I'm using Sony Vegas 8 to create a video of my winter holiday last year. The video consists of a large amount of video clips (recorded with a camera) and a few high quality pictures here and there.
The total length of the video is about an hour I think. I used Vegas in the past to create videos even longer than that, but now I am having trouble...
Vegas keeps crashing on me frequently (well, all the time really). Sometimes it will display a very generic message like "An Exception has occured.", sometimes it will crash and windows will show the 'send an error report' dialog, and sometimes it simply disappears completely without the slightest hint of any error.
I can't really pin down the problem, but the crashing seems to occur in a few different circumstances.
The first is when I try to preview my video. If I let the project load completely, for a long time, making sure that the preview window has displayed each picture and video at least once (so basically, I have to manually walk through the entire timeline so every media element is loaded), then it plays fine. But if I don't do this, it will play up until where the timeline goes out of view, try to scroll the timeline and load the media elements that came into view, fail, and crash, with a lot of rumbling of my PC like it's really trying hard not to crash, but failing...
It also often crashes when I am trying to 'select' (I mean, put the marker on the timeline) a picture. Again, it will try to load the picture in the preview window, fail, and crash.
This is getting really annoying now, I can't work on this project anymore because every time I try so much as select a media element, Vegas crashes...
I got the main video basically ready, but I made an intro movie as a separate project. I'm trying to add that in now, but I simply can't because as soon as I do anything, it crashes on me...
I know you are probably going to say that my PC is not up to the job. But as I said, I've worked on projects this scale before without problems. Still, for the record, my PC has 2GB of ram and an Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 CPU. Nothing too fancy but I think it should work...
Oh, also I'm running Windows 7 professional.
Anyway, what I'm looking for really is for some tips on how to deal with this.
Can I split the project into parts, but still render it as a single video? Or should I render the two parts separately, put them back into Vegas and render them again as a whole? That would probably give me really bad quality due to the two rendering passes so I'm trying to avoid that.
Or is there anything I can do to give Vegas more CPU resources or something? Any other ways to deal with crashes..?
Thanks for any help.
This is getting ridiculous... It's now crashing randomly. Even when just scrolling in the timeline, or just now when I was resizing the window... I can't hold out more than 30 seconds in vegas unless I don't touch my mouse and keyboard.
I managed to finish my intro in a different project, now all I need to do is remove the unfinished intro from the real project and paste in the new one, then render it and I can be done with this crap. Seriously, some basic error handling was too much to ask?
Sorry I'm just getting pissed off when an application crashes for no reason ALL THE TIME.