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Hi,

I have been using Final Cut Pro for years.  I just started it up FCP and I don't have any events, projects or anything else showing.  I have attached a screenshot.  Any ideas?   I have been searching around but have not found any advice for this scenario.

Thanks
fcp-empty.tiff
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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On the top menu: Final Cut > System Settings > Search Folders

This will set your default location where to look for your projects and save.  If you have old projects scattered throughout your computer just use File > Open and find your project.
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by:Gary
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I don't have System Settings.    Under File I have Preferences.   In Preferences is Editing, Playback, Import, and Destination.   I do not see Search Folders in either of this.

Under File, there is no Open Project.  only New Project.

Interestingly, I just did  a search for all files ending in fcp and did not get anything back.  Could my project file have somehow been lost?   I am going to check my timemachine now.
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by:Gary
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Some additional information which is possible related:
When I try to create a new project, I get a popup -- "The operation couldn't be completed.  Cannot allocate memory."

I have a top of the line 2012 imac with 32G.  I checked activity monitor - cpu is 1% used, memory is 26G free.  5.5 used.   450G disk free.

I just restarted my computer to see if that helps, but it did not.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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The settings I am talking about are not under the File menu.  Click on the word Final Cut to the left of the File menu.

But now it sounds like you may have a different problem.  You should check your disk.  First back up.  Then go to your Utilities folder and find Disk Utility.  Select your hard drive and click the Verify Permissions button on the left.  This is non destructive and just checks your disk. If if finds something wrong it wil prompt you to fix permissions.  I end up doing this once or twice a year.  If it still does not help, use the Verify Disk button.

When you are using final cut, make sure you are using your internal hard drive and not an external.  I have had issues with an external drive.

Make sure your OSX is up to date.
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by:Gary
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I have run a verify permissions and there are no issues identified.   I did a complete delete and re-install of FCP following http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5149, but to no avail.

Upon re-installing, still nothing showing and I am unable to create a new project.  Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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From your picture, it looks like you are running the program fine.  When you File > New Project then import a file, then Save Project do you get that far? Can you tell where you are saving to?
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When I go to File -> New Project and click ok, I get the out of memory error.   I have plenty of memory  28G.  It is not able to save even an empty project.
fcp-outofmemory.tiff
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The issues is it can't allocate memory. In this case, I have a feeling memory means disk space.  Are you using an external hard drive?  Make sure the file locations where you are saving have permissions.
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by:Gary
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I only have an external drive for time machine - but this is nothing new.  I also ensured it was not mounted and still got the same.

Should I have a folder called Final Cut Projects?  I have never seen this.

I have the new hybrid fusion, can there maybe be some issue related to trying to put some of the app into the SSD portion?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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I don't know the answer to that because I have the old fashioned drives internal and external.   I have a feeling the allocate memory has to do with the disk though.  What happens if you try to save to your project to your HHD drive instead of your SSD?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Another possible issue is your final cut may be out of date and you have what sounds like up to date top of the line mac set up.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Cut_Pro  I use Final Cut Express which is virtually the same thing except not in the complete bundle.  I was using it mostly for making slide shows and converted to just  using http://www.boinx.com/fotomagico/ which has transitions that can be used in FCP.  For what I am doing, I find it much easier and quicker especially because I don't have to "render".   It does sound but I have been bringing the slide show into Garage Band.   I would like iMovie if they put in a damn timeline like fcp.  

There is a site called creativecow.net that is a forum for professionals and frequented by videographers and editors.  I tried a few searches there and could not come up with the same issue.  It might be worth a shot.  

I did see a lot of rants about apple giving up on the pro market.  http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/335/6940  http://www.onerivermedia.com/blog/?p=322 And a suggested tool http://www.digitalrebellion.com/promaintenance/ but I don't think this is your issue.  

Since you have a lot invested in your hardware, perhaps it is time to go to a new editing solution.  Final Cut Pro has to be at least 4 years old and probably the core program is from around 2005.

http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/
http://www.avid.com/US/products/media-composer
http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere.html

With adobe, I have mixed feelings about moving to not really owning your software.  That's a rant for another time.

In any case, it is worth downloading a trial and see if it works much better for your set up.
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