It appears despite all the press about the Mercury Playback Engine allowing Premiere Pro CS5 to handle projects with "thousands of clips", it is UNTRUE.
I have had very few problems since moving to CS5 (without Matrox Axio drivers thus far, after some issues on CS4). So, up until now, I've been extremely happy and productive with CS5.
Fully certified system Adobe Production Premium CS 5.02
Windows 7 64-bit
Nvidia 4800 CUDA - 197.90 driver; QT version 220.127.116.11 - carefully stayed with these versions as directed by Lyn Nortsad who built system & Adobe Forum
24 gb RAM
8 TB RAID 6 SCSI
Yes, I have a huge project with tons of clips (6,500) shot with Sony EX-3 (mxf).It's tons of interview clips and cover footage. I started out by importing the interviews, culling them down working to build the basic storylines with the plan to then import the cover footage. It was fine with the interviews - initially taking an hour or two to open the project. So I would leave it open overnight.My trouble started once I imported the cover footage... white screens and crashing with a couple of MXF_SDK_r.18.104.22.1689.dll errors in the Event Viewer. Now when I open the project, there are 6,274 things in the lower left hand corner of the screen loading. Yet once that finally finishes - hours!--- there are many unlinked pieces of media throughout the entire project. So now it crashes when I try to link a large group of files back. This is annoying to say the least. So I know I need to shrink the number of clips and that Adobe was untruthful in their claims about working with long form projects with thousands of clips. They must have meant only 2 thousand or fewer.
I got the suggestion of dividing up the project into several projects... but how do I do that if after creating a New Project I can only import the entire gigantic Project (which would seem to lead me back to where I am) or selected Sequences from it? I wish it offerred me the choice of also importing selected Bins, since that's how I had organized the initial footage. I'd appreciate any advice on how folks can really work with "thousands of clips" in Premiere.
Also, would changing any Preferences within the Project help? I fear deleting the Metadata Cache would mean recreating all of the PEK and CFA files, thus bogging things down once again. I've also read something about changing the XMP writing in Preferences. I do not understand how many clips become "unlinked" upon reopening the project. I do not move them around, they all sit in a folder on my array. I believe I have the correct workflow for working with the EX-3.
I am now going back to Sony Clip Browser on another computer to go through original EX-3 files and select fewer cover shots; then will copy those to the RAID array and import them. This is very time consuming - since I had hoped I could cull through and organize all the footage within Premiere, building sequences related to each section of my overall program, while also deleting clips I didn't think I'd use. Of course I appear to have the time now that I am waiting hours for the project to open.
I am now down to 4,364 clips remaining to be loaded... 45 minutes later, and seeing many unlinked clips in the bin...
Advice? Am I the only person to have 6,000 clips in a project?
Happy Thanksgiving Editing Day,