Premiere Pro CC 101 Part 2: Memory Preferences

By Kevin P McAuliffe (doddleNEWS) In part one of our look at getting ready to edit in Premiere Pro CC, we covered the first four Preference categories that you’re going to want to alter, so that you have the smoothest editing experience possible. Now, let’s take a look at the last category, MEMORY.

Memory Preferences (click for larger)



Last, but certainly not least, I like to make sure that Premiere Pro isn’t going to hog all the RAM in the system, as we all know we use multiple apps when we are working (Premiere/After Effects/Photoshop). As you can see from the snapshot, my system has 32G of RAM, and right now, there is only 6GB of RAM being allocated for other apps. I normally like to reserve about 20GB for other apps, which leaves 12GB for Premiere.

I’m only working in 1080i, so in most cases, that’s enough for me, as like I said earlier, I like to have other apps open when I’m editing.  If you only work with Premiere open, allocate as much RAM to Premiere as you like. Now, what’s important to keep in mind is that I’m only giving you my suggestions as to what I think you need to adjust, to have the confidence that you can start editing, with the least possible speed bumps along the way.

Now, before we wrap up, I want to talk about the first editorial “speed bump” that many editors run into, and that is setting up your sequence, so it has the right parameters for what your client’s needs are.  Most people, when setting up their sequence immediately navigate to FILE>NEW>SEQUENCE.

Creating a new sequence (click for larger)

Which then brings up the “New Sequence” window, where if you don’t know what you’re selecting, you’re going to end up with a sequence that doesn’t match your clips, which will lead you to no end of headaches when you’re done your project, and ready to deliver to whatever medium the client needs.

Sequence settings (click for larger)

So, of course, that now begs the question. How can you be sure the sequence you are creating is going to match the primary clips you want to edit with? Very simple. To set up a sequence that will match your clips parameters (frame size/frame rate), simply take a clip, and drag it down and drop it onto the “New Item” button at the bottom of the project window.

Drag and Drop to create new Sequences (click for larger)

Now you’re all set to start editing in your new sequence that matches your clip!

Now, not only do you have your NLE streamlined to function the best for the editing job you’re doing, but you’ve now also got the proper type of sequence, so it will be smooth sailing from the first edit, to the last.

Kevin P McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at MIJO in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and E1 Entertainment to name a few.  You can send him an e-mail at, or follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

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