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Two drives in a raid setup is still, really, only one hard drive... even if faster than a single drive
• 1TB (500x2) 7200RPM Hard Drive
• Dual SATA Hard Drive with Raid 0
You really need separate drives for software and data... not a partition, physically separate drives
My 3 hard drives are configured as... (WD = Western Digital)
1 - 320G WD Win7 64bit Pro and all programs
2 - 320G WD Win7 swap file and video projects
3 - 1T WD all video files... read and write
Do you ever change your the size of your playback window during playback?
I used to do that and I found that the rapid and massive pixel remapping calculations caused by this impulsive and impetuous playback window resizing DURING playback were making it crash.
I was doing it unconsciously.
Now I don't do it any more and my unit (and I) are much happier.
I ONLY resize my Source Panel and Program Panel when I am NOT playing video.
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I'm running CS5 on a quad core PC with 4 drives totalling 6TB of space, with the software on it's own drive, the scratch discs on another, and the files on yet another drive. I have 32 GB of RAM and a 1.5 GB QuadroFX video card. It's a fairly powerful system, but I experience a similar disruption randomly. While a laptop is limited in resources and probably not ideal, I've found two conditions during which the minotor will freeze.
If you have a lot of clips, effects, transitions, adjustments, etc. stacked in the timeline, it tends to eat up all the video and memory resources, which can cause . I tend to render the files within the project often so playback isn't so memory intensive. So, really "heavy" footage can stall the monitor. I've also noticed that, when the screen saver kicks in while an active Premiere project is open, the minotr freezes up, and even though I can perform most other functions in the software, but the whole thing generally locks up and a I have to force a shutdown. It's a bit of a disapointment given the cost of the CS5 package, but I've learned to shut off the screen saver when I'm working in Premiere. It's better than calling Pakistan for support.
The raid setup in this drive configuration is no longer accurate. In
What was put down on the specs was the original configuration. I use other
external drives, USB 3, for extra storage such as music and pictures.
Tried to do a direct reply but the email just bounced.
Screen saver is (NONE) so probably not a factor
My laptop is used for editing while travelling. They would not let me carry
my desktop on the the plane. Complained that the three monitors took up too
Do not really have much stacked up on the timeline. Mostly one, sometimes
two and on the odd occasion, a third track for perhaps a title or PIP.
However, I am using colour correction via Auto levels and ProDad's Mercalli
2.0 stabilizer (incredible plug-in). Never have Red or Yellow bars over the
footage on the timeline without applying these effects. Mercury engine has
really helped with that issue.
When my 'Program' monitor freezes up, I am still able to save, playback
(audio only) the timeline, and even play clips on the source monitor. It has
been suggested that I reduce the Program monitor playback resolution. I will
experiment with that.
I will also follow your suggestion and render more often when these Red
/Yellow bars do appear. I appreciate the suggestions.
Change the size? Not that I am aware of. Sometimes the freeze of the Program
monitor occurs when the video is not even playing. Perhaps I am adding an
effect or lengthening/shortening the clip. Playback is only one example of
the freeze of the Program monitor. The program does not actually crash, just
the monitor. I can still play the timeline and hear the audio. I can even
play video in the Source monitor, while the Program monitor is frozen.