Fast feature-length movie editing under Windows?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by disposable0005, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. I want to take feature length movies (~700mb avi usually encoded with
    Divx), take clips from them, and string them together into a single
    movie. I've often used Adobe Premiere for editing short 2-3 min
    movies, but I've found that for working with large files, Premiere
    seems to be extremely unstable and very very slow. Crashes are common,
    and when it doesn't crash, it seems to grind to a halt periodically,
    even when I don't introduce rendered transitions of any kind. The
    result has been exceedingly frustrating.

    Any idea what am I doing wrong? In general, is Premiere what I should
    be using for this task? Is it that I'm missing some special hardware?
    I'm not much of a movie maker, and the #1 criteria for me is time: if
    I have to wait 45 seconds every time I do anything for the system to
    chug away, I'm just going to give up and try again in a few years.

    My system specs are:

    1.3 Ghz Athlon
    XP Pro
    Premiere 6.5
    lots and lots of free disk space on relatively high rpm drive.
    ATI All-In-Wonder 9600 video card

    Thank you so much for any advice.
    disposable0005, Mar 29, 2005
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  2. Well, one thing I notice is you say "Premiere Pro" in the body of your post
    but you list Premiere 6.5 in your stat list. They are distinctly different
    and shouldn't be confused one for the other.

    I have Premiere Pro and have edited an entire wedding video (2+hours). It
    was way over two hours because I had to trim away frames to get it on the
    DVD. Never had a slowdown never had a crash.

    I work in the basement and sometimes my wife would call me upstairs to help
    with something. I'd forget what I was doing and leave PP running for like
    three days, never crashed - ever.

    Of course, like I said I have a different version than you. I also have a
    faster machine that you list above. I have an Athlon 3000+ with 1 Gig of

    One thing I know to check is where are your scratch drives? You should put
    them on different physical drives. Having both the primary and secondary
    scratch drives on the same drive defeats their purpose. Besides, who
    doesn't need an excuse to get another 200 Gig drive for $80?

    Tom P.
    Henry Padilla, Mar 29, 2005
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  3. disposable0005

    nap Guest

    Premiere Pro is the most stable NLE I have ever had. And I own all of
    them..except Vegas. FCP, AVID XpressDV, etc...

    For long form or commercial..

    Remember.. if you really are using Premiere Pro you need to have enough
    space somewhere for the conformed audio , which can be many gigs.. many many
    nap, Mar 29, 2005
  4. Well I am just finishing up a 2 hour movie with premiere Pro 1.5. And I
    started work on roughs back in Version 6.5 with no problems. Now I also use
    a Canopus Storm 2 board. And I do not use DIVIX either. What kind of system
    are you running? All this is under XP of course since Pro doesn't work under
    any other OS. And on A P 4 as opposed to athalon system. I have 1 .4
    Terabyte of attached storage. Some raided some not. Also my Graphic cards
    are all iNvida. Also all DV format original material not movie copies.

    R. Michael Walker, Mar 30, 2005
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