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Why not make a number of smaller projects and combine them into a final export project:
Thanks Paul. This seems like an odd workaround. Is there a reason for the performance degradation?
Whenever you use non-DV-AVI files, the program is forced to create a "soft render" to provide you a simulated view of what your video will look like after it is rendered as a DV-AVI. This soft render is indicated by a red line above the clip on the timeline.
You can often improve performance by "hard rendering" your timeline by pressing Enter. The red line will turn green and the program will create a temporary AVI placeholder for your video. Once you change the clip, however, you'll need to re-render it.
Your 150 photo slideshow is only about 12 minutes, which is a lot but should not be too much for your system to handle in any event -- particularly if you've sized them to no larger than 1000x750 pixels in size.
It's possible your system needs some cleaning and updating and maybe a bit of tweaking so that you can take better advantage of that dual-core processor.
Our FAQS offer suggestions for doing this:
Also try going to Premiere Elements Edit/Preferences/Media Cache and clear your media cache.
Great post...solved my problem EXACTLY! I was about to buy a $300 processor to upgrade a user's computer because the video in the timeline was jerky. The computer met the minimum specs and I upgraded RAM to 2GB.
Doing the "hard render" got the video moving smoothly...like it should.
Thanks for the tip.
The Country School
Love the easy ones, John. ;)
Thanks for the help guys! When I get a chance to work on the project again this weekend, I'll give your suggestions a try.
In PE3, I found that placing the clips on video track 2 (instead of track 1) really increased the response time of placing transition without doing anything else (like adding ram, resizing pictures, shortening the project, etc). This was a blessing in disguise, because now I leave track 1 available for placement of background mattes underneath(that I may want to insert as after-thought to spruce up the presentation) without having to move the clips to the track above it. I have moved on to PE4 and still use the above procedure.
The patch 3.02 helped with the track 1 issue but never completely solved it for some folks.