Re: Preserving DV Quality: NTSC and AV-DVI

Thanks so much for the advice.

I took the advice from other posts and closed all applications when editing,
save for MM. I can free some space on my C: drive and I will try that
suggestion next. I will look into boosting the RAM. This would be easy for
me to do on a desktop, but a laptop is an entirely different animal.

"eeyore <"rob.pugh"@" <" wrote:

> Your PC is above the low spec, but slightly lower than the recommended
> spec for MM. This means it is marginal. Even hi spec machines can run
> into depends what else is running - ie what MM/Nero is
> actually competing with. It also depends on how complex (and how many)
> effects/transitions are applied.
> That realplayer when playing is ok doesnt actually surprise
> needs less resources as it is playing without any adjustment of the
> movie. Even with no effect added playing from the timeline in MM can be
> expected to have some overheads due to MM being an editor rather than a
> player.
> Even a simple effect moves MM utilisation on my 1.7 GHZ from 40% to 70%
> and uses significant RAM.
> I am running MM on a 1.7 GHZ P4 with 1 GB of RAM....the top 512 is very
> seldom used by anything so it will certainly run fine on my spec machine.
> It would be useful to get the experience of others in this group on low
> end machines.
> Without seeing your pc it is difficult to help but I believe the best
> you can do is to ensure the PC is running as effectively as possible - I
> remember there are past posts on this group about some techniques. The
> ones I use are:
> 1. Minimise the applications and services that the software is competing
> with
> (ie shut down unwanted services that may be using RAM or competing for
> CPU cycles.
> An example site is
> I would only turn off the services you are very comfortable (eg if you
> don't have any wireless then turning off the wireless config services is
> ok). Some people have recommended turning off the virus scanner while
> working with MM - I don't do this myself (as I am always on line and
> will actually do other things while my movies are rendering _ though
> others would also recommend against this.
> Dont run other applications at the same time. ie don't rune explorer or
> mail (or news :-))
> 2. Defragment your drives if you havent already done this. Keep them
> defragmented with sufficient space to allow the AVI's to be stored as a
> contiguos file.
> 3. If you have the space try the AVI on your IDE drive - you don't need
> to store them there permanently....only while actually editing - the
> transfer rate of USB 2.0 is at best about 1/4 that of IDE/ata -100 and
> while IDE frequently approaches its specified performance, the same is
> not always true for USB. It may be that this is a straw breaking a
> camels back.
> I'm sorry I cant help any more than this but let me know how you get on.
> Another more radical alternative is to follow in the path of your
> namesakes :-).
> Rob
> luddite wrote:
> > Thanks for the post, Rob.
> >
> > I am capturing the video with a firewire connection, and my laptop is
> > connected to the external drive through a USB 2.0 port.
> >
> > The captured video plays perfectly in Real Player, so I doubt the problem
> > resides with the AVI file itself. When I try to edit it in MM (and Nero
> > Vision Express 3) I run into problems because the video is either choppy or
> > lags the audio. In MM, the video will sometimes not advance or it will
> > display video clips from several scenes prior. It makes me think that
> > somehow my computer lacks the capacity to edit AVI files, regardless of the
> > editing software package used.
> >
> > I have 512 RAM and a Pentium 1.4 Centrino processor, which I would think
> > would be enough...
> >
> >
> > "eeyore <"rob.pugh"@" <" wrote:
> >
> >
> >>Hi Luddite
> >>You may be experiencing performance problems due to the drive connection
> >>being USB rather than SATA or IDE.
> >>Is there any reason why you dont use MM? Once the files are saved as
> >>DV-AVI you can use MM to create a movie from them.
> >>
> >>Robdispla
> >>
> >>luddite wrote:
> >>
> >>>Thanks for the advice. I have bookmarked the posts so that I can refer to
> >>>them as I continue to make home movies.
> >>>
> >>>Since the post I invested in some hardware and now have the resources to
> >>>capture video in AVI Type II format.
> >>>
> >>>I wasn't able to store captured video on my external drive using MM. The
> >>>default was my C: drive and I couldn't locate where to change this. I tried
> >>>using Nero 6, which allows me to direct the captured AVI file to my roomy
> >>>external drive.
> >>>
> >>>My current problem is that the movie editing software for Nero (Nero Vision
> >>>Express 3) doesn't play the captured video continuously. Thus, as I play the
> >>>video and decide where to split frames, the video shows still frames every
> >>>second or so. Audio, however, plays continuously. I didn't have this
> >>>problem in MM.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>