Memory leak when playing flash videos (created with Camtasia)

Posted on 2007-07-30
Last Modified: 2016-02-10
I am using Windows XP Pro with IE7 and my Thinkpad T42p has 1GB of memory. Ever time I play a flash videos (problem only tested with Camtasia produced flash videos), my computer eventually begins swapping memory due to all the physical RAM being used up.

I am wondering if it is normal for a flash video (created from Camtasia Studio embedded with a time placement scroller) to eat up 800 plus megabytes of physical RAM memory.  I noticed that if I move the time slider up and down or the longer the video is playing, the more memory is "eaten up" until the computer slows to a crawl because there is no physical memory available.

Anyone have similar experience and/or know a solution?
Question by:sconnell
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    Author Comment

    I should point out that the 800 (more or less) megabytes is used by Internet Explorer; the page which is displaying the flash video.
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    Are you viewing a video embedded into a SWF, or an external FLV?  What's the file size on your SWF and/or FLV?  

    You should only embed short clips into an SWF, and use external FLVs for large clips.

    If you're using Flash 8 or better (can't remember if it was in MX), the FLVPlayer component makes publishing video tremendously easy.  Let me know if you need help with this.
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    Graphixer: Thanks.... I had mentioned that the swf videos are created by Camtasia studio. I don't have control over the output nor am I creating them.  But to answer your question, the videos are embedded in a swf and are about 25-50 mb in size.

    I am just wondering if it is normal for these videos to chew up 800 mb of RAM while they are playing. Most (or all) the memory is released once the IE window (playing the video) is closed.
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    Ah, they're output by Camtasia directly to SWFs.  Sorry, I missed that part.

    I just tested out a SWF with a 29 meg embedded video, WinXP, IE7, 3GB, and didn't see any significant jump in memory or CPU usage.  It might be that you don't have enough memory allocated to video usage?  I'm not a sys admin, so I'm not sure.

    Maybe you can have the Camtasia content output to QuickTime MOV to see if that performs any better?

    Sorry I can't be of more help.
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    Author Comment

    Sorry for the delay. Lost this one. It seems that the problem might have been temporary. Thank you for your participation.

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