AVS Club Gold
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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John, couple issues with your work flow-
1. Shutting 3D off to add clips is not a good way to do a 3D project because you will be setting up your timeline as a non-3D and when you put a 3D clip into that the clip will show up as left and right video clips one above the other. While this can be done, not following proper 3D edit protocol makes life awkward. Therefore, what I do to get good realtime playback is this:
2. I set my preview screen in Vegas to "preview mode- Full. Then I get playback on the 3D monitor in full 1080x1920 29.97 playing clips butt edited, no effects. As I add 3D video layers requiring multiple clips and video timelines that slows down. (Maybe an even faster video card would help this but for now, the single MVC timeline plays in realtime with my cheap slower video card. The preview window in the Vegas desktop is automatically sized and is best set to Left eye only but it's quality mode is the same at "Preview-Full" Bottom line- not following protocol for editing shouldn't be considered a bug when it doesn't work, rather just someone not following recommended procedure. Simply put- when starting a new project, you FIRST set the timeline parameters to stereo: off or on to some preview mode, then you add your clips.
While it may seem that using "Best- Full" or "Best auto" would produce the best quality, I do not see any difference on the 3D monitor between Preview- Full and Best -full. In fact the setting Best auto looks far worse than Preview- Full. Even the numbers show this as a much lower resolution.
IMO- it's not the resolution or the color depth or the frame rate by itself that matters. What matters to me is the synergistic combination of the three parameters balanced for overall quality. Using Preview Full with my Vegas window set to Left only results in the best overall quality at realtime speed.
In a perfect world with the fastest hardware it may be nice to run the preview screens at full quality Best full but if that doesn't result in a better visual, then the cost of the super hardware to achieve realtime playback isn't worth it. If I upgrade to a new faster video card now, it will be so I can use Preview Full mode to see several timelines in real time speed, not to switch to Best- Full which doesn't seem to get a better image.