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  • Ben Balser

    May 25, 2024 at 12:31 pm in reply to: Missing/Empty Compound Clips in Timeline

    First, make sure background rendering is turned off.

    Then, delete all render files.

    Only then would I trash the pref files.

    I’ve seen this once or twice, but many years ago.

    What macOS and FCPX versions are you running?

    Do you have the Chrome Browser installed?

    Also, try creating a new Library, new Event, new Project. Then in the original, select all and copy. Then paste that into the new Project.

  • Ben Balser

    May 12, 2024 at 12:08 am in reply to: Help with using FCPX Keyer special effect

    Oh, that’s a tricky one. You’d need one keyed to key out the blue of the sky, and a second keyer to key out the white clouds. The thing that concerns me is that most birds have some white on them. You have to be careful keying out white, because so much of a video frame is also white that you want to keep. I’d also do this in Motion, it handles multiple keyers better than FCPX.

    Something else I’d try, is doing all of this in Pixelmator Pro (or Photoshop). It has an intelligent color selector that would make this stuff a breeze. Then just let it process that across the whole video.

  • Ben Balser

    May 4, 2024 at 11:00 am in reply to: X2Pro synch issue because of dialog at 85% speed

    So he tells you exactly where that happens, eh? Have you gone to that very spot in the FCPX project timeline to verify things?

  • Yes, here’s the user manual about how to properly create multicam clips.

  • Yes, you always needed the RED Cinema Workflow software installed for FCP.

  • Ben Balser

    May 1, 2024 at 1:42 pm in reply to: My M1 Max starts up too easily

    I raised twin boys, yes, wish there was a command line to just shut them down at times… (sigh)

  • Ben Balser

    May 1, 2024 at 1:41 pm in reply to: Mail vs. Thunderbird

    Stick with Thunderbird! Apple Mail lacks many of Thunderbird’s functions, you’ll lose all of that, and Apple doesn’t make migrating emails over very easy. In fact it seems they try to covertly fight your ability to do this. I’m a HUGE Thunderbird fan, it will read data from your Apple Contacts, ZERO ISSUES, you do not need to use the Thunderbird calendar or address book, use the ones that come with macOS and TB will recognize them. Again, I’ve used Thunderbird for many years, never had issues with it accessing data from the macOS Contacts app.

  • Ben Balser

    May 1, 2024 at 1:36 pm in reply to: clone a full mac

    The do in fact allow you to make bootable backups, which is exactly what CCC does. I’ve been using CCC for many, many years, it’s the best. TimeMachine is legit, too, you just don’t have the control that you get with CCC. But CCC’s backups are 100 percent bootable backup (clone).

  • Ben Balser

    May 1, 2024 at 1:33 pm in reply to: capturing from sony dsr 2000a

    FCP and FCPX rely on timecode from the tape you’re digitizing. The problem is DV tape was always notorious for timecode drop-outs. Any drop-out and FCP/FCPX starts a new clip. Capture using QuickTime Player, it doesn’t care about timecode, and just captures like you’d expect.

  • Ben Balser

    May 1, 2024 at 1:30 pm in reply to: Mac Studio M2 Users

    The difference between 30 and 38 cores for video editing is a non-issue. You’ll never in a million years use 30 CPU cores (or 30 GPU cores) fully at once for anything outside of scientific research.

    I have an iMac Pro maxed out and a M1 Pro Max MacBook Pro. Some things are faster on the MBP, other things are faster on the iMac Pro. It’s not 100 percent across the board M-serie is totally faster and more powerful. Each M-series chip gets slightly better, not drastically better. We’re talking small, very small steps up in performance for each iteration of Apple Silicon.

    Don’t overspend on RAM and cores you’ll never use, but be sure to get what you need. My iMac Pro has 32GB RAM, I’ve never, ever, ever come anywhere close to eating it all up. Not even when doing 3D modeling work. I have 10 CPU cores and my 16GB of VRAM has never come close to choking.

    So, just throwing that out there. Moving from Intel to Apple Silicone is not a drastic leap, it’s a small step. Trust me.

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