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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
Let's face it, sometimes software crashes. Many times it's because of problems with corrupt settings or corrupt data that a program will launch or crashes while launching or crashes while doing a certain task. Fortunately there are a few troubleshooting tips that you can try to follow to de-corrupt your settings and data and get back up and running in no time. Now one of the first things you can try to do is simply delete your preference files to clear up buggy behavior. To do this you'll first need to quit Final Cut Pro. Then you'll need to delete your Preference files. They are located in your personal User folder. Then inside the Library folder and then inside Preferences.
Now to make matters even more difficult, the User Library folder has been hidden in recent versions of OS X. So if you're not afraid of poking around in the Mac terminal, the command to display the user Library folder is "chflags space nohidden space ~/Library". If you launch Final Cut and are still experiencing problems after doing that, then you'll next need to go beyond settings corruption and troubleshoot your events and projects using divide and conquer.
So first you should determine if you have any corrupt media files. To do this you'll need to temporarily hide the Final Cut Events folder from your system. Now as we know you can do this by simply dragging the Final Cut Events folder into another folder temporarily. Once you have done this, you should re-launch Final Cut Pro X. If everything launches okay and everything is acting okay in the software, then chances are one of your events is causing the problem. So to figure out which of the events is the problem, you'll need to add your events back to the Final Cut Events folder one by one and then re-launch Final Cut each time to try to determine which one it is.
If during one of these times you detect a problem with one of your events, then great, you have isolated the exact group of media that's causing the problem. So now you'll just need to continue the divide and conquer method to determine the exact media file that's causing the problem. To do this I recommend placing the problematic event in the Final Cut Events folder all by itself. Then you'll divide and conquer by removing half of the media from the event and then re-launching Final Cut. If it launches okay, then you know the corrupt media was in the batch you removed.
If it still doesn't lunch, then you know the opposite. But basically, you will just continue this method of process of elimination to locate the corrupt media file. Now it might take a little while, but it's usually not too bad. Now if you have done all the work in dividing and conquering your Event Library, and you are still experiencing crashes, then you'll just do the exact same process, but this time with your projects. You'll simply hide all of your projects and then start adding them back in one by one. Once you have located the problematic project, you won't be able to use it anymore, but you can most likely use one of the backups, which is found within the Final Cut Projects folder.
Finally, if all of the above steps don't work, you might want to consider just re-installing the software altogether. First, uninstall Final Cut Pro X from your system, by removing Final Cut Pro X from the application folder and throwing it in the trash. Then re-download and install Final Cut Pro X from the App Store. Once you're sure that the problem has been eliminated, you can make a backup copy of the software to install during future troubleshooting sessions.
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