FCPX Major Problem plus a temporary solution !

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Firstly if you do get this error message export (share) your work out onto another hard drive so you do not lose the work up till this error message…DO NOT CHOOSE QUIT BEFORE EXPORTING !

How am I to take this program seriously when it throws up crap like this, then trawling the internet get no answer to my problem other than a lot more users are experiencing this error message. Apple have shafted us big time with this program, they brought it to market long before it was ready and from updating fairly regularly… tweeking out the bugs… we are lefty hanging with a very buggy NLE that once again is not fit for purpose.

If any of you have seen this and fixed it I would appreciate a reply other than the following…

It seems to be a reoccuring issue for many users and the error is pretty bland and unhelpful.

Some seem to have targeted it as an issue with project corruption.

Another got it fixed by: “It turned out I had duplicates of all my events in the events folder. When I moved the dupes to a new junk folder, everything worked. I compared them all before deleting the dupes.”

Some get the message randomly and it doesn’t come back in same project.

FCPX needs more work 🙁

HDW: I was sent a link from AARON BERARDI who also came across this problem and his advice worked for me, thanks Aaron. Note : To make this change you will have to unlock the padlock on the right this will ask you for your password. Fortunately this bought me enough time to finnish editing my JVC HM600 review but I am now back to square one !

UPDATE : As reported by Aaron I had a look at the FC Projects file and removed one duplicate Backup file (Final Cut Projects/YourProjectName/Backups) and everyone worked again, I only hope with the new 10.0.6 this bug has been fixed.

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Gekko lite review

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Great overview of the Canon C100 and C500 from Rick Young

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My good friend Rick Young has just posted this great overview of the new Canon C100 and C500 EOS cameras. I love my C300 it’s by far the best interview camera ever made the picture quality is outstanding.

I am now glad I pushed out the boat to get a C300 it produces the best cinematic, low noise pictures I have ever seen and the Canon lens system is a joy to use.

I hope to get to BVE North this year and having a look at the C100 for myself, I am still a bit dubious about it’s picture compared to the C300.

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The 4K debate (Updated)

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No one can deny that a 4K picture is impressive but it is far from the lions share as far as broadcast television and production companies are concerned. Japan needs to sell video junkies like ourselves the next best thing and that as far as Japan is concerned is 4K.

My clients don’t know or care what I shoot on, 4K, Special K, it just does not hit their radar. I have been shooting on HD for almost 5 years now and my clients are none the wiser, if I was stupid enough to shoot onto 4K they  would not even notice.

The BBC have a policy of not shooting 4K because it is far too expensive to post produce, most production companies tied in with local broadcasters are still shooting DVCAM.

So where is this 4K myth coming from…the need to convince the end user that 2K is old hat and 4K is the new buzz word, that’s why camcorders like the Sony FS700 are 4K ready…all part of the 4K hype though I am well assured that NYC is a 4K town which makes sense as NY is so good they named it twice…2x2K = 4K.

4K cameras can be attributed to Red Digital Cinema, they were certainly my first glance into the 4K world, since Red, Sony and Canon have produced 4K versions like the Sony FS700 (Upgrade), Sony F65 and the Canon C500.

For film work and cinema presentations 4k and 8K are perfect but films do get bigger budgets to accommodate the lengthy expensive editing workflows, I also agree the better the picture you start off with etc. the better the end result, even downscaled onto SD but there comes a limit to primary quality like 4K hampering your workflow and extra expensive hardware needed to monitor a 4K picture.

Most of you reading this will be familiar with HD pictures, but many of you won’t have even seen a 4K monitor let alone a 4K camera, only Sony technicians have seen 4K out of an FS700, so whats the big deal.

The biggest part of the pie in Europe is still SD followed by 2K, the general punter in his home is watching an SD picture on an HD ready LCD with little to no take up on HD.

It’s the pied piper all over again, just watch the video manufacturers choose carefully their star blogger who will convince us all that 4K is here to stay and unless you grasp the nettle you will be left behind.

Lets see how many of the lemmings take to the water and drown under the overwhelming workflow problems 4K has to offer.

4K is the future that I have no doubt but you have to take into account your SD audience still struggling to get past the numbers on the telly tickets HD Ready 720p or Full HD 1080p…meaningless numbers to the average Joe.

For the first time this year a client specified 1080 50i footage, that’s one client in five years and I am only one small production cog in an enormous creative wheel.

The right to reply…

Katsunori Yamanouchi, VP Sony Pro Europe…“While some markets are mature and are beginning to explore 4K, others still need to convert from SD to HD. For Sony the critical issue is to accommodate the diversity.”

“I am proud to say that the broadcasting business is in my blood,” he says. “This is a period of an ever increasing pace of change in which neither technology nor customers are standing still.

“The TV of tomorrow is almost unrecognisable from the TV of the last century. Next-generation TV means much more than just picture quality. It means IP-connected and enabling the consumer to access a huge range of online content and services as well as stunning 4K resolution and 3D viewing – this is a long way from what we had in mind when HD was first introduced a decade ago.

“In this emerging 4K world, I believe Sony has been the driving force. We launched the world’s first 4K cinema projection system and followed that with a world first 4K home projector. Over 30 major films have been shot or are in production with the F65 and we are now bringing 4K to the home.”


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4K GoPro

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The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197′ (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3: Black Edition is the world’s most versatile camera. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote (normally a separate $79.99 accessory) make the HERO3: Black Edition all the more versatile, still.

The HERO3: Black Edition captures professional, cinema-quality video at 2X the resolution and 2X the frame-rate of previous models while delivering 2X better low light performance. Slow-motion aficionados and industry professionals will love the HERO3: Black Edition’s 1080p-60, 720p-120, WVGA-240, 960p-100 and 1440p-48 video modes while those desiring a cinematic look will appreciate the ultra-high resolution 2.7kp-24 and 4kp-12 (Protune only) video modes.

The HERO3’s reduced-distortion, 6-element aspherical lens combines with user-selectable Ultra-wide, Medium and Narrow field-of-views to deliver more perspective-capture options than ever before. Add the totally updated flat-lens waterproof housing that delivers stunning image sharpness both above and below water and you’ve got one of the most powerful and durable image capture solutions on the planet.


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The new Sony “F” word !

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It’s a Sony teaser for a recorder, camera… who knows, well Alister Chapman knows…”I don’t know all the details, Sony have been very secretive about this one and even within Sony not many people know all the details. I know a few bits and pieces and it’s enough to make me want one badly. Might not be a camera though. FS700 4K recorder is still on the cards for announcement sometime. Not going to say anymore, probably said too much already.”

Maybe this is the new Sony F word…(You may have seen this before but it’s good for a laugh).

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Quadro FX4800 FOR SALE £400 plus postage UK only

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This card has had about 2 months usage it sat on my shelf for 6 months and cost £1200 new, if you have a MacPro and are planning to use Premiere Pro this is the card for you.

Send an email to hdwarrior@me.com if you are interested.

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The Bravest man on the planet…with no exception !

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Finally nailed the stuttering FCPX timeline problem (Updated)

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For almost a month I have been fighting FCPX trying to discover why I was getting a stuttering timeline and almost handed in the towel when I happened across a thread on Creative Cow talking about this very problem.

I seems to be the CUDA card that causes the problem, I had inserted an Nvidia Quadro FX4800 card about a month ago in order to engage the Mercury engine in Premiere ProCS6.

Unfortunately this very same card has caused FCPX to produce a stuttering timeline which is cured by re installing my ATI 5800 graphics card.

It seems like both Premiere and FCPX are now poles apart with separate drivers needed for the Matrox MX02 and specific graphics cards needed for the NLEs themselves.

I was almost convinced that Premiere was my chosen NLE… till I tried to recall a project yesterday when it stopped three quarters into the data recall and never continued. This put me off Premiere big time so my only choice has to be FCPX.

Fortunately I do have some working experience with FCPX and I am getting to like it especially all the plug-ins that Premiere is now lacking.

Update : I am now using Black Magic’s Intensity Pro card which stops me having to fart around with the Matrox MX02 heap of mince… for £130 I now get full 720 50p monitoring in sync and live ingest from any HDMI camcorder via Media Express…fantastic.

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JVC HM600 for review “The 1st official review in the UK”

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While filming my review of the Gekko Kelvin TILE and Karess LITE the door rang and the JVC HM600 arrived…the only one in the UK. I have one on loan for the weekend so I decided to start the ball rolling with a third camera, two Canons and the JVC.

If you have any questions you want answered about the HM600 camcorder send me an email to hdwarrior@me.com.

Remember the JVC HM600 camcorder records at 35Mbps 4:2:0 or 4:2:2 out of the HD SDI and the HDMI sockets. Records onto SDHC cards, has a 23x lens with a 29mm wide (35mm) and a 667mm (35mm) tight.

From what I have seen so far I am very impressed with the HM600, I have the camera for this weekend only so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to send me an email.



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