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  • Jim Bond

    October 10, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    I’ve been a long-time (very) casual Premiere Pro user, recently graduated to scoring/sound for films.

    Despite having a relatively powerful computer (64 gigs/ IntelCore i7/NVidia GeForce GT 1030/ Solid State drives), and trying many of the tweaks to improve performance, video playback still slows. It even slows down when not playing back and just trying to switch workspace tabs…

    All of my audio software can run huge projects with tons of plugins with no issues. Something doesn’t feel right. I can’t imagine this software can’t work properly on my computer.

    It just doesn’t make sense & I need to fix it. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks 😭

  • Rowdy Wiegmans

    October 10, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Much depends on the codec and resolution of your material. Your videocard is also a bit underpowered, though that’s probably not the issue here.

    Before editing your material it’s always best to create (proress) proxy’s of everything after you import into premiere. They are lighter on your cpu and increase stability. Google about the workflow.

    Hope it helps,


  • Bret Hampton

    October 10, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Rowdy’s right

    You don’t mention file codec, HD, 4K, etc. H264 files don’t play as well on some systems for example.

    What drives, HD or SSD? That affects playback. Also try assigning your Cache to a separate SSD.

    Clean the cache between projects

    Set PP playback windows to 1/2, 1/4 resolution. That improves playback although not as sharp.

    And remember audio files are tiny compared to video. I’d expect them to work better than video, esp with 64g ram

    However system setup is the most important factor, then proxies if that isn’t sufficient.

  • Rob Ainscough

    October 10, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Welcome to Adobe Pr … this has been a major issue for many of us for years (ever since CC 2017). In most cases many recommend converting your source files into some other codec like ProRes. I found this to be too time consuming and often didn’t resolve the performance problems with Pr and used up my 80TB of storage rather quickly.

    To work around the poor codec reliance that Adobe have, I do the following:

    1. Convert all ingested media to Proxies (either Medium or Low res but suggest you use same H.265/H.264 or PreRes422 if you have the space )

    2. Enable Proxies in Pr when working on a sequence

    3. Never import Ae projects, always convert them to a video and import the video

    4. Under preference, Memory, set to “Performance” (this doesn’t make much difference especially with 64GB or 256GB)

    As far as your hardware, I wouldn’t consider that “sufficient”. Disk I/O performance is NOT the issue with Pr … I’ve used very fast M.2’s and SSDs and RAID no RAID … makes no difference so long as the I/O device can work at 300MB/s or better.

    I have an AMD 5950X (16C/32T) and Titan RTX 24GB and Samsung EVO 980 Pro M.2’s … and Pr is still SLOW if you don’t use steps 1-4 above.

    One other thing is to enable CUDA (GPU Acceleration) rather than Software … when GPU acceleration works it’s much faster but be warned that some Effects might trigger render failures with GPU Acceleration enabled (my Boris FX Continuum does). You can also get the latest CUDA drivers here: … but IMHO your 1030 is far too weak a GPU to do GPU Acceleration well, so I’d turn GPU Acceleration OFF or get a better GPU.

    Cheers, Rob.

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