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Choppy play back

Apr 1, 2013 7:08 AM

Tags: #video #playback #choppy #quality #problems #poor

playback of HD videos is only choppy in elements works fine in quicktime and WMP.  Everything is up to date according to the adobe application manager. i can reduce the video quality and get smooth play but that is not a long term fix.


My computer

OS NameMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS DescriptionNot Available
OS ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
System ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd.
System ModelGT680/GX680/GT683/GT683DX/GT685/GT687/GX660DX
System Typex64-based PC
ProcessorIntel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz, 2201 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/DateAmerican Megatrends Inc. E16F2IMS V1.0Z, 4/6/2012
SMBIOS Version2.7
Windows DirectoryC:\windows
System DirectoryC:\windows\system32
Boot Device\Device\HarddiskVolume2
LocaleUnited States
Hardware Abstraction LayerVersion = "6.1.7601.17514"
User NameMike_Lap-MSI\Mike_Lap
Time ZoneW. Europe Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM)12.0 GB
Total Physical Memory12.0 GB
Available Physical Memory7.22 GB
Total Virtual Memory24.0 GB
Available Virtual Memory18.9 GB
Page File Space12.0 GB
Page FileC:\pagefile.sys
Display adapter typeNVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
Total available graphics memory4095 MB
      Dedicated graphics memory1536 MB
      Dedicated system memory0 MB
      Shared system memory2559 MB
Display adapter driver version9.18.13.1070
Primary monitor resolution1920x1080
DirectX versionDirectX 10
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    Apr 1, 2013 7:29 AM   in reply to mikeansd

    Which version of the program are you using?


    What model of camcorder is your video coming from and what format and resolution is it? How did you get the video from your camcorder to your computer?


    What are your project settings (under the Edit menu)?


    Are you running the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 7?

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    Apr 1, 2013 7:29 AM   in reply to mikeansd

    A laptop that is not designed for video editing, with the usual, single 5400 rpm hard drive, is not going to work very well


    Jerky or slow playback

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    Apr 1, 2013 8:20 AM   in reply to mikeansd

    Yes. GoPro video has some unique challenges.


    Maybe someone who's got experience with working with it can pop in and offer some advice.

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    Apr 1, 2013 8:35 AM   in reply to mikeansd

    Thank you for all of the details.


    While editing is much more intensive an operation, than simple playback, your laptop should be more than adequate to handle that GoPro footage. Even with but a single 7200RPM SATA HDD, you should still be able to edit that smoothly. Nothing jumps out, regarding the OS or the system.


    Are you running any real-time, active-scan anti-virus, anti-malware, or anti-anything programs, while editing?


    Am I correct in assuming that you let PrE 11 choose the Project's Preset for that material?


    What is the Project Preset that it chose?


    When you drag the footage to the Timeline, is there a yellow line over the Clips?


    Good luck,



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    Apr 1, 2013 8:59 AM   in reply to mikeansd
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    Apr 1, 2013 1:12 PM   in reply to mikeansd

    "i had to download something seperate so that i could have a project in 1080p 60fps."

    This could be part of your performance problem. You should not have had to add to the program or install new codecs to edit this file with version 11.


    "the goPro stuff i have transformed my files so that adobe shouldnt have a problem."

    This could also be part of your problem. What program did you use to convert the Go Pro footage? What did you convert it to? Often when people convert video, they actually end up making is LESS rather than more compatible with the program.

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    Apr 1, 2013 3:34 PM   in reply to Steve Grisetti

    On some camcorder and GoPro sites it is suggested you use GoPro's free CineForm Studio editing software.  One of it's dozen or so features is to "Convert GoPro H.264 MP4s into editor friendly CineForm AVI or MOV files"  (


    If the OP is using this, it seems to me that the project preset may not match the output of the GoPro software.  Since GoPro says there is a choice between AVI and MOV, it appears output can have a few varieties.  This may be even more true if he "added something special" to make it into 1080p60.


    Perhaps the OP can go back to the GoPro software, output a few of the choices and try to bring those into PrE11.


    Good luck.


    Bill S

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    Apr 2, 2013 10:15 AM   in reply to mikeansd

    As FCP will internally convert your Imported footage to an intermediate CODEC for editing, that might be the best route. Those FCP intermediate files should edit smoothly.


    Good luck,



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