How To Make Premiere Pro Stop Crashing!

Why does Premiere keep crashing! There’s many different reasons why that could happen, but there is one big solution that you can try that tends to really work for a lot of people, and if it doesn’t, we’ll go over some other solutions you can try! So, let’s dive into Premiere and try to stop it from crashing!

The Main Issue: Video Rendering and Playback

The simple thing that you want to try first is to go to File > Project Settings > General, and then under “video rendering and playback”, change it from “GPU acceleration” to “Software Only.”  That’s literally it.  For many people this has prevented Premiere Pro from crashing regularly.  Full disclosure, depending on your computer's setup, it will likely slow down the overall speed during tasks considerably.  But the question is, is the slower speed worth it to make sure it crashes less?  For a lot of people the answer is yes.  

But in case that doesn’t end up solving your problems, here’s a few other solutions you can try.  

Update Premiere

Always check to make sure you’re running the most current version of premiere pro.  Usually the newer builds have solved old issues.  So updating it will typically help to resolve issues that other people have experienced as well.  But if that doesn’t work or if youre not on creative cloud and have CS6 or older.  Try some of these tips:


Check to see if your computer is getting hot when you’re working on it. If it is, where is it located?  Is it tucked into the corner of the room with no airflow?  Try moving it to a better position and make sure the fans are working ok.  Or even give it some cool air manually.
If it’s a laptop, try giving it room to breathe underneath the base, or even going as far as to get a small fan base to keep it cool.

One Thing At A Time

Next one, what else are you doing? I mean, while you’re editing, are you also watching YouTube videos, playing a videogame, and downloading the entire new season of Game of Thrones?  Probably not gonna help Premiere too much.  Try editing with no other programs open, and over time see how many other programs you can also run without it crashing.

Delete Media Cache Files

Another potential solution is to delete your media cache files.  Sometimes these files can end up becoming corrupt, and deleting them can solve a surprising amount of difficulty.  And to be clear, yes, cache data is ok to delete and will  not ruin your system, as long as it’s only cache data you delete.  To make sure you’re doing it correctly, check out this other video I did on my personal channel about it, but then come back here to finish up with this video :D please?

Warp Stabilizer Problems

Warp Stabilizer, it’s an amazing piece of ingenuity, but for some reason a lot of people have agreed that it seems to link back to crashes.  It’s a pretty beefy effect, so we would heavily suggest quickly hitting control or command S, and saving your work before planning to use this effect.  Also, whenever possible, try to nest your stabilized clip before adding additional effects.

Update Graphics Card Drivers

Finally, have you updated your graphics’ card drivers recently?  If not, or if you don’t know what that means, it’s worth trying out.   If you’re on a mac, this is easy, go to the apple logo and go to about this mac, then search for any updates.  If there are any, we’d highly suggest keeping as up to date as possible.

If you’re on a PC, you’ll have to manually check out what kind of GPU you have.  To find out, go to system information and check out your components, and display.  You’re looking for NVidia, AMD, or Intel.  And once you know what kind of a GPU you’re running, go to that manufacturer's website and search for graphics card updates.  And download and install the latest update.

We really hope that these tips were able to help you out!  But that’s it! If you liked the video, you can check out some of our other tutorials, here at

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