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Along with those specs., can you tell us more. One the hardware end, please give us the full details on your I/O sub-system, i.e. your HDD's (Hard Disk Drives), and the amount of defragmented free space (very important), their size, speed, and how you have them allocated?
Then, full details of your source footage and your Project Preset, would be so useful. This ARTICLE will give you tips, and tell you how to find some of that info.
Good luck, and thanks for that additional info,
Heya, Thanks for the welcome,
I have one main internal Hard drive, Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA 3Gb/s 80Gb total size, partitioned into
C: Drive with a total size of 22 Gb and 3Gb of free space, contain the OS, Programs and windows virtual memory (3070Mb)
D: Drive with a total size of 44Gb and 42Gb of free space, contains random work data
and an external drive, wd elements with a total size of 2tb and 1.5tb of free space, connected by usb 2.0, all NTFS
the source footage is from my xl2, from the mini DV tapes, I just firewire it from the camera to my external drive into .avi files.
The project preset is PAL-DV-standard 48kHz
if you need any more info just let me know,
Thanks in advance!
Well, I see two instant issues: lack of defragmented free space, plus the bottleneck of partitions. This ARTICLE will give you some background on partitions, especially for video-editing.
Next, what is the connection type for the external? If USB, then there could well be issues there, as the computer can encounter read/write errors, as the programs will shove material, and ask for more, much faster than that connection type can provide. USB externals are fine for archiving, but can be very problematic, when trying to edit to/from. I use FW-800's with no issues, but eSATA would be even better.
Do you have a laptop (probably mentioned above)? If so, can you use a PCMCIA, or ExpressCard to go to eSATA externals?
If a desktop, I would certainly look at adding at least one additional internal HDD. Not sure where you are located, but Fry's (Western US retailer) just had WD 1.5TB SATA internals, with full installation kit for US $149, and if one uses say ATA-300's, they had a 2TB WD for US$89.
[Edit] Just noticed "PAL," so forget Fry's, unless they have opened some UK/Euro stores - sorry about that.
3 gigs of free space on your C drive isn't nearlhy enough to keep this program running! I'd recommend at least 20-30 gigs, and regular defragmentation.
Also, ensure your D drive is formatted NTFS rather than FAT32, which can also choke video work.