When you upgrade your operating system, you never know what sort of glitches you might encounter. There is nothing worse, especially while on set, then finding that you can’t transfer footage and you have to perform a panicked backdate of your system. This post is neither to praise nor slam Apple’s latest operating system release OS X 10.7.2 (although I will say that I am a big fan of the added gestures, app interface and cloud connectivity with my iPhone) but what I want to do is help you to be aware of any issues that may arise if you are upgrading your OS.
- SxS Driver: The first issue I ran into, and expected, was my SxS driver. This was the same problem when Snow Leopard was released so it was the first thing I checked. Fortunately Sony has updated drivers now for Lion.
- Quicktime: Quicktime X is intended to merge standard Quicktime and Quicktime Pro into one, removing a lot of the functionality of quicktime Pro. I have been told that Quicktime Pro 7 can be successfully loaded on Lion and work with Quicktime X, although I have not tried it yet. The Red Quicktime Plugin will not work with QT X, so your Proxy files will play as a black screen. Having said that, Red Cine X has just come out of Beta Land and has a new full release version with all your playback needs.
- Glue Tools plugin for FCP: For you Arri Raw enthusiasts, I just found out that the Glue Tools plugin for Final Cut is also not working. According to Glue Tools, the fix for this is to install that quicktime Pro 7. First Thing tomorrow I’m going to see if i can pull my QT Pro 7 out of my Time Machine drive and drop it back in. I’ll post an update with what I find. Let me know if you have any thoughts as well.
- Qio: I have not tried a Qio box with Lion. Sonnet does have a driver so please try it and let me know.
My advice at the moment is to update with at least a little caution. As with any update, give yourself time to work out the bugs before you need to use your system at work.