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Old October 13th, 2009, 12:57 AM   #1
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Euphonix/FCP7 bug

I've just taken delivery of an MC Control and I'm learning how to use it with FCP7 but I think I may have tripped over a bug. I'm running under OS X 10.5.7, using the latest EUControl (2.03.63120).

The following sequence causes the MC Control to clear the entire screen and lose all control of FCP7 -- the Shuttle wheel also becomes inoperative.

Here's how to reproduce the bug:

Open up an FCP project. All is well, the Buttons and Soft Keys come up and FCP is shown as being the application being controlled.

On Page 4, select Audio Mixer button. The Audio Mixer tab appears in the Tool Bench window on top of the Viewer window.

Click on the top left hand Close Window icon of the Tool Bench (the left-most of the three tiny circles).

Boom. The MC Buttons and Soft Keys clear down even though FCP is still the front application (and is shown as being controlled by the MC Control), all control has, in fact, been lost.

The only workaround is to click on the desktop or bring another application to the front, and then revert back to FCP -- at which point all is well -- all the buttons and soft keys come back, although the Shuttle/Jog wheel is still inoperative -- you have to select the Audio mixer button again and *iconize* the Toolbench window to bring that back.

Anyone else seen this bug, please? More to the point: is there a workaround? (Yeah, right, don't close the Tool Bench window! :) )

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Old October 14th, 2009, 02:04 AM   #2
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Hi Andy

Control Surface support in FCP has always been tied to the Audio Mixer window, and that window must remain open for proper functionality. As you have discovered, it can be minimized/hidden etc but not closed. Apple do not classify this as a bug but rather "working as intended" although the intention is questionable. I'd urge you to drop a note of your request for modeless Control Surface support in FCP on Apple's Final Cut Pro Feedback page ... the more reports they get the more likely it will be addressed.
Apple - Final Cut Pro - Feedback

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Old October 14th, 2009, 11:43 AM   #3
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Hi Andy

Control Surface support in FCP has always been tied to the Audio Mixer window, and that window must remain open for proper functionality.
Aha. That certainly confirms the phenomenon.

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As you have discovered, it can be minimized/hidden etc but not closed. Apple do not classify this as a bug but rather "working as intended" although the intention is questionable.
I certainly concur with that. The logic seems to be:
1. If you want to control the video playback head in the timeline.
2. You must open the Audio Mixer.

Hmm.

Mind you, I've only been a systems programmer since 1963, so I'm sure I'll understand this when I've got more experience. ;)

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I'd urge you to drop a note of your request for modeless Control Surface support in FCP on Apple's Final Cut Pro Feedback page ... the more reports they get the more likely it will be addressed.
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Will do.

Thanks, Andy (great choice of name, btw).
Have fun in KL.

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