Before I start talking about the issue, I want to take this opportunity to thank Adobe for an amazingly feature rich Elements product pair. Both Photoshop and Premiere Elements 10 are chalk full of unexpected features that can be useful for any body at a surprisingly reasonable price!
Having said that, I sincerely hope that there is a solution to the behavior I am experiencing. I am going to be calling technical support tomorrow to see what they have to say. In the mean time, I wanted to post this in the forums, in case someone has already figured out a solution or if others are experiencing the same issue and have suggestions. Here is my system spec:
OS: Windows 7 64 bit
CPU: AMD Quad core 3.0 GHz
RAM: 8 GB
Multiple Hard drives (including SSD) to split load of OS, Program files, virtual memory, Media cache files, and Preview files
After searching on the Internets and the forums, I am experiencing a handicapping Premiere Elements GUI performance lag, that apparently, others have experienced in previous versions. The exact symptoms are, relatively speaking,
- generally slow GUI response,
- annoying artifacts when panels are resized, at the point of resizing...sometimes these artifacts stay there until the Premiere window is minimized and restored. For example the timeline will duplicate itself above itself when the panel is resized
- choppy mouse pointer movement while a clip is being dragged on the timeline, sometimes causing irritating accurate clip placement
- These symptoms are apparent, especially on the time-line where the clips refresh at a surprisingly slow rate, to the degree, that sometimes one is looking at the screen and tapping fingers while waiting for the clips to refresh on the time-line to the new position of movement. And this is with one 3 minute movie file (1440x1080 m2ts) on the time-line with no effects or anything applied yet.
These symptoms occur when I have nothing else running in Windows (even disabled antivirus at one point), and no effects applied. With other programs running Premiere GUI response slows down to a crawl. It becomes unusable. Fortunately there is a work around, though not for everyone.
The work around from the internet is to disable a Windows 7 GUI feature called "Desktop Composition". This work around is easily implemented as such:
- Right click on the Premiere Elements program shortcut.
- Click on properties
- Select the Compatibility tab
- And check "Disable Desktop composition" in the Settings group
However, there is an exception to this work around. It only reveals itself if you are using the 32 bit version on Windows 7 64 bit. If you are using the 64 bit version of Premiere Elements then the Settings group options are grayed out. In which case the only work around is to disable "Desktop Composition" as such:
- Right click on Computer icon
- Click on properties
- Click on Advanced system settings
- Select the Advanced tab
- Click on Settings button under Performance
- In the Visual Effects tab uncheck "Enable Desktop Composition"
After disabling desktop composition this way, Premiere Elements 10 GUI response rate is acceptable (though still not up to par with other comparable or higher end programs like Premiere Pro. I have seen Premiere Pro tutorial videos made on systems with half the resources of this computer and using the same file types of similar sizes (on multiple tracks) and resolution with mouth watering response rates to dream for).
Unfortunately there are draw backs to the second work around, because you have to disable Desktop Composition in the Advanced System Settings, you are causing all the programs to suffer from the lack of this feature. And, apart from Aero being disabled (which I miss using) for example, other programs that depend on this feature start to show discernible artifacts on the screen when their windows are moved around, and generally speaking the Windows 7 GUI takes a visible refresh rate hit, it seems to me.
What I am hoping for is this:
- An update to improve this slow refresh rate with Desktop Composition enabled, since this feature is apparently crucial for a comfortable Aero GUI user experience which I have become attached to.
- If not, then at the least the ability to disable “Desktop Composition" only for Premiere Elements.
- If not, then at the very least some way to automatically disable desktop composition when Premiere Elements is started, and then when it is turned off, re-enable this feature seamlessly without user intervention.
Currently, I am having to manually go into Advanced System Properties every time before I start Premiere Elements and after I close it to disable and enable desktop composition.
Thanks for your support!