A possible simple solution to lagging and crashing when using Shotcut

Hello all
I have been using Shotcut for about 2 months now and am relativly new to vlogging etc

I love Shotcut but I experience the same problem that I am sure many have when using it

ie. constant lagging, as well as crashing. Always getting the ‘Not Responding’ message
I have seen a few ‘fixes’ on YouTube etc which just made me scratch my head and think that surely there must be a better way?

My PC could be a lot newer but using Shotcut has really pushed it to the wall
Especially as I am doing a large project atm (editing & enhancing over an hour of my Super 8mm from 1985 footage of my travels, especially from the Soviet Union, East Berlin etc)

This is using a lot of ‘stuff’. ie. sountracks, added photos, other footage, titles, text etc etc.
So obviously I thought “How the hell am I going to do this with all of this continual lagging, freezing etc?”

So I thought I would go to Officeworks (a large office/ IT/stationary store in Australia) and purchase an external hard drive, and put all of my video projects on this drive and hope that this would improve the situation.

When I got there I found that there were many different hard drive options since my last visit.
These are SSD (Solid State Drives)
Many were marketed for gaming but I discussed this with the shop assistant and told him of my situation and he thought that this would be the ticket

They are more expensive that the usual HDs but because these do not have any moving parts like a spinning hard drive disc that are a lot faster and a LOT more stable. Also they are a fairly new technology (so will drop in price soon I imagine)

I bought a 1TB Samsung T7
Cost AU$299

… anyway
I transfered all of my video that I am working on it from this drive
So all music, clips, photos, files … everything and just work from the SSD plugged into my PC

The result?
Smooth as Silk!
No annoying lag jumping all the time, no crashing and no ‘Not Responding’ messages!

I havent heard of the ‘workaround’ before so I thought that I woudl spread the word
So, is this known?

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Yes, this is known, Any software uses the media from the explorer, it doesn’t download it, so if your read-write speed is low, then it might take time to load and give you frequent lags. SSD are faster, thats why they paste faster and give you speed, because they run on smaller compartment of SD’s that’s why.

Is your internal drive SSD?

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I have 2 internal drives.
And neither are SSD, and both were lagging and freezing constantly if being used with files in my Shotcut/editing process.

Now, by having all files on my new SSD, the whole process is hiccup free

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Well done in finding a solution using the external SSD. Now you “just” need to replace your internal drives with SSDs, and you’ll be flying! :slight_smile:

I did that last year when a lightning strike fried the HDD in my media PC.

My current laptop is an HP Pavilion that came with a 256G SSD using the M2 interface. But it also had a spot for a SATA hard drive, and I had already picked up a 1TB SSD with SATA interface on sale, so I put it in that spot - voila! Now I have 1.25TB.

Since I know that there are other Linux users on this forum, I’ll give a $0.10 review:

I would say that in general I have been mostly happy with this HP Pavilion. I like that it was upgradable (I also doubled the RAM while I was adding the 1TB SSD). It uses an i5 (9th generation), with 4 cores, and it is quite a bit faster than my previous laptop (also i5, maybe 7th gen, but only 2 cores). I bought this laptop because it was a “gaming laptop” = external GPU (NVidia 1650) on a great sale. I would say that if I were to do it again, I probably wouldn’t bother with the external GPU - it only makes a small difference in the time required to encode videos.

What I don’t like about this laptop is that it is not very Linux-friendly. It all works well enough that I use it mostly without thinking about the things that don’t work … but it is annoying that little things don’t work, such as the SD card slot or the keyboard brightness controls. When I started out with 20.10 on this machine, the keyboard backlighting DID work … but when I upgraded to 21.04, it STOPPED working. Grrr … but apparently not unusual for HP laptops to have these sorts of issues with LInux. The Dell I had previously worked with several iterations of Linux flawlessly …

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