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Background rendering is a smart new feature in version 8 that automatically keeps your timeline rendered -- which not only means less drag on your system but also will speed things up when you output your project.
More information on this feature, and how to disable it if it gets in the way, can be found in the FAQs to the right of this forum.
Thanks, still not totally clear on what it means to "render" but your answer and some reading of that term on wikipedia were helpful in sort of understanding it. MR
I've written an article all about rendering, what it means and why you should do it regularly. It's available on the Muvipix products page.
The article is free to download -- although you'll need to register on the site to get access to the download. (You won't get spammed for registering -- but it does also give you access to lots of other free goodies as well as access to their great community forum!)
Great, I will check it out
michael, In layman terms rendering is essential so that you can get a smooth playback of the clips on the timeline in the monitor window. Many times unrendered files dont give real time visual feedback on the monitor. Background rendering does the task of rendering in the background so that you have to spend less time manually to render a clip.
Rendering in no way impacts the final output so if you feel you are done with you editing, just start the export
Hope this helps.
Good explanation on Rendering.
Some folk do it constantly for that smooth playback. Personally, I will only Render small sections (by setting the WAB), when I am working on Keyframes, of custom animations and Transitions. These, I want to see as smoothly as playback will allow.
The drawback to Background Rendering is that it does take resources. On a fast computer, the user might never even know that it's going on. With a slower computer, the GUI will seem to hang, while this Background Rendering is going on, and any change will trigger it. I do not have PrE 8, but would turn this off, even on my very fast workstation, and manually Render, just the sections I need to preview, when I need to do so. That's just me.
Going back many years, Pinnacle added this feature to Studio. It caused so many problems, though I have to admit that computers were a lot slower then. Most users could do nothing in the program, while the Timeline was being Rendered. Everyone, who I knew, turned it off and never looked back.
Thanks for the inclusion,