Q: Why is Vegas Movie Studio saying "Out of Memory" error, when I have plenty of RAM?
Answer: Older versions of Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum were susceptible to a Low Memory Error in particular situations. Specifically, Vegas can have a problem accessing enough RAM (memory) if you have Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum (32 bit) installed on a Windows 64 bit Operating System.
Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 and all older versions of Movie Studio were only 32bit programs, which means they can only utilize a maximum of less than 4GBs of RAM.
When you install a 32 bit program like Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 on a 64 bit computer, it runs in 32 bit compatibility mode. So even if you have more than 4GBs of RAM installed on your 64 bit computer (like 8, 16 or 32GBs), Vegas can only access and use less than 4GBs.
On top of this normal problem that ALL 32 bit programs suffer from, 64 bit users may also experience a glitch in Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 which limits access to the RAM even further - to just a mere 2GBs !
In a 720p or 1080p project, this results in Vegas just freezing up. Fortunately this problem for 64 bit users was fixed during one of the free Build Updates for Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 - Build 283.
If you are a V11 user, please make sure that you have upgraded to the latest free build version for the program.
There is no program update available for V10 users.
Movie Studio Platinum 12 users have nothing to worry about, because V12 now comes as a 64 bit and 32 bit program.
How much RAM do you have installed ?
Version 11 and older versions of Vegas Movie Studio can only access a maximum of 4GBs of Memory (RAM). Even though this is the case, please make sure that you DO actually have 4GBs of RAM installed. I have seen time and time again some people on Laptops only having 2GBs of RAM installed. This is just way too low for any Video Editing program to work with properly. Once you throw a couple of HD Video files into Vegas, it's going to completely freak out.
RAM is cheap, so make sure you have a minimum 4GBs installled or more, if you are on a 64 bit computer.