fbpx
✎ Latest Forum Posts
✎ Latest Free FCPX Effects
Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic '10.2.3 (or 10.3) waiting :)' in the forum. 4 years ago

Another suggestion, and one I think more likely, is that June is fcpx's 5th anniversary, so Apple may be holding off any major feature update until then.
Read More...

Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic 'How to "leave files in place" from Sony FS5' in the forum. 4 years ago

The bottom line is that FCPX can work with some formats natively, and some like AVCHD, some MXF, etc need to be rewrapped before they can be used. If you don't get the option to "leave in place" then you're dealign with the latter.

If that's the case, I use something like EditReady to do the conversion for me. So it's Card-->EditReady-->rewrapped/optimised file. That way I get to organise the files the way I want outside of the FCPX library, and I can then just 'leave in place' when I import.
Read More...

Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic '10.2.3 (or 10.3) waiting :)' in the forum. 4 years ago

I'd prefer to think that the UI glitch hasn't been fixed because the engineers are focussed on bigger things for FCPX.

It's unusual that they've left it this long but let's face it, it's not the end of the world. I can't imagine there's this long line of people going "I just can't edit in this thing - the text in the timecode panel doesn't line up!". Oh wait, this is the internet - so there probably are...
Read More...

Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic '10.2.3 (or 10.3) waiting :)' in the forum. 4 years ago

I saw that Apple have taken out a patent on Roles based audio mixing in FCPX so it may not come in the next update but it's definitely on their minds.
Read More...

Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic 'from the DIY corner: iPad as prompter' in the forum. 5 years ago

Nicely done!

I built something similar a couple of years ago and it worked well. I then updated to this ready-built iPad based prompter frame.

www.prompt-it.com.au/en/

My original used plain glass but switching to real beam splitter glass was a huge improvement.

For software I can't recommend Teleprompt+ highly enough. Easy to use, easy to remote control with anything from a bluetooth keyboard to your iPhone and it has proven to be the most reliable of the half dozen prompting apps I own.
Read More...

Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic 'Do you love fcp 10.2 is it worth the upgrade?' in the forum. 5 years ago

In my opinion it's always worth updating the latest version of FCPX as soon as you can. Bug fixes, stability and speed improvements alone are always welcome.

As far as the operating system goes, OS X goes from strength to strength. Some of it's really subtle though and it's not until you go back to using an earlier version that you realise just how much better it is.

The only real rule is don't upgrade mid project and don't update to a version of OS X that's more recent than the version of FCPX you're running. Which is to say I'll be sticking with Yosemite until the update of FCPX that comes out after El Capitan is released.

Otherwise, why not be running FCPX at the best it can be?
Read More...

Maybe a combination of personal logins that controls what the user has access to on the external media drive and an application like Final Cut Library Manager from Arctic Whiteness. I use that all the time, set so that it launches Final Cut with just the selected library open.

Use the library manager as the interface for selecting and launching the libraries along with some sort of user permissions control to limit which projects they can see.
Read More...

My personal mistake is always not thinking far enough ahead when I start a project so I end up with some really awkward combination of connected clips that's taking me 10 times longer than it should - if only I'd made <insert storyline here> the primary storyline instead

In the middle of trying to recover from an edit that's tying itself in knots for just that reason.
Read More...

Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic 'RX 4 (advanced)' in the forum. 5 years ago

You can use it as either a stand-alone app or as a plugin within FCPX. It's at it's best within an actual audio app like Audition or Logic though.

I personally tend to export to Adobe Audition for that last bit of audio mastering as I've found some things like noise reduction are a little tricky to use within the FCPX UI.
Read More...

As I've posted in a couple of other threads, don't rule out hardware in performance issues either. I had playback issues that took me weeks to resolve and turned out to be a USB3 hub - but only if my AVID FastTrack Duo was plugged in.

As it stands though, FCPX does seem to eventually slow down. i know I can take the same project to another machine and the performance is fine so it seems to be operating system related. Fingers crossed, Apple will fix it in an upcoming release.

Meanwhile, it take a few months for my system to slow enough to bother me and spending the couple of hours it takes to do a clean install two or three times a year is something I can live with.
Read More...

I have similar issues with slow downs on my 6 core nMP. My best fix has always been to do a clean install of OS X. It's a pain but I'm sure either something at the OS level gets corrupted or I end up installing something that conflicts with FCPX.

Every clean install I promise myself I won't install anything but the essentials but somehow that's a hard promise to keep. Just did a clean install again this weekend and everything is flying once more. Even the 4k MP4 files from my GH4 are playing effortlessly.
Read More...

David thanks user 'jeff_kirkland' in the forum message ' FCPX on baseline 2012 Macbook Pro?'. 6 years ago
Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic 'FCPX on baseline 2012 Macbook Pro?' in the forum. 6 years ago

It will really depend on what you;re editing. If you edit 4k RED footage, then it's going to be a frustrating experience. If you edit AVCHD, then you'll probably get away with it. Editing with Proxy footage is always an option.

I edit regularly on a 4gb 2010 macbook and it's useable. I was editing last week on an 11" Macbook Air and while I wouldn't want to do that every day, i got the job done without cursing at the screen too much.

My advice though would be that unless you're desperate to have a laptop, you'll get value and performance with a refurb iMac.
Read More...

Manoucho thanks user 'jeff_kirkland' in the forum message ' Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite'. 6 years ago
Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite' in the forum. 6 years ago

For what it's worth, I had the same issue with dpdecoder crashing but it went away once I updated to the latest Blackmagic device drivers.
Read More...

With a clean install of the final version of Yosemite, FCPX and the BMD drivers are now rock solid. I used to be lucky to go 24 hours without a kernal panic but it's been almost two weeks without any issue.

In my case, I suspect hardware may have been the cause. After carefully making notes about everything I did on clean installing Yosemite, I discovered I had a USB3 hub that caused FCPX to freeze if I plugged my Avid Fast Track Duo into it and installed the BMD drivers.

I think under Mavericks this combination was causing a Kernal Panic rather than just locking up. Whatever the cause, my Mac Pro and FCPX are now the most responsive they've ever been.
Read More...

Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic 'FCP Unusable after Yosemite Update' in the forum. 6 years ago

As painful as it can be, there are so many possibilities for conflicts and things going wrong when you do an update of an existing system that it's just not worth the time and effort to try and fix them. The half day (or less) it takes to clean install and have a fast, stable system is completely worthwhile.

I'd also highly recommend keeping notes on the order you reinstall and testing FCPX after each addition, both software and hardware. If I hadn't, I'd never have been able to pinpoint the hardware conflict that was causing FCPX issues even after the clean install.
Read More...

Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic 'FCP Unusable after Yosemite Update' in the forum. 6 years ago

I had exactly the same beachball experience after upgrading. I had to do a clean install to get things working and even then I had issues with a USB3 hub that worked fine under Mavericks but caused FCPX to be unusable under Yosemite.

After the clean start and learning not to plug my AVID Fastrack Duo into the offending USB3 hub, I'm finding FCPX to be the best it's ever been. A joy to use.
Read More...

Jeff Kirkland replied to the topic 'Export interlaced project as interlaced' in the forum. 6 years ago

One thing to keep an eye on is the used by the encoder. I'm fairly sure that level 4.2 and up doesn't support interlaced material.
Read More...