2 Gig AVI file size limitation on Win 98?

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Does Windows 98 have the same 2 gig file size limitation as win 95? If so how does one edit a video using Premier that is longer than about 13 min. I want to use Win 98 if possible due to the ability to use 2 monitors. Does MAC have this limitation? Does NT? I had planned to use a Pentiumll 350 with 128 megs ram and a MiroDV300 I.O. card 26 gig of ultra DMA33 storage. Now I hear that I may not be able to save anything over 2 gigs in size. HELP! Any info would be greatly appreciated. Dave

-- David Richardson (Exposedimage@earthlink.net), March 28, 1999


That means that a file like one clip of video can't be more than 2 gig. Which will work out to around 9 minutes of video. You can have as many video files as your hard drive will hold, but they can only be as big as 2 gig. That is the way it is on the MAC OS, so if you have the same type of issue I'm sure it is the same on windows. You should look into using MAC though. Hope that helps.

-- Scott A. Hopper (shopper@woodmizer.com), March 30, 1999.

I believe the limitation is the .avi file format and not the Operating system. I don't know about the quicktime format that the Mac uses. The DV300 comes with software that works with premiere called MIROinstantvideo. It gets around the filesize limit by linking several smaller files together and playing from the timeline. the output can be sent back to your camera.

-- Steve Shortridge (Steve@DigiScape.com), April 02, 1999.

It's a limitation of the OS. If you plan on doing work with large files, check out BeOS (www.beos.com). It is an OS designed from the ground up for multimedia work. It's max file size is over 1000 gigs.

-- Edward McNamara (edward_mc@hotmail.com), April 20, 2000.

I work with Premiere alot. I'm on a Windows '98 platform. You can produce a video as long as 3 hours. But what you can't do is have an avi with a running time of 3 hours. How, then, do you produce a longer production? By playing your piece off the timeline. I've made some long productions (some reaching almost 2 hours) and in each case, I played the movie off the timeline and onto a recording deck for my final master. So you can make feature length videos and master them to Betacm SP or Digital Betacam or Super VHS...what ever you want. Hope this helps.

-- March De Laurentiis (mdelaure@dmbb.com), November 14, 2000.

Win 95 and 98 both have a 2 gig file size limit due to the FAT file system. However, if you use FAT32, that technically has a 4 gigabyte address space and I have had up to a 4 gig file outputting from premiere (it was a quicktime movie, not sure about avi). But this 4 gig file is not stable in anyway. I've never been able to copy or move it, it always gives an error, and I've had problems with the partition afterwords as well. Now this could be a problem with my HD but I have 2 HD's and it happens on both. If you want to deal with more than 2 gigs with confidence, use NT or 2k with the NTFS file system. It has a 2 terabyte address space. I've dealt with over 5 gig files in NTFS with no problem. And from what I know about MacOS (not a whole lot) there is no 2 gig limit. Hope this helps!

-- Vincent Larenzo (CaptainBarf2@yahoo.com), March 21, 2001.

I use Premier 6.0 on Windows 2k, and can only pull in 4 gigs of video at a time, but with Premier (and most other quality editing software), you can stretch the timeline to manipulate individual frames. I simply back the tape up a few seconds for the next capture and trim off the duplicated frames. This technique is easy to master, and the results look great. Done correctly, one can't tell when one clip ends and the next begins, even if they know when the break in the captures occurs. This is not as time-consuming as it sounds and has served me well.

-- Kevin Kem (hifallroadkill@adelphia.net), October 22, 2002.

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