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I see this was an issue back in 2016.  I am having issues with lagging/buffering.  I purchased the professional version thinking this would help.  I cannot figure out if the video is being properly edited if I cant get a smooth result.  what are the best settings I should use in order to correct this issue and any other feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Use the latest version, if it's been less than six months since purchase.

Right-click in the preview window and change preview resolution to a lower preset.

Allow the green line above the timeline thumbnails to complete before previewing.  The line represents the caching process.

Close all background applications while editing and exporting.

Share your project, if it's not a lengthy one, so someone can check it out.  Here's how...

1.  Save the project.  Then, with it on the timeline, click the FILE menu. SAVE PORTABLE PROJECT AS to any convenient folder.

2.  Open the folder that contains the saved files and ZIP them all.

3.  Upload the zip file to DropBox, Google Drive, MS OneDrive or the like.  It's free.

4.  Make the uploaded file public (share it) and copy the shared link.

5.  Paste the link into this forum.

Video editing is resource intensive.  It's advisable to have at least 8GB of RAM, copious free disk space, and a fast processor such as an I5 or I7.

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Can't pin down why preview is choppy, but export is fine.  Suspect it's related to speed changes.  Video runs short of audio;  no doubt that's intentional or the project is incomplete.

There were two gaps near the head, which you can spot in STORYBOOK mode.  To close them, right-click and CLOSE GAP.

As a matter of practice, if this project is to be monochrome, you might want to hold off on the color title and B/W effect for each clip.  After assembling the clips, create a new sequence by clicking the + sign to the right of the sequence 1 tab, above the timeline.  The new sequence 2 will be blank.

In the bin (top-left) click the SEQUENCES tab and drop sequence 1 onto the sequence 2 timeline.  It will then contain the whole project as a single clip. (The audio track won't display, but it's there.)

Then apply the B/W effect to that clip and add the color title at the head.  Export sequence 2.

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Yes I am nowhere near done. This was just a practice run.  I have a lot more footage. Do you recommend that I build separate videos since  mine will be a 3 minute video with a lot of cuts. Maybe 5 or 6 separate videos then connect them at the end? Since the lag doesn't happen in the actual video then I can at least have the cuts more accurate.  Also,  would it make sense to adjust the original footage speed? I used the go pro camera whatever the basic settings are.   I don't mind reducing the quality somewhat.

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Divvying up the project isn't a bad idea.  Not clear on what you mean by "adjust the original footage speed?"

Experiment with first creating lower-resolution clips, and use those in editing.  When satisfied, and the project is saved, replace those clips with the originals by using FILE|CHANGE FILE. 

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This has been an issue much longer than 2016. I have the version 6.24 and am having the same problem. The video segment I'm working on is only about ten minutes long. Letting it sit for about a half an hour until it completely loads doesn't solve the problem. Splitting all tracks will generate the building preview and stuttering of the video as well as adding six seconds of text. Leaving it alone for extended periods of time after any change doesn't solve the problem either. This problem makes the program virtually unusable. When exported, the video plays fine.

As long as this has been a problem, it appears to be a problem with VideoPad itself. 

 

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Two suggestions...

Share the project or a portion thereof, so someone can check it out.

Use low-res thumbnails when editing, as described above.  When ready to export, replace those with the original video.

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