BSOD (blue screen of death) is usually caused by hardware problems. Temperatures are the most common for those, but video driver issues are pretty regular, as are PSU problems or memory problems.
MBL takes up huge amounts of time, especially with AVCHD footage on a Q9550, which is hardly reasonable, but approaching borderline. If you are using only a single disk, then that is below minimum requirements and the combination of all these factors may lead to overstressing your system in such a way that the BSOD is the result.
FYI, a decent Q9550 is around 6-7 times slower than a fast machine.
how to speed things up
Using Looks, you probably can't. (At least not much.) You already have a pretty decent graphics card, which is where Looks is rendered. Without Looks, your best bet at speeding things up lies with purchasing a new CPU. For AVCHD, an i7 2500K or i7 950 are pretty good minimums to consider.
>500GB Western Digital HD
My 3 hard drives are configured as... (WD = Western Digital)
1 - 320G WD Win7 64bit Pro and all program installs
2 - 320G WD Win7 swap file and video project files
3 - 1T WD all video files... read and write files
Trying to use only ONE Hard Drive for Video Editing
You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the orchestra... this is like Windows pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do Windows housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions
Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with your video file at the same time as all the other work
You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand
A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another very quickly... but not quickly enough for easy video editing
One hard drive is not as good as two which is not as good as three
Thanks to everyone for their answers. Im certainly going to get a new hard drive, should I think about a RAID set up? As for getting an i7 CPU, well the trouble with this is 'it's all a question of money'! If I get an i7 it means basically a whole new computer which I just can't afford at the moment. I could either sell my sony camcorder and get something like an equivalent canon which doesn't use AVCHD or I could upgrade my CPU to an QX9770 for a couple of hundred pounds and overclock it?
I could upgrade my CPU to an QX9770 for a couple of hundred pounds and overclock it?
That would be penny-wise, pound-foolish. Better save for a new computer in the future and accept what you have. It is not fast, but once you solve the BSOD problem, it should work.
I'm having the same issue.
I create a new project, import the files I want to edit and when the rough edit is completed I save it and call it a day. Next day I try to open the saved project and no footage data is present and CS5.5 persistently crashes or hangs. Give it a couple minutes and its back but soon as I do something simple it becomes unresponsive and I have to close it via end task.
Four times I've re-done one project and as soon as I close CS5.5 this problem reoccurs.
I had some BSOD's too in the beginning after building a new PC for PP CS5, but in my case it was the RAM, like Harm points out to be one reason, that was the problem.
You could run a memorytest or burn in test for a day or two just to stress the PC and see if it find anything.
Hi BSOD's are not the problem.
Intel i7 920 @ 3.5Gz
Crucial 3x2 6GB 1333Mhz 1.5V
Asus P6T SE
MSI Cyclone GTX460 OC
OS Drive: Seagate 7200.11 500GB 32mb
Storage Drive: WD 1TB Caviar 64mb
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (legit)
I'm an IT Technician for 9 years now and I've run all sorts of hardware tests and I can assure it's not my system, it's down to PP CS5.5.
I have replicated the project with a new project and different footage on different folders and drives but as soon as I save the project and close PP CS5.5 and re-opened the newly saved project, all video data is "Media Offline". Sometime remaining black before shortly turning grey. Click on anything within the program and it Apphangs for 5 minutes.
Until a solution is made in the mean time I will revert back to PP CS5.
Don't know your setup, but the OS disk, 7200.11 is a complete disaster. Failure rates of 60 - 70 % are no exception. Media pending probably means that indexing or conforming has not finished or the OS disk is playing its tricks.
I bought the 7200.11 back in 2007 and it's been working fine since. Recently checked it and all is good. However I have been meaning to upgrade so perhaps this could be the reason but I don't see why a fully functional hard drive would be the cause. I do think its a bug with CS5.5 but I will give it another blast once I have a new updated hard drive installed.
EDIT: The exact issue is also happining with After Effects CS5.5. New project > Save Project > Close AE > Open New Project > Problem.
import the files I want to edit
Out of curiosity, exactly where did those files come from?
From a sub folder within the project folder.
- Folder: RAW Footage
- PP Project File
Located on OS Driver on a seperate patiton of 200GB with 53GB available.
That confirms it: OE.
You should NEVER partition a disk. And to top it off, you have serious performance degradation with that fill rate.
Imagine you need to store some stuff temporarily. What is easier, in the shed in the back of your garden or in a rented space across town? The rented space requires you to load the stuff into your car, drive across town, unload it, store it and when you need it again, do the reverse process. Far easier and faster to dump it in your shed and it saves you time, gas, wear and tear of your car and aggravation. All the last is what you achieve by partitioning your disk.
From a sub folder within the project folder.
I meant originally. I'm not aware of any HD cameras creating AVI files, so I was curious where they came from.
Your the first to say that you should never partition hard drives. But I can see your point. I'm planning on a OCZ 120GB BigfootSE SSD with 2x 2TB 64mb when the fund come together.
The 7200.11 I got is fine, works perfectly but it is hindering any further performance improvement.
@ Jim Simon,
Sorry I should of stated it more clearer, There recorded footage via a game recorder called Bandicam which I've selected to record files @ 29.97FPS / 1280x720 / Xvid which I'm putting together a gameplay montage. Premier Pro's workflow is the best I've used to edit and arrnage such footage which is later copied and pasted into AE CS5.5 using a script called "Trim Compose Script" by Video Copilot.
You haven't read Adobe Forums: Storage rules for an editing rig. Some...
Praise yourself lucky with that 7200.11. Failure rates of 60 - 70 % are pretty common. I personally had 5 out of 7 fail within two months. Forums all around were flooded with complaints about these drives.
Stay away from Xvid material. It is not suitable for editing. Better convert to something editable, like Lagarith or UT, or accept a severe quality hit when converting to another editable format.
Christ well thats some luck then, cross fingers it doesn't go any time soon.
I've just ready your set of rules and I must say I have learned a few things, thanks for that
Didn't realise Xvid was bad but thanks for the tip dude! There is two options to either record in YV12, RBG24, Motion JPEG or MPEG-1 and I really haven't looked into which codecs are the best.
If you use MJPEG, you can use Mainconcept or Morgan as the codec and that works quite well for most people.
Okay thanks for that I'm going to try the MJPEG and see if that solves my problem. Thanks for your help mate!
I can report that Xvid does indeed suck, MotionJPEG worked perfectly and Lagarith is perfect. Thanks again Harm for your help and you have certainlly tought me a thing or two.
Cannot seem to post to this thread, but will try again. [Edit: OK, works now... ?]
Xvid and DivX are delivery-only, highly compressed CODEC's designed for streaming video. That you can even Import that material is a bit of a miracle, as one seldom gets more than just then Audio portion. Xvid, or DivX, are good for delivery of streaming media, but ill-suited for editing. As you have the option, another CODEC would be advised.
I agree with MJPEG. This ARTICLE will give you some links for good CODEC's.
For a bit more background on partitions, this ARTICLE might be useful.
Also, the applied Effects can have a MAJOR impact on Export times, as Jim Simon points out.
I discovered the reason for the crashes and BSOD, apparently my motherboard doesn't like all 4 RAM slots being filled!! Took 2 sticks out and hey presto both CS5 & 5.5 encode fine, still a little annoying I can't use all my RAM but at least I can get projects finished. Off to research how to up voltage on my RAM to see if I can get it all to work.
Thanks for your help everyone.
Wow, that is disheartening.
At least you can get the Projects finished.
Good luck on the search for the way to fill all slots and use the RAM.