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FCPX importing extremely slow -- causes? 12 Mar 2019 19:32 #99261

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Hello everyone!

I'm hoping someone here might have some insight.

My most recent project seems to be having some issues importing audio and video. It's doing it, but extremely slowly. I'm on the latest 10.4.5 version of FCPX, and none of the media cards have changed from other recent projects. I'm following the same process I do each time I start a new project around here:

1) Wipe the cards (via formatting in the camera or in the Xoom H6, depending on the card use)
2) Shoot and record!
3) Import into the new FCPX project.

Importing from my Xoom card used to be almost instant. Now, for 40 min of audio, it took upwards of 10 minutes. Video took at least 15-20.

I've nuked my Mac in the last six months, and I'm writing to an SSD directly connected to my mac via USB3.0.

Might anyone have any ideas on where to look for a possible issue? Disk Utility tells me the SSD is fine. It had plenty of room on both it and the Mac itself. I just don't know where to look at this point.
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FCPX importing extremely slow -- causes? 13 Mar 2019 12:07 #99272

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joec wrote:
...Importing from my Xoom card used to be almost instant. Now, for 40 min of audio, it took upwards of 10 minutes. Video took at least 15-20.

I've nuked my Mac in the last six months, and I'm writing to an SSD directly connected to my mac via USB3.0....

For video, if your FCPX import preference has somehow changed to create proxies or create optimized media, that will make import very slow. Check to make sure those are disabled.

However there is no such thing as proxies or optimized media for audio. It could also be a pure hardware problem.

Certain new portable SSD drives are very sensitive to cable type. If you don't use the original "thick" cable that came with the drive, the transfer mode can degrade to USB 2 (or even slower). Do a BlackMagic disk test on that SSD drive and make sure the performance is what you expect.

Likewise there can be a similar problem on the import side if using a new or different reader, or the reader has been moved to a USB hub. Try copying the files to a local hard drive and importing from there.
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FCPX importing extremely slow -- causes? 13 Mar 2019 20:44 #99281

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I've been using these cards and this SSD for a while, so I'm assuming it could be some type of update changed something, or I'm having some hardware failings happening.

Thanks for your insight!
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