Generate Timeline and Project window clip thumbnails in Background
Having PP slow down editing or playback so that it can generate thumbnails as new clips enter the visible portion of the Timeline is perhaps the most annoying thing in PP at the moment, since it happens every single time I open the program.
Generate timeline clip thumbnails in the BACKGROUND! This way, when I play my timeline, it won't suddenly start stuttering as new clips come into view.
Save generated thumbnails so they don't need to be regenerated every time a project is opened.
The same should be true for thumbnails in the Project window. It's extremely annoying to have to wait while PP generates thumbnails for each newly displayed clip. Why can't these be automatically generated in the background, and then saved, so if I have to restart PP due to a crash, at least I won't have to wait for all of these thumbnails to be created again.
Fixing this would make editing in PP a heck of a lot smoother and more enjoyable!
Pierre Louis Beranek commented
Thanks for the tip Andy! I just added my vote. It's sad this hadn't been given priority by Adobe since while some of their flashy new features might appeal to some editors, fixing this would appeal to 100% of their Pr editors!
Andy Adkins commented
The requests to improve thumbnail generation/loading (an absolute productivity-killer which Adobe should be embarrassed about) are scattered all over the place. The one with the most votes appears to be here, so please vote and comment if you haven't:
Maybe this will make them hears us better. Maybe. I personally don't care how they fix it - either through a cache, loading in the background or by just making them 10x faster to load. I have a fast modern machine and fasts storage and it's still awful. Pulling stuff off older/slower archive drives is just painful. Seems to be worse w/ h264 gop media and faster w/ prores. 422 10 bit long-gop footage from a GH5 has been about the slowest.
Yes, this always been an issue of mostly all PP CC versions, HD or 4K. I do projects with 500+ clips and yes, it's very frustrating. If Adobe can solve this would be the perfect program. Makes the system so slow while refreshing. Btw I don't see too many people complaining because they do projects with less than 100 clips which is faster.
katherine strain commented
I would say this is very normal and frustrating. I do all my editing from a SAN with 10gig networking, which works great except this just amplifies the time to generate thumbnails due to the extra network latency. I have all my caches on local SSD storage but of course thumbnails are not stored in any caches just memory. So every time I load a typical project with a couple hundred 4k videos i spend time waiting. thanks to regular premier lockups etc. I might waste half an hour a day watching thumbnails generate. This is the case on every machine I have ever edited with, from laptop to monster HP workstation.
Pierre Louis Beranek commented
I keep seeing this same behaviour on several computers with completely different hardware, so I do think this needs Adobe's attention.
I remember thumbnail generation being smooth as butter in past PP versions. If I recall correctly it's been working extremely poorly over the last 2 years of PP versions.
Part of this might be because I'm editing 4k footage now. I believe PP renders thumbnails for HD footage far quicker and so it isn't nearly as painful a wait.
Anyone else seeing this problem of thumbnail generation slowing down editing/playback?
Jim Simon commented
The behavior you're seeing isn't normal. I don't think this needs Adobe attention. Try the forums for a fix.