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Assuming this is a tape camcorder and not an AVCHD camcorder and that you captured over FireWire, it could be a resource issue. Remember, HDV has over four times the video information that standard DV has, and it's highly compressed -- so that puts a lot of demand on your computer.
Without knowing how fast your computer is, how much RAM you have, etc., it's hard to say if this is the case ... but, with an hour of HDV on your timeline, it had better be a pretty hot machine (and ideally not a laptop) to handle that kind of workload!
Also, if you're using Vista, you'll need to optimize the operating system so that it doesn't waste resources on things like the Aero interface and the sidebar, etc.
Yeah the 1-hour file is 11 GB with an average data rate of 3.1 MB/s, so you think the PC itself is causing the issue? This particular computer is definitely not a workhorse, but it does meet the minimum reqs, for what little that's worth.
Regardless, the only reason I question the theory is because I've tried it three times and the issue happens at the same point every time. Also, I've been working on other things on the computer while it imports the file each time, so the computer's workload has varied each time. Does that change your opinion at all?
Let me know. Thanks for the input!
Sorry. Without more information about your hardware, camcorder and software, I can't help.
This ought to do it then...
Gateway 550GR Desktop PC
Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 1 (build 6001)
Intel Corporation D915GAG AAC77881-302
200 MHz bus clock
BIOS: Intel Corp. EV91510A.86A.0482.2006.0222.2350 02/22/2006
3.20 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Hyper Threading
16 KB primary cache
1024 KB secondary cache
2048 Megabytes Installed
Slot 'J6G1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'J6G2' has 0 MB
Slot 'J6H1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'J6H2' has 0 MB
ATI Radeon X1050 display adapter
DELL 2707WFP monitor (27"vis, s/n TJ29871M0EQS, January 2007)
NEC DVD-RW ND-2510A ATA Device [DVD-RW drive]
LITE-ON CD-ROM LTN-487T ATA Device [CD-ROM drive]
CLONEDRIVE SCSI CD-ROM Device [CD-ROM drive]
ST3300620AS ATA Device [Hard drive] (300.07 GB) -- drive 0
DMI Ultra Disk Drive USB Device (500.11 GB) -- drive 9
c: (NTFS on drive 0) 53.69 GB 26.76 GB free
d: (NTFS on drive 9) 500.11 GB 264.25 GB free
p: (NTFS on drive 0) 246.38 GB 188.12 GB free
n: \\thecusn5200\nas 1932.23 GB 69.19 GB free
HP Officejet Pro L7780 on 192.168.0.131_MY729220P7
Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0 on Local
D-Link DGE-530T Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev.B)
ESET Smart Security 3.0 Version 3.0
With that operating system on that processor, you may not have enough power to handle more than a few minutes of HDV video, b.
I assume you've at least got Vista stripped down so that it can run on a Pentium.
But I'll leave that up to someone who has more experience with HDV on Vista to check in with his thoughts.