First, welcome to the forum
Next, we need a great deal more info to be able to help. This ARTICLE will tell you what info would be so useful, and how to gather some of it.
Good luck, and please let us know much more,
Ok I'll get more info sorry I am new so I don't exactly know what to do here : )
Do not worry. Many posts state the problem, but without info, with which to work, it is very difficult.
If you see a request in that article, that you do not understand, please just ask, and someone will help you out. The more info, the better.
I have found more info I hope will be of help.
Operating system-Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit (6.1, build 7600)
System manufacturer-Dell Inc.
System Model-Studio 1535
Processor-Intel Core Duo CPU
Memory-3072 MB Ram
Available os memory- 3062 MB Ram
I hope this is enough info tell me if I need more.
That is a good start.
Now, can you tell us all about your I/O sub-system, i.e. your HDD's. This ARTICLE will give you some background and help.
Next, the full details of your source footage will be necessary. The more info, the better.
Then, knowing the Project Preset, chosen at New Project will be very helpful. This should match your source footage 100%.
Ok how would I find this HDD info?
Also hat info about my footage would I need?
I'm sorry I'm just a little confused. Thank you for being patient with me.
I know my footage are .wmv. files
In Windows Explorer/My Computer, you can see your HDD's. If necessary, you can post a screen-cap of the Windows Explorer/My Computer screen. This ARTICLE will give you some tips on doing that. Then, you will need to let us know if those HDD's are physical HDD's, or logical HDD's, i.e. partitions. Then, how do you have them allocated? An example would be:
C:\ (size, amount of defragmented free space, speed, and controller type, like SATA II) OS, and programs
D:\ (size, amount of defragmented free space, speed, and controller type, like SATA II) Projects and Scratch Disks
E:\ (size, amount of defragmented free space, speed, and controller type, like SATA II) media files
Good luck, and thanks for the information,
OK, WMV is but a "wrapper," as explained in the above linked article on AVI, MOV and WMV files. There are many different CODEC's, and specifications, that can be in the WMV files.
Now, WMV, in general, is highly compressed media, designed for streaming delivery, and not so much for editing.
I find that they are horrible resource hogs, and in general recommend that one either converts them to a file format/CODEC, that PrE can work with natively, or that they use Windows Movie Maker, which is designed to work with WMV files.
McAfee anti-virus frequently gives PRE users problems. and Dells are often supplied with it pre-installed. If this is so with yours disable it before starting a PRE session and see if that helps. If you can't completely disable it at the very least end its realtime protection feature.
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While McAfee seems to be a prime "culprit," it does not appear to be alone in this. It seems that almost all "real-time" scanners (anti-virus, spy-sweepers, pop-up blockers) can cause these issues. Norton gets mentioned often, and some have seen issues with StopZilla, and Webroot's Spy Sweeper, plus other anti-virus scanners.
Even before the days of the real-time scanners, wisdom dictated that all such utilities should be turned OFF, and now the real-time scanners seem to have upped the ante in a quantum fashion. Obviously, this meant that one should have zero on-line presence, while unprotected, and while editing.
I too have been very errant in turning off the CA Vet Security system , it too causes problems .