New to forum, I see lots of threads on this topic, but I don't see a clear-cut answer for everyone and I really need help so I can finish a project in time. I thought I could list my specs and someone can maybe help me?
Or is the answer, which some have claimed here, that the software is just not good this time and this is a big problem with no solution unless they fix it in an update?
In specific, playback is horribly choppy and unwatchable. Sound plays fine, but image gets stuck behind, catches up after numerous edits have been missed and resumes playback, then sometimes slow-mo briefly (or step-framing), sometimes stuck on a frozen image, sometimes plays fine for a little bit, then stutter-freezes, rejoins in progress. Occasionally it stops altogether (including sound) and resumes.
It is also very slow to react to hitting the space bar to pause it. Continuous playback if I just let it run is acceptable 60% of the time, unwatchable 40%. (Maybe 70% to 30% sometimes.) Meaning it plays for stretches almost fine and then bogs down, and then gets back up, etc.
I shot on HVX-200 P2 footage MXF files. HDV. 24p. 720p. My project is 17 minutes long, fully edited sequence, just need to do some brightness corrections on shots. A black and white effect (on all shots) and other brightness effects are added and rendered (green bar).
I edited on CS3 first and imported to CS4 and now am in horrendous-freezing land.
(Created new project and imported.)
I have done all the CS4 updates. I am on 4.1.0
Here are my specs, just request what it is missing from this list and I will add it:
MAIN CPU (laptop)
Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop 5400 rpm
Internal 136 GB (41.7 GBs free) C:drive
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit (SP2)
Memory: 4.00 GB RAM (I just upgraded and think that is the max on my model, but would upgrade more if possible.)
Intel Core 2 DUO T7250 2.00 GHZ 2.00 GHZ
Seagate Free Agent 1.5 TB drive
Attached via Fire-Wire 400
- The external does have an eSATA output, so I could buy Harm's suggested eSATA-expresscard slot adapter? Will this solve it or just help a tiny bit? I dont' have an eSATA input on the laptop, but I do have an express card slot. That will work?
- I can probably free up a bit more C:drive space by deleting or moving some preview files of earlier versions.
- Index drive for faster searching currently ticked on both drives. Coud untick? Big difference? (Need to restart cpu?)
- Scratch disks (preview files) going to local C: drive folder, it's down several sub folders, I could move it up closer to the root or move all folders to the external? The raw footage (MXF files and music files, etc) are on the external, in a folder that dislays on the root. That is also where I export.
Oddly have best luck with Highest Quality playback. Draft Quality or Automatic Quality seem to require CPU "thinking" (??) that slows them down even further? On timeline I have "show heads" thumbnails turned off and only show the titles so it doesn't need to talk to the external when I stop and go back to the timeline each time.
I did check CS4's specs before buying, and they were almost identical to CS3's specs which I was running successfully. I am obviously short though on the listed specs for processor GHZ and the C:drive rpm. But help me, is there a work around via the external on these issues? (Or was I stupid to buy CS4?)
I did all the steps in the Adobe article "Optimize Windows Vista for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4" (or just about all of them.) I followed several other suggestions on this forum about disabling lots of the junk from startup that is installed on your cpu and even turn off my AVG virus whilst editing.
I also have a lot of hourglass freezing in general, especially when leaving that window and coming back to it.
(I allow the project to load and index fully before working in it.)
Thanks in advance, ladies and gents