Solution to "An error occurred while creating the media file. The system is low on memory. You may be able to reduce memory usage by closing other applications" when trying to render a video file in Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum

I got this error today in Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite when I tried to render a video file. >

An error occurred while creating the media file …. The system is low on memory. You may be able to reduce memory usage by closing other applications.

The real problem is that Vegas is a 32bit application and therefore is only allowed 2GB of RAM. Rendering video files requires much more than that. (Good discussion on SOF here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/639540/how-much-memory-can-a-32-bit-process-access-on-a-64-bit-operating-system)

You need to modify the CF header of the Vegas executable to allow it to consume more than 2GB of RAM. This process is documented in detail on creativecow here: http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/24/910691

Here’s how I did it:

1. Download and install CFFExplorer.exe.

a) Go to http://www.ntcore.com/exsuite.php

b) Click on the “Download the Explorer Suite” link in the upper right hand corner of the page:

c) Install it

2. Open CFFExplorer.exe as Administrator, make sure you open as administrator otherwise you won’t be able to save the file.

3. Open the Vegas file. Mine was here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.0\VegasMovieStudioPE100.exe. You should backup the original file just in case you need to revert later.

4. In the left hand pane, click on File Header and then in the right pane, click on “Click here”

5. Check the “App can handle >2gb address space” checkbox and click OK.

6. Click Yes to overwrite the original file

7. If you get an error that the file can’t be written then you didn’t open CFF Explorer as administrator.

You should now be able to render videos in Vegas without any memory problems.

Jon