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Ideally having all your content and project files on a separate harddisk would give you some performance back, this could be a internal drive if your on a Apple Mac Pro or a external drive, USB3, Fire-wire, Thunderbolt etc. If you dont need to have the libraries open I would close them as they load up the files when you open FCPX. Other options are to ...


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I would go for the option of some dedicated mid range PC speakers and if you can spare a few bucks go for a USB/Fire-wire sound-card and some powered speakers. I am using this setup to do my film work either a MOTU 828 or a Edirol UA-25 with some M-Audio BX5 d2's my previous setup was a set of mid ranged creative PC speakers which did a decent job ...


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The export settings you are using in Final Cut Pro X are preset Compressor settings and the export itself is actually using the Compressor engine (but with no user control). Compressor allows you control over those settings and to save your own custom presets. For instance, you may want to export an MPEG2 file with a particular bitrate, letterbox 16:9 ...


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I use Compressor for final outputs of my films, it does give a better end result due to the compression techniques. When you use the "Share" option from FCPX it uses the basic Quicktime compression and exporting options which only give a a few export formats to choose, mainly designed to work with apple products. Compressor does give you a lot more options ...



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