Importing MOV files with 2.1.1 is excruciatingly slow

I’ve done a clean install of 2.1.0 and 2.1.1 on Mac OS X 10.10.5 and 10.10.4

I have a MOV file that imported in less than one minute on 2.1.0… it takes upwards of 17 minutes to import that same file on 2.1.1. The only change made to my system while reproducing this problem is that I installed the latest version of Audacity.

Any suggestions for debugging this or getting things back to the same speed as 2.1.0?

After importing the file, please show us Help > Show Log… so we can see what importer is opening the file and what path it is being imported from.

If possible, please post the file (or an example you are able to post) online somewhere and give us the URL to download it. This is in case there is some specific in the file that is causing the issue.


Glad to provide for data when I’m able.

It’s going to take me some time since this is my primary editing workstation and I can’t spare the time to switch back and forth between versions and settings with the client work I have. Yesterday I lost a good part of the afternoon re-stabilizing my system.

At one point in my troubleshooting process I clicked on the button to re-locate my ffmpeg libraries thinking that might be the issue–all I did was click locate and then decline the dialog box to manually set because they’d already been discovered–shortly after I couldn’t import MOV files successfully on 2.1.0 or 2.1.1 because the audio import was garbage. Throwing away the audacity.cfg file and starting from scratch (forcing Audacity to create a new one) got me running again… so another possible issue lurking there.

I’ve reproduced it on multiple MOV files… some I created and some create by other people. In both cases, the MOV creation tool was Skype Call Recorder on Mac.

Audacity can import MOV files without FFmpeg. Without FFmpeg it uses the Apple QuickTime importer.

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