Preview file too big (clip larger then 134217728 bytes; ignore)
Posted by Andre Kuehnemund on 20 January 2016 14:21

Q: I found the following message in a P5 log. What does it mean?


Proxy generator results in an error:
Loading clips: /tmp/***.mov: clip larger then 134217728 bytes; ignore



A: Depending on your preview settings, a generated preview file may exceed the maximum file size of 128MB (134217728 bytes). If and when that happens, P5 will not add the preview file to the archive index database. When subsequently browsing to that file in the archive index restore browser - no preview will be shown.

The 128MB size limit is hard coded and cannot be changed. The reason being that allowing preview files of any size to be added to an archive index would potentially fill up a server's boot volume (where, by default, archive indexes are being stored). The index folder can be moved, but still - allowing preview files of any size could potentially fill up even bigger and non-system volumes. 128MB seemed to be a reasonable  compromise most customers could live with.

The solution to this issue would be to change the preview generation parameters (e.g. resolution, duration, color depth, codec being used etc.) in order to ensure that any generated preview files would come in at under 128MB in size.

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