As many here compose to picture I was wondering if you would mind sharing your preferred video settings?
I have heard that you are actually better off to not compress the clip as this ramps up the CPU usage? One beneficial technique I believe, is to reduce the physical size of the video, perhaps 320 x 240?
I recently completed a project where I had to score to a documentary, I left the video uncompressed but forgot to lower the resolution, it was running at 720 x 576 full screen PAL format! Needless to say, main host DAW struggled with playing the video plus running the sequencer/VST\'s.
At least on the Mac side, using Firewire DV at full resolution using something like the Canopus ADVC-100 seems like the way to go. It takes up tons of disk space, but viewing the video on an external TV, it doesn\'t seem to slow down the computer at all, especially considering an hour-long show will take about 10GB of disk space. Plus you don\'t have to deal with a million different compression codecs and stuff - DV is pretty much DV - set it and forget it.