Laggy playback is a pretty—let’s go with not uncommon—complaint from Premiere Pro users. Because our team feels your pain, we took a deep-dive into Adobe’s Premiere Pro troubleshooting pages and community forums to compile a list of solutions to try out when Premiere Pro feels like it’s lagging.
Going into this, it’s important to remain realistic about your computer’s hardware and specs. (Especially when it comes to editing 4K video or videos with lots of comps or effects added in.) Also, let’s go ahead and get this little nugget of advice out of the way: Don’t update Premiere while you’re in the middle of an edit. That might seem obvious, but it’s just so easy to impulsively check for and begin an update when things get laggy. We’ve all done it. But, seriously, don’t do it.
Now, here’s a solid list of optimized settings and workflow tips to consider when Premiere Pro starts dragging you down.
Quickest Solutions for the Most Improvement
If you’re in a hurry to find out why Premiere Pro is running slow, these four solutions typically offer the most dramatic speed improvement.