To combat heat build up with a laptop, I always use a Zalman laptop cooler pad. The new ones have two very large fans, though I do like the older tooled aluminum units better.
I also use a little program, SpeedFan, to both monitor the temps everywhere, and control the fans in the laptop. Do not know if similar exists for a laptop.
As I am always on the patio in Arizona, I also have used the refreezable packs, and blown a regular desk fan across that to the laptop.
Good luck, and maybe others will have ideas for you, as heat is your enemy.
I've got a suggestion to try, but it may not help with your particular hardware and workflow at all: do a sequence / Render Entire Work Area + Sequence / Render Audio.
BTW, this dramatically helps cut down the cpu usage during timeline playback when working with 4 layers of RED 4k on the timeline. Basically, this forces Premiere to render (make large files that require less cpu and gpu effort during playback) everything on the timeline. Possibly, this would allow your drives to work harder, but your cpu less so.
smcFanControl for Mac OS. It's freeware.
great advice thanks guys.
one other issue, has anyone noticed that Final cut pro runs considerably
cooler than premiere cs6? (or even 5.5 for that matter)
Could that be a 32 bit FCP vs a 64 bit CS6 thing? I just feel like FCP
never had these issues.
Your heat issue is coming from the fact that the CPU and GPU are being used heavily.
Yes, running a 32-bit program will use less of your CPU than a 64-bit program, as it is handicapped by its architecture.
Heat can be annoying but it's a sign that your computer is hard at work making things happen - the alternative is much worse.
just installed smcfancontrol. do I have to manually control fan speed now?
Or if I leave it on default settings, will the fans ramp up and down on
their own like they normally do as well?
You can save presets and give them a name, and choose the preset you want to use from the menu bar.
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More on the temperature thing. I have now installed smc fan control, which
allows me to keep the cpu at around 60 even during heavy use - which SHOULD
be no problem. however, the choppiness is still happening during playback.
furthermore, the top of the laptop near where it connects to the screen is
incredibly hot. so I'm thinking, that while the CPU may be at an
appropriate temperature, the GPU is not and is throttling back power to
lower temps. is there a way to tell premiere to use more CPU and less GPU
in these circumstances.
thanks for your help so far everyone!
will changing the project settings to "software only" do this?
sorry if i just answered my own question.
Well that "software only" mode will do all rendering and encoding of CUDA/MPE effects and features in the CPU but there is no throttling back it is one or the other.