Editing in Avid Studio or Pinnacle Studio 16 and 17 is slow or sluggish

This document applies to Avid Studio and Pinnacle Studio 16/17.

Slow or Sluggish Performance in Edit mode

If you are experiencing slow or sluggish editing, the following steps should help to resolve the problem.

1. Minimum Requirements

Verify that the computer being used meets the minimum system requirements

Avid Studio System Requirements

Studio 16/17 System Requirements

Note: Some features such as HD (High Definition) video editing require a higher performance graphics card compared to working with SD (Standard Definition) video material.

2. Preview Settings in Studio

Go to Setup > Control Panel > Preview. There are some settings in this section that may be adjusted to get better results.

Quality: Select “Fastest Playback” and see if your results improve.

Render While Play: Try changing this to OFF. This will cause Background Rendering to pause when you are playing back the project.

Note: Make sure that Background Rendering is complete before previewing. You will know it is done when the orange bar on the timeline ruler has turned green or disappeared.

3. Update Drivers

Make sure that you have the latest sound and video card drivers loaded from their manufacturer's websites.

Determine what sound and video card is on the system by checking in Device Manager. To get to Device Manager by right click on the My Computer icon and select Properties. Next, select the Hardware tab then click the Device Manager button.

To determine what video card is on the system, click the plus sign in front of Display Adapters in the Device Manager list. The video card will be displayed. To determine the manufacturer and date of the video card driver, double click on the video card name. Now click the Driver tab and you will see all the driver information including Driver Provider and Driver Date.

The process for the sound card is very similar. In Device Manager the sound card is displayed in the Sound, video and game controllers section. You can double click on the sound card to determine the driver information in the same fashion as the video card.

Please note that a sound card is required in order to have smooth video playback (even without using audio in the project).

Here are some links to common sound and video card manufacturers websites that would have driver updates available:

Sound Blaster (SB):

4. Background Processes

Make sure there are not too many extra background processes running that may interfere with Studio. Click here for the FAQ on how to do this.


5. Virus scanners or continuous media scanning applications

Virus scanner software can hinder performance. As a test, try disabling the virus scanner and see if it helps.

Note: For safety reasons, it is recommended to disconnect from the internet while the virus scanner is disabled.

If it helps, try to exclude media directories from the scanning paths and/or remove media files (MPG, AVI, WAV, BMP, JPG, etc.) from the files to be scanned. Contact the virus scanner vendor for instructions on how to do this.

Try disabling indexing tools or services from running such as Google Desktop Search, Yahoo Desktop Search, Adobe Photoshop Album Importer, etc.


6. Increase the Priority of Studio

In some cases it can be helpful to increase the priority of the Studio application in Windows. Here is how to do that:

  • With Studio open, press Ctrl-Alt-Delete on the keyboard.
  • Select Start Task Manager.
  • Select the Processes tab.
  • Locate NGStudio.exe in the list.
  • Right-click on NGStudio.exe and select Set Priority.
  • In the Set Priority section, try selecting AboveNormal or High.
  • Once the change is made it will prompt a warning asking if you are sure you want to change the priority class. Select Yes to this. If there is any undesirable change, simply change the priority back to Normal.


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