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nicolemahler

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This is my first time seeking help in this forum.
After trying to get help thru microsoft, I have given up after nearly 6 months. We went on holiday to Africa last September, we shot ten hours of footage and I still haven't been able to edit a movie!
Frustratoin level high!!
I have detailed as much as I can about my system when I registered, but would be happy to supply further info if someone can tell me how to access it.

I am capturing footage direct from my camera (sony handycam HDR-HC1E)
Some of the tapes are DV and some HDV.
There are no problems during this part of the process.
I edit straight from camera, clips are created and when I play the clips in the 'clips' or cllection area - there is no problem with the sound or the visual.
When I drag clips down to the timeline, then play then from the start, the sound is altered and plays REALLY slowly, voices are so distorted that you can't understand them. However, if you look at the timeline, there does not appear to be a problem. The sound has spearated from the pics onto separate lines but still indicate that they are the same 'length'.
I have tried so many things but now am at a loss.
I have contacted Sony and made sure that my settings are right on the camera when editing.
Ilook forward to your reply.
nicole
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james_8970

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hello and welcome to geekstogo,
It have similar issues however the sad reality is that its usually hardware issues that cause such problems. You could try and download movie maker 2 and see if it fixes the problem, however i have little hope of it working or doing and good (it won't do any bad and is worth a try if you'd like).
Also you have to realize that your computer is rendering(meaning creating a video from the data you have given it, more or less) on the go, this puts even the best computers to the test at the easiest of times.
To see if its movie maker or the program at fault you can do a simple test.
->place random clips into movie maker, take chunks out and make a small video (1-5 minutes or something). Then save the video to your computer as a .WMV and see if it will then look disorted. If it doesn't then i sorry to say but it would seem like your computers hardware may be being pushed over its limits. I know its the case that causes the problems on my computer.
thanx
James

Edited by james_8970, 11 July 2006 - 11:28 PM.

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nicolemahler

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hey James,
thankx for reply.
I'll try dowloading wmm2 and see if I still have problems.
I don't quite understand what you mean in the second step.
I haven't had any problems with the visual - only the audio.
I'm wondering if its a compatability issue with my sound card or something???not that I know anything about that!! But how might I check something like that? Given that its only affecting my audio.
Also FYI my system details are as follows:
74.4GB
XP Prof 2002 SP2
Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.00GHz #.01GHz 512MB of RAM
Is the above sufficient?
If not what do I need to upgrade?
Just out of curiousity, we had a young person from Manitoba once come and nanny for us here i Australia(I know its a BIG place!!) her name was Brandy Gannon. Do you know anyone of that name?
thankx for your help.
nicole
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hello,
everything that you mentioned there seems to be more then enought for the system requirements, leagues over the recommended.

->place random clips into movie maker, take chunks out and make a small video (1-5 minutes or something). Then save the video to your computer as a .WMV and see if it will then look disorted. If it doesn't then i sorry to say but it would seem like your computers hardware may be being pushed over its limits. I know its the case that causes the problems on my

what i mean by this is just do a quick project, nothing that you'll use in the future, just to see if its the program at fault or your hardware which doesn't seem to be an issues due to the fact of what you have here shown ot date. It is possible that your sound card may not be sufficient, however i don't feel comfortable on saying you should go and by a new one because I wouldn't want you to go and buy one and it do nothing for you. Anywho back to the quote.....Make a quick project, then do the following.
File->Save movie->save movie to computer
and then let it do its thing. Once it has compleated the file, browse to the location in which you placed the video and view it. Are there any problems?
thanx
James
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