Okay, here's the scoop: I'm ripping files from dvds using CloneDVD 2 and trying to compress them with VirtualDubMod and MSU lossless video codec (though the term "compression" is odd, because for some reason the files are shown as being larger than the originals even though they load faster), saving them as .avi files. I'm trying to do this on a Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop (2002 model) with 1.12 GB of RAM and a 2.00 GHz processor. I don't know if it's the file type I'm saving them as, the way I'm trying to save the files, or the system I'm saving them on, but whenever I try to edit these files, Adobe slows down to a crawl. Any suggestions? (note: one possible cause may be the number of files I have either loaded or rendered at one time - in other words, if I only have one file rendered, it will work okay, but I can't really be expected to go in and re-render a file that I'll need clips from when the rendering process takes over an hour...can I? In any case, I'd like to know if the problem rests with the .avi filetype, the VirtualDubMod program and MSU codec, or my processor speed.)
Murphy's Constant: If outcome may = A or B, where A=Good and B=FUBAR, anticipate B as most probable result.