When I attach my video camera (for the purpose of importing some clips into FCP-X) I noticed that spotlight is indexing the camera (which does show up as an external disk when I connect it, via the USB cable) I'm pretty sure that there is some contention between spotlight trying to index these files and FCPX trying to import them. Is there a way to stop Spotlight from indexing the attached disk?

  • possible duplicate of Spotlight: Don't Index a Volume The other answer has several command line options to disable spotlight as desired.
    – bmike
    Commented Jul 18, 2011 at 16:15
  • Interesting. I wonder if one can use Terminal to write a file on the camera? Or would the camera delete extra files?
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jul 18, 2011 at 16:24

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System Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy

Add your camera once and it should be remembered.

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