It looks like you have an MP4 file, which should use the H.264 CODEC.
What is the Project Preset chosen, at New Project?
What are the specs. of your computer, especially the CPU (Central Processing Unit) and the I/O (your HDD's, their speed, controller type, amount of free-space and how you have those HDD's allocated)?
I have the "Flip Mino HD and Ultra HD 30p" selected, but I have also tried several others. Specs are above the requirements, Dual Core CPU @2.2ghz, 3GB RAM, 75GB free space, HDD 7200RPM. I'm not sure where to find the controller type. Also not sure what you mean by allocated, but maybe this screenshot will help? http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd52/CosmoCougarRocks/Settings2.jpg
Thanks for replying!
>how you have those HDD's allocated
My 3 hard drives for video editing are configured as...
1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and ALL program installs (2)
2 - 320Gig data for Win7 paging swap file and video project files
3 - 1Terabyte data for all video files... input & output files (1)
(1) for faster input/output with 4 drives
- use drive 3 for all source files
- use drive 4 for all output files
(2) only 60Gig used, for Win7 & CS5 MC & MS Office & other smaller programs
Search Microsoft to find out how to redirect your Windows paging swap file
As far as project settings, when you have the correct one, your INITIAL import will not have a red line over the timeline
Ah I see. I am only using one hard drive for everything.
Thank you for that information.
With H.264 material, I doubt that you can ever get smooth playback with a Duo-Core Pentium. A very fast Quad-Core is about the minimum, and then a fast i7 is recommended.
With SD, DV-AVI material, a Duo-Core CPU should be adequate.
Well bummer, thats no good! I guess I'll have to start shooting in 480p from now on. I have a ton of videos I was hoping to make into one very enjoyable video, but guess that will have to wait.
UPDATE: So I just got back from vacation and tried recording in 480p the whole time. I still get the red bar across the top of Timeline. My info for the video is (according to media info)
Format : QuickTime
Format/Info : Original Apple specifications
File size : 71.2 MiB
Duration : 3mn 10s
Overall bit rate : 3 138 Kbps
Origin : Digital Camera
ID : 1
Format : MPEG-4 Visual
Format profile : Advanced Simple@L3
Format settings, BVOP : Yes
Format settings, QPel : No
Format settings, GMC : No warppoints
Format settings, Matrix : Default (H.263)
Codec ID : 20
Bit rate : 2 879 Kbps
Width : 640 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 30.000 fps
Color space : YUV
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Compression mode : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.312
Stream size : 65.3 MiB (92%)
ID : 2
Format : ADPCM
Format profile : U-Law
Codec ID : ulaw
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 128 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 16.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Stream size : 2.91 MiB (4%)
I picked the NTSC --> Hard Disk, Flash Memory --> Standard 48khz.
This is really getting frustrating that I can not edit a simple 480p video.
Can you stick a short segment (<50Mb) on a file sharing website and I'll take a look. Note that it's no good putting it on a site like youtube where the video will be re-encoded.
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>Format : MPEG-4
Please go back and reread #5 from Bill Hunt
Mpeg4 is HIGHLY compressed, and it takes a STRONG processor to "decode on the fly" for video editing (playing is not at all the same as editing)
Even at a reduced pixel size, I don't think your dual core CPU is strong enough for smooth video editing of that codec
I edit AVCHD video, which is similar to what you are editing, and have "smooth" editing with an i7 processor
As a test, find a product to convert your video to DV AVI and see if it will edit smoothly
Some ideas below... I have NOT used these, only saved the links from past discussions
Tools to Convert to DV-AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/415317
Convert to DV-AVI Type II with 48KHz 16-bit Audio
http://www.deskshare.com/media-converter.aspx Digital Media Converter
http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html Multi-Converter <-- supposed to be very good
http://www.flaskmpeg.net/download.php Mpeg to AVI Converter
http://www.squared5.com/ MPEG Streamclip Converter
http://www.virtualdub.org/ Mpeg to AVI Converter
The reason that you have a red line over that footage is that it is 640 x 480, and PrE does not have a Preset for that.
It's really frustrating to hear that a duel core CPU isn't strong enough when back in the day we were editing MPEG videos just fine with a computer in 2005. Although we were using Pinnacle to edit. I will try some of the suggested links.
Mpg2 and Mpg4 use different compression schemes... my understanding (from reading in these forums, not from personal experience) is that Mpg4 requires a "stronger" CPU to edit
You are correct. MPEG-2 is a very old CODEC, and while it does compress heavily (it's the CODEC of DVD-Video), it allows for Bit-Rates only up to about 10MBPS. H.264, the CODEC of MP4, AVCHD and others, is much more process intensive, and deals with much higher Bit-Rates for the potential HD files.
To compare the two, it's like a person moving from a 1/2 acre yard, where their old, push-type reel lawn mower worked fine, to a 10 acre lawn, and wondering why that reel mower cannot keep up - plus is so hard to push around. Things have changed greatly over the decades.
The odd thing is though, the video I still have that we edited back then is in MPEG4 format...
That's amazing, being from 2005.
If you edited that material in another program, it is likely that it used proxy files, rather than native, like PrE does. FCP does that, by converting the material to an Apple Intermediate format/CODEC.
It surprised me too when finding that format for that video. Also, I might not have been very clear as the video was from 2007 and the computer was a 2005 computer. Thanks for that bit of info.
If you were able to smoothly edit MPEG-4 Part 10 footage in another NLE with the computer, I think that I'd go back to that program.