Low System Memory Error - Am I missing something?

eVoke wrote on 12/30/2014, 3:26 PM
Hello All -

I'm certain this has probably been asked a dozen times at least but I'm stuck and I'm hoping there is a noted fix out there that I have missed.

I've spent the last 3 days trying to take (8) 1920x1080 .m2ts files (from a Canon HG20) and render/downscale them to a NTSC Widescreen Main Concept mpeg2 file for a DVD (length is a little over an hour)

This is what happens
Rendering progess will reach 30% and then black screens will appear in preview window. The frequency of black screens will increase once the progress reaches 31%. Low system error memory will finally crash the program between 32-36% progress.
Also noted is the time for render completion will never drop lower than 42 minutes. With each completed percentage increase the time will jump back to 45 minutes

Sony Vegas Pro 12 (the final build)
System is HP Envy Phoenix Ht-1440t
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 1.5GB GDDR5
2TB OS Drive
(2) 1TB scratch disks

Uninstalled several software applications to determine possible conflicts and low system memory error still persists
Tried all recommendations noted in the knowledge base and in the Vegas Pro forums (changes to dynamic RAM preview, number of rendering threads, virtual memory - etc.)

Is there another fix that I've missed somewhere?


eVoke wrote on 1/1/2015, 11:29 AM
No suggestions from anyone?
SecondWind-SK wrote on 1/1/2015, 12:40 PM
I'm probably the last person to provide an answer, but others often recommend checking you interlace settings in the render preferences and also recommend trying the render with GPU turned off. I did a search on the forum and found several threads about "m2ts files" and several threads about "low system memory". You may find some help with those searches.

Happy New Year
Byron K wrote on 1/1/2015, 1:10 PM
How does the memory look in Task Manager when you render? Is the memory graph pegged at 12Gig? If not you may want to try re-seating the RAM.

I just had an issue w/ my video card last night. Right in the middle of running an application, my screen went blank and I couldn't reboot my PC. Nothing on the screen, not even the post info. I went into the PC, pulled the video card and re-seated, re-plugged the card's power cable, and it booted up fine.. so far.
Steve Mann wrote on 1/2/2015, 12:09 AM
It hasn't even been a year this time...

It's been a year, so here's a repost..

Low Memory or Out of Memory does not mean "Not enough RAM", though adding RAM can sometimes fix a "Low Memory" warning. A "Low Memory" warning means that you have exceeded your commit limit. You need either a bigger page file, more physical memory, or both.

One of the biggest sources of confusion over Windows memory usage is the whole concept of virtual memory compared to physical memory. Windows organizes memory, physical and virtual, into pages. Each page is a fixed size (typically 4 KB). To make things more confusing, there’s also a pagefile. Many Windows users still think of this as a swap file, a bit of disk storage that is only called into play when you absolutely run out of physical RAM. In versions of Windows starting with Vista, that is no longer the case. The most important thing to realize is that physical memory and the page file added together equal the commit limit, which is the total amount of virtual memory that all processes can reserve and commit. When the pool of commit memory goes low, it triggers the "Low Memory" warning from Windows. When a program needs more memory from the commit pool that is available, it halts with the "Low Memory" error. To add to the confusion, Windows also suggests that you can "close open applications" without telling you that all processes commit memory from the pool. Even if you only have one application running according to the Task Manager (which is impossible, by the way), you still have dozens of running processes in the background. For example - Windows loads MS Office applications into memory so that their applications will appear to load faster than the competition.

Your web browser program also consumes an awful lot of RAM. Try rebooting and do not run any Office or browser programs.
FilmingPhotoGuy wrote on 1/2/2015, 2:17 AM
Download and run EndItAll2. This purges unnecessary memory usage. It may help you.
Shinra Bansho wrote on 1/2/2015, 4:42 AM
I had exactly the same issue the other day costing me a few days despite the fact that I had lots of available memory. After all, turning off "GPU acceleration" solved the problem.