Video Editing Causes the Computer to Lag and Crash

With the advent of specialised video editing software programs as well as ultra high definition screens, the pixel-ratio per-screen is increasing.

This has led to a drastic increase in the requirements for video editing. Back in the old days, video editing was possible on ordinary Pentium processors because the videos were made on a VGA or 2MP camera that had a maximum resolution of 640×480. Nowadays, videos are often created with resolutions that are far superior than those values. This gives rise to the need of advanced computing power for video editing software programs to enable them to run video editing programs like Adobe Premiere Pro, Vegas Pro and CyberShot, as these programs simply can’t work on ordinary computer systems.

People who use these video editing programs sometimes report that their computers lag and then crash even when they’re using a high-end computer system. To the benefit of these users, we’ve come up with a list of solutions that will surely help decrease the crash ratio of video editing software programs on a Windows PC.

Note: Video editing software programs mostly crash due to low availability of RAM for video processing.



  • Decrease Video Quality

While using Camtasia, we discovered that it crashed whenever we initiated the rendering process. The video quality was 4K. After some trial and error, we discovered that Camtasia only crashed when it launched the rendering process, which led us to the conclusion that the video quality was too high for the Processor.

So, be sure to decrease the video quality before you dive into video editing.

In Camtasia, that can easily be done by selecting the video screen size on the upper-left corner of the screen. Similar features can be searched for in other video editing programs to reduce video quality.

  • Lack of Available Memory

Another reason video editing leads to a crash is because the video is too long in length. This issue comes under the rendering feature because both (video duration and rendering) are part of the same environment. When the computer memory is being consumed, the software shows a notification requiring the user to take corrective action.

  • Defragment the HD

This is more of an indirect method but it works. Just defragment the drive if you haven’t done so for a considerable period of time. Defragmentation doesn’t actually improve the speed of rendering but it helps fix the cluttered data on the drive. This brings about a drastic improvement in the performance of the system. Also, consider turning on scheduled defragmentation.

  • Divide Your project into Sub-projects

If the project for editing is too big, it will hang (or freeze) repeatedly during the editing process. A solution to this problem is to divide the project into multiple sub-projects. This will not only decrease the lagging ratio, but it will also improve the rendering speed. Once you’re done with the editing on all parts, you can combine them all into a MASTER project.

  • Use a System Cleaning Software

You can use a decent system junk cleaning utility to sweep away all the trash in the trash that causes extreme sluggishness in the system’s performance. One such example of an efficient software is ST Cleaner. Install the software, and opt for System Scan and Social and Multimedia option. Once the scan, and the subsequent cleanup has been performed, your computer’s performance will see a marked improvement in it. And this shall, of course, have a sure shot positive impact on your video editing tasks.

Raza Ali Kazmi

Raza Ali is content editor and publisher at Sorcim Technologies.