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Timeline will not play smoothly

Explorer ,
Oct 20, 2021 Oct 20, 2021

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I have 2017 imac. 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4, Radeon Pro 580 8 GB

but soon as i add a few video tracks or add a couple of effects , the only way i can watch the timeline playback is to do a render.

This slows done my editing incredibly as I have to render evey time I want to watch, even one minor adjustment.

Is my system too slow or am I missing something?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 20, 2021 Oct 20, 2021

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Need more details. What kind of footage? Codec? Frame rate? Resolution? Bitrate? CFR or VFR? 

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Type: MPEG Movie File Size: 816.85 MB Image Size: 3840 x 2160 Frame Rate: 24.00 Source Audio Format: 48000 Hz - 16-bit - Mono Project Audio Format: 48000 Hz - 32 bit floating point - Mono Total Duration: 00:01:29:19 Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0 Alpha: None Video Codec Type: AVCHD H.264 4:2:0 Variable Frame Rate Detected

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 20, 2021 Oct 20, 2021

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Variable Frame Rate Detected

 

There's your problem. Run this through Handbrake to a non VFR format, reimport/replace your footage in Premere. Should have better performance

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Explorer ,
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thanks- I had no idea of this. will give it a go.

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Thanks Jeff

but it seems to me that this will degrade the quailty of the footage.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 21, 2021 Oct 21, 2021

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Transcodes always technically degrade the footage, but with the correct bitrate/export settings, you can make it so the degradation isn't visible.

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Oct 21, 2021 Oct 21, 2021

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I convertered the files and I still have the same issue.

convertered to:

Type: MPEG Movie File Size: 47.75 MB Image Size: 1080 x 1920 Frame Rate: 25.00 Source Audio Format: 44100 Hz - Compressed - Stereo Project Audio Format: 44100 Hz - 32 bit floating point - Stereo Total Duration: 00:01:10:10 Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0 Alpha: None Video Codec Type: AVCHD H.264 4:2:0

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 21, 2021 Oct 21, 2021

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You went from

Size: 3840 x 2160 Frame Rate: 24.00

To 

Size: 1080 x 1920 Frame Rate: 25.0

 

Why? 

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Oct 21, 2021 Oct 21, 2021

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Cause I'm guessing what to do.

My sequence is 25 as I have various video files,

 

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it happpens ever time I edit no matter what the footage is.

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 21, 2021 Oct 21, 2021

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For best results, kym, create proxies using one of the Cineform or QuickTime ProRes LT options.

I like to avoid proxies and merely transcode all VFR footage to ProRes LT directly in the free app, Shutter Encoder. Like Handbrake, but with pro options for transcoding. It's like chopping up the veg before you start cooking. These files have a large file size, but no matter, you can delete these after your project is uploaded or handed off. The H.264 files serve as your backup media.

Try this advice with a test project to get the hang of it. I bet you'll be glad you did.

Thanks,
Kevin

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