, stop start pause hanging etc, can’t view finished edit on palyback no smooth play motion.

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