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  • Transcode not enough space

    Posted by Ted Irving on September 24, 2023 at 11:42 am

    I’m editing a project on a 14TB external drive with 12TB free. The storage modifications are all set to the same drive yet FCPX 10.6.8 won’t transcode due to not enough space error message. Any solutions to this? Odd.

    Robert Olding replied 9 months, 2 weeks ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Eric Santiago

    September 24, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Did you check your project settings like where all the files are?

    Seems to think it’s on the local drive.

    Unless the footage you are transcoding is 4x the size of the drives.

    What settings are you using?

  • Ben Balser

    September 24, 2023 at 9:24 pm

    Duration of the Project?

    What codec are you exporting to?

    What drive are you specifying FCP to write that to?

  • Ted Irving

    September 25, 2023 at 12:45 am

    Right now TRT is 15 minutes. Aiming for 30 min. External USB3.1 drive is 14TB. Codec is Apple Pro Res which should have smaller file sizes than H.264.

  • Doug Metz

    September 26, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    “Right now TRT is 15 minutes. Aiming for 30 min. External USB3.1 drive is 14TB. Codec is Apple Pro Res which should have smaller file sizes than H.264”

    ProRes is typically quite a bit larger than H264, but that depends on the bitrate for the H264 files. I’m going to assume that your external 14TB drive is HDD and not SSD, so you should check that the disk’s format is correct. Partition map should be GUID (device level), and volume format should be HFS+ for spinning disks (APFS for SSDs). You can check this with Disk Utility – show all devices in the upper left. If the format isn’t correct, you’ll need to back up everything on that drive and then wipe it / reformat.

    In any case, you’ve got plenty of space available, just need to verify a few things first.

  • Ted Irving

    September 29, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for all the tips. Error seems to have disappeared, however, I now have some files with the dreaded all black and red that are not offline. LOL SMH

  • Robert Olding

    October 2, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    It’s probably the cache location. Most applications use both RAM and the cache location as temporary storage while they’re processing files. My assumption is that your cache is set to the Library or some other place on your local disk.

    If you’re able, you should purchase a really fast separate 1 to 2 TB drive and use it only for the cache location.

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