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Craig Thomas Quinlan
Re: dropped frames warning/now not playing
on May 13, 2009 at 5:31:59 pm

There are at least a dozen things that could be causing your issues. The obvious one: is this Western Digital your internal sata drive running your OS? If so, there's part of your problem. Never run media from the same drive as your OS. Regardless of whether or not it's your internal OS drive or an external firewire drive, it's almost completely full, which reduces throughput drastically and causes dropped frames. Copy all of your media to your 2 TB drive and work from that.

Second, what format are you cutting on? If you're trying to cut several streams at anything higher than DVCPROHD, firewire drives will drop frames all over the place. You've got slightly more headroom with internal sata drives. Make sure your storage can handle the bandwidth of your source material.

Definitely add more RAM to your machine if you want to do serious editing. 1GB is not nearly enough.

Lastly, try separating your cache files and your media files. Send thumbnail cache, waveform cache and autosave vault to a separate drive from your media. This alleviates causing your drives to simultaneously deal with hundreds of tiny file transactions (cache files) and large sequential transactions (video), which can lower overall throughput and cause dropped frames.


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