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  • Premiere Pro 1.5 Playback Stutter Issue with Canopus DVStorm 2 Pro

    Posted by Robert on April 8, 2005 at 3:45 am

    I have encountered a problem with playing back both clips that I capture and import into Premiere 1.5 If I play them in Windows Media Player then they play correctly. I believe I have narrowed the problem down to an issue with the Canopus Premiere Plugin.

    If I set the Editing Mode for the project to “DV playback” then the clips play correctly in the preview monitor and off the timeline.

    If I set the Editing Mode for the project to “Canopus Realtime DV” then the clips stutter when they play. The video and audio play slower and jerky. I have noticed that the time counters frame counter (last numbers) are running slower then they normally do. If I take the same clip and create a project set to “DV playback” then it plays correctly and the frame counter runs at the normal speed (numbers change quickly).

    I have installed the Premiere 1.5.1 update, tried the Canopus 1.51 Premiere Pro plugin, tried the Canopus 1.53 Premiere Pro plugin, updated sound card and video drivers, installed the DVStorm drivers from the CD and the latest drivers from the website. Basically, I have update all the drivers I can think of. I’ve also gone as far as making sure the hard drive is running in DMA mode. I have also taken screenshots from a working PC running Premiere Pro and Canopus DVStorm2 and the problem still exists. I tried a reinstall of the OS and Premiere and still have not been able to resolve the problem.

    As I mentioned, when the Editing Mode is set to “DV Playback” then the playback is fine, but the editor who will be using this PC that I am setting up needs to be able to output to a VCR, view the video on a TV monitor, or output to a DVD deck. However when the project is set to “DV Playback”, the Canopus break out box doesn’t output video through the S-video / composite video out jacks. So that is the reason, why I need to get this working when the editing mode is set to “Canopus Realtime DV”.

    The only thing I can think of to do next is to try running Premiere Pro rather then Premiere Pro 1.5 (or patching it to 1.5.1). I have read posts on the Adobe website as well as the Canopus website, but none of the posts I came across contained anything information that resolved my problem.

    I’m open to any suggestions anyone may have.

    Just in case… here are the PC specs: Xeon 3.2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, NVidia Quadro FX 1300 video card, SoundMax Integrated audio, 30GB primary drive (OS, programs), and 300GB drive (Premiere project scratch disk. I’ve tried even seperating the captured video/audio folders to a seperate subfolder then the preview audio/video and conformed audio). The PC is a new build running XP Pro with SP1 (I have also tried SP2).

    Steve Bradbury replied 18 years, 5 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Aanarav Sareen

    April 8, 2005 at 4:52 am

    I have not used an external card for a year or so, but from what I have read on various forums, it looks like Canopus has not been keeping up with driver updates. Can you post some screenshots of your project settings and preferences? Maybe we can analyze it better by looking at pictures.

  • Robert

    April 8, 2005 at 6:49 am


    I’ve taken several screenshots of the project settings and the preferences. You should be able to get to them by going to ftp://adobe:premiere@

    In the main folder there are 4 screenshots. Two are from when I try to use “Canopus Realtime DV” for the Editing Mode and I encounter the problem of the video/audio stuttering and the frame counter running slow.

    The other two pictures are when I use “DV Playback” and everthing plays as it should (frame counter runs normally / frame counter numbers change quickly). Since this isn’t using the Canopus plugin, I’m not able to output video/sound through the breakout box output jacks, which I need to be able to do.

    The New Project folder has all the settings for a project. Between the two projects types, everything is the same except for the Editing Mode setting. I just change the setting in the dropdown and it either works or doesn’t work correctly.

    The Preferences folder has screenshots of the preference settings.

    Hope this helps. As you hinted, I am starting to suspect that Canopus’s drivers and Premiere plugin are not up to date and are probably the cause. I have the latest downloads of each and the stutter problem exists. Installing the Premiere Pro 1.5.1 update didn’t make a difference either.

    When I get to work tomorrow, I think I may uninstall everthing and load the older Premiere Pro (not 1.5) software, and use the previous drivers and plugins I used on another PC that has Premiere Pro and DVStorm 2 installed and working. I haven’t had this problem until I tried to use Premiere Pro 1.5 and DVStorm 2 Pro. The more I look into this problem the more I suspect that the two have issues even though they are bundled together.

    Thanks for looking into this and I look forward to your suggestions or anyone else’s.

  • Blast1

    April 8, 2005 at 10:25 am

    Have you tried contacting Canopus tech support and working with them on your problem? They sometimes have more info on newer computer system configuration/combinations than is available on forums.

  • Steve Bradbury

    April 8, 2005 at 11:17 am


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