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    Aptmunich's Avatar
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    Mar 09, 2004
    Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2
    Editing screencasts
    So I'm currently working on some screencast videos for work and have started to play with Final Cut Express a bit.

    I'm recording the on-screen action using Snapz Pro and I'm saving it using the Apple Animation codec. This seems to be fairly lossless...

    But when I drag the resulting movie file to Final Cut for editing (primarily zooming and panning to different areas of the screen and inserting overlays), it all seems incredibly slow.

    I only have a Macbook here at home - which is obviously not ideal - but I didn't think it would be this bad!

    I'm recording an area roughly 1280x720 in size, so it's obviously a hi-res file, but it won't even play back the completely unedited raw footage smoothly.

    Any ideas? I suspect it might be due to the codec I'm using. What would you guys suggest as an alternative if this is the case?

    Über-respect to all the video professionals who can help!

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    bmcgonag's Avatar
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    Apr 11, 2007
    New Mexico, USA
    15" MBP 2.0 GHz, Core Duo, 2 GB Ram
    Try rendering the video once in FC, then try cutting it. Helped me quite a bit.

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    xstep's Avatar
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    Jun 25, 2005
    On the road
    2011 MBP, i7, 16GB RAM, MBP 2.16Ghz Core Duo, 2GB ram, Dual 867Mhz MDD, 1.75GB ram, ATI 9800 Pro vid
    Agree with mbcgonag. I just confirmed this with FCP. Also, if you loose the render, then do it again, export the clip to something more friendly to to FC and re-import it.

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