Optimizing Windows for video work

on Saturday, February 23, 2008

Even if you have a brand new computer with a wicked-fast processor and lots of RAM, you may experience problems when you work with digital video. Perhaps the most common problem is dropped frames during capture or export. A dropped frame occurs when your computer can’t keep up with the capture or export process and loses one or more video frames. Pinnacle Studio and most other video-editing programs report dropped frames if they occur. If you encounter dropped frames (or you just want to help your computer run more efficiently for video work), try the tips in the following sections to improve performance.

I recommend running Windows XP for digital video work, and the following sections assume you are using XP (whether the Pro or Home version). If you’re using an earlier version of Windows (such as Me), you can still follow along, though some steps may be slightly different.