Adobe’s popular video editing program Premiere Pro makes it easy for video creators and editors to generate captivating videos with audio components. Adobe Premiere Pro enables users of just about any experience level to cut and merge videos, do color correction, as well as include components like titles and text. While the software is relatively easy to learn for beginners—and can be explored in depth with a free seven-day trial—it is notorious for slow rendering times.
Rendering in Premiere Pro is the process of creating preview files prior to exporting the video in the desired format.
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Many first-time users may find themselves asking, “Why is Premiere Pro rendering so slow?”—and the answer often lies in their hardware.
Adobe Premiere Pro mostly utilizes the computer’s central processing unit (CPU) for rendering, which means it’s often necessary to invest in a powerful CPU to cut down on wait times during the rendering process.
Whether you’re a beginner at video editing or a pro with years of experience, it helps to know a few tips on how to make Premiere Pro render faster without having to go out and upgrade your hardware. So, let’s look at a few suggestions on how to do just that.
Tip #1: Use Media Encoder
If you’d like to continue working on Premiere Pro while rendering your video project, you can opt to use Adobe’s Media Encoder, which will encode the sequence separately.
To do that, simply save your project and open it up in Media Encoder. By outsourcing the rendering process to another program, you can get back to creating in Premiere Pro—saving you precious minutes or even hours on your project.
Tip #2: Turn On GPU Acceleration
One of the most important factors that affect the speed of rendering is undoubtedly the speed of your computer. However, some adjustments you can make without changing your computer may increase your rendering speed.
GPU needs to run at high performance to create and play many effects and plugins in Premiere Pro. Otherwise, you may face higher rendering times and much slower playtimes.
GPU Acceleration in Premiere Pro allows the GPU and CPU to run together to facilitate difficult and complex operations ( like many things done in Premiere Pro ) on the computer easier and faster.
Accordingly, to increase your rendering speed make sure that GPU Acceleration is turned on.
You’ve turned this feature on File > Project Settings > General. You will see “Renderer” dropdown under Video Rendering and Playback. From this dropdown, you should select “Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration.” For macOS, you will select OpenCL or Metal. For PC, you should have CUDA option.
Tip #3: Increase Memory Allocation
When you run other software on your computer during editing, this process uses RAM on your computer.
This feature allows Premiere Pro to take up more energy than other running software. It can significantly increase the performance of Premiere Pro in editing. So, your rendering time may be faster.
Premiere Pro basically allows you to determine the amount of RAM on your computer according to the right requirements you need.
Through, you can adjust settings that how much RAM you want to use for other applications and how much are reserved for Adobe Premiere Pro. To do this, go to Premiere Pro > Preferences > Memory and from here you can increase the memory allocation for Premiere Pro.
Tip #4: Run Premiere Pro Alone
If you’d like to do a Premiere Pro export without Media Encoder but still cut down on rendering time, you can turn off all the other programs that are open on your computer. Although this idea is a relatively simple one, it is often overlooked.
While this method essentially prevents you from using your computer during the rendering process, it does give you some time to get a fresh cup of coffee…
Tip #5: Clear Media Cache
Premiere Pro keeps your project information and components in its’ media cache to speed up your regular processes, and easily manage existing components in your projects. Every time you create a new project or work on an existing one, your cache will be fulfilled with your project items.
If your available space is not too much in your hardware, it will affect your rendering performance by blocking other hardware acceleration due to lack of memory.
You can easily clear your Media Cache from Adobe Premiere Pro settings by following Edit > Preferences > Media Cache steps. If you have much available space in your computer, probably it won’t affect the overall performance too much, however, if you have the limited capacity it’s necessary for you.
Tip #6: Render & Replace Dynamically Linked Components
Working with multiple software while creating a project is business as usual. After Effects, Photoshop, Media Encoder and others, we are all linked with multiple apps. However, if you are gathering too many components in your project from different sources, it will also affect your project rendering times in Premiere Pro.
Before starting your project output, be sure that all your essential components like fonts, effects, videos, music, etc. are working fine and without any sync issues to your project.
If everything is alright and good to go, you can also Render & Replace your dynamically linked components to speed up your project.
Right-click on the component, and click to the ‘Render and Replace’ button to enable it.
Tip #7: Use Less Effects in Your Project
Effect and plugins are crucial parts of video & post-production. However, they can also affect the rendering performance of your projects. If you have a chance to reduce the number of effects you used in your project, it will dramatically reduce your rendering times.
Tip #8: Adjust Playback Resolution
Playback resolution affects the decoding speed of your project. You can easily switch between playback resolutions to adjust your experience. Once you lower the playback resolution, your decoding speed will be increased according to your preference.
Tip #9: Activate the All GPUs
Rendering on GPUs is always more efficient than rendering on CPUs, however sometimes even you buy the most expensive GPUs, Premiere Pro couldn’t detect it and block your project to be rendered on it.
Here is the solution, Adobe has an integrated tool in their software files called GPUSniffer.exe
When you launch GPUSniffer, it will run some bunch of commands from command-line, and when the process is completed, you are good to go to use your computer GPUs. Don’t forget to restart your Premiere Pro to see the results.
Tip #10: Use vagon to Reduce Your Rendering Times
…Of course, if you’d like to enjoy your coffee and a movie while rendering, there’s a solution for that, too!
vagon is a cloud-based, high-performance personal computer that gives you access to 4 x 16GB CUDA activated Nvidia GPUs. All you have to do is switch to GPU rendering instead of using your CPU, and once you’ve relegated the difficult task of rendering to vagon, you can use your own computer for entertainment or work.