How to speed up FCPX

I’m a fan of FCPX but the program has always run a little slow on my 2011 iMac.  Right now is my busy season and the occasional lags are getting more and more annoying.  In my darkest moments of frustration I’ll head to the online Apple store and day dream about buying a brand new computer that I don’t really need.  But instead of dropping $1,799.00 on a lovely 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display, I figured I should see if I could just tweak my FCPX settings to make it run a little faster.  After doing some research I found a great video from that includes some basic (but very smart) tips.

I was already following most of the advice in this video but a few of the tips actually helped speed up FCPX a little bit.  Specifically I closed my inspector and changed my library to list view.  This video has also inspired me to do something I should have done a long time ago; I’m going to physically upgrade my RAM.  I’ve always assumed that an upgrade would be complicated but it turns out that it’s a pretty easy process.  Instructions for any type of Mac can be found here:

By the way, I was only half serious about browsing the Apple store. If you want to buy a new mac, Craigslist is the place to do it.  If you live near a major city you’ll be able to find tons of cheap, lightly used macs.  Just be sure to try before you buy.  If you meet for a quick hand-off in a parking lot you might wind up paying $800 for a box of bricks.