I dont run on MAC, so it is possibly a platform issue. But I can tell you I dont see any of those problems you mention on my system.
If you monitors are set to "automatic quality" and it is choosing to degrade the res or frame rate then its an indication your system is underpowered. You can override this by setting the monitors manually to best quality if you like (flyout menu)
Actually, adobe has something much better than reference movies. Dynamic link. You can move clips or timelines around the editing apps with no redering of any intermediate file at all. Isnt that better than redering out a pointer file?
Problem # 1: So my timeline has a 2 minute edit beyond the point I want to highlight. Select the track select tool, shift+click, spinning beach ball, wait for aproximately 10+ seconds before the tracks are highlighted.
Though I am not a Mac-user, others do not report this lag. Please post your Mac's specs., and very likely someone will be able to tell you how to "tune it up." Heck, even a PC-user might see something and can offer advice that is not platform-specific to help.
Dynamic linking between apps is fine I do that alot both in Production Premium and FCS2, but it's the universal workflow of a ref.mov that I like. From FCP, I can make a ref.mov which I can drag and drop into any Adobe program or anyother program(like others used for video compression or whatever the need). Thanks for the info on the quality settings. I set it to high, and it previews perfectly now.
Model Name: Mac Pro
Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Processor Speed: 3 GHz
Number Of Processors: 2
Total Number Of Cores: 8
L2 Cache (per processor): 8 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 512 MB
x2 DELL SE198WFP:
Resolution: 1440 x 900 @ 60 Hz
Depth: 32-bit Color
Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
Quartz Extreme: Supported
I got multiple externals but the one I'm currently using is a LaCie Big Disk Quadra. The timeline thing I find strange. It increases the more I have on the timeline. Another strange thing is that installing the Production Premium for the first time used to crash the system. And now on random occasions when I'd reinstall one of the apps, it'll give me the grey screen telling me the system has crashed and needs to restart.