Tl;dr I am using a x264 codec and want to know what my settings should be for easy editing in Premier Pro CS6.
This may be a noob question, this may be a hard question, I am new to the forums so sorry.
A little backstory on what I am doing. I am recording my perspective video games with a program called dxtory and editing them in Premier Pro CS6.
My issue is that when I changed my recording codec from the default (I was getting 500gb 40min videos) to a new codec and settings that was recommended to me, Premier will stutter when playing my recordings back. The recordings are fine, I can play them outside of Premier. I have also been editing them, although it takes a bit of patience. Seeking through the video is not possible, once I land on a frame I want to see it takes 3 sec for Premier to display it. If I wait for it to display, playback becomes choppy after 2 seconds or so.
I am positive it is the new encoding because I could edit the 500gb files fine. I haven't changed anything else. I am just not sure where to start with changing settings for Premier's liking. Possibly the files are too compressed from the start? It takes a while to transcode later too.
What I hope is that there is one or two things I can changing in dxtory to help Premier display the video faster without changing too much. I have liked the new smaller file sizes, but I understand it may not be win win.
Here are my current codec settings:
Is there something obvious I should change? Thanks for reading and looking at my problem.
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The biggest detrimental factors for editing performance (decoding latency ) are large GOP size, cabac, and deblocking
So you could reduce the GOP size (change max GOP size to something much smaller than 300, maybe 30 or so) , disable cabac and deblocking
But those changes will impair the compression - you will need larger filesizes for the same level of quality . You can think of it as being less compressed and easier to decode . In general, the more compressed a video, the harder it is to edit smoothly
This is exactly why I ask, you have knowledge I don't. Thanks for the advice. I will try in a few hours when I get back home.
If it's still too "sluggish" , reduce the GOP size even more, until it's down to 1 . It's going to depend also on your hardware specs
People tend to use intra (I frames only) for intermediates, and usually lossless. You're recording with very compressed end delivery settings, not typical capture settings . Another reason is you're going to lose more quality when you export the final video after editing. People like to preserve as much quality as possible until the end
So you're going to have to make some compromises if you intend to stick with small filesizes for capture