We're always working hard to improve our video editor and ensure it runs smoothly regardless of what type of computer you're using. However there are a few things you can do to help avoid errors and slow processing, and ensure your editing experience is the best it can be.
1. Use the latest version of Chrome or Edge
Create works in the Google Chrome internet browser (which you can download for free here) and also in the most recent versions of Microsoft Edge (based on Chromium). Their browser technology allows us to provide the fastest and smoothest performance.
Always updating to the latest version is important. The following steps show the process in Chrome, the one in Edge is similar.
To check your version is up to date, go to the right hand menu in Chrome > Help > About Google Chrome.
2. Clear the browser cache, then restart Chrome/Edge
As mentioned in the Chrome support, https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/32050
On your computer, open Chrome
At the top right, open the menu (the 3 vertical dots)
Click More tools --> Clear browsing data
At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time
Next to "Cached images and files," check the box. Make sure no other box is checked
Click Clear data
Restart Chrome - type chrome://restart into the address bar and hit Enter.
This is useful if you experience loading issues of media files in an editing project or interruptions while playing back a video in the editing window.
3. Free up processing resources on your computer
This helps to ensure there's more memory and GPU power available to process your editing project.
Close other browser tabs, only keep Create open in 1 browser tab
Keep the Clipchamp browser tab open and in the foreground otherwise Chrome might take away processing resources from it
Close other applications that might be running on your computer
4. Make sure your computer has sufficient disk space
There needs to be enough free space on your computer's internal HDD or SSD available, which is required for temporary project files and space during the video processing and exporting phase. The available free space should be more than the size of the media files you're using in your project.
5. Always click "Allow" in the popup that appears
When you first open a Clipchamp Create project, a popup will appear saying "app.clipchamp.com wants to store files on this device". Clicking "allow" in this popup is necessary for the Create editor to function properly.
To learn why, see: Why does Create ask to store files on my device?
6. Use smaller and fewer input media files to reduce loading times
This is an optional step if you're experiencing lag after adding files to an editing project. Larger and longer files take more time to process before they're available to be used.
Adding multiple media files at once can also increase processing times. If you're using 4K video for instance, it can help to compress these files to 1080p first (e.g. at https://util.clipchamp.com) before using them in a project.
7. Disable problematic browser extensions
Sometimes extensions like Ghostery or Adblock Plus can prevent the functional workflow of Create. We recommend disabling these for https://app.clipchamp.com/ (your projects page)
To disable Ghostery, click the Ghostery icon in your toolbar and choose "Trust Site".
To disable Adblock Plus, click the ABP icon in your toolbar and choose "Disable on this site".
Some other extensions can interfere with Create if you have them installed. We've seen cases where the Google Translate or VidIQ extensions have caused problems with importing media or exporting your finished project. To disable these extensions, open a new browser tab and go to chrome://extensions/. Uncheck the "Enabled" box next to these extensions.
Once they are disabled, reload the Create project page.
8. Make sure your internet connection is stable
Unlike other online editors, Create does not rely on the uploading and downloading of large files, making it less dependent on internet speeds. However, Create still requires an active internet connection to function and to save your progress. For best performance, and to avoid losing changes to your project, ensure you have a stable internet connection when using Create.
9. Don't delete the source files from your computer
There are situations where the Create editor might ask you to relink the video, audio and image files you used in your project. If you delete, rename, or move these source files on your computer, it could cause problems when you reopen your project, so be sure to keep them.
A Final Note
Your computer needs to satisfy some requirements to ensure Create works as expected. Your available memory/RAM should be at least 8 GB and your machine should be a 64-Bit computer running a 64-bit OS and the 64-bit version of Chrome or Edge.
If you're working with an older computer that doesn't meet these requirements, the editor may still work, but be aware that you could encounter problems, and would likely have a better experience on a different computer.
Try it out
Ready to get started? You can check out our Getting Started article, or head straight to Create to try it out for yourself: