I don't even want to spend another second debugging what has been the worst software experience in my editing career, so mods, don't ask for computer details--it's all very recent, powerful, updated, cleanly installed, etc. I just want you to take the following message to whomever needs to hear it:
Premiere's chronic instability is industry-leading, with other NLE programs free of the plagues of constant crashing, troubleshooting, and rolling back, and YOUR CUSTOMERS HATE IT. HATE. LOATHE. ABHOR. I cannot express this enough. FIX YOUR STABILITY. I've encountered this hideous characteristic on so many computers on so many platforms and I'm just sick of it. We're going to Da Vinci and not looking back.
Burn premiere to the ground and start again. 14.7, garbage. 14.6 also trash. Goodbye to this awful program.
Thanks for your commentary.
Thanks for hearing it out, Richard. Mad respect for doing your best to help users here navigate a dumpster fire. Please tell the powers that be that stability is sincerely the top, best, most important and most appreciated feature of a NLE software. The rest is immaterial if the thing keeps crashing.