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  • Student486093
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    Rendering slow
    My rendering is so slow, even though I have moved my files off of the hard drive. There are 80 some gigabites left, so there should be enough room. Any thoughts?
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  • Joe A
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    Re: Rendering slow
    I'm an audio guy so I'm not sure how FCP handles that, but does it have a separate setting for a scratch disk, maybe it's that disk that's a little too full..? Or maybe insufficient RAM, or a particular video codec..? I've linked a basic FCPX course to the thread, perhaps a FCP guru will notice and weigh in with some advice.. I also found these pages from Apple, maybe something helpful there..? https://support.apple.com/guide/final-cut-pro/manage-render-files-ver68a8c250/mac https://support.apple.com/guide/final-cut-pro/background-rendering-ver717f3ca3/mac https://support.apple.com/guide/final-cut-pro/set-storage-locations-ver7db6ffe77/10.5.3/mac/10.15.6
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  • Student486093
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    Re: Rendering slow
    Hi Joe, Hmmmm. Where would I find the scratch disk?
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  • Student486093
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    Re: Rendering slow
    It has 1 gb of ram
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  • Joe A
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    Re: Rendering slow
    > It has 1 gb of ram.. Typo? I added links to some Apple pages, I think one of them was about where FCP stores stuff, but again, I'm an audio guy, I'm not sure if that even applies to FCP..
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  • iain-anderson
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    Joined: Nov 1st, 2016
    Re: Rendering slow
    Slow rendering is usually due to a complex effect, though it could also be due to a full hard drive. There's no setting for a scratch disk, it'll just use the library's location for render files, if any. RAM probably isn't relevant, but you have more than 1GB! Essentially, make sure your library is on a fast drive with plenty of space and most effects will render quickly. 80GB is not a lot of free space on most drives, though.
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  • Student486093
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    Joined: Sep 14th, 2021
    Re: Rendering slow
    Hi there Iain, I am trying to follow your directions. I have a really old mac. A imac g5. The hard drive has 233.64gb on it and I removed the stuff clogging it. I have 86.77 gb free. However I think I need to clear something else.
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  • Student486093
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    Re: Rendering slow
    Thank you very much!
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  • iain-anderson
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    Joined: Nov 1st, 2016
    Re: Rendering slow
    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but an iMac G5 is very, very old, and can't run the current Final Cut Pro. You might be running a very old version of FCP? Regardless, you're going to see pretty slow performance on a Mac that old. Clearing hard drive space will probably have minimal impact, and at this point you're almost certainly better off moving to a new Mac if possible.
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  • Student486093
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    Joined: Sep 14th, 2021
    Re: Rendering slow
    Ok. Thanks! I am running fcp 6 on it because that matched what was on my television station 9 years ago when I edited my movie. I am just trying to get some simple editing done.
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