Appendix A. Troubleshooting

I've designed this appendix to help you understand how you can best set up your computer so it provides optimal performance for NLE work. If you're having trouble with Liquid Edition, I suggest that you read through this appendix and try out the three basic NLE tests before you start altering any significant part of your computer's setup. This appendix does assume that you know the basic functions of Liquid Edition. If you're unsure of how something should work, refer to the specific chapter where it is covered first to make sure what you are seeing is actually a problem.

Ultimately, the best help you can find is via Pinnacle's own support area on its Web site ( and on the community-run forums where many problems are solved by ordinary users ( This latter site is a veritable gold mine of information frequented by both longtime expert users of the program and Pinnacle's own technical support team.

Old Computers, New Tricks

In a previous job, I built NLE systems for a U.K.-based company. During that time, I was often presented with a computerpresumably passed down from Noahinto which the user wanted to incorporate an NLE system. Usually, this computer refugee from the stock room was chosen because "It has SCSII hard drives," but the drives themselves would usually turn out to be too small, nearing the end of their useful life, or both. Unsurprisingly, the computer would fail the three basic NLE tests:

  • Playback

  • Capture

  • Output

Here's why they failed:

An NLE program demands the utmost from the computer's resources. Just having a fast SCSII, a SATA, or an EIDE hard drive is a tiny part of the story. For example, having lots of memory (RAM) is seen as a good thing, but is it good quality and fast? A fast processor is wonderful, but is the motherboard going to do it justice or be compatible with NLE? A cutting-edge graphics card is great, but are the drivers going to cause problems?

The answer to all these questions is often that no one really knows until someone tries it out. Computers aren't cars; they aren't assembled from exactly the same parts and the interaction between all the components is not always a definable and known subject. Computer technology is a dark, mysterious subject, fraught with personal tragedy and costly mistakes.

How to test your system:

Complete the thee basic NLE tests in this appendix, but don't panic if your computer fails at any stage; you can do several things to fix this. It is best to get these problems sorted out now, rather than when you're in the middle of a project that has a deadline creeping steadily closer.

Shortly after the launch of Liquid Edition, a demo version of Liquid Edition will be available via a download link from the Peachpit Web site ( If you have doubts about your computer's capabilities, then use this demo first to make sure it works on your system. The demo is an unrestricted version that allows you to play around with all the features mentioned in this book for 20 days.

Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 for Windows
Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 for Windows
ISBN: 0321269160
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 245
Authors: Paul Ekert © 2008-2017.
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