Well back in the days (in April 2010) Mario Feil asked on twitter how do keep FCP from crashing (from time to time it does that)
well a lot of tweeps answered … and now after a while using these hint’s i can re-post them with a clear conscience … guess what, they really work 😉
as well as these answers (might be repetitions):
I always keep only 1 sequence open in the timeline. Especially with multiple cuts. I also like to keep media VERY organized!
FCP dose not like to have multiple seq. Opened…especially if you are cutting several projects at once.
I came across that problem assisting last year. I ultimately had to break the 90min Doc special into 8 different project files
Also, FCP gets a little clunky with project files larger than 100MB.
Yes, I nested the locked & colored segments into one “assembly” sequence and watched it down.
7 different segments, 1 project file just dedicated to assembling the show
It was a very large Documentary series for PBS.
it helps to turn off audio waveforms on seq’s ur not working on.
I try separating my proj files as much as possible.,
I use #fcp files like I use Bins in Avid. Don’t try to put it all in 1 proj file like u wouldn’t do that to 1 bin
I keep dailies in 1, current cut in it’s own (only if the proj is really complicated), and old cuts in another
fcp project files should never go above 100MB. That’s my rule-of-thumb. Any bigger than that and I separate it.
So thats that … you FCP should work more stable using this “rules” … I also noticed that sometimes Motion projects in the Timeline can crash FCP … so i export a Quicktime ProRes file in MOTION and use these instead.
There are also some issues with files coming from mixed sources like Firewire or USB drives. Another issue are pictures in CMYK, more the 96 dpi and 3k resolution…
So there you go … some nice lil tricks to keep your FCP working nice & properly
oh one more thing … some say to “save as” FCP projects (new filename) not only it can save your ass if something gets wrong with you project … doing that FCP “cleans” the file up in a way so that can help get your project file “healthy” as well
if you have another trick plz let me know 🙂