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Videowave Audio Skips When Saving To File

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I'm trying to save a video production to file via Output | Export as. The video has one video (AVI) and one music track (WAV), with a blank/color slide at the end with some text. When I save the file, the resulting file has skips at certain point in the music. These occur at the same points, so it appears not to be an issue with the playback program (Windows Media Player). When I try to create the file again, I have the same problem, except that the points where it skips are different. I have selected AVI large as the file type. Not sure if there's a better type to use (?). I'm running this on Windows 7.

 

I suspect that the problem is that Roxio compiles the file in real time, and that the amount of processing required overwhelms the program at certain points, or possibly background Windows programs may take up a little bit of the CPU while Roxio is working, and that's why some audio is being lost.

 

What I'm wondering is whether there's some setting that I can use to avoid this problem. Is there a way to make Roxio somehow cache memory or take whatever processing time it needs to generate the file properly? Is there some workaround to this issue?

In looking at existing posts, I've only found ones about writing directly to DVD, but in this case, I'm trying to export to a file on my computer.

 

Thanks for any insights you may have!

 

PS - One other piece of information that might help...The last time I did this, which was the worst, the video was also slowing down noticeably in those places where the music skips. It seems that this is related...as if the program has to stop to think a bit, so it slows the video down, and that's why the skipping is occurring.

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The video is not rendered in real time

 

What is it that you want to do with the created video file? Why are you choosing avi? Which avi as there are all sorts of different varietis: DV, DivX, Xvid plus many more.

 

When rendering, you should not be using the computer for any other tasks. How much free space on your storage drive? Have you defragged that drive lately?

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The video is not rendered in real time

 

What is it that you want to do with the created video file? Why are you choosing avi? Which avi as the are all sorts of different varietis: DV, DivX, Xvid plus many more.

 

When rendering, you should not be using the computer for any other tasks. How much free space on your storage drive? Have you defragged that drive lately?

 

Thanks for your response. It doesn't have to be AVI; there's a big dropdown with a zillion choices, and I just happened to pick the item that says "Generic AVI, large size" because it sounded good. Is there another option that might work better? I want to archive it as the official output so I have a copy, so that's why I want something lossless. I also plan to upload to Youtube, but I don't want to do that in one step. I want to see how it comes out first.

 

I did not do anything on my computer while it was rendering, but of course Windows has lots of services that run in the background, so I can't be certain that nothing else is running. I always close down the obvious things I don't need running, such as Skype and other things that show up in the Quick Launch area of the taskbar.

 

I have 184 GB free (out of 679 total). I'll look into the fragmentation/degrag issue, but I haven't had a problem with any other software rendering large files lately. I was hoping for a quick solution to this though. Do you think another file type will be more successful? Would it work better if I render it to an external (USB) drive and then copy back to my machine after it's finished?

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Just a follow-up about what worked. I tried saving with different file types, and sure enough some file types didn't have the skipping problem, but they had noticeably bad resolution. I found a workaround though: I redid it in Windows Movie Maker 6, and that works without any problems...no skips or anything. Although it doesn't save anywhere near the resolution that Roxio is capable of, it comes out better than the choices on Roxio that didn't have skips. So I guess just using different software is the solution for now. :)

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If you had answered the first question that Walt posed, we can make some suggestions based on intended results....

 

Or you can just cast about in the hope you will find it in the dark :unsure:

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