FCP7 only using 13% of CPU while rendering

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by RiseDarthVader, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2012
    I'm editing a video in FCP7 and when I get the video to render as ProRes 422 it's only using 13% of my CPU according to Activity Monitor. It's not even working hard enough to get the fans on my MBP to spin faster in order to cool the CPU. My video under 10 mins is estimated to take 2 hours to render! Anyone know what could be causing this and how to fix it?
  2. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 10, 2006
    Sounds about right for legacy software. If you want rendering to be sped up significantly, using hyperthreading etc. you're gonna need Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Creative Suite, or other newer programs that use multi threading more efficiently and/or are 64 bit.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    Well unfortunately Final Cut Pro 7, while is probably the most intuitive application for video editing, isn't quite up to date under the hood.

    Like RiseDarthVader suggested, you'll need something like Final Cut Pro X (The new Final Cut Pro, completely removes the pro from the application, but speeds it up - I think it speeds it up) or Adobe Premiere Pro.

    I recommend Premiere Pro, and here's a video talking about Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-yeKc0tC-8

    I honestly do not recommend that you get Final Cut Pro X. It's certainly a lot cheaper, but it just isn't up to scratch right now compared to Final Cut Pro 7 or Premiere Pro.
  4. jonjiv, Dec 3, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2012
    Like the previous two people said, there is nothing you can do to make Final Cut 7 use more of your CPU. The program is inherently limited to using only one core of your multi-core processor. This will never be fixed in FCP7, since Apple has moved on to FCPX. If you want faster render times, you'll definitely have to upgrade your software.

    Now as far as the last guy's comments that FCPX isn't a pro level program, that is completely false. Its first release last year was lacking major features, but they've been since re-introduced. I'm a professional editor who owns FCP7, FCPX and Premiere CS5.5 and I use FCPX almost exclusively now. It is worlds better than FCP7 and just as capable as the newest version Premiere.

    Download a full 30 day trial of the software here and check it out if you're unsure: http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/trial/
  5. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I agree with the poster above. FCP X when first released was a bit lacking but with the updates since then it's every bit capable as FCP 7. I just used FCP X yesterday to edit a few videos for class and I used it on a few short film projects over summer. I did try using Premiere Pro (CS6) before and I found it had a relatively steeper learning curve and it wasn't as fast/efficient with system resources.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    I actually haven't touched FCPX for quite some time.

    Looking at the webpage now, dual viewers and copy & paste attributes is definitely a step forward.

    But honestly I don't think it's as up to scratch as Pp.

    I'm only staying on Mac in case FCPX improves enough for my liking.

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