Any thoughts

Dan Sherman wrote on 7/15/2011, 5:18 AM
Have a day of over-the-shoulder editing and the project likes to hourglass and show a white screen when called upon the play.
This is freezing really, or hanging.
After a long time the project may begin to play or maybe not.
One thing I have noticed is that when loading there is a long delay at about 82%.
Does that information offer a clue?




kairosmatt wrote on 7/15/2011, 9:37 AM
What version of Vegas are you on?

How are you're hard drives? Are you using any externals? Hard drives seem to affect playback performance.

Does the freeze happen on any particular media? Or type of media? Or media location? That could also be what the slowdown is at 82%-difficulty reading something specific.

Dan Sherman wrote on 7/18/2011, 6:37 AM
Moved some of the content from an external HDD to an on board drive.
Things seemed to be going OK for a time.
At least the project loaded, rather than hanging at 82%.
But within a few minutes the hour glassing started again along with white screening.
I see some sections of the project are "media offline".
I have an editing session with a client in two hours and am at a loss for a solution.
Stymied here, any help appreciated.
Tom Pauncz wrote on 7/18/2011, 6:41 AM
Lots of things can effect playback - as you know.

What version of Vegas???
Lots of FX?????
Have you matched project to the media???
What's you preview set to?????

I am available if you want to talk it out? 416 929 3805

Dan Sherman wrote on 7/18/2011, 7:03 AM
Thanks Tom.
Using Vegas 10e.
Not heavy with FX.
Media set to 720X1280.
But there are some SD segments, but I understand that shouldn't be an issue.

Tom Pauncz wrote on 7/18/2011, 7:06 AM
Noticed your camera was a DVX100 in your profile. Are you up-res'ing?
Does your project match the predominant media?
What is your Dynamic Ram for Preview set to??
Grazie wrote on 7/18/2011, 7:08 AM
What is "720X1280"?

What are your project Settings?

Have you mixed SD into HD project?

Maybe you need to audit exactly what it is your are dealing with and set your project to the majority, and either UPscale or DOWNscale the remainder.

Something is choking VEgas, most likely it'll be the Media types mixed in.

Your machine is right on the edge of a comfort zone, I know I've been there and that was with ONLY 2gb of RAM.


Dan Sherman wrote on 7/18/2011, 9:38 AM
You made a number of suggestions.
Don't know if it was one of those or a combination, but the project is running smoothly now.
Many thanks for your generosity is sharing your knowledge, Tom.
Tom Pauncz wrote on 7/18/2011, 10:07 AM
Anytime Dan. Glad it worked out.
Laurence wrote on 7/18/2011, 6:12 PM
I will get exactly this problem if I do a longer project with a couple of hundred long GOP clips. That is the main reason I always smart-render my HDV raw footage into larger chunks with markers (using .mxf with uncompressed audio). For some reason, Vegas handles a few large clips way better than it does many smaller clips, at least with mpeg2 compression. On a trailing edge computer like mine it makes a HUGE difference.