Final Cut Pro memory problem- help!

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by GEMS, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006
    Please help!

    I'm using final cut 3 on OS X 10.4.
    I've been happily capturing footage, and making sure my capture folder is cleaned out regularly so there's lots of space for new footage. And there's 53GB of free memory on my scratch discs.

    BUT... it's decided to start telling me that my startup disc is full and to go and delete things from it. I've gone to the startup disc and can't see that there's anything to delete.

    Looked on help and it told me that I can't change the memory allocation for applications on OS X.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?


  2. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    So tell us: How many Gb are available on your Startup disk (the hard drive your Mac boots from?
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006
  4. macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    So you only have one hard drive then? I ask because you mentioned scratch discs in your first post which normally refers to a secondary hard drive purely for video / images whatever.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    I didn't even know you could run Final Cut Pro 3 on Tiger!

    That could be a problem..:)

    Trash preferences? I really don't know much about Final Cut 3.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006
    Please excuse my technical ignorance!

    My scratch discs are directed to my 120 gig hard drive (the main one that the computer runs off)

    ... on the scrtach discs it registers that there is 53gig of memory left to use

    I also have another 40 gig hard drive... for all my extra applications and video files

  7. macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    go to versiontracker and dload 'whatsize'

    fantastic little app which will tell you where you space has gone (which files are sucking it up ;)

    sounds like it could be render files?
  8. macrumors demi-god


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Are you just doing "capture now" or are you setting in and out points? If you aren't using in and out points I would suggesting trying that. Using "capture now" makes FCP section off a large portion of the HDD because it doesn't know how long the capture is going to be. This may be the problem. There is a check box in the menu where you assign the scratch disks that limits the length of "capture now" (by default it's 30min, but you can change it to whatever you want). By limiting the "capture now" length you'll limit the amount of HDD space FCP grabs while using the "capture now" feature.

  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006
    Thank you everybody who helped me... limiting the capture now has done the trick!

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