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  1. Thanks @Nationalsolo and @borate - those steps (particularly adding a sequence) are looking very positive. I will report back.
  2. I have no SEQUENCE tab above the media bin (just Video Files, Audio Files and Images, as seen in the screendump). The only occurrences of the word "Sequence" are at the very top (File Edit Clip Track Sequence Video Effects Audio Effects ... Help), on the line below that (File Home Clips Sequence Audio Export Suite) ad immediately above the Timeline (Sequence 1). I am using VideoPad Professional v 6.10.
  3. I appreciate your help. However when I do as described, the ]End remains greyed out (or, worse, is not visible at all because the Clip Preview window just shows "No clip selected" as per image above). I suspect I'm just not grasping a concept here, however I have tried all the ways I can think of to export just a short section - with edits - but all I can find is exporting part of one single clip (as you described) or exporting the whole hour-or-more.
  4. Yes... that's fine if you're only trying to export a small bit of a single clip. What I (and, I suspect others) want to do is export an arbitrary part of the whole project - for example as defined by the blue area below:
  5. I must be misunderstanding what you mean when you say "Click the desired sequence". I'm obviously missing a concept somewhere. This is exactly what I'm doing and seeing: I click on <file><home><clips><sequence><audio>... I see the Video Files area upper left, Clip Preview area upper centre, and Sequence Preview area upper right (I have a 4k screen; it's not crowded). Across the bottom of the VideoPad window is the Timeline showing all my tracks, edits, audio etc. I'm looking at Sequence 1 - the only sequence. I move what I assume is the scrubber (red line in the Timeline area, which is the only thing that applies to all my tracks) to where I want to start (ignoring the little yellow scissors of course). I click [Start in the Clip Preview window controls, because that's the only place the control appears. I move the scrubber (red line in the Timeline area) to where I want to end, several seconds and several edits further right. I cannot click ]End because it's greyed out. What am I doing wrong?
  6. I'm using 6.1 and none of these suggestions appear to meet my needs. I am editing a multi-camera shoot and need to check that a complex piece of cutting in the middle of an hour-plus works as intended. It doesn't render in the Sequence Preview window properly, perhaps because it is more complex than my i7-4790 can handle in real time (even at low res, which is no good to me anyway because I need a full resolution export). Intuitively, I should be able to highlight a range on the timeline (what else is that blue ribbon for?) and hit something like 'export selected' - but there doesn't appear to be any such option. Deleting everything to the left and right isn't easy because it's a complex project. Any help would be appreciated. I see no blue triangles in the Sequence Preview window, by the way.
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    This behavior expected?

    I had similar issues on my slightly old 4K gaming PC (i7-4790, SSD, 16GB, Win7, GTX1070). I was trying to edit a four-camera shoot of about an hour of mixed 1080p, 2k7 and 4k footage and it was nightmarishly slow. I tried all the cache, preview size and so on suggestions with minimal improvements. Turned out that Windows had 'helpfully' set the Power Plan to 'balanced', which meant the 3.6/4GHz processor never went faster than 800MHz; changing the Power Plan to 'High performance' made it work at the sort of speed I'd expect.
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    Newbie with performance issues

    I believe I have solved this. It appears to have been down to a Windows power scheme setting that - for some unknown reason - had been set to 'balanced' rather than 'performance'. The net result was that the i7-4790 processor almost never went above 800MHz clock even though it's rated at 3600MHz (3.6GHz), 4GHz boost. I discovered this by running a graphics benchmark. The PC had been behaving fine as a 4K gaming rig (which just shows how much of the work is done by the graphics card) but one of the tests was intentionally CPU-intensive. That revealed what was going on. I checked the BIOS and anything else I could think of but in the end discovered it was Windows 7 trying to be helpful and throttling the life out of the processor. To fix this issue, go to Control Panel / hardware and sound / Power options / Select a power plan - and then here's the fun: high performance is a hidden option that you have to find via the 'additional plans' dropdown. Making this simple change has significantly improved the performance of VideoPad but, interestingly, not the GPU-intensive first-person shooter games that I enjoy.
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    Newbie with performance issues

    Hi all I'm new here and new to VideoPad (Professional, V6.10), coming back to video editing after a looong break (last software I used was Adobe Premiere 5.1, back when we thought MiniDV was the best thing ever). But I digress. I'm having severe usability problems with the speed of VideoPad. My PC is Windows 7 running on an i7-4790 (4 core, 8 thread) at 3.6GHz, 16GB RAM, fast-enough SSD [>500MB/s linear read and write, ~40MB/s 4kb random read and write], nvidia GTX1070 video and 4k monitor. My project is a four-camera shoot using mixed video sources - two 1080p HD, one 2k7 and one 4k 2160p - and the event I was filming was about an hour. The source files total about 52GB and my aim is to do a non-linear edit to combine the footage, switching from view to view as the event unfolds. All the source files are stored on the SSD. Editing is taking absolutely ages because the Clip Preview and Sequence Preview windows aretaking up to several minutes to respond to moving the cursor in the timeline (this with just two video tracks in place and no transitions or cuts, yet). The thumbnail previews on the timeline can take ten minutes to render. I have done the usual thing of setting the preview resolution to low (512 x 288), made sure that the the cache files go onto the SSD rather than a mechanical disk, and so on; Task Manager reveals nothing much going on in the background (VideoPad is typically eating 50-98% of CPU) and Resource Manager shows there are no unexpected disk transfers going on in the background. Way back with Premiere 5.1 I found the previews pretty much kept up with what I was doing and, even allowing for the fact that there's a lot more data to churn around, my desktop PC is far, far faster than the 20-odd-years-ago machine that I was using then. Can anyone please make any suggestions about what I should look for? NB I can't just re-size everything to 1080p because the higher def cameras were chosen and placed so I could pan and zoom in the edit. But I haven't started any transitions or editing yet: I have spent nearly a day trying to sync the start points of just two video tracks, not because of ineptitude but because the system is behaving so slowly. Again I ask, can anyone make any useful suggestions please?
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    Newbie with performance issues

    Thank you; I have done so. I apologise that my request for further instructions was somewhat curt.
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    Newbie with performance issues

    That I can probably do (if I can find somewhere that will transfer 50GB for free...) Please send me a PM with further instructions. I am in the process of uploading (most of the) files via Filemail - about 35GB total, which will take at least 10-12 hours at my connection speed.
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    Newbie with performance issues

    Thanks for your suggestions. Whilst I understand the frustration of not having access to files, the project is a family funeral that was filmed strictly on the understanding that the images would not be published (the video is intended for some close relatives who could not attend). In theory I could create comparable files by filming a clock or something with the same cameras but that might take a while. The cache is probably not an issue. This was a brand new, clean install. However, I have now tried 'clear all cache files on exit' and re-starting (and turning the option back off again); there was no perceptible effect. I also toggled hardware acceleration, again with no difference noted. I understand your suggestion about breaking the project into chunks but I'm not sure that is entirely appropriate here. My initial problem remains that the system is presently too slow for me to do the basic steps necessary before I can even start that, specifically, I can't manually sync the video tracks together because of the speed issue. If I was able to do that I could, probably, break it into (say) 10-minute sections and work on those separately, possibly rendering them as 'final' outputs to be tied together in one final, separate stage. But of course that relies on getting them synced in the first place. Main audio was recorded by two radio mics separately feeding the L and R channels of one camera, plus there were on-camera mics that picked up other things (such as one wide view that was placed above the organ, hence picking that up rather well, and so on). These need to be in sync - at least to lip-sync quality - because the camera with the best view ironically had the worst audio. Any and all further suggestions will be very gratefully received.
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