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So I decided to move my pagefile from my 1TB WD Black data drive onto a 7200.10 200GB I rescued from another system. I use Sony Vegas Pro for video editing. Now, Vegas with HD video editing can be very RAM intensive, I regularly see my RAM usage crawl over 90% [I have 8GB] using Vegas even without many other apps open.

This means that a lot of read-write to the hard drive is RAM being transferred to the pagefile. At the same time, while playing the video preview, the source files have to be read from the hard drive. This can create a conflict.

I know for a lot of you Sony Vegas users the video preview being choppy - unless you use "Shift + B" to render that section, which takes extra time - can be a huge inconvenience. In my case, a lot of areas were choppy on my video project despite 8GB RAM and 6 cores - many fades were used and many areas had up to 3 videos overlayed onto each other with opacity. This especially slowed down the preview a lot since more than one source file had to be accessed, in tandem with pagefile operations. The source files for the video I'm editing are on the WD Black 1TB drive. With the pagefile now on the separate 7200.10 drive, the same HDD no longer has to switch between reading the source files to be put on the preview window and writing other unused areas in RAM back to the pagefile. The conflict is gone. As a result, the video preview is now a lot smoother. Looks like pagefile is the culprit, not lack of GPU acceleration on the preview. A good CPU will play even 1080p video just fine, this is why a lot of people with core 2 duos and quads were getting away with 1080p playback on, say, GMA 950 graphics - it was all CPU-driven.

So, the gist of this.... how to make your video editing experience improve even more in addition to getting large amounts of memory at performance speed/timings? Get a second HDD of any size, throw it in, and move the pagefile to it I will be suggesting dual HDDs for any video editing PC from now on.

If Sony introduces GPU acceleration to the preview for Vegas(they're already one step ahead, AVC rendering in version 10.0 now has nVidia CUDA support/acceleration), it only gets better.

EDIT: Renamed to "Why to have more than one HDD on a video editing machine". Though I'm not sure if this also helps when using software other than Sony Vegas, I guess it applies in a similar way.
Edited by xd_1771 - 2/27/11 at 2:17am
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I agree.
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Yea, a lot of people use this method in video and photo editing machines, also CAD - I believe its called a scratch disk
    
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yep, taking the page file away from system/games/video drives will speed things up alot
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I use vegas too. Is it worth moving the page file from this drive (with videos, OS and programs on it):



to this one:



?
 
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I say test it for yourself. That second drive seems awfully slow... the negatives may outweigh the positives.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
I say test it for yourself. That second drive seems awfully slow... the negatives may outweigh the positives.
Yeah, it was the drive from the 80GB PS3 lol.
 
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If I am using CS5 premiere what do I need to adjust in order to make the pagefile read off another drive?
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If I am using CS5 premiere what do I need to adjust in order to make the pagefile read off another drive?
for windows
Go to control panel>system and security>system
Click on advanced tab
In the performance section click on settings
Again click on Advanced > click on Change in the Virtual Memory section
select the drive(s) and change each pagefile size
restart your computer

for photoshop
edit -> options -> preformance
select the drive for scratch disk
Edited by ffejrxx - 3/18/11 at 11:02am
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So, to clarify - the page file is the Windows OS page file or a page file specific to Vegas?
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