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Trashing Preferences in Final Cut Pro

Deflate that spinning beach ball By David Basulto

Editing in Final Cut Pro is wonderful for me. I love the layout and its ease of use. The basic controls are easy to learn. What I wasn't prepared for was the lovely (and I mean that in the most sarcastic manner) beach balls that pop up when I am in the middle of working.

"What is going on now?" I would ask myself. I would scrub the timeline only to find myself locking up and that vicious beach ball appearing from the dark depths of my mighty Mac Pro.

As it turned out Final Cut Pro needs its preferences deleted every now and then. It is a simple process and will get rid of the pesky beach balls. The process is painless and not too time consuming. In the following video I walk you through the process. Enjoy.



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David Basulto is an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles. After 17 plus years, David is well versed in all aspects of filmmaking from development to distribution. He produces, directs, edits, and now is addicted to motion graphics and 3d. His last film, Death Clique is in Blockbusters nationwide. David is also the host of the In his spare time David is an avid gamer and can be found slaying monsters in the world of Vanguard. For more info visit
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