4K video- so much CPU
Admittedly, my computer is no powerhouse when it comes to editing, especially in 4K, but it should still be decently within HitFilm's 4K spec. FYI:
2016 Acer Aspire Laptop
Intel Core i5-6200U
Nvidia 940 MX w/ 2 GB Graphics memory
8 GB RAM
Everything up to date.
Even when playing at 1/4 resolution, using proxies, and no effects whatsoever in the timeline; the video is very choppy, and my CPU gets maxed out just trying to play the video.
This also happens when simply trying to play the raw media in the trimmer- even transcoded to an optimal format and with the trimmer set to 1/4 resolution
When I try to play the same files on any other video player however, they play back buttery smooth and without breaking a sweat- the computer doesn't even notice.
I understand that HitFilm has much more overhead than a traditional media player, but it shouldn't be that much just for playing a video- or should it? I'm willing to consider that my computer simply isn't up to the task, but perhaps there is something I am overlooking? Maybe there's setting I need to change? (I have tried with hardware decoding on and off- same difference)
Or perhaps there is still much work on the development side that needs to be done with decoding/rendering of video? Obviously that would be quite the undertaking, especially if they were to rebuild the renderer from scratch but if it made 4K video easy to work with on even low powered systems, I think it would be well worth it.
As a thought, VLC Player is open source and it seems handles 4K video perfectly. In theory, could incorporating its engine (or something similar) make HitFilm run faster?