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Lesson 11. Configuring Final Cut Pro > Priming Final Cut Pro

Priming Final Cut Pro

Unlike some turnkey solutions, Final Cut Pro provides a flexible software environment and is able to support a wide variety of hardware solutions and accommodate a diverse range of tasks. In order to create the optimum conditions for your specific workflow, you need to set up FCP to take the best advantage of your system’s resources. In this section of the lesson, you’ll learn how to set scratch disks, manage the way memory is allocated, adjust real-time performance, and configure audio outputs.

Assigning Scratch Disks

Scratch disk is a generic term used to identify space on a hard drive for temporary, rather than permanent, data storage. When you’re working with Final Cut Pro, media files, caches, and the Autosave Vault are all considered transient—you work with them on individual projects and then clear space ready for the next. You can create a scratch disk on a separate physical drive, a partition, or a combination of both. Usually, when you’re setting up a high-end system, you should use different locations to optimize performance. All you need to do is tell FCP exactly where to put your files.


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