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Thread: HD video making Vegas 8.0 operate VERY slowly.

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    Default HD video making Vegas 8.0 operate VERY slowly.

    I captured the video off my Samsung HMX-H200 HD camcorder through the built-in program, IntelliStudio. I have an hour of footage that came out to a whopping 7+GB. When I play the video on its own through QuickTime, the framerate is fine. But when I open these files in the Vegas Pro 8 explorer, trimmer, or timeline, the preview goes at a very low framerate and the program as a whole operates like a turtle. I already tried changing the preview settings to Draft and whatnot.

    What can I do to make this program work well with the HD footage?

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    Also, I've tried exporting the video files off of my laptop's internal HDD to an external HD that has 800 open gigs. The files are currently in MP4 format.
    Last edited by TKendrick; 01-25-2011 at 05:33 AM.

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    You don't say what codec the media is but I'd guess the problem is the spec of your laptop.
    Playing what you have in the timeline in Vegas in a preview window is very different from simply playing back in a media player program. I don't know specifically in what ways it's different, but it is. Vegas is not a media player, it's a non-linear editor. Lots of different things want the coputer's resources.
    Most people would recommend at least a quad core for HD.
    Incidentally to put the size of the file into pesrpective: a 1 hour Standard Def file is approx 13GB. So it just shows you how much compression is going on (which the PC has to decompress) with HD.

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    My laptop is built for this type of use, though.

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    That may be so but the proof is in the pudding, or something like that.

    If you reduce the preview quality it may run smoother.

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