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Videowave Freezes Frequently


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I'm having some issues w/ both the capture software, but mainly the editing software. The problem with the capture software is occasionally getting glitched captures (for some reason happens more for the video game "Battlefield 3" than others, which I don't understand since my bitrate and recording quality are the same regardless of the game I play)... it either won't happen at all in a given recording session, or all of them will have issues with some distortion, skipped frames and artifacting in the file during that recording session (recording session defined as the time from opening the software to closing it). Not sure what causes this.

 

Mainly the problems are with the editing software. It freezes very easily which requires me to then force close the application. It is most frequently caused by splitting a clip, but also happens semi-regularly from adding audio files to the project.

 

My computer is as follows:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz

4GB (2x2) DDR2 memory

EVGA GTX 560 1GB

Windows 8 64-bit

 

I would think my computer should be good enough, I recall the system requirements saying 2GHz (I know clock speed isn't an extremely accurate gauge of processor's speed & efficiency) dual-core. Is the C2Q just a little too old? 4GB of DDR2-333MHz RAM not enough (guessing not this since i rarely see the program use above 500MB of RAM)? Roxio software not completely compatible with Windows 8?

 

Also had numerous issues with capture that was a 100% chance of it not working properly but I fixed that with mechtech's video linked in the thread "Main Reasons for Glitchy Captures Solved"... had to tweak the GPU settings a certain way which seems weird since it uses the CPU to record/write the video to file judging by my CPU & GPU usage while recording. So if anyone has consistently glitchy captures you may want to check out that video in this thread, it helped a lot.

 

But any insight regarding the cause for the freezing of VideoWave is appreciated!

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Your PC seems fine, is it desktop or laptop?

 

Laps can have heat problems...

 

I generally NEVER EVER suggest anyone tinker with their CPU or GPU settings!

 

What did you do there?

 

For a test, hook up a DVD or BD Player to it and let it capture for an hour or more... What happens there?

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It is a desktop computer. Heat isn't much of an issue in this particular desktop, CPU temp never above 70 under full load and it doesn't underclock at all.

 

As for the GPU settings in the NVidia control panel all I did was adjust the global application settings (stuff like Anisotropic filtering, vsync, ambient occlusion, etc.). When these settings were not set a certain way almost all of the captures were glitchy. After having set these the capture is usually problem-free though as I said there is the odd time where every recording in a session will be glitchy, but usually the entire session is fine - I don't fully understand the reasoning behind it, but it seems like it might be an issue where the application doesn't start out properly since either the entire recording session is perfect or glitchy. Probably around 1 out of 10 sessions is glitchy (so I suppose I could avoid the problem by doing a quick record test before starting the session to make sure there aren't any issues, and just restart the application if there are).

 

Would 4GB of DDR2 RAM be a bit of a hindrance for Videowave considering Windows eats up a chunk of that for background processes?

Is Videowave not fully compatible with Windows 8 perhaps? Seems most people are using Windows 7 or earlier.

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It's just changing graphical settings, not changing config files or interfering with how the GPU is intended to run or anything. Restoring to default Nvidia application settings incurred the same problem with glitchy captures, so I've now adjusting the different settings so that they only apply to the Capture program and the rest of the applications use the default settings.

 

Still no change to Videowave. Will do some experimenting and report back if I come up with any solutions

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1) The problem with the capture software is occasionally getting glitched captures (for some reason happens more for the video game "Battlefield 3" than others, which I don't understand since my bitrate and recording quality are the same regardless of the game I play)... it either won't happen at all in a given recording session, or all of them will have issues with some distortion, skipped frames and artifacting in the file during that recording session (recording session defined as the time from opening the software to closing it). Not sure what causes this.

 

2) Mainly the problems are with the editing software. It freezes very easily which requires me to then force close the application. It is most frequently caused by splitting a clip, but also happens semi-regularly from adding audio files to the project.

 

3) Roxio software not completely compatible with Windows 8?

1) Bitrate my friend, bitrate is behind all of this :( The amount of bitrate you enter in the options will pretty much determine how the quality would look. Problem is most people don't realize that they're computer isn't powerful enough for the much higher quality settings. My computer has a similar spec as yours but slightly higher but even I cant run a bitrate higher than 13mbps. I suggest you lowering your bitrate to somewhere around 10mb-12mb. I highly recommend you use Razer game booster, optimize it, and run gaming mode before using the capture module. I saw some major improvements using it since it kills off unnecessary processes. ^_^ (also make sure to set the process priority to high in task manager)

 

2) VideoWave isn't exactly the most stable piece of work out there... My suggestion is to use gaming mode (from razer game booster) and set the process's priority to high in task manger. Freezes will happen if the CPU's occupied :unsure: If you cant handle the problems then you should try Sony Vegas. It has all the things you need to edit videos and is way superior IMO ;)

 

3) The program is windows 8 compatible so don't worry :D

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