When using Premiere Pro, you may encounter issues relating to playback and performance. Issues that commonly occur include:
- Drop in frames
- Audio drop out
- No Video during playback
- Playback getting stuck when you hit the play button or spacebar
Many issues that are related to playback and performance are linked to the Media Cache and Media Cache Database. Media Cache contains the .CFA and .PEK files which are generated by Premiere Pro while importing clips for the first time in Project bin. This issue could also be related to any audio/video effects that you apply to clips in sequences.
Delete Media Cache files: Delete the cache files from Media Cache and Media Cache Database folders. For more information on how to free up hard disk space by removing cached media files, see Managing the media cache database.
Check the MediaCore folder to verify whether the installed plugins are compatible with Premiere Pro CC 2017.
For Windows, the files are located at:
For macOS, the files are located at:
MAC HD/Library/ ApplicationSupport/Adobe/Common/Plugins/7.0/MediaCore
Select Edit > Preferences > Audio Hardware, to check the computer audio device and settings, including the ASIO and MME settings (for Windows OS), or CoreAudio settings (for macOS) that is used by Premiere Pro for audio playback and recording. For more information, see Audio Hardware preferences.
For macOS, try to create an aggregate device by selecting built-in input/output dvices.
For Windows, try to disable all devices except Realtek listed under Sounds. You may also want to see Windows 10: How to fix sound issues after upgrade.
- Check the Premiere Pro System requirements page to identify hardware compatibility issues as well as the documentation available on how to optimize hardware for Premiere Pro.
- You may also want to consult the documentation on Proxy Workflow in Premiere Pro CC to use the proxy functionality and switch between native and proxy formats to get the job done faster.
Performance issues such as flickering while expoting, glitches while exporting, random lines etc can also be due to some AMD cards. These issues have been noticed in hardware setups including the following:
- Retina 5K display
- 27-inch (diagonal) Retina 5K display with IPS technology and 5120x2880 resolution
- AMD Radeon R9 M380 2GB memory
- AMD Radeon R9 M390 2GB memory
- AMD Radeon R9 M395 2GB memory
- iMac (2014) with AMD Radeon R9 M290X 2048 MB
- AMD D700 cards in Mac Pro (2013 version)
Workaround: Select Premiere Pro File Menu>Project Settings>General and change to Renderer to Software only Mode. You can also change the memory allocation by selecting Preferences>Media>Memory and assign minimum RAM to Premiere Pro.