Video Tearing (or Video out of Sync) in your Editing Software

In the picture below I have pointed out what the video tearing or screen tearing looks like.

You may have seen this when you are fast forwarding or fast reversing through a video in your editing software.  Or you may have seen it in different video players such as VLC, Windows Media Player, etc.

The two most common things that will cause this is the video driver OR having Aero turned off.  First, make sure your video drivers are up to date.  Next, lets turn Aero on.

Step 1.  RIGHT click your mouse on the Desktop and a window like below will appear.

Step 2.  Click on Personalize

Step 3.  Select one of the Aero Themes as shown below.

Don’t worry you can change the Desktop Background and the Screen Saver to your liking.  However, you need to start with a Aero Theme to turn on Aero.

Once you have an Aero Theme the screen tearing or video tearing will stop.

I know some of you have read to turn off Aero on your computer to save system resources, but doing so you create other problems such as having the video tearing.

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How to Roll Back your NVidia Video Card Drivers

Update 05/-9/2014
If you need to roll back your video drivers, simply follow these steps:

1. Go to the NVidia website

2. Put your mouse over the word Driver

3. Select GeForce Drivers

4. You will have 3 options to find the drivers for your computer. Choose Manual Driver Search

5. Select the video card series you have. For example. GeForce 600 Series

6. On the next line down, select the EXACT video card you have. For example, the GeForce GTX 660

7. Then select your operation system and the language.

8. The last line say All. Change this to Recommended/Certified

9. Click on Start Search

10. Once the screen refreshes, scroll down the page to find a previous driver.

NOTE: DO NOT use the 306.xx series of video drivers. They are buggy.

If you are looking for the 314.22 driver and it is not showing up on the list when you did the search, here are the direct links:

Desktop Computer: http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/59641

Laptop Computers: http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/59645

12. Agree and download the driver.

13. Then install the driver. During the installation you will be asked to select the Installation Option. IT IS IMPORTANT that you select Custom. You will then see a list of options to install. They will all be checked. At that bottom of the list there will be a check box that says Perform A Clean Installation. CHECK THAT BOX. Then let the driver install.

14. Once the driver is installed, reboot the system and see if your problems are gone.

OpenGL errors and Premiere CS5, CS5.5 and CS6

If you are using NVidia video cards and your are using Adobe Premiere CS5 or CS5.5 or CS6, you may have OpenGL errors or other problems if you are using the NVidia driver 306.97 dated Oct. 10, 2012.

I installed this driver on a couple of our systems and I started getting OpenGl errors when I would rendering the timeline with AVCHD files.

As soon as I went back to the NVidia driver 301.42 WHQL, the problems went away.

On Dec. 17, 2012, NVidia released driver version 310.70 WHQL.  I have been using this driver all week on Adobe Premiere CS5, CS5.5 and CS6 with no problems and no more OpenGL errors.  You should be safe to update to the latest drivers instead of rolling back the driver.

In case you need to roll back your NVidia video card driver, you can just follow the steps in this blog post.

Adobe Premiere – Exporting Your Video, Which Way is Faster, Queue or Export?

Since Adobe Premiere CS5 was released, I noticed that when I would export my videos, I had to choice of using either Queue or Export and I noticed that one way was much faster than the other.

And, apparently so has a few other people, judging by the number of people that have emailed my about this.

When you export your videos from Adobe Premiere CS5, CS5.5 and CS6, you select File > Export > Media and it will open the Export Settings window. You then select the export settings you want to use and at the bottom of the Export Settings window box, you are giving two choices for exporting Queue or Export.

If you select Queue, this opens the Adobe Media Encoder and the job is added to the its queue. Note: Queue is often referred to as AME Queue or Adobe Media Encoder Queue.

If you select Export, the video is exported immediately. This is also called Direct Export.

Did you know that one of these export methods can be up to 5 times faster than the other method?

Let me show you the results I got when using Queue and Export. Note: all of the text were run with the Mercury Playback Engine in GPU mode and with MRQ set to On (MRQ= Maximum Render Quality setting).

The source footage was a 5 minute timeline of 1440 x 1080 footage and I exported it to 720 x 480. The timeline has about 15 GPU effects, including dissolving between clips.

When I exporting to MPEG2-DVD
AME Queue took 38 minutes
Direct Export took 8 minutes

When I exported to DV AVI
AME Queue took 3 times longer than using Direct Export

When I exported the same footage to H.264 AME Queue was 15% Faster than Direct Export

Okay, from the above results you are probably thinking great I will use Direct Export on everything except when I need to export to h.264. Well, hold on a minute.

I decided to run another test with different footage that was shot in 1280 x 720 and was 4 minutes in length.

I exported it to an h.264 file at 1280 x 720.
AME Queue took 19 minutes
Direct Export took 6 minutes

With this test, Direct Export was faster than using Queue, which is opposite from my first test above. As I ran more tests using different footage here is what I found out.

1. If you are tanscoding or downscaling footage, almost every time Direct Export was 2 to 5 times faster.

The exception to this is when I exported certain footage to h.264.

For example, when under Export Settings, with the Format set to h.264 using AME Queue was usually faster.

However, under Export Settings, with the Format set to QuickTime and then below under the Video Tab, with Video Codec set to h.264, Direct Export was faster for me.

2. Depending on the source footage and any effects you are using, Direct Export will be faster.

3. If you are going to export in the same resolution you are working in, Direct Export was either faster or about the same depending on the test footage I used.

4. With CS6, in all the tests I ran, Direct Export was faster by up to 5 times, included exporting to MPEG2-DVD format.

5. When I ran these same tests on different computers, as expected the results varied. However, Direct Export was faster.

I recommend you run your own tests on your computer. Try to use a clip that is 5 to 10 minutes in length. Try exporting to the different video formats that you usually export to and test to see if AME Queue or Direct Export is faster.

Slow Motion Problem with Adobe Premiere CS5.5 and CS6

A gentleman from the UK emailed me about a problem he was having with the slow motion feature in Adobe Premiere CS5.5 when using the Mercury Playback Engine in the GPU mode.  The slow motion was not smooth, it was jerky.  When he set the MPE to software mode, the slow motion was great.  After he sent me a copy of the clip, I ran a large series of tests using several different video cards, so we could rule out the video card was the problem.  No matter what video card I used, I got the same results as he did. (Note: Frame Blend was turned on)

When setting the clip to a slow motion speed of 50%, it looked a little better but, it was still not smooth.  When the clip was set to a slow motion speed to 30% it was really noticeable.  With the clip set to 15%, the problem really stood out.

Here is a video of what I am talking about.

I spent a week testing this problem on 4 different computer, with several different clips in a variety of video formats and exported them to a variety of output formats, all with frame blend on the timeline on.  All of the clips show a varying degree of jerking or stuttering when in the GPU mode.  When I tested them in the software mode, they were all smooth.

If you are using the slow motion feature, you may want to watch out for this problem.  If you are running Premiere CS5, you will be fine in the GPU mode with the slow motion.  Hopefully, Adobe will adress this with an update, as this is a problem for those who use slow motion.