3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 24, 2012 3:30 PM by the_wine_snob

    Video playback slow when adding titles

    Bruno Ci.

      I'm using Premiere Elements 10 on iMac with 4 GB RAM and i7 processor, and I noticed a weird behaviour with the playback function.

      Usually it works fine but, if I add a title into a video track (EDIT->New Item->Title), the playback becomes very slow and sometimes it is totally frozen. I can "scrub" the timeline without any problem, but it seems that the "play" button stops working. It happens with simple video clips too.

      Have you ever experienced similar issues on a Mac?


      Thank you.


        • 1. Re: Video playback slow when adding titles
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          After you overlay Video, say in a Title, or PiP (Picture in Picture), or add/adjust an Effect, you should get a red line about the Clip(s) affected. To get the smoothest playback, one should Render at least that/those Clip(s), by hitting the Enter/Return key. Note: one can limit the area of the Timeline, with the WAB (Work Area Bar).


          Hope that helps,



          • 2. Re: Video playback slow when adding titles
            Bruno Ci. Level 1

            Thank you Hunt, your suggestion is correct.


            I got a little bit confused by the "play" button, that didn't switch its icon to "pause". Moreover the animation looked smooth when I dragged the cursors forward and backward... It really seems that the system didn't start the playback, rather than just "needing a renderer". However now I know it!



            • 3. Re: Video playback slow when adding titles
              the_wine_snob Level 9



              Great news!


              Rendering is often mis-understood, as with some footage/Projects, and some editing operations, it is not really necessary for adequately smooth playback. I often have SD Projects, where I will never bother to Render anything, as it is smooth enough, without Rendering. However, and especially when doing Keyframed Effect animation, I might Render a section of my Timeline many dozen times, to test with the best playback. With HD material/Projects, especially if one does not have a "killer" computer, Rendering might be more necessary, and more often. This ARTICLE goes into more detail.


              Good luck, and happy editing,