I think my macbook pro is underperforming

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  1. me262 macrumors newbie

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    Hi i just picked up final cut pro for my macbook pro and i was planning on buying a canon hv20 when they come out for hd edditing however after working with some hd clips both 720P and 1080P i have found it miserable. The playback is choppy and dropping frame constantly. Its miserable to use and laggy. Here are my specs
    Macbook Pro 15 inch
    Intel core duo 2.16
    2Gb of ram
    100gb 7200rpm Hardisk
    Final cut pro 5.1

    Eather i really undrestemated the performance of this computer in Hd editing or im using heavaly encoded clips that are much more proccesore intensive than the ones i will be importing from a camera.
    Heres were i got the clips.
    http://usa.canon.com/app/html/See_The_Difference/hd_cmos.shtml
    I tried both the 1080p one and the 720p one and both performed the same.
    Can somone who has eddited or seen a macbook pro or a powermac dual 2 edit Hd clips download these and see if its lagy and studery for them to. I would really apreshiate t because i wont buy an HD camera if this is the way i will have to edit.
    Thank you
     
  2. djinn macrumors 68000

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    I'm downloading the file right now... I'll tell you what I see.

    Runs smooth on my macbook pro. I have the 2.33ghz, 256 ATI, 120gig 5400 RPM.
     
  3. NickFury macrumors member

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    I just grabbed the 1080p and 720p versions.

    Both ran excellent on my MBP. When I was jumping around in Quicktime on the 720p version I was getting about a half second delay when skipping. When doing the same thing on the 1080p file, I got almost a second. The 1080p version was being 'shrunk' to fit on my MBP screen. Otherwise, both videos played very smooth. And I want that camera!

    MBP C2D 2.16
    2gb ram
    ATI x1600 128mb
     
  4. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    viewing the 1080 version using QT under FF was kinda choppy... made me feel dizzy. maybe i'll try opening the clip again w/ FCP.

     
  5. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Did you check activity monitor to see if there is a background application sapping up your processor time?

    Firefox for instance can gradually grow in memory footprint and at some point even use up 95% of my processor!
     
  6. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    when the clip was being d/l, FF was okay since fans didn't spin up. when the mov was playing; however, cpu usage was between 60 - 78% (both core 1&2).

     
  7. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    In activity monitor you can see a list of running processes on your system, when you sort them you will be able to see the culprit that is using up all your CPU cycles :)
     
  8. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    right, and when FF uses > 90% cpu in activity monitor, fans spin up on my MBP.

     
  9. WorldIRC macrumors 6502

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    When you experience a Firefox memory leak, just kill it, and reload.
     
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  11. Stadsport macrumors regular

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    Yeah, something's definitely hogging CPU time if that doesn't play properly for you. It runs full speed on my MacBook (non-pro) at fullscreen, windowed, and actual size (when it doesn't even fit on the screen)
     
  12. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    I also think your MBP is underperforming... the 1080p movie ran smoothly for me, and jumping around took about 1/2 a second.

    Core Duo 2.0 GHz
    1 GB RAM
    128MB ATI X1600
     
  13. me262 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all of you for looking but are you opening these videos in final cut pro and viewing them in the time line. Becausee when i play this film in qucktime i dont have a problem at all. Also remeber im not watching it in the browser i am rightcliking and downloading the file.
    So just recap when i open the 1080p and 720p file in quicktime it works fine. However when i open the same file in final cut pro it lags horribly in the time line

    So who has tried it in the timeline in final cut pro
     
  14. djinn macrumors 68000

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  15. me262 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    universal 5.1
    I think it may be the fact that the video is really havaly encoded
    but im hopping somone can conferm this
     
  16. me262 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i conveted the file to an avi and it plyed much smoother in final cut pro witch has led me to believe that it must be a compreshon problem with the video. Also once renderd it played fie as well.
     
  17. hardhead89 macrumors member

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    Make sure you have the universal version. I had 5.0 installed, and I couldnt get it to run properly let alone even install motion.
     
  18. Temujin macrumors 6502a

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    I tried a render which fixed the sluggishness as you mentioned. Ran fine from there.

    MBP 1.83Ghz 1.5 ram
    FCP 5.1
     
  19. me262 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all who helped and if anyone is intorested in that camera wait till aprill when the hv 20 comes out. Its nicer and its chearper
     

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