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  • Aaron Star

    October 4, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I would try converting some footage to XAVC Intra MXF format and see if that play back is smoother. Camera formats are not always the best to edit in. Sounds like there is a problem with the .MOV encoding that Fuji is doing.

    What I have found with Vegas is that certain file formats, and codecs are more optimized for GPU playback. You may need to try a couple. If you are seeing skips or … after the FPS indicator, then the format is not fully rendering in time for smooth playback.

    With Vegas 13 and AMD GPU with good OpenCL Floating point scores is best. Vegas 15+ seems to utilize more NVENC functions for playback, so make sure to understand how NVENC versions support different video standards/sizes/desired color depths and concurrent streams.

  • Aaron Star

    August 4, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    NVME for the OS.

    SATA for the working or project media.

    If your OS NVME is large enough to work your project from, try working your active project from the NVME drive. If your SATA drive is SSD and can saturate the interface speed, that will be about as good as you get.

    If your system is a Desktop/workstation case, you may have a spare CPU SIDE 4x or 8X PCIe slot available to install an NVME to PCIe adapter, and host the additional NVME drive that way. Be careful installing any add-on card to any additional 16x slot, as this may cut your bandwidth to your GPU in half, as the add on card shares PCIe lanes.

    The main reason you want NVME is the massive parallel I/O. SATA is a half duplex technology, where it can either be reading of writing, but not both at the same time. NVME can perform multiple reads and writes at the same time.

  • Aaron Star

    July 22, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Vegas 15 may or may not have that script included anymore. You will have to do your own research on that. I do not have Vegas 15 loaded anymore.

    If you want to convert say .MOV or another format the script above will use Vegas to render an alternate format. If you choose a good format to convert to, you will not see any loss of quality. Sometimes converting all your media from devices like phones can allow for more stable and fluid editing.

    If you are good with Command Line apps like FFMPEG, then you can write a command that will re-wrap your video file into another file format that may be more compatible with Vegas. Certain formats like some .MOV are not supported well in Vegas. There are technical reasons for this. Re-wrapping your media is a fast and lossless conversion, as you are just taking the AV data and writing it to another file format.

  • Aaron Star

    April 7, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Any thing is possible in Vegas, but you may have to do some stuff manually. Aftereffects comes with a bunch of pre-canned effects that makes things easy.

    Here is one way you could replicate this effect, then apply that effect to other vegas titles. I am not a big fan of 3rd party titling addons to vegas, I always found these to add bugs to my timeline that slow renders and cause crashes during renders. So using things like photoshop or illustrator (insert your similar app here) to create your your graphic with transparent background. Then insert that on your time line and perform effects on that graphic.

    1. in some fashion grab clip of the video you like and place the clip on a timeline.

    2. insert a new timeline and place your graphic on the timeline, then fade the graphic to 50% or more. If your graphic has transparent background then fading may not be needed.

    3. Use pan crop to match move the motion.

    4. Use fades and other effects to match other elements of the clip.

    5. Save presets, then you can apply them to other other graphics you drop on the timeline. The Vegas Help menu can assist in creating an effect grouping.

    6. If your text needs to be animated, then create an animated text sequence, render it to video or an image sequence, then apply the motion effects.

  • Aaron Star

    December 3, 2018 at 6:21 am

    “I’m running Windows 10 64 bit, 16GB ram, GeForce GTX 860M (but have tried disabling this), i7-4710HQ 2.50ghz.” – but your winsat results do not show the MX860M in the results, the results show Intel. There might be something strange with the way your hardware drivers are loading on that laptop.

    Also you have 17GB/s of memory bandwidth but only 7GB/s of video memory bandwidth, this seems really low. Since your test seemed to be using the Intel display chip that uses your RAM and not dedicated video memory, I would have thought this would be more on par.

    Is your source media on the internal drive or external?

    Is your Vegas project an old file from another version, or was it created in Vegas 16?

    Are you running any 3rd party plugins or FX in your project?

    What is the source media type in the project?

    Have you contacted Magix support about this?

  • Aaron Star

    November 30, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    The upgrade looks good, but I would not marry that rig to such a low end GPU. I would go 1080ti-11GB instead of the 1060. What you are looking for the GPU to do for you is 4k display, OpenCL results, and NVENC stuff.

    1080ti:
    FP16 (half) performance — 177.2 GFLOPS (1:64)
    FP32 (float) performance — 11,340 GFLOPS
    FP64 (double) performance — 354.4 GFLOPS (1:32)

    1060:
    FP16 (half) performance — 68.36 GFLOPS (1:64)
    FP32 (float) performance — 4,375 GFLOPS
    FP64 (double) performance – None

    There was a minimum spec published by Sony way back at version 10 that stated the AMD 5770 was minimum for OpenCL acceleration. The 5770 did about 1,100 FP32, NV1060 is only about 3x faster than a card from 5+ years ago.

    11GB of VRAM also will allow you to work in resolve at any level with Red footage, if you wanted to.

    Not sure there is going to be much gains in RED formats in Vegas, as I do not think Magix has done anything in that area since Sony incorporated it into Vegas.

  • Aaron Star

    November 30, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    When you open your CMD prompt, you need to right click on the CMD icon and choose “Run as Administrator.” Otherwise the WinSAT command will just open a window and close before you can read the results.

    You can output the results to a txt file with by adding >results.txt to the end of the command. You should change director to your desktop before outputting the results file, this will make it easier to find the text file.

  • Aaron Star

    November 30, 2018 at 5:08 am

    DIsk IO testing was in the stats that were left out of your post.

    They should look similar to this:

    BOTTOM:
    > CPU LZW Compression 551.02 MB/s
    > CPU AES256 Encryption 343.65 MB/s
    > CPU Vista Compression 1159.25 MB/s
    > CPU SHA1 Hash 1523.39 MB/s
    > Uniproc CPU LZW Compression 107.94 MB/s
    > Uniproc CPU AES256 Encryption 86.45 MB/s
    > Uniproc CPU Vista Compression 215.23 MB/s
    > Uniproc CPU SHA1 Hash 422.13 MB/s
    > Memory Performance 12185.31 MB/s
    > Direct3D Batch Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Direct3D Alpha Blend Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Direct3D ALU Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Direct3D Texture Load Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Direct3D Batch Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Direct3D Alpha Blend Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Direct3D ALU Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Direct3D Texture Load Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Direct3D Geometry Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Direct3D Geometry Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Direct3D Constant Buffer Performance 42.00 F/s
    > Video Memory Throughput 17535.30 MB/s
    > Dshow Video Encode Time 0.00000 s
    > Dshow Video Decode Time 0.00000 s
    > Media Foundation Decode Time 0.00000 s
    > Disk Sequential 64.0 Read 242.35 MB/s 7.5
    > Disk Random 16.0 Read 165.70 MB/s 7.5

    Interested in finding out about the items in bold.

  • Aaron Star

    November 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Export original to image sequence, and then re-import sequence setting FPS to the playback you want the clip to be.

    Just a thought.

  • Aaron Star

    November 27, 2018 at 4:48 am

    #1: Use the Animation setting: Scroll Left – Center

    The duration of the effect is sometimes hard to find the beginning and end. Keep moving the start and end point until you see the 1st letter, then the last letter leave. Adjust the duration in the text box for speed, and fade the ends if you want. You may have to increase the size of the text box, so the text is not destroyed on the left on screen but rather off screen.

    #2: Alternatively use the “Pan and Crop” tool on the titles& text FX, and use the keyframe animation tools at the bottom of the window. The move only tool selection on the bottom of theleft icons is useful to limit movement to only left and right. If you do not know what keyframing is, you need to learn it some time.

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