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choppy playback 7 years, 3 months ago #21618

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I just installed FCX on my G5 and the clip play back is choppy. Setup issue? I've got a Geforce 5200 AGP vid card in the Mac, do I need to trade up? Any suggestions appreciated.

Re: choppy playback 7 years, 3 months ago #21646

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Ok, when I try to log & transfer the files from my 7D (which have been moved from the card to a folder on my mac) I get an error message stating that I must select a folder containing supported media. The files are .mov files. I can import them into the browser but the initial playback is choppy. If I drag the clips into a sequence and render them they seem to work.

I've also found that if I make them into iMovie clips I can import them and they play back ok.

Any suggestions on how to get the files into FCE through an initial log & transfer action? It would make cutting this so much easier.

I'm on a dual 2 gig G5 with 1.5 GB ram. Non-intel Mac.

Thanks!

Re: choppy playback 7 years, 1 month ago #21692

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Probably horribly too late responding to this, but as this question comes up all the time with file based media, let me offer what I can.

Possible reasons your Log and Transfer doesn't work:

Your version of FC Express does not support the Canon D7 (guessing that is the camera you are referring to; not sure any version FC Express does, anyone?);
You did not properly copy the entire contents of the card from the D7 (folder structure is essential) to your Mac. Sometimes this is an easy fix, simply creating the missing folder and putting it back into place.

Choppy playback may be because your .mov file is H.264, which your G5 might not be fast enough to fully support. If you are having to render to playback in a Final Cut timeline then your clip settings do not match your sequence settings, which is important for easy editing.

The following information would be helpful in diagnosing this issue further (or if anyone else needs to post on the subject):

1) The specs on your Mac, not just G5, but the processor and model year if possible (check under "About this Mac" under the Apple in you menu bar);
2) Your software version for your OS and Final Cut. Please note that sometimes it is important to know the whole version number, like Mac OS 10.5.8, rather than just 10.5, so post as much info as you can.
3) The name of your camera, and preferably more than 7D. For instance, if you are referring to the Canon D7, please use the full name when posting (again, this is not just for the original poster but all others who wish to post).

Anyhow, anyone else having Log and Transfer issues please post, with appropriate details, and I will see what I can do to help.
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Last Edit: 5 years, 7 months ago by Duane. Reason: clarification

Re: choppy playback 5 years, 8 months ago #22882

Duane_Martin wrote:
Probably horribly too late responding to this, but as this question comes up all the time with file based media, let me offer what I can.

Possible reasons your Log and Transfer doesn't work:

Your version of FCX does not support the Canon D7 (guessing that is the camera you are referring to; not sure any version FCX does, anyone?);
You did not properly copy the entire contents of the card from the D7 (folder structure is essential) to your Mac. Sometimes this is an easy fix, simply creating the missing folder and putting it back into place.

Choppy playback may be because your .mov file is H.264, which your G5 might not be fast enough to fully support. If you are having to render to playback in a Final Cut timeline then your clip settings do not match your sequence settings, which is important for easy editing.

The following information would be helpful in diagnosing this issue further (or if anyone else needs to post on the subject):

1) The specs on your Mac, not just G5, but the processor and model year if possible (check under "About this Mac" under the Apple in you menu bar);
2) Your software version for your OS and Final Cut. Please note that sometimes it is important to know the whole version number, like Mac OS 10.5.8, rather than just 10.5, so post as much info as you can.
3) The name of your camera, and preferably more than 7D. For instance, if you are referring to the Canon D7, please use the full name when posting (again, this is not just for the original poster but all others who wish to post).

Anyhow, anyone else having Log and Transfer issues please post, with appropriate details, and I will see what I can do to help.

FYI I have seemed to lick this issue by shooting in 60FPS at 1280 and then bringing the video into ADobe Media Encoder CS4 and encoding the video in H.264 now it plays fine when imported into IMovie for editing.
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