mobo: evga NF68 680i
cpu: core 2 duo 2.4ghz
memory: 4GB 1066 (2x2GB)
video card: evga nvidia 8800GTS 640MB
OS: Windows 7
I am creating some anime music videos AMV for personal fun, clips are generally the length of a single song. I have used Adobe After effects for this before but some of its features are very limited in my opinion, like only being able to work with a .AVI file.
I started exploring alternative softwares and stumbled across blender. I have more or less already figured out how to work the interface. I have cut up and arranged my video (1280x720 720p) into segments. Some places I make a couple video segments overlap, select both segments and apply an affect like gama cross, wipe, or glow. This is where the problem comes in. If I play it back so I can preview it the second it gets to where the effect is, it literally Crawls. maybe 1-2fps.
My first reaction is that maybe blender is running in software mode and not making full use of my Nvidia card or something, or maybe there is a setting I can set in blender so that it buffers or something before trying to play it back.
Does anyone know what all I can try or test to get the playback smooth in the preview playback. If I render the video and save the file it actually looks fine. but I need to be able to play it back in the preview so that I can make adjustments and tweaks. I have to line up the frames perfectly so that every time there is a drum beat my video transitions to the next video segment or plays the effect.