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More dropping frames troubleshooting in FCP

By Greg Pak
Today I frustrated the heck out of myself trying to output my feature “Robot Stories” from Final Cut Pro to tape using my 533 MHz dual processor G4. I’d recently installed new drives and reinstalled all my software — and the sucker kept interrupting the output with dropped frames.
Eventually I figured it all out — and it was all stuff I should have known. I turned off file sharing. I disconnected from the internet. And I set the hard drive to never sleep. And it finally worked.

One comment

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    2004/02/20 - 7:13 am | Permalink

    Don’t feel so bad, I tanked two-thirds of the way into an output just last week when OSX decided to tell me I had too many itunes on my CPU!!!
    Personally, I never try to output a feature-length show without exporting the whole thing as a single hi-res file, re-importing the file into the project, making a new sequence out of it, and then hitting play. Too many 11th hour dropped frames on deadline eve for that anymore.
    I don’t love that AVID costs as much as a down payment on a house, but when you hit play, you know you can go get some lunch and not worry about it.
    Best, Josh
    http://www.manhattaneditworkshop.com – learn Final Cut Pro and AVID

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