System Performance Explained

Often I get ask by someone about system performance. “Hey man, I just got a new laptop, so why is it so slow?” Or “My Mac was so fast yesterday, I boot up today and it’s dragging!”

The short answer is that there is no short answer. We’re talking computers, not drink coasters. I can tell you why your drink coaster isn’t working, because it’s not made of an absorbent material. Your Mac on the other hand (and this goes for all computers, all operating systems, all applications) is a bit more complex.

In this blog post I’ll cover the three main factors in a computer running video and/or audio production software; System configuration concerns, hard drive concerns and third party software concerns. This basic information should help you evaluate an existing system, or a new one when making a purchase. Plus, I’ll give a regular
maintenance routine to avoid problems down the road, as well as links to troubleshooting resources for your system when you have issues.

*Hardware referenced in this article is based on June 2018 configurations offered on Apple Inc’s web site.
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Is My LPX Project Corrupted?

I recently had a Logic Pro X project go corrupt... -ish. 3 months of work, and I was in a panic! It turned out to be a good-news / bad-news situation. I’m sharing my experience in this blog post because I know I can’t be the only one to have this happen. Let me preface this by saying, we all hit keyboard keys accidentally and things sometimes happen we don’t understand as a result. This, to me, is something app developers need to keep in mind. Auto-backups need to be reliable, as do multiple Undo commands! I will always use LPX, I love it, been with it since the eMagic days. But like any application, there are days I want to set a blow-torch to it…
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FCPX 10.4 Preview - Hope Or Hype

FCPX 10.4 Preview - The Good & The Bad

On October 27, 2017 at the Final Cut Pro Creative Summit in Cupertino, CA Apple gave a preview of Final Cut Pro X 10.4. I was not there, but have gathered a lot of information from other online posts, and from a couple of friends who were there. It was a good news/bad news event. I’ll reflect upon it in this blog post, as there seems to be a large portion of FCPX users who are baffled by this update and the direction the FCPX dev team seems to be taking (the opposite of immediate legal, legitimate needs and towards fun-toys).
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Location Doesn't Matter Today

Location Doesn't Matter Today

There was a time when you had to physically move to New York or Los Angeles to learn and get a job in visual media production. There was a time when everything was shot on celluloid film, then tape, now it’s all digital. Add to that how far the Internet has evolved technologically, and where location was everything in the past, Location Doesn’t Matter Today. I’ll look at how this has changed our industry in terms of my own experiences and those related to me by many, many others who’s careers and incomes have been drastically effected by the Internet and digital media.
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True Story About Backing Up Data

A true story about data lose, being lucky, and how to avoid a serious law suit. I can’t stress enough how important data backups are for anyone making a living with their computer equipment. Includes info if you need help establishing or evaluating a backup system, as well as regular maintenance routines to help minimize your risk. Read More…

Apple's Stance On Pro Users

So folks are STILL debating the professional status of Final Cut Pro X? OMG, please grow up… Read More…

Apple Global Training

Apple has very quietly switched from their old, self-run “Apple Worldwide Training” to the new “Apple Global Training” format. In this blog post I share what I’ve found out doing my own investigation of this very quiet transition Apple has put in place. Read More…

Ramping Up!

My kids going back to school, ramping up posting of content, it'll all be free, and here's why. Read More…

Apple Pro Apps & Metal

There is question about when, or even if Apple’s pro apps will be re-written to take advantage of Metal. Specifically Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. As a retired UNIX Advanced Certified Engineer, and long time IT consultant and technician (now retired), I’ve done a lot of research, double checking my facts. Here's the skinny on Metal and Apple's pro apps. Read More…

The State Of Pro App Training

The State Of Pro App Training

Once upon a time Apple has a robust and very busy Apple Authorized Training program. They certified training & testing centers. And trained and certified trainers. I've been an Apple Certified Trainer (ACT) since FCP version 4. But things were much different back then. Times have change, and classroom training is waining… Read More…