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what media are you editing? what system specs? Sounds like you are set to automatic quality on the program monitor. it lowers res in order to play back more frames. But if your system is beefy enough it shouldnt have to lower the res for typical clips with little or no effects.
I am editing 16:9, 29.92 SD .avi's. I did not have this problem when editing with premiere cs3, so my software is fine. But the last week i had cs3, my roommate wanted to watch a project before we installed cs4. I was having the same problem, and we found it to be that premiere was hiding the need to render. we clicked a button and it showed the red lined above the video in the sequence, and i was able to render the problem away.
But now i even tried opening up a new project file, with the same raw avi file, dropping it right into the sequence and its still pixelated durring playback, and i can not locate the button to hide the need to render in cs4.
I am puzzled what the "hide the need to render button" is.
> 16:9 29.92 SD AVIs.
This could be one of several media types; some ugly to edit, others not. Can you be more specific? Is it DV? Did you capture it, download it?
Do you have a red line above your video? If so, you media and your sequence settings do not match, which is the cause of your problem.
yeah i am not to sure what it is myself, my roommate discovered it. It was in the time line, to the left on cs3
i am using DV from mini DV captured by premiere.
no there is no red line, i only mentioned the missing red line with cs3 because the video play back problem was identical, and that fixed it.
Can you think of something that would hide the red lines with cs4? that may be the problem.
what happens when you press Enter?
it just plays the video, and its heavily pixelated.
I just discovered the same issue as you davieyay, in my CS4 Vista 64 bit. Captured DV plays blurry, freezes are un-pixelated.
Have you had any luck solving this issue?
I just found the same problem after upgrading to CS4. There's a tiny, unmarked dropdown box in the upper right hand corner of both the Program and the Source monitors. Click it and select highest quality. It's default set to Automatic Quality. Our team has noticed this default in some of the other CS4 apps as well.
What playback Codec are you using?