First, update to 4.1. Second, tell us more about your source material, sequence settings and disk setup.
Thanks for your quick reply. I'm having difficulty in updating, but as soon
as I get it worked out I'll provide the information you requested.
Version 4.1.0 updated successfully.
Source material: mainly .avi video files, NTSC, 720 X 480, plus .wav files
Sequence settings: Video:
Editing mode: DV NTSC 29.97 fps
Aspect ratio: D1/DV NTSC (0.9091)
Display format: 30 fps Drop-frame Timecode
Sample rate: 48000 Hz
Display format: Audio samples
Preview file format: NTSC DV
Codec: DV NTSC
Maximum bit depth and maximum render quality unticked
Desktop Video Display During Playback ticked
External device: none
Aspect Ratio Conversion: Hardware (if supported)
Desktop Audio ticked
Disable video output when in the background ticked
24p conversion method - interlaced frame selected
Disk setup (not sure what info you're looking for here) etc: Vista OS - 98.4 GB free of 149 GB
Data - 57.0 GB free of 139 GB
Processor: Intel (R) Core(TM)Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40 GHz 2.40 GHz
RAM 4.00GB, 32-bit OS
I have a lot of clips. I also notice that peak files are being generated all the time in the bottom right corner of the screen. I didn't have this problem a month ago, or at least it wasn't as slow as it is now, and I haven't added a lot of new material during that time, just a handful of audio files. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
Download both CCleaner and 1ClickPCFix and run them both. Then defrag your hard disks. I hope you have 2 physical disks, not a single disk that is partitioned. Better yet would be to have 3 physical 7200 RPM disks. Have a look at the Storage section in this link: How to get the best from a PC? Some guides...
I read through your storage rules, and it's quite depressing. I thought my laptop would be able to do the job on its own. It contains just one physical disk, partitioned. I trust your advice, but have a few questions still which, if you can answer them, may help me decide what to do (one factor is that my film is almost finished, and I have a deadline, so starting over from scratch with a new setup is out of the question).
Can I now add an external disk containing all the original video and audio material without messing up the project, since the material will be in a different location? If not, I don't see how I can physically separate the OS and the material.
Can I use an external physical disk just as a scratch disk and, if so, will it really make a difference in the responsiveness of playback in the program monitor?
Can I expect that the downloads you suggested will really make a difference in this case?
Thanks for the help you've given already.
I read through your storage rules, and it's quite depressing.
Most people have found it helpful, not depressing. Get an Express Card-to-eSATA connector, connect an eSATA drive as external, copy your source files to the eSATA disk using the same directory structure, then open the project. PR will ask where file A is. Point PR to the new location and it will find all the rest of the files if they are in the same directory. Maybe you have to repeat that for other subdirectories. That will definitely take a lot of the burden of your current single disk and improve responsivess.
I'm sure it will be helpful in the long run - it was only immediately
depressing that there isn't a 'one-click solution'!
I'm very grateful for your help - thanks again!