7 Replies Latest reply on Apr 11, 2010 12:58 PM by Bill Gehrke

    Project slowing right down


      Hi there


      We are editing some footage from around 8 tapes, some different formats (HD, AVCHD etc... ) and the project is starting to become very unresponsive.

      We are runnning a Sony Vaio VGN-AR49G – specs here - http://vaio-online.sony.com/prod_info/vgn-ar49g/vgn-ar49g.pdf..

      Running fresh install of Win7.


      Just wondering if anyone has any tips of settings (or anything...) which we can tweak to try to get the project to become a bit more responsive.  Things like we turned off the "showing frames & wave forms" on the timeline and it speed things up.


      Thanks very much!




        • 1. Re: Project slowing right down
          Bill Gehrke Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          First question, you failed to mention what version of Premiere you are using?


          It is a laptop and you only have the minimum requirements hardware wise.2 Gb RAM, you do not have a dedicated second disk drive of 7200 rpm.


          Have you tuned the operating system (how many processes are running) and also gotten rid of all the Sony extra garbage that they loaded.  See this post as a starting point.


          Edit:  I see now you have a fresh install of Windows 7.  This should eliminate the extra Sony programs.


          Message was edited by: Bill Gehrke

          • 2. Re: Project slowing right down
            the_wine_snob Level 9



            Not sure what system you built from the Sony site, but the first thing that I noticed from that spec. sheet is a 5400 RPM, 320GB HDD. Is that ALL that you have? If so, that is one bottleneck.


            Can you possibly list exactly what you have, rather than a menu of possible choices?


            Good luck,



            • 3. Re: Project slowing right down
              zsportz Level 1

              It's Premiere Pro CS4

              According to the stickers on the bottom it is Intel 2 duel Core T7500, 2.2G, 320 HDD, unsure about the RPM ?


              I have a bit more information about the sequence of events ..


              Editing was fine yesterday (HD and AVCHD in the timeline)

              Rendered over night.

              2 new tapes imported (but not yet loaded into the timeline)

              Same timeline, very slow today, after doing anything in the timeline the swirly hourglass pops up for around 30 seconds.


              Looking at the computer resources being used CPU is at 70% RAM 50-60%

              We have increased the Virtual Memory to 4096.

              Is there anything else specifically which we should tweak?

              Can we turn Importer Process Server off?  It uses twice as much memory (495000K) as Premier Pro (247000K)


              Is there a repair we can do?? ... or any way to tell what is happening when the swirly hourglass appears?


              Thanks very much for your help..




              • 4. Re: Project slowing right down
                the_wine_snob Level 9



                Unfortunately, with any HD, and especially AVCHD material, your computer is horribly underpowered.


                If you have the HDD in the PDF, then it will never be adequate to playback HD material.


                With a Dual-core CPU, you will never be able to playback and edit AVCHD. The absolute minimum will be a fast Quad-core CPU, and an i7 will do a bit better. That is the min. for most folk, who use that type of footage.


                Sorry for the bad news,



                • 5. Re: Project slowing right down
                  Bill Gehrke Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  According to the PDF there are two 160 GB disk drives at 5400 rpm. The fine print at the bottom says that initially that the two disks are set to RAID 0.  That means performace is better, but at some risk of data loss.


                  Fortunately, you do have an Express Card slot so an way to meet the 7200 RPM requirement woulf be to buy an eSATA Express Card and use an external 7200 rpm SATA drive in an eSATA enclosure.


                  This does not solve the underpowered CPU for handling AVCHD/HD and reducing encoding times.  Look at your Task Manager/Processes Tab and show all and tell us how many processes are running without starting any Adobe software?

                  • 6. Re: Project slowing right down
                    the_wine_snob Level 9



                    Thanks for that. Guess your young eyes can pick up detail in the "fine print," that mine just miss.





                    • 7. Re: Project slowing right down
                      Bill Gehrke Adobe Community Professional & MVP



                      Sorry to mislead you, and thanks to my Jeweler's Binocular Visor