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Old January 8th, 2006, 01:29 PM   #1
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Watching a clip while using another app?

I recently bought Final Cut Express. One problem I have is that I can't use another program or do anything with the computer without it automatically stopping the playback the instant I click a mouse on something else. Is there a fix for this?
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Old January 8th, 2006, 04:56 PM   #2
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I've never used FCE, but this is also how FCP behaves. As soon as you click anywhere outside of its windows all playback stops. But if you want to watch a clip while you do something else, just open it in Quicktime player. FCP (and I assume FCE) clips are just Quicktime files. Naturally this doesn't work with sequences, just clips.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 05:57 PM   #3
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I've never used FCE, but this is also how FCP behaves. As soon as you click anywhere outside of its windows all playback stops. But if you want to watch a clip while you do something else, just open it in Quicktime player. FCP (and I assume FCE) clips are just Quicktime files. Naturally this doesn't work with sequences, just clips.
OK, thanks. That isn't all that useful, as I wanted to be able to mark the in/out points of segments too, not just watch them, it doesn't look like Quicktime would be very useful for that. Unless there is something I am missing, I think it is unfortunate that it is this way as it makes the computer use very single-task for me. Many times, the footage doesn't need my undivided attention, I need to review a lot of material, a lot of which is boring stuff that will not be in the final product.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 06:36 PM   #4
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Obviously Apple wants full access to all your computer's resources while FCP is running. Personally this doesn't bother me in the least. If I really need to do something while FCP is running on my G5 (which I rarely do), then I just fire up my laptop... :-)
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Old January 9th, 2006, 09:08 PM   #5
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Obviously Apple wants full access to all your computer's resources while FCP is running. Personally this doesn't bother me in the least. If I really need to do something while FCP is running on my G5 (which I rarely do), then I just fire up my laptop... :-)
I can understand that Final Cut can be demanding, though just playing a raw clip to review its overall usefulness doesn't really need undivided computer attention, heck, if I even move the preview window or try to rearrange things, it halts. I was hoping to avoid using the laptop, but I guess that's what it takes. Thank you.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 11:35 PM   #6
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I'm not quite sure why you would want to play a clip in FCP and then switch to another app while it continues to play? You would have to switch back to FCP to mark an in or out anyway.
Personally, I am usually running about 5 other apps while I edit in FCP.
Typically I keep Mail, Safari, Photoshop, Livetype, iChat, and sometimes iTunes running in the background and it doesn't slow FCP down at all.

Interestingly, I can digitize and output DV or Decklink/BetaSP and then switch out to another app without dropping any frames. And I'm only running a dual 1.2Ghz G4.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 11:45 PM   #7
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I'm not quite sure why you would want to play a clip in FCP and then switch to another app while it continues to play?
i get alot of projects where its like a family vacation or some sort of documentary with the camera person having a slight idea of what they're doing and they aren't creating a log. in this situation you can only sit through the material, watch it, and mark it when something interesting happens. during this time period, i would rather be doing other things.

i believe quicktime has a selection function, but it seems crude at best.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 11:52 PM   #8
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In that case, just play the footage from tape in the log & Capture window and switch back to FCP to log the interesting clips when they appear.
I think the tape will continue to play in log & capture when you switch to another app.
I believe this is what my assistant does all the time since he is always surfing the net everytime I walk in the suite!
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