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Prorgam loads slow?

Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2011, 12:43am

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Hi, I got this software for Christmas and have been eager to try it out. Unfortunately I've yet to do so. The program loads fine, but once I add clips or do anything (such as adding special effects), the preview image freezes for a good 10 seconds before rendering the frame. Then if I open the lightsaber example file, and I try to play it on the LOWEST setting for preview, it takes a good 4 minutes to go through each frame and load it.

I use Windows Vista Sp2 16bit with a AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor and 3 GB RAM. My hard drive is about 70-75% full so I'm wondering if that has something to do with it. I noticed many tutorials with Windows Vista and it's full Aero interface so I know it's not Vista.

And I have other moving editing programs that work just fine.
Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2011, 1:20am

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Are you preview rendering? What quality do you have the Canvas set to: what resolution is your footage? How complex are the effects in these frames?

There are lots of things that slowness could be related to, those being the main ones. This knowledgebase article discusses preview rendering and how it works. This one discusses the canvas quality, which can be adjusted to increase speed within the program.
Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2011, 1:33am

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Yes that does help a bit. I drag anything onto the preview and it takes seconds to show it. I've yet to even start editing videos because of the time it takes to display each frame. This surprises me as my other programs don't need to do that even with high quality preview.

I have everything on the lowest quality setting.
Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2011, 2:05am

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Yeah, VisionLab isn't a real-time program. The nature of creating visual effects is that things need to be rendered in order to preview them, and while it is true that some basic processes should be able to be handled in real-time by the latest tech, VisionLab uses one consistent method throughout, that things need to be rendered before you can view them. Even with full 1920 HD footage, though, it should be less than a second per frame to render just the video clip for playback. As you add effects or composite in other video, this will slow down.
Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2011, 3:50pm

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Well this seems to make things that much more difficult. If I add a special effect, I have to let it render first. Then if I make any slight adjustment, I have to wait another few seconds. And I've seen tutorials on youtube where the rendering takes a split second, unless I'm not understanding something here. Also, my program freezes each time it renders.
Posted: Mon, 10th Jan 2011, 10:25am

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This does sound odd - the lightsaber example project should only take ~10 seconds to preview render at Full quality, so it certainly shouldn't take 4 minutes (I wasn't sure whether the 4 minutes we per frame or for the whole project).

Did you install the software to the default location, and are you running it from an administrator account?
Posted: Tue, 11th Jan 2011, 10:19pm

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I figured it shouldn't have taken that long. It takes a good 30 seconds to do ANYTHING and that's not counting it freezing. I think it's because I have too many programs on my computer and/or that it isn't powerful enough. But I see Vista tutorials, like I said, where it renders each change seconds after they do so.

Yes, actually I installed the trial version, uninstalled it, got it for Christmas, installed the program that was linked to via email, got the package in the mail, overrode the package over the email one (as i hadn't done anything, I was fine doing that), and it has done the same thing. It did the same with the trial/demo version as well.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Feb 2011, 1:20am

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And as it turns out, my computer isn't powerful enough to run it. I installed it on my laptop and it loaded as I thought it should.