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Problems viewing video files

By miki_pet ·
I have a real problem viewing analog captured videos:
I have a 1.5G P4 (INTEL), 2X45G IBM HDs, Asus 7700 deluxe, 512 Rdram, DV firewire card and miro DC30 card.
Using WinMe.
I'm using a DC30 miro capture card (Pinnacle) - the worst cardI know - for a price of 620$ ...
I'm using it for capturing from a VCR, helped by AVI_IO software.
The DC30 has no drivers for Win2k or XP, so I have to make "chops" of about 2G, put them on the time line of Prem 6.01, and

from there - after editing - back to the VCR. In this case, AVI_IO real helps me, because it divides the movie up to 100 x 2G

- so I can capture a movie WITHOUT DROP FRAMES - about 12G - 14G per hour.
My main purpose was (and still is) to edit wedding clips or movies.
Here I got my first problem: after capturing - whether with AVI_IO or Pinnacle's software - when I want to see on my monitor

the movie, I don't get a smooth motion - it stops for about 2 mS every second, and it looks like a robot move. I tried to

watch the clips with PowerDVD, AsusDVD, with the Playa or the Windows software - the same result.
Only with Premiere's player I see a smooth motion - so I can record it to the VCR.
I found that it works well with an "oldie" program named SMARTCAP - but in a small screen.
The only think that I can figure out is that somehow VFW is controling some (most?) of the programs,
and maybe is not affecting other, like Premiere 6 player.
Now I got a new idea - to try to record a movie for watching on a CDR
- as I've seen some movies downloaded from the internet on 2 - 3 CDS.
As I understood, they were converted to Mpeg2 - or Mpeg4.

I don't know anyone who is in "video business" - so what I'm doing is "hunting in the dark"...
I'llbe very thankful for any help.

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by b_t_adams In reply to Problems viewing video fi ...


If your video stutters when you are playing it back it may be a problem with bandwith (the max rate of data that can be read off your PC's Hard Drive) if you are using the default Cinepak Codec and Uncompressed audio, I wouldn't be surprised if you are having problems. I have a 80 GB NTFS RAID Hard Drive Array that I use for editing (I had an ATI All in Wonder 128 and now an All in Wonder Radeon 8500DV). Before there was Support in Windows 2000 for capture in my device I had to also Capture via WinME. I ran a dual boot system so I could capture in ME and edit in 2000. I don't know if you care to do this but it might be beneficial.

What you might want to do is head over to and download the Divx 4.12bundle and install it. Then capture using this codec instead (check in your capture prog's configuration) or capture in AVI CinePak (or whatever you like eg. MPEG2) and use Divx as the Codec for your output from Premiere. In 6 before you start working on your proj do a custom Project, under the Video Drop down select DivX Codec 4.02 under compressor, change the other settings to your likeing. When you compile your final project, it ought not stutter as the compression does not rely on real-time decompression and read speed.

As for differences between MPEG2 and MPEG4.
I have noticed that MPEG4 aka DivX handles low motion things such as text and on screen graphics much better.

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