Do you have Quicktime installed on your computer, per the program's requirements?
Also, when you add a clip of video as the first clip on your timeline, do you see a yellow-orange 'render" line along the top of the timeline? This render line indicates that the program has not set up its project settings to match the video specs, which is why you are getting poor performance. If that's the case, you'll need to set up your project manually.
It might also be helpful to know your computer specs and operating system -- and if you have your camcorder set up to shoot 1080p or 720p.
Ok thanks so far.
I do have quicktime installed.
And yes I do have the orange line, So how do I manually set up the project please.
~I'm running windows 10, it was a high spec machine 2 years ago
As I said above, you'll need to tell me if you're shooting in 1080p or 720p. The camera shoots in both modes.
It also shoots in both 30 fps and 24 fps. Which frame rate are you using?
1080 and 30
Start a new project by selecting the option from the File menu.
On the New Project panel, click the Settings button.
On the Setting screen, select the preset for DSLR/DSLR 1080p30 and click OK.
Back on the New Project screen, check the option to Force Settings and click OK to start the project.
You can see this process in the latter half of Part 1 of my free 8 part Basic Training tutorials on this page:
Assuming the specs listed online for this camera's video are corrected, the first video clip you add to your timeline will NOT have a yellow orange render line above it -- and the program's performance should be smooth throughout.
If you still see a yellow-orange line above your clip (before you add effects or transitions to it) then the specs posted online are not correct and we'll need to dig deeper into your video.
Ok thanks , the Orange line has gone but the sound is still a load of rubbish noise.
So the camera was set to 30 frames, on the video info it says 29
The absence of a yellow orange line means that you're matching your video specs to your project settings, which is a good thing.
I don't know how to interpret "the sound is still a load of rubbish noise." But if you'd like to share a sample clip from that camera via Dropbox, I'll be glad to experiment with it on my machine and see if I can duplicate your issue or see what's up.
Just share the file to my first name at muvipix dot com. (Never write your e-mail address in a forum post.)