6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 20, 2012 12:18 PM by the_wine_snob

    Undesirable Performance


      My system configuration profile:

      HP Pavilion PC TowerAMD Phenom 8400 Triple-Core 2.1 Ghz Processor

      8GB RAM

      Windows 7 SP1 64-bit OS

      ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

      Hitachi_HDP725032GLA SCSI Disk Drive 320GB

      My Problem:

      I am working with a project making an HD quality movie (source is 1080i). I am 30-seconds in to the intro with photos and titles (Opening Credits) and music (MP3). When I try to review the work, the program performs as if it was starving for power - as if my system could not handle the program. I don't get to see how the work I am doing will behave because it does not play-back correctly making me wonder if I am wasting my time.When I review these same video segments on another program with this same machine, it plays back beautifully.When I review the tutorials on-line, I see smooth, seamless performance - what I would like to see when I am working with my project.

      Can I get some help please!!!

        • 1. Re: Undesirable Performance
          John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          >with photos


          Photo Scaling for Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/450798

          -Too Large May = Crash http://forums.adobe.com/thread/879967


          >Hitachi_HDP725032GLA SCSI Disk Drive 320GB


          My 3 hard drives are configured as...

          1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and all program installs

          2 - 320Gig data for Win7 swap file and video project files

          When I create a project on #2 drive, the various work files follow,

          so my boot drive is not used for the media cache folder and files

          3 - 1Terabyte data for all video files... input & output files (*)

          (*) for 4 drives, drive 3 all source files & drive 4 all output files


          Search Microsoft to find out how to redirect your Windows swap file



          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


          You need AT LEAST two hard drives (separate drives, never a partition http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708 for more) with Windows (or Mac OS) and software on your boot drive, and video files on a 2nd drive so the boot drive is not slowed down by trying to do everything


          I find that the three drives I use work very well for me, for editing AVCHD video... some people use a 4th drive, so video INPUT files are on drive three and all OUTPUT files are on drive four... I only bought a mid-tower case instead of a full tower case (my bad... but had to fit in the space available on my office desk!) so I use the three drives that will fit


          Depending on your exact hardware (motherboard brand & model AND USB2 enclosure brand & model AND external hard drive brand & model) AND the type of video file, you may... or may NOT... be able to use an external USB2 hard drive for SD (Standard Definition) video editing


          Steve Grisetti in the Premiere Elements forum http://forums.adobe.com/thread/856208 and Jim Simon in the Premiere Pro forum http://forums.adobe.com/thread/856433 use USB externals for editing


          A USB3 hard drive connected to a motherboard with USB3 is supposed to be fast enough for video editing (I don't have such, so don't know) but eSata DOES have a fast enough data transfer for video editing... I have not used the eSata Dock below... for reference only, YMMV and all the usual disclaimers


          http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-BlacX-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001A4HAFS/ref=cm_cmu_pg_ t

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          • 2. Re: Undesirable Performance
            Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

            Simply put, what model of camcorder is your video coming from and what format is it?


            when you set up your Premiere Elements project, which project settings did you choose? Selecting the correct project settings is vital to system performance. If you've selected the optimal project settings, ,there will be no red lines above your clips when you add them to your timeline. Is this the case with your project?


            Also, after you add effects and you do see red lines above your clips, do you press Enter to render the timeline? When the red lines are green, your performance should improve greatly.

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            • 3. Re: Undesirable Performance
              hjcordoves Level 1

              I am considering a solid state drive for the same reasons you point out.  But in the meantime, I was able to solve some of my issues by starting the program as an administrator and rendering the workspace as I go - much better.  But one thing I did learn for sure - I need classes to better use this program as it is not as easy as I thought it was.  For example, if I try to add a scene or a slide in the middle of the work I have completed so far, it is very complicated to adjust the rest of the scenes - music splits, dialogue shifts and other things happen creating frustration. Is there a book or courses?  Thankis for the advise.  Hernan sends...

              • 4. Re: Undesirable Performance
                Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                I created a free 8 part Basic Training tutorial series to get you started.



                And I've written a couple of books that take you step by step through each tool (with added tips along the way) for both Premiere Elements and the Photo Elements/Premiere Elements bundle.


                • 5. Re: Undesirable Performance
                  the_wine_snob Level 9

                  For general tweaks and tuneup, see this ARTICLE. It starts with a checklist on things that will help get PrE working best, then moved into some OS and system tuneup tips. Finally, it has links to troubleshooting crashes, hangs and slow-downs.


                  For Still Images, I strongly recommend John T's link to Still Image Scaling, as overly-large Still Images WILL slow down a system, and Scaling, in Photoshop/Photoahop Elements, to the Project's Frame Size will improve the resource usage, PLUS will enhance quality.


                  Good luck,



                  • 6. Re: Undesirable Performance
                    the_wine_snob Level 9

                    For work with MP3 Source Files, there can be several issues. This ARTICLE addresses some, plus offers tips on converting MP3's to PCM/WAV @ 48KHz 16-bit, and those will edit very smoothly.


                    Good luck,