Stability issues with MP4 – best other container/CoDec?

Hey guys,


I’m editing a video with footage from two sources. I’ve moved from earlier versions of premiere and I’m making use of the ability to have different timelines for each sequence which I’ve not done before.


My problem is that the further I get through the video, the more unstable the software gets.

PC Specs:

Windows 7 64 bit

Premiere CS4

Athlon 64 X2 Duel Core 6000+ (3ghz)

6GB Ram

200GB free on C drive

410GB free on D drive (set as scratch disk)

90GB free on disc with footage (F)

External eSata disc (80GB)


The footage


Source 1

Container: mp4

Codec: mp4v

Info from GSpot:


MSNV: MPEG-4 (.MP4) for SonyPSP
– mp42: MP4 v2 [ISO 14496-14]
– isom: MP4  Base Media v1 [IS0 14496-12:2003]
Recommended Display Size: 1280 x 720
Created:     2010 Sep 18   11:46:49
Modified:     2010 Sep 18   11:47:38



Source 2

Container: mov

Codec: jpeg

Info from GSpot:


File Type: QuickTime (.MOV)
Mime Type: video/quicktime
Recommended Display Size: 640 x 480
Created:     2010 Sep 25   06:26:41
Modified:     2010 Sep 25   06:26:41





The majority of the footage is mp4, and I only had one 1min mov file when Premiere become so unstable I had to give up. I re-encoded the mp4’s at a lower resolution into AVI at a lower res and it didn’t crash. This makes me think that if I re-encode the footage I should be okay to continue.

Container: AVI

Codec: dvsd

GSpot info:

File Length Correct
DV Type 2 AVI
AVI v1.0
DV Audio/Video: 171 MB (94.92%)
AVI Copy of DV Audio: 9.16 MB (5.06%)
AVI Overhead: 35.7 KB (0.02%)



Are there problems with mp4 and mpeg4 in Premiere CS4? wIll re-encoding fix these issues? Can anyone recommend what I should transcode to? I’ve tried uncompressed AVI which would be ideal I guess quality wise, but it uses far too much disc space for me. Any alternatives?

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