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Tips for Editing Video in FCPX on an Older Computer

Not everybody has the luxury of operating a new shiny MacBook Pro with Touchbar, or has a cluster of computers configured. Some of us work on (slightly) older devices and video editing can be frustrating due to its slowness at times, especially when working with multiple timelines, camera angles, and HD video. That’s even without mentioning 4k UltraHD video.

Obviously three to four years ago we thought those devices were super speedy but times have changed video and especially high-definition formats having become more ubiquitous has also led to more complex tasks, often performed by many more users who previously wouldn’t have touched video editing software, let alone professional such as Final Cut Pro.

Experienced video editor Izzy Hyman shares five useful tips for those who edit video using FCPX on less modern devices.

The tips include references to using proxy footage, using an external hard drive but also more obvious tips such as letting rendering tasks happen overnight.

For those who’ve never worked with proxy media, or don’t know what they are, Izzy also has you covered in an older article.

They’re basically low quality, low resolution versions of the video clips you’re already working with.

Because proxy clips are low quality and low resolution, their files sizes are small. They’re lightweight. The result is that they play back easily on laptops and older computers.

If you’re working on a video project, and it stutters or skips frames when you play it back, you might find that using proxy clips instead of the original clips will help smooth things out.

Check out Izzy’s step-by-step #howto to learn how to get started with using proxy footage in FCPX.

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