Ok, I've been editing AVCHD since it came out basically. I've been trying to upgrade here and there over the years in an attempt to build my machine up into a smooth editing experience.
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D
Processor: i7 X 980 @ 3.33 GHz
RAM: 24 Gig DDR3
Video: MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr (4 Gb)
Drive C: Main Hard Drive: SSD OCZ Agility 2: Has Win 7 64 bit & Software (Premiere Pro CS5)
Drive D: RAID 0: Two 1 TB Hard Drives; Motherboard RAID Controller (Project and it's Media Files)
Drive E: RAID 0: Two more 1 TB Hard Drives; Windows 7 RAID Controller (for Media Cache and Exporting to)
Should I have the Media Cache on the same drive as the project for any reason? I thought it may be cool to get a small but decent SSD drive for Media Cache since those files can be destroyed without hurting the project I assume should the SSD fail, but I don't know if that's a good idea or necessary...
In general, I am trying to edit my 3 Sony HDR CX550V cameras together. Resulting in 3 tracks of AVCHD in the timeline. I don't use multi track editor I just edit on the timeline. I do a lot of scrubbing when I can but here lately it's been hanging up a lot. Overall I've been able to edit 3 tracks like this with subtle hang ups here and there during playback. Basically, if I edit to fast it will hang up and I just pause and wait for the timeline indicator/video to resume working.
For some reason this weeks project is hanging up for a lot longer. So, I've tried removing things from startup, I've even upgraded from my GTX 470 to a GTX 680 thinking that would make a difference. It did here and there but it's like everything will work fine for a little bit, a few minutes or so of editing, then all the suddent it will hang up again (e.g. I hit play and there is a long pause before it plays).
I even downloaded PPRO CS6 trial version to see if that would work better. The audio appears to be less glitchy but video playback is worse.The video doesn't even play half the time. I changed the field order in the preview pane and it worked beautiful for a couple of minutes at most and then started acting up again. On a positive note the audio rolled on through better than in CS5, but the video was horrible and even worse than when I was using my GTX 470.
So, I'm assuming I simply need a better RAID setup or to format my SSD and start over. Is there something I can do to keep the timeline playback rolling smooth so when I hit the space bar it plays the project, the video smooth without hesitation? It's not like I'm trying to do crazy effects or anything. I know the codec is highly compressed but there must be a way! Maybe something in NVIDIA control panel? Maybe a better RAID? What is the best thing to do next??? If it must be RAID what's the most powerful way to implement the right RAID for under a thousand, ideally under 500 bucks? Or should I start over with a new processor, motherboard, and RAID (if I can do that for under 2K, really hopeful a lot less...).
Thanks for your help, I love the work, just want/need the workflow smoother, so all the help i can get is greatly appreciated!