On the Premiere Pro 2023 version, I am experiencing high memory usage. There's about 3 TB of footage/photos/music in my project...the memory usage will grow to be as much as 100GB. This issue has been replicated onto a new laptop. My previous laptop of 16GB, would crash while working on my project. I haven't experienced a crash yet on the new laptop, but the memory usage is still going very high. Please, let me know if I can provide any other information to help find a solution to this.
Laptop specs - Macbook Pro i7 CPU 32GB RAM M1.
I believe this is referring to RAM? I'm not sure.
Yes, that is RAM.
Try creating a new project and import the old one into it.
Yes, tried that. Unfortunately, it didn't work. Seems to be stabalizing around 150GB...is this normal?
No, that is not normal.
Sorry for the memory issue. It sounds like what we refer to as a "memory leak." Certainly not normal.
Can you tell us any more about your project? Is it one with a lot of clips in it? What kind of video clips are these? Are they from a camera or a mobile phone? Are they screen captures? About the still images: are they oversized? Have you updated the project across multiple versions? Are there an undue amount of effects applied? Since it's not really normal to see a project in this state, It is hard to diagnose an issue like this without some background about the media and the workflow you used as you worked on the project. Let us know any details you may have and I hope we can help you.
Thank you for reaching out! I answered the questions as best I could.
There's lots of clips in my project, it's an hour long timeline.
As far as types, anything you can think of, .mxf, footage from at least 2010, both phone video/photos to sony FX6 camera, etc.
There are no screen captures as far as I know. The photos are mostly phone photos or downloads from instagram, barely 1080p and some are professional. The project has only been worked on in 2023 version and has been updated to 2023.2. Not a lot of effects applied, some light color correction, few audio filters. Mostly, de-click.
Cleared cookies. It worked temporarily, but after a few hours the project is right back to 50+ GB usage.
You mention phone video. Not sure if it's still an issue, but premiere has had serious issues with variable frame files and afaik, all smartphone video is variable frame rate. Unfortunately, the problem manifests in unpredictable ways and does not always cause problems.
Here's how to diagnose and solve/workaround the problem
use mediainfo to determine whether your source is variable or constant frame rate
if it's variable use handbrake to convert to constant frame rate setting the quality slider in the video panel to maximum
and here's a tutorial on how to use handbrake
Thank you Michael, I will try this and let you know the results.
Sorry about this. You may want to subdivide this huge project into several smaller ones using the feature called "Productions." I have done that with my travel videos that span over several years and have thousands of media objects including photos, graphics, video, and audio files. Though it's work to get that done, it may save you problems as you work on the project. I hope the advice helps.
Same here. I'm working on a big feature documentary with lots of mixed frame rate source material. It was absolutely fine up until today, but has just startted running out of memory on a 64gb m1 max laptop. And now coming in around 100GB for Premiere. I can't divide this up into smaller projects in productions at this stage and just wondering if anyone had found any other solutions?
I saw your message and I can see that the memory is escalating for your project. If everything was fine until today, how was your project change from the time it was working until it was not? Did you add more media? If so, what kind? Did you update from 23.3 to 23.4? Something seems odd here. With more info, I hope we can help solve your issue.
I have the exact same problem. Premiere is using 150GB of Application memory and I keep on getting the notification that I have to close all my applications. I'm on Pr 23.2.0 (Buld 69) and using a 2021 M1 Max Macbook pro with 64BG of Ram.
any sources from a smart phone or screen recording? If so, see my post regarding variable frame rate sources above
No images or smart phone recordings. Mostly just h.264 mp4's and Prores Mov's. It was a large project though with a lot of footage. The entire project and footage was held on my desktop, not sure if that affected anything but I seem to have got it under control for now by doing a media manager on my main sequence and collecting everything over to an external SSD. The memory usage has now droppped down to 2GB.
I resolvws trhis issue by installing an older version of the software via cc. It is now running normally and not maxing out memory usage and crashing every time I use scene edit detection. It seems to be a bug with recent versions of Premiere.
What you might try is launching the newer version with the Shift key pressed down and then delete media cache from the Reset Options dialog box. See if that might help this problem. Hope it does.
I am having the same problem.
When I open the project and start working on it, Activity Monitor tells me: 6.21GB Memory Used
8 minutes later: 43.05GB
Another 9 minutes later: 92.78GB when I've been prompted to quit applications because I've run out of application memory.
Surely this is not normal?
Looks like this has been happening to people for ages, not just the 2023 version.... ?
I'm on an iMac, Apple M1, 16GB Memory ........ (so this problem happens about every 15 minutes)!!!! I know I don't have a lot of memory, but I wouldn't expect this to happen. Doesn't matter what size the project is.... It always ends in me having to restart Premiere.
I've allocated 13GB of memory to Premiere Pro, doesn't make a difference.
I've done the delete cache suggestion, every time and it keeps me going for max about 5 more minutes.
I am no Tech expert, but this doesn't seem right to me.... paying a huge amount of money for a product that has to be shut down every 15-20 minutes.
I'm sorry to hear about this. Could you let us know what media type you're working with (format, codec, frame rate, frame size)? Please also let us know what effects you use (if any) and any third-party plugins you currently have installed. This will help us better understand the problem.
I'm not sure that many people are aware of how great it is that adobe employees are helping here...
OK, so most of what you have asked for I don't even know what it is or how to find as I am a very new user of Premiere pro. If you can tell me where to find that info, I am more than happy to provide it.... I just don't know.
I am using mp4 files, I import them into Premiere Pro and then edit them using the razor tool, ripple delete sections, some use of Hard Click Remover, DeNoise, or DeHummer. I am using Gaussian blur and Video Transitions that are available with Premiere Pro.
No third-party plugins. The longest video duration was about 40 minutes, but can happen even on 8-10 minute ones.
Have tried cutting the larger projects in half but it makes no difference.
It's probably the most parred back, basic editing of video and audio you can get and it's still running out of memory!
Let me know how to find the other info if you'd like me to find it! 👍🏼
Not sure if this info I just found is relevant (sorry, i'm so clueless)
Type: MPEG Movie File Size: 93.24 MB Image Size: 2198 x 1080 Frame Rate: 30.00 Source Audio Format: 44100 Hz - Compressed - Mono Project Audio Format: 44100 Hz - 32 bit floating point - Mono Total Duration: 00:21:35:17 Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0 Alpha: None Color Space: Rec. 709 Color Space Override: Off Input LUT: None Video Codec Type: MP4/MOV H.264 4:2:0