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Evelyn Charlotte Joe

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Davinci/Computer Help

PostFri Jul 13, 2018 8:15 pm

Hey there folks. So i'm using a Lenovo ThinkPad Intel Core i5-4300.

ive been making music videos and live video recording sessions on davinci resolve but it lags so hard I cant really see what i'm doing until i export the video and watch it.

it hasn't stopped me from finishing my work but it is becoming extremely exhausting.

i keep trying to tell myself its ok and kinda like physical training with weights on lol

ive looked up good laptops for video editing and cant find anything under 1200 canadian (im in canada) which is way out of my budget. (funemployed caregiver of two)

im wondering if anybody has any ideas/solutions (as affordable as possible) so i can make my laptop a more well oiled machine for very basic video editing. do i need a graphics card? an external core or something? is there no other solution than just saving up to buy a new laptop?

thank you!

Lance Braud

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Re: Davinci/Computer Help

PostFri Jul 13, 2018 9:50 pm

In your Project Settings > Optimized Media, set the optimized media size to Half Resolution and the format to DNxHD LS (it may not say LS, whatever the last DNxHD/DNxHR option is).
In the Media tab, select all the source clips, right-click one of them, and select Generate Optimized Media.
Go make a sandwich.
In the Edit tab, under Playback (?), select Use Optimized Media If Available.

See if that helps. If not, change the optimized media setting to quarter size and regenerate the optimized media. You might have to squint to make out the footage though.

Also read the chapter in the manual about optimizing playback.
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Uli Plank

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Re: Davinci/Computer Help

PostSat Jul 14, 2018 2:31 am

You may also want to go back to version 12.5, which is a bit less demanding.
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Carsten Sellberg

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Re: Davinci/Computer Help

PostSat Jul 14, 2018 5:45 am

Evelyn Charlotte Joe wrote: is there no other solution than just saving up to buy a new laptop?


I'm not convinced a laptop is ideal for Resolve. When you some time in the future will need a new computer for Resolve, will I suggest you to get a Desktop. It will also be cheaper for the same performance.

Regards Carsten.
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