Premiere slow, laggy, sluggish? Call the Doctor

Over the past few years, the most common complaint about Premiere in long form TV edits (all on Mac) has been that it would get slower as the day went on – or even grind to a halt.

Sometimes Premiere takes longer than it should to respond to commands; sometimes the video in the timeline is slow to playback or stutters; sometimes it just hangs, beachballing.

This has got a lot better in recent releases, and was worse back when we were supporting clients using CC 2014 and below on pre-dustbin Mac Pros with older OS’s.  And it was particularly apparent on multicamera sequences.

In an important exec viewing, doing nothing but playing back video, an editor would only be able to get 30 minutes through playing a sequence before the system started dropping frames and losing sync because it had run out of memory.
And that would be on a hefty 12 core Mac Pro 5,1 with K5000 card and 48GB RAM.

At Support Partners, we’ve seen a big drop-off in reports of this now that our clients have been able to invest in newer software and hardware, but it can still happen – so it’s worth knowing why it happens and what you can do.

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