Pinnacle Studio and WinDV freeze up after long idle period, can'teven end with Task Manager

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Doc, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. Doc

    Doc Guest

    Have run into an odd problem I've never encountered before. Under an
    install of XP Pro SP3, I find that if Pinnacle Studio 9 sits idle for
    a long period ("long" being undetermined at this point) I find it
    freezes up and can neither use it or close it down, even with Task
    Manager. Have to hit the reset button and reboot. Have never
    encountered this before. As it so happens this is the only machine
    running XP pro I've had it on, had it on XP Home and Media Center
    before this. When it's working initially it works fine. Will capture,
    edit, make a DVD.

    I thought it might be an issue with Pinnacle so I loaded WinDV but am
    finding the same issue, so it seems it's related to whatever
    commonality there is between them.

    The other thing I notice is the machine falls into a state where it
    shows 50% use of the processor on a Core2 Duo system.

    Anyone else encountered this and found a way around it?

    Thanks.
     
    Doc, Feb 8, 2011
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  2. Doc

    Brian Guest

    It sounds like your computer is going into sleep mode. You may have to
    check the BIOS settings on your computer. It could be that the hard
    drives are powering down into standby mode and are failing to wake up,
    it's also a energy saving mode, especially if you have Green Western
    Digital hard drives on your computer. Most of this can be fixed by
    finding the standby (or power saver) settings in your bios and
    changing them so the computer does not go into standby mode.

    I'd also suggest closing down programs running in the background that
    you don't need. If a program in the background pop's up a window
    wanting the user to click on a button in the window then this can
    cause the computer to appear to lock up. The pop-up window can be
    hidden by the screen of Pinnacle Studio.

    Most video editors use space on the hard drive when writing temporary
    files such as partly rendering a video. Make sure you have enough hard
    disc space and enough computer memory. Check the minimum requirements
    for Pinnacle Studio. Also check for Pinnacle Studio updates.

    Regards Brian
     
    Brian, Feb 8, 2011
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  3. Doc

    Doc Guest


    I don't think so, I can bring up and use other apps which of course
    require the involvement of the C drive, these just get frozen.
     
    Doc, Feb 8, 2011
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  4. Doc

    ushere Guest

    take the cover off and check to see if cpu, psu and all other fans are
    free and clear of dust.
    sounds like cutting out due to overheating.
     
    ushere, Feb 8, 2011
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  5. Doc

    GMAN Guest

    No, the slowdown sounds more like the "Intel Speedstep technology" kicking in

    http://www.intel.com/support/processors/sb/cs-028855.htm


    The crashing is due to the fact that Pinnacle 9 and just about every other
    version of Pinnacle has been buggy as hell.

    They are already at 14 with 15 comeing shortly.
     
    GMAN, Feb 8, 2011
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  6. I agree, in a sense: I gave up on Pinnacle somewhere around version 8,
    so I can't report from any direct experience with later versions - and I
    like it that way :)
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 8, 2011
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    Bob CP Guest

    For me, Pinnacle became more-or-less usable around V9.5. It seems like
    there is no Beta testing except by people who actually buy the product,
    so it takes about 9 months for them to get something stable... I'm
    using Sony Vegas now, with about 1% of the crashes.
     
    Bob CP, Feb 8, 2011
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  8. Doc

    Brian Guest

    After all these years Pinnacle is still buggy. I remember people
    having problems with Pinnacle crashing on this newsgroup a long time
    ago.

    Regards Brian
     
    Brian, Feb 9, 2011
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  9. Doc

    gargoyle60 Guest

    I have often had Pinnacle fail writing DVD data jobs, only slightly less fragile than Nero.
    This only happened when I used Imation DVD-RW discs, other DVD discs seem to work fine, so I'm
    assuming it was the media rather than Pinnacle. Still a pain though.
     
    gargoyle60, Feb 10, 2011
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  10. Doc

    choro Guest

    Pain where? ;-)

    And what do you mean, Pinnacle is "only slightly less fragile than
    Nero". I used Nero for donkey's years and it never ever let me down.

    Using Roxio now with my new Win7 machine. Haven't decided whether it is
    equally as good as Nero yet. I doubt that it is better than Nero as Nero
    never let me down, as I've already pointed out.

    Know nothing about Pinnacle though as I've never used it.
     
    choro, Feb 10, 2011
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  11. Doc

    gargoyle60 Guest

    ....in the sense that with the Imation DVD-RWs Nero also used to fail to write, even though the discs
    passed all the analysis tests according to some of the Nero tools/utilities.

    Apart from those failures, rarely has Nero let me down, although it sometimes cannot perform a full
    erase on some of my CD-RW discs.
     
    gargoyle60, Feb 10, 2011
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    Voltaire Guest

    My God, someone actually still uses those? [:)>
     
    Voltaire, Feb 12, 2011
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    Patok Guest

    Duh. What do *you* use?
     
    Patok, Feb 12, 2011
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  14. I use cork disks for my beer glasses. The CD-RWs have a hole, so the
    table-top can get wet.
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 12, 2011
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    Brian Guest

    Someone should write a book on the uses of faulty DVD/CD discs.
    Has anyone found a use for the containers that blank discs come in?

    Regards Brian
     
    Brian, Feb 12, 2011
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  16. Doc

    Voltaire Guest

    I use USB thumb drives. My favorite are the ones that hold SD cards.
    I usually keep one in my pocket that has a 32G card slid into it. I
    found the CD-RW disks would slit my pants in a few weeks or so.

    ([:>}
     
    Voltaire, Feb 13, 2011
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  17. Doc

    Patok Guest

    Oh. So your DVD player takes thumb drives? :) And then of course I misread
    your post. I thought you were questioning Nero and Pinnacle, while in fact it
    was the CD-RW disks. With *that* sentiment I can agree.
     
    Patok, Feb 13, 2011
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  18. Doc

    Voltaire Guest

    I would have thought by now all DVDs would have been rendered
    completely obsolete. Movies can be downloaded for rental or purchase.
    Swapping videos can be done better using memory cards that are more
    reliable, quicker and cheaper if you consider they are reusable and
    the time it takes for a burn. My Netbook only has a slot for SD card.
    I have never missed not having a CD/DVD drive. Most of my video
    content is uploaded to YouTube in high def. I watch Blu-Ray on my
    desktop player with 3-D coming next. Now if we can convince the
    viewers of the wedding events and such to go memory card the world
    will be a much better place to view.
     
    Voltaire, Feb 13, 2011
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  19. OTOH, you'd have to also convince a certain 95-yr old friend of mine as
    well.

    She still has and uses a VCR...But she has a BD player too (a gift from
    her daughter).
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 14, 2011
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  20. LOL

    But I bet the real reason was all the people that kept asking "Do you
    like me, or is that a CD-RW in your pocket?"...
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 14, 2011
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