I have a Dell M6500 with a quad processor, win7 64 bit, 16GB of memory and a ton of available disk space but every time I import video files, the"Generating Peak fie" takes forever. My average file is 1GB and I'm editing together three of them. It's always the last file that I import that hangs. Yesterday at quitting time it had run for 4 hours and was still going - this morning it had completed. I have 200 of these files to edit - what can I do to speed this up?
That seems way too long. First of all, whatever you do, DO NOT check the box in media preferences that says something like "keep cache files with the originals". I accidentally had this checked and the program wanted to generate new peak files EVERY time I opened a project.
I have noticed that some file types seem to take longer than others. Perhaps you could try transcoding a file into a few different formats and see if any work better than your native files?
Creating .pek files is primarily a disk intensive process. You mentioned your hard drive (singular) has plenty of space. Ideally with Premiere Pro you want a minimum of three drives.
C: Windows and Programs
D: Projects and Scratch (.pek files will end up here)