10 Replies Latest reply on Apr 18, 2012 12:38 PM by the_wine_snob

    Performance problems when using Premiere Elements for photo slideshows




      I had been using Premiere Elements 9 (PE9) to make a simple slideshow for my parents from their vacation trip and I ran into some serious performance problems.  I had used it to create similar projects before, but not nearly as big.  This one is like 260 photos, so basically it is 260 seperate clips.  I have a POWERHOUSE workstation (see below) so it isn't my PC.  Even when PE9 crashes, looking at my performance monitor my CPU and RAM aren't even halfway being utilized.  I finally switched to Windows Movie Maker of all things and it worked seemlessly, amazing really.  I'm wondering if I was just using PE9 for something other than what it was designed for since there weren't really any video clips, just a ton of photos that I made into video clips, if that makes sense.  Based upon my experience with this so far, I can't imagine using PE9 anymore for anything really.  I might have the need for a more professional video editing program in the near future, although it does seem like PE has a lot of features.  How can I make sure it utilizes my workstation to its full potential?  Here are my specs:



      Intel Core i7-2600K 4.6 GHz Overclocked

      ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard

      AMD Firepro V8800 Video Card

      Crucial 128 GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive (Operating System)

      Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) Memory

      Corsair H60 Liquid CPU Cooler

      Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 Power Supply

      Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case

      Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III Hard Drive

      Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III Hard Drive

      Western Digital Green 3 TB SATA III Hard Drive

      Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700

      I don’t play any games but it’s a great productivity mouse with 13 customizable buttons

      Wacom Intuos5 Pen Tablet


      Yes, this system is blazingly fast.  I have yet to feel it slow down, even with Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator and numerous other apps running at the same time.  HOWEVER, Premiere Elements 9 has crashed NUMERUOS times, every time my system wasn't even close to being fully taxed. 


      Monitors – All run on the ATI V8800


      Dell Ultra Sharp 30 inch

      Samsung 27 Inch

      HAANS-G 28 Inch


      Herman Miller Embody Ergonomic Chair (one of my favorite items)