You could seriously use a memory upgrade. Before I upgraded my RAM (4 GB) I experienced instability and errors in all the Adobe Production applications. After the upgrade to 8 GB and 64 Bit Windows 7 it has been smooth sailing.
Take a look at this thread.
True - that has been on my to-do list for quite some time. However, I would hope that AME's render process would be significantly more reliant on my GPU and processor than my RAM, correct? I'm very willing to be wrong here, that was just my previous understanding of the rendering process.
I'm currently trying another render, I've moved the premiere project file to my internal drive and have kept the project elements (raw tape files, PSD's, etc.) on the external drive, and am now attempting to render to my internal drive. I don't have much reason for doing this other than I'm desperately trying to find a configuration that works.
Thanks a bunch!
Rendering, and video editing in general, requires very large amounts of RAM. Adobe recommends a minimum of 12GB of RAM for optimal performance. It could be that the Media Encoder is just plain running out of memory. I'm not saying that this is definitely the answer, but it is a strong possibility.
UPDATE - have now moved up to 8GB of RAM per the advice, and I'm still nowhere. AME continues to
just STOP. No explanation, no error, just STOP.
I'm sorry to hear that. At least you now have more RAM, so your system is better equipped for editing. You do have 64bit OS, correct?
Let's try to get this narrowed down. Does the encoder stop at the same point in every export? If it does, turn on the "preview while encoding" check box in the encoder preferences to find out exactly where it stops. Can you export other projects sucessfully? Take a look at this Adobe help article.
Here's a post from another thread: "I was receiving the "Error compiling movie." and then the "Unknown error" windows a LOT while simply trying to render my previews! But for me, the solution was simple: stop using Premiere in multi-monitor mode. I had bought another monitor for the obvious reasons, but I assume that the video card is over-taxed trying to work two monitors at once. Once back in single monitor mode, I haven't seen this error again!"
I do have a 64 bit OS - Win 7. The RAM does provide a noticable difference in performance - things are much more "snappy" now, which I'm enjoying, but hasn't eliminated my problem.
The encoder does not stop at the same point, it seems to be quite random. I can view the files that I've exported (up until the point they cut off) and there's nothing going on in the clip that would be any sort of red flag - in other words, it is not stopping the coding at a point where a new color correction or title is being introduced, it had all happened previously. This is my first large project on CS4, and I don't have anything else to export at the moment!
I'm not running premiere in multi-monitor mode: I've got a 24" widescreen monitor that is my sole monitor.
I have COMBED the interwebs trying to find a resolution to this issue, and I am no where... I'm currently installing CS4 on a XP machine that I have that is pretty robust, and am going to try encoding on that, just to see if I get a different result.
Any suggestions at all would be MOST appreciated!
Just as a test, select the timeline in Premiere and hit "Control + A" to select all the clips in the timeline. Then right click one of the clips and select "Remove Effects". See if that makes any difference.
It may seem a little drastic, but if this issue cannot be solved, a complete OS reinstall may be in order.
However, I would hope that AME's render process would be significantly more reliant on my GPU and processor than my RAM, correct?
That assumption is incorrect. With CS4 there is essentially no GPU assistance.
Run my Premiere Pro CS4 Benchmark and see how well your system is tuned and setup for Premiere.