More Home Movie Woes

I did some more work cutting together home movies on Media Composer software over the weekend. And I discovered that the “stop delay” is even worse than I thought. With standard def 14:1 media (PAL) the problem is relatively subtle (picture stops precisely, audio continues to play for two frames). But with Firewire-acquired DV the delay is much longer — four or five frames, picture and sound. It’s just downright impossible to cut accurately this way. You have to noodle every cut and there’s no such thing as working reflexively and feeling a cut point. Simple trims take twice as long as they should (the delay seems to be worse in trim mode).

Maybe this is because my master clips are an hour long. I don’t know. But I do know that this ought to be fixed pronto.

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4 Comments on “More Home Movie Woes”

  1. Bill Says:

    Are you on an Intel Mac Steve?
    From what I understand the code in the PPC version is very much a port from the PC world and so suffers. I have just installed 2.7 on my MacBook Pro running the unsupported 10.4.9 (Avid support 10.4.8) and PAL DV over firewire was very snappy and responsive. Clips were much shorter than yours but I think answer may be that to regain that snappiness an Intel Mac now running native code may be the costly answer. BTW have only dabbled with this so far so it may well find some way to fall over but I like it so far.

  2. Steve Says:

    It’s a 1.5 Ghz G4 Aluminum laptop. Heck, that ought to be fast enough to stop promptly, but maybe not.

  3. Bill Says:

    You’d think it would be fast enough.

    Gee v5 Avid on a 64k mac running OS 5 (or whatever) was better than what you are describing. Somehow I think Avid lost its way when it meandered off the Mac and onto the PC. Of course there was a fair bit of hardware there to help as well, now we are software only and lots of ported code.

  4. Steve Says:

    Exactly — ABVB Avids stopped more precisely than any recent Media Composer I’ve tried — with or without hardware.

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