Strange HDV problem with Adobe Premiere Pro CS3

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      I need to edit some HDV footage with Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, but have discovered to my dismay that my laptop is not up to the task.
      The laptop has a Pentium M 1.86Ghz with 2GB of RAM – perfectly adequate for a 3-camera shoot in standard definition, but plays HDV at the rate of about one frame every 15 seconds. I am looking for a way to convert the footage to a lower quality, edit it, and then replace the low quality footage with HDV.

      Now here’s the strange part. I did some experimenting. I rendered a minute of HDV footage to lower quality. I placed it into an HDV sequence and discovered that it would still only play at the rate of one frame every five seconds or so – with no effects, transitions, or anything. However, in the program monitor, it would play perfectly. 😕 I tried MPEG2 and H.264 with identical results.

      If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would really appreciate it!


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      Try using Cineform Aspect HD to get better performance by converting HDV to a less compressed editing format: you can find the trial download at the following link:

      Also make sure your laptop hard drive isn’t full and try running a defragmentation utility on it. HDV by nature is difficult to edit on older computers, but it shouldn’t be as slow as what you described.

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