Friday, August 1, 2008

Video Playback Problems?

In order to preview video, Photoshop caches it into RAM. It's not such a bad idea unless you have a minimal amount of RAM or a large clip. Some users cheat a little and select Allow Frame Skipping from the Animation palette fly-out menu. In this way, you won't have to wait until the footage is loaded into RAM to preview your work.

In a funny but annoying case, a reader is trying to diagnose this frame skipping from another perspective. He shares his computer with other users, and can't figure out why the video is skipping forward. Simple enough, one of his co-workers selected Allow Frame Skipping from the menu. The quick fix was to un-select it.

For what we do, we often need to see every frame. Whilst this may be a cool option for video production, for the forensics world ... it's best to leave this option alone.

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