This guide is part of a larger, very useful DC10+ help site: http://www.theallwoods.co.uk/studio/
The article includes a large number of PC tuning tips, but for me the most important ones were:
1. Turning off Windows double buffering file reads. Hell, I didn't even realize Windows was doing this. It's &^%$# hidden in an obscure read-only file in the Windows directory, named 'msdos.sys', that doesn't even show up when you run sysedit. I really hate Windows...
2. Increasing VCache in system.ini to 1/4 system RAM.
These fixes have worked wonders. Video editing went from "almost unusable" to "almost flawless". It's so sweet. I'm off the races.
Current anime music video project:
Utena video to Beatles "Revolution"
Ideas, plans, daydreams, baseless fantasies:
Video: SKU; Music: Bette Midler's The Rose
Video: Evangelion fight scenes; Music: R.E.M., It's the End of the World as We Know It
Video: Bebop fight scenes; Music: trance, haven't decided on what artist or piece; maybe trancecontrol, or Analog Pussy.
Video: Various anime rain scenes; Music: Lena Horne, Stormy Weather
Video: Various anime villains in their softer moments, maybe with footage from "Your're Under Arrest"; music: Gilbert & Sullivan, A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One
Video: catgirls from Escalfowne; Music: Al Stewart's Year of the Cat
Video: various crying scenes; Music: Bob Marley, No Woman No Cry
Video: Kozue from SKU; Music: k.d. lang, Busy Being Blue
Video: SKU, Nanami's disasters; Music: Donovan, Season of the Witch
Well, that ought to keep me busy for a few years. ^_^;;
Now, I know what you're muttering: MOST OF THIS MUSIC IS FSCKING ANCIENT!
Uh, yeah. Your point? I'm fscking ancient. There's a lot of great music out there from, ahem, the last century or so, that deserves to be a music video.
For anyone unfamiliar with the concept of anime music videos, take a look at Aluminum Studios or Kestrel's videos. In particular, I recommend Aluminum's "Blue Mercury" and Kestrel's "Never Meant to Be". Be forewarned: these are HUGE files, 30 to 60 megs each. I advise downloading them for off-line viewing.
Aluminum's site also contains a lot of useful information about video editing in general, and advice on capture boards and editing software.