Tag Archives: FinalCutPro

Keep FCP healthy

24 Oct


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):

from @TejBabra:

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.

from @RJWeditor

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.

from @WillRamirez

it helps to turn off audio waveforms on seq’s ur not working on.

from @NateOrloff

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 🙂

Progressive Footage in FCP

8 Jul

Just a quick hint:

During our latest “all Progressive footage” project, shot with XH-A1 & 550D i noticed an curiosity in FinalCutPro that i did totally forgot about … so i had to remind myself … well, and so i remind you as well (thx to Mark Thompson on twitter for asking me about that matter thereby reminding me to remind you 🙂

Sometimes FCP doesn’t recognizes Progressive footage … especially if you shot on HDV tapes … sometimes even DSLR Footage). Meaning even if you put it in a Progressive timeline FCP wants to de-interlace the footage so in the end you get “jittery” results and your master could end up as an “interlaced” clip (kind of … almost …)

The trick is to check EVERYTIME if your settings are right … and if not, change it by hand … by yourself … you will get a better picture 😉

Two areas you have to check in FCP: in your Browser there is a column “Field Dominance” most likely  towards the end … it has to be set to “NON”:

And of course your Timeline settings as well … make sure NON FIELD DOMINANCE is selected.

And that’s it! 🙂

BTW: did not recognizes that “FCP-progessive-issue” 550D / T2i footage coming via the E1 log&transfer plugin

MPEG Streamclip HD to SD settings (teaser)

12 Dec

well i promised to post some settings & stuff about the HD Workflow i got
back here in FCP 7 for HDV footage …

Here i have my  MPEG Streamclip setting for you …
this ist the most important part …

so i exported a Quicktime Movie in FCP7
(ProResLT since HDV has low Bitrate)
i did the size change from HD to SD within MPEG Streamclip.

so that is the screen capture for PAL (sorry german UI as well)
make sure when u work in NTCS to choose the  correct Size and Frame rate …
then this QuickTime (ProResLT) file goes
to Compressor for mpeg2-DVD encoding …

and thats it … more coming soon

temp music

4 Nov

It was time to get some music going… composer & me (that would be the editor ;)
need something to lean on … so i went thru my iTunes playlist.
lucky me, i have about 100 to 150 titles pre selected ;)
i narrowed it down to 5 …

Since FinalCutPro have some trouble to use mp3-files i converted them with
Switch Audio Converter” to AIFF, 48 kHz …


Now some serious cutting is going on ;)


3 Nov

Some smoothcam tests in fcp with some shots … so i can see if its useable or not…