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FAQ: Fixing stuttering, stuttery, choppy and overall slow playback in Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Employee ,
May 21, 2019 May 21, 2019

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One of the common issues is slow and stuttering playback. Here is a video by the inimitable Colin Smith about how to combat this issue:


 

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Jun 06, 2022 Jun 06, 2022

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Something that has worked for me is by turning visibility off all of the layers where I have multiple clips, other than the one I'm working on.

 

Ie, if I'm wanting to playback a clip on track 2, and it overlaps a clip on track 1, by turning off visibility of track 1 it seems to fix the issue.

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Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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But do you think that should be a way the program works? It seems like you and others are having to make comprimises that shouldn't be part of the normal expected functionality of the program. 

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Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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Maybe not, but who cares if it fixes the problem. I'm just grateful to have finally found a work around, this issue was driving me nuts.

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Engaged ,
Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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This is a fairly old post and video ... much has changed in 3 years. 

 

Methods to improved performance:

1.  Use Proxies (at medium or low resolution option) ... this is really easy to do now but not ideal especially for color grading and/or HDR.

2.  Convert to Apple ProRes before working with any files in a sequence.

3.  Never link in Ae projects directly, render them out first and use rendered output in sequence.

4.  If possible (the FX/features your using support it) set project to GPU hardware acceleration.

5.  If software rendering (as many CPU cores as you can and as fast as you can, AMD seems to shine here)

 

Methods that made little or no difference to performance:

1.  Memory settings (Performance or Memory) neither makes any difference

2.  Adding more than 64GB RAM makes no difference regardless of file or image sizes

3.  Very expensive GPUs makes little or no difference.  My nVidia 1060 vs. 3090Ti perform the same when GPU acceleration is enabled.

4.  Expensive and very fast M.2 drives with 7GB/sec xfer speeds doesn't seem help at all, about 200-300MB/sec is the cut off, anything above that isn't realized in terms of performance.

5.  Using a RAM drive, actually slowed performance down just a little ... I had a system with 256GB RAM and tried out a 64GB RAM drive and put my footage on that RAM drive and it made absolutely no difference to workflow performance nor exports.

 

Obviously Adobe forces compromises in order to get better performance:

1.  Apple ProRes convesion is a long extra step and produces large files sizes taking up disk space.

2.  Proxies just aren't good enough do any HDR and/or color grading work ... use proxies for rapid editing (cuts/delete/inserts etc.) only.

3.  Not being able to directly link in Ae projects without a major performance hit means extra steps to render out and round trips between the two apps Pr and Ae.

 

Pr 2022 is full of bugs (more so than any version I've used in the past), especially around HDR and Exports.

 

Rob.

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Jul 10, 2022 Jul 10, 2022

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The Mercury Playback Engine used to work great. As of 2022 not so much as seen in the video link below. 

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Aug 03, 2022 Aug 03, 2022

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