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COMMENT At the same time during start-up, the operating system is resyncing the list of fi les stored in computer RAM with the list of fi les actually stored on your hard drive. Hard drive directories are loaded into RAM to improve performance, but when they get out of sync with the actual fi les on the hard disk, bad things can happen. A safe boot will fi x this automatically. Repairing permissions makes sure that all the different fi les in an application can talk to each other. Sometimes, for bizarre reasons, these permissions get changed – and it isn’t your fault – causing different parts of the application to break down. Again, a safe boot will fi x this. HERE ARE THE STEPS TO A SAFE BOOT: 1. Restart your computer while pressing the Shift key. Continue holding the Shift key until you see a small gray thermometer at the bottom of the screen. Then, let go of the Shift key. Login will take about 2-4 times longer than normal. Don’t panic. 2. After logging in as an administrator (you may see the words “Safe Boot” displayed in red on the screen when you do), open Disk Utility, which is stored in the Utilities folder. 3. On the left side, select the indented name of your boot disk. On most systems it is called “Macintosh HD,” then click Repair Permissions on the lower right side of the screen. This process can take anywhere from fi ve to twenty minutes. Again, don’t panic. 4. When Repair Permissions is done, quit Disk Utility, then restart your computer without holding any keys down. Finally, restart the application and see if your problems have gone away. If so, great. If not, go on to the next step. RESET APPLICATION PREFERENCES This resets application preferences to their factory-default settings. When application preference fi les get corrupt – and, again, this isn’t your fault – the application can become ﬂ akey and unstable. However, I only recommend resetting prefs for media editing applications. I don’t have enough experience with other apps to recommend this as a general procedure for other applications. (This procedure is also called “Trashing Preferences.”) RESET ADOBE APPLICATIONS To trash preference fi les for any Adobe application, quit the app, then relaunch it from the Dock while pressing both Shift and Option keys until the application fi nishes booting. This resets all preferences to their default settings and erases the list of recently accessed fi les. NOTE: Resetting preferences does NOT affect any of your data, media, or sequences. This simply resets the program to its original, default settings. RESET FINAL CUT PRO Resetting Final Cut Pro is a bit trickier, depending upon the version you are running. However, for Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.2 or later, quit Final Cut, then, press and hold Option+Cmd when restarting the application from the Dock. This resets application preferences to their original defaults. Again, trashing preferences does not affect any of your data, media or libraries. NOTE: If you have an earlier version of Final Cut Pro, this webpage has more details on how to trash preferences: http://www.larryjordan.biz/improving-fcp-x-performance/ Restart the application and see if your problems have gone away. If so, great. If not, go on to the next step. 44 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 94 OCTOBER 2014 TV-BAY094OCT14 v118.indd 44 07/10/2014 15:39