… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Tip #037: Fixing Dropped Frame Errors
Dropped frame errors generally mean hard disk or CPU problems.
Tip #35 showed how to display the Dropped Frame Indicator. Green indicates that your system is fast enough to play the current media in real-time without dropping any frames, which causes stuttery or stopped playback.
However, when this glows yellow, you’ve got problems. Here’s what could be causing the issue:
Dropped frame errors are generally caused by one or more of these factors:
- A hard disk that’s too slow to keep up with the video format you are editing
- A boot disk with insufficient free space
- A media disk (external drive) with insufficient free space
- A hard disk that’s overly fragmented, or with confused disk directories
- An effect that’s too complex for the CPU to calculate in real time
- Insufficient RAM for the size of the project
- A video format (such as HEVC) that’s too complex for the CPU to decode in real-time
Demanding more data from your storage than it is capable of delivering in real-time is the most frequent cause of dropped frames.
In general, try to maintain at least 20% free space on all storage devices. And, to make sure you aren’t running into problems, make sure the dropped frame indicator is turned on.