Hi there, I have a MacBook Pro 17" 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, and an external G-Tech 250GB drive connected with FW800.
I am running Premiere Pro CS4 on OS X 10.6.6.
I am trying to work with HD video footage shot with a Canon 5D MkII DSLR camera.
When I import the .mov clips (from the ext. drive), and try to play in the source window (using draft quality), the footage plays fine for a few seconds (audio and video), and then the video starts to stutter and stop, while the audio continues normally.
Spotlight is disabled, journaling is turned off on the ext. drive.
I downloaded a trial of Premiere Pro CS5, and still the same problem (even when selecting 1/4 quality in the playback).
I will be very grateful for any advice - is there something I am missing in terms of optimising the performance of my set up? I know it's quite an old MPB but there is plenty of free HD space (int. and ext.) and the it is really well maintained.
Thanks in advance!
Your Core 2 Duo processor is struggling to decode the H.264 video in the
Canon's MOV files. That is the bottleneck. Unless you invest $$ in a
new computer, you'll have to invest time converting those MOVs to
Quicktime codec that's not so CPU-intensive. That should allow you to
have a better editing experience.
This tool: Squared 5 - MPEG Streamclip video converter for Mac and
will give you lots of options for the conversion. You could also use
the AME to convert. Maybe even iMovie, if it came with your computer.
Thanks Jeff that's great info to have, much appreciated.