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You already figured out the most likely problem. Dont edit over USB, its not fast enough. You need a local fast drive dediated to video
You also elude that the clipsare not dv. What are they?
No, the clips are DV. I captured them from a digital Hi-8 cam.
I guess I'll have to invest in a larger internal drive. Any idea as to why I was able to handle a large (~55 mins) .avi just fine a few months ago, but now am having problems with smaller (8-15 mins) ones? I even defragged the USB drive I'm using as my scratch...
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I don't know your disk setup, but from everything else it won't be stellar. It is time to invest in a new PC from the looks of it. You have a really old PC and chances are, when put under strain, that the PSU and heat may be causing problems in the near future. I suggest you have a look at these guides and specifically the Storage guide.
I'm definitely looking into getting a new machine. I appreciate the advice and super-prompt response
Aside from some other issues, I found that USB was just not suited for editing to/from, and on a much faster machine, that you list.
FW-400 was only slightly better. It took FW-800, before I could actually use the externals for anything more than storage, i.e. no editing, just archiving.
eSATA would be even better/faster.
Please see Harm's ARTICLES on hardware, before you begin investing.
[Edit] Oops, I see that Harm DID link to his articles. Missed that. Still, it is worth mentioning again.
Also, as an aside, PrPro 2.0 has no problem on my workstation when working with several 2 hour DV-AVI's, even when these are edited to/from FW-800 externals.
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