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Why I'll Never Become A Producer II

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2007 at 00:00
It seems that the gods have not taken heed of my video editing complaints and so yet another afternoon of my life has been all but wasted trying to wrestle a relatively small amount of video into its proper places.

The only difference this time round is that now I am using a decent piece of software. Adobe Premier Pro 7 to be precise. Sadly though, the more professional the software, the more disappointing it is when you can't get it to work properly.

At its most basic level the problem is, and always has been, that you can't easily edit 15Gb of video on a computer with 1Gb of memory, more than half of which is taken up by the operating system. It simply isn't physically possible. Unfortunately the program itself isn't doing a very good job of working round this problem, since it simply isn't possible to get 15Gb of RAM in a home computer and it never has been.

The result is picture quality of a variable nature and audio that trails along several seconds behind the video in any clips over 5 minutes in length. Given that the total edit is two hours long, it perhaps isn't surprising to discover that most of the clips fall into this category.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, so unless a solution presents itself pretty sharpish, expect a few more posts on the subject before I give up all together.

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