This has been the most frustrating element of the v3 series for me - the lagging, unpredictable, unresponsive and virtually unusable playback of the active export preview! The only time it’s responsive is when the export is completed, or when you initially press play.
If we can’t have a live frame by frame preview as in v2, then the playback experience of the active export preview needs to be fixed in the v3 series so it’s at least usable.
Play/Pause button (yellow circled on screenshot) is extremely unresponsive during an active export, sometimes it will play, sometimes it won’t, then you press it again and maybe 10 seconds later it will pause, or play again, it’s impossible to predict what will happen. The playback and pause button needs to actually do something when you click it, not 10 seconds later!
I understand the exported video is written in chunks and only the written data can be accessed, but the playback marker (red circled on screenshot) does not even play to the end of the progress line, it should do this, at a minimum.
And as soon as the next chunk of video is written as indicated by the progress bar, you should be able to play that part back immediately.
I love this software but this needs to be addressed!
We are continuing to optimize the preview experience in the v3.x series. You are correct in stating that the way that files are processed and therefore previewed when processing is quite different than with the v2.x series. We are working on a smooth instant preview experience and this part of the app will continue to improve
Hi, that’s a custom encoder entry that I set up (also the only one I ever use as the quality is visually lossless to me and the size is reasonable). You can use it as well if you add it to your encoders.json file in the models directory for Video AI:
it’s located at : C:\ProgramData\Topaz Labs LLC\Topaz Video AI\models
if you prefer [lossless] in TVA instead, then HandBrake it to whatever you like.
You can set this Lossless Method in TVAI.
this is my method I use, Lossless encoding in TVAI -then-> Handbrake to x265 (libx265) crf 23.
In general libx265 (aka CPU / Software encoding) is much smaller in file size compared to NVEnc (GPU / Hardware encoding) x265 encoding at the same crf level/settings, some claim also it is better image quality, even though the size is smaller.
In general; CPU/libx265 generates smaller file size at the same image quality or even better image quality, then GPU/NVEnc encoding if same settings is used (crf).
On most my video files the preview gets stuck shortly after beginning of the processing and for the rest of the processing until finish. I once converted the file to ProRes before processing and this might prevent the application to get stuck, but I need more tests to confirm this. Unfortunately converting a file to ProRes with a tool of your choice before might take an additional half an hour to an hour itself.
Sorry about that.
I think that was supposed to be in the name of a work-around?
Personally, I have not seen this topic’s main issue much. When I do, it doesn’t bother me because I don’t want to see the preview playing until it’s done processing anyway.
I’ll even take it one step more and render about 4 previews before comparing them.
For actual exporting, I only use the CLI. So, no preview at all for me. I’ve had to redo about 5 videos because I got logged out before it started and it added the watermark.