• Create a Static pagefile on the boot volume. Set the minimum and maximum size to such a size that the sum of installed memory and pagefile is around 48 GB with a minimum of 1 GB, even if more than 48 GB memory is installed.
  • Turn off all power saving modes, especially hibernation. Also remove the "hiberfil.sys" file from the boot volume.
    • Go to cmd.exe as administrator and from the command prompt type in:
      "powercfg.exe -h off" without the quotes and press enter. Then exit.
  • Turn off all services not needed. Follow the instructions on Black Viper's Service Configuration.
  • Disable all auto-start processes that are not needed. Use something like Piriform CCleaner to do that.
  • Turn off indexing and compression on all volumes.
  • Regularly clean-up and defrag all volumes. Raxco's PerfectDisk Pro is a nice tool for this.
    • SSD's are not affected by file fragmentation like HDD's. However, free space consolidation can improve SSD write performance. The SSD Optimize defrag method is a special defrag method for SSD drives that focuses on free space consolidation without defragmentation of files. As such, it will leave files in a fragmented state while consolidating free space into large pieces.
  • Keep regular backups of critical files like projects and media up-to-date.
  • Edit natively as much as possible. Convert non-editable formats to an editable format externally or use a consumer type editor.
  • Keep your video drivers (and other drivers) up-to-date.
  • Disable integrated video devices in the BIOS if you have a dedicated video card.
  • Turn off Visual Effects not really required.
  • Completely turn off UAC, User Account Control.
  • Use PCIe-3.0 if you can. It reduces overhead by around 20% in comparison to PCIe-2.0 and increases bandwidth significantly.
  • Run Premiere Pro and Encore with full administrator rights with all the files on local storage.
  • Take ownership on all directories you need to administer and replace all child object and auditing permissions with inheritable entries.

  • Do not use 'Green' disks because they constantly spin down.
  • Do not use disks slower than 7200 RPM.
  • Do not let Windows dynamically manage the pagefile size. It causes fragmentation on the boot volume and slows things down.
  • Do not use partitions on any drive. Partitions are a thing of the past and only help to reduce performance and increase wear-and-tear, reducing life-expectancy.
  • Do not use any distribution or delivery codecs and codecs that use the QuickTime 32 Server extension, among them QuickTime, ProRes and DNxHD in a .MOV wrapper.
  • Never install codec packs like K-Lite.
  • Do not install non-video related software on an editing machine, like games or Office suites.
  • Do not use a striped raid on the boot volume. It does not help editing performance, only doubles the risk of catastrophic data loss.
  • Do not use Thunderbolt, if you can choose PCIe-3.0 connections.
  • Do not use a NAS for editing. Not only is it too slow, but more importantly, Windows has no file-locking mechanism.
  • Do not pollute your boot disk.
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  • Hi everyone,

    How about Dynamic Linking to after effects? I Find that's when things really start slowing down. Does anyone have any recommendations when it comes to this. Right now I have a pretty good drive set up for Premiere with each task getting it's own fast SSD or Raid0 drive...but what happens when we link to Ae, I'm guessing some serious bottle necking takes place and that its best to run each program separately.

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  • Dynamic Link places a huge burden on the system. Most systems come to a crawl because of the dynamic linkl. For that reason I always finish the work in AE and export it uncompressed to disk and import that into my PR project.

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  • This is really a great site! Thank you very much! I've a question: I want to change my Mac Pro > PC (x99, i7 5930k, gtx 970) I often need to deliver Quicktime ProRes (HQ).
    - How can I deliver Quicktime ProRes (HQ) on a PC ?
    - If not possible at all, what would be the best (or better?) alternative? Are there plugins, because I've read the multiplatform DNcHD is good, but in your don'ts it says: "Do not use ....QuickTime, ProRes and DNxHD in a .MOV wrapper."
    - the GTX 970 (as many others) are not in the Premiere supported GPU lists. Can I just add the GPU to the list and it will fully function?
    - "Do not install non-video related software on an editing machine" Would it be possible under a different Login? (or you suggest not)

    Many many THANKS!

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  • Guest - ArMak

    On building a new system using a 256g ssd. Is there any poblems with spliting/partitioning guid Mac/Win. I was doing that with a 120g and it ran fine., but died after using it for the media and cache and pagefile. I think i need seperate ssds for media etall or a pciessd. should the pagefile be on a seperate drive. Once job finished move to archive hdd.
    Also in doing Dvavi up conversion to 1080p(RGInstantHD, Frames, DenoiserII,,,no other plugins), is 3g vram on a gtx 780 enough? (770 4g, 780 6g?)

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  • On my C drive, I have a 120gb Samsung EVO, and it's telling me that about 48 gigs are free. I have set the pagefile there as well. Is this reasonable or should I be running CCleaner like crazy?

    from Dallas, TX, USA
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  • It sounds reasonable, depending on the size of your page-file. Look at the Tuning Guide for more details.

    Comment last edited on about 4 years ago by Super User
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  • "Never install codec packs like K-Lite". I'd like to know why? what do I need to install instead of K-lite?

    from India
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  • First of all, the codecs in that package are reverse-engineered, they are not a pack of original codecs, and you know a replica or fake is never as good as the original. Second, it replaces or overrides the codecs that Adobe supplies, so effectively you only work with the fake codecs. It causes a lot of problems and when you try to un-install the package, you are left with a corrupted registry and a still unreliable Adobe installation. The only remedy to get rid of these problems is to completely wipe your OS disk and reinstall the OS and all programs.

    If you need additional codecs, only use those codecs where you are sure that they don't corrupt your Adobe installation. On the Adobe forums there are many posts that for instance Cineform, DNxHD, Lagarith and UT are solid, trustworthy codecs that do not cause problems with Adobe software, but K-Lite has a very, very bad reputation. I once tried it out myself (stupid idiot that I was...) and the only way to solve all the issues it caused was a complete fresh install of OS & programs. FFMPEG is another very troublesome codec to be avoided, as I know from my own experience.

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  • Thank you Super User, So all those codecs which I needed came along with adobe?

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  • Guest - Jon

    Great info. But I just want to get clear on your recommended pagefile size.

    If as an example I have 16gb RAM installed, what should my "Initial size" and "Maximum size" be set to?


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  • Jon,

    That is stated in the first point of the 'Do's'. With 16 GB of RAM, set your initial and maximum page-file size to 32 GB. Then the sum of RAM and page-file is 48 GB.

    Comment last edited on about 4 years ago by Super User
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  • Guest - David

    What exactly do you mean by 'don't pollute your boot disk?'

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  • Pollution happens over time when you use a computer. It happens when you use internet, which leaves cookies, history, passwords, etc. It happens when you install programs, even when you later remove them, remnants of some programs are left in the registry, shortcuts can become invalid in the registry. Events can leave large logfiles, restore points can take up a lot of unnecessary space, user profiles can grow significantly, and on and on.

    If the space used on the boot disk, excluding the pagefile, exceeds say 50 - 60 GB, even with multiple versions of the Master Collection, then you already have pollution. Use something like CCleaner to get rid of that pollution, use Disk Cleanup, More Options, Clean Up System Restore and Shadow Copies to free up space.

    On my own system, when I see that the boot disk - excluding the pagefile - occupies more than 30 GB, I start cleaning up.

    Comment last edited on about 4 years ago by Super User
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