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Anthony VamvakitisBest sequence settings for editing H.264
by on Sep 23, 2015 at 5:36:54 pm

Using Premiere Pro to edit h.264 5D footage. It was my understanding that Premiere Pro can edit it natively, and it can (well, sort of), but it is definitely sticky going through the timeline and as the sequence grows to 3 minutes, is getting more unstable.

Any suggestions to get smoother jogging through clips and sequences? I'm using an eSata connection and have done Alexa footage on it before without issue so I don't think it's my system.

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Warren EigRe: Best sequence settings for editing H.264
by on Sep 23, 2015 at 6:41:58 pm

On a Mac, convert to ProRes. You'll also avoid constant recompression and bending in effects you apply.

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Anthony VamvakitisRe: Best sequence settings for editing H.264
by on Sep 23, 2015 at 6:48:42 pm

Thanks, Warren. Unfortunately on this project there's too much footage and not enough time.

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Andrew KimeryRe: Best sequence settings for editing H.264
by on Sep 23, 2015 at 6:59:56 pm

You can edit natively but working with h.264 is more taxing than on the CPU than, say, ProRes. If transcoding isn't an option then trying reducing the playback quality to 1/2. Also make use all the cache files (which PPro accesses a lot) are on a fast drive too.


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Anthony VamvakitisRe: Best sequence settings for editing H.264
by on Sep 23, 2015 at 7:25:08 pm

Thanks, Andrew. The note about the cache was useful. They were on my boot disk so I switched them to the G-raid with eSata connection. Hoping that helps.

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Anthony VamvakitisRe: Best sequence settings for editing H.264
by on Sep 23, 2015 at 7:36:07 pm

By the way, any suggestions on timeline settings, or does that not matter. Doesn't seem to but thought I'd ask. I'm coming from FCP where that really mattered.

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Andrew KimeryRe: Best sequence settings for editing H.264
by on Sep 23, 2015 at 7:46:03 pm

[Anthony Vamvakitis] "By the way, any suggestions on timeline settings, or does that not matter. Doesn't seem to but thought I'd ask. I'm coming from FCP where that really mattered."

Timeline setting, as least as far picking a codec goes, only impacts your preview files (what FCP called render files). For example, if you choose DNxHD as your timeline codec then when you render an effect the render file will be in DNxHD.


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Shane RossRe: Best sequence settings for editing H.264
by on Sep 23, 2015 at 8:41:02 pm

Timeline settings aren't the issue, and won't affect playback. It's the source footage that's causing the slowdown. Solutions for that are more RAM, GPU that enables the Mercury engine and fast processors. Adobe solves the "working native" by throwing resources at it...RAM, Processors, GPU.

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